Meet Miss America, Ericka Dunlap

Ericka Dunlap is an American beauty pageant titleholder, from Orlando, Florida who was named Miss Florida 2003 and subsequently crowned Miss America 2004. She was the first (and only) African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida in the Miss America pageant’s 81-year history.

Ericka has been on The Amazing Race, is an amazing singer, and she travels around the world singing and doing speaking engagements.

Learn more about Ericka by checking out her website, and following her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Meet Tassia Minuzzo

Tassia Minuzzo is a Brazilian Treasure! She is a cantora extraordinaire, singing in French the beautiful songs of the great Edith Piaf, in addition to singing in German, English and of course her native language, Portuguese. Tassia has worked with renowned musicians and has several outstanding musical projects that her audiences adore. This interview is in the French language with English translation.

Tassia does not speak English and Dr. Greta Pope does not speak Portuguese. However, Tassia speaks French and Greta was willing to try and communicate with her in French. Yikes!!! In spite of a few mis-pronounced words, we think that listeners will get an idea of Tassia Minuzzo’s wonderful talent and her outstanding career. Thank you Tassia for your patience and for sharing your extraordinary journey with us.

Please see French and Portuguese translated episode summaries below.

Learn more about Tassia by visiting her website and following her on Instagram and Facebook

French Translation

Tassia Minuzzo est un trésor brésilien ! Elle est une cantora extraordinaire, chantant en français les belles chansons de la grande Edith Piaf en plus de chanter en allemand, anglais et bien sûr sa langue maternelle, le portugais. Tassia a travaillé avec des musiciens de renom et a plusieurs projets musicaux exceptionnels que son public adore.

Cet entretien est en langue française avec traduction en anglais. Tassia ne parle pas anglais et le Dr Greta Pope ne parle pas portugais. Cependant, Tassia parle français et Greta était disposée à essayer de communiquer avec elle en français. Aïe!!! Malgré quelques mots mal prononcés, on pense que les auditeurs auront une idée du merveilleux talent de Tassia Minuzzo et de son parcours hors du commun. Merci Tassia pour ta patience et de partager avec nous ton parcours extraordinaire.

Portuguese Translation

Tassia Minuzzo é um tesouro brasileiro! Ela é uma cantora extraordinária, cantando em francês as belas canções da grande Edith Piaf além de cantar em alemão, inglês e claro em sua língua nativa, o português. Tassia já trabalhou com músicos renomados e tem vários projetos musicais de destaque que seu público adora.

Esta entrevista está na língua francesa com tradução para o inglês. Tassia não fala inglês e a Dra. Greta Pope não fala português. No entanto, Tassia fala francês e Greta estava disposta a tentar se comunicar com ela em francês. Caramba!!! Apesar de algumas palavras mal pronunciadas, achamos que os ouvintes terão uma ideia do talento maravilhoso de Tassia Minuzzo e de sua carreira marcante. Obrigado Tassia por sua paciência e por compartilhar sua jornada extraordinária conosco.

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Music Lover Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect gift for the music lover in your life? Look no further. From CDs, to books, to courses that provide valuable insight and tips for your career, there is something for everyone!

Christmas Time Is Here CD – $15

The Greta Pope CD Bundle, 4 for $60 or 5 for $70

Private Voice Lessons, price varies depending on class length

Music, Money & You, Managing the Business Book, $19.50

Building Fans, Fame and Wealth: The 18 Revenue Streams of Music, $19.50

Now through December 24th you can receive 20% off any Private Music Studio course with promo code HOLIDAYS22

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Overcoming The Fear of Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking, also known as Glossophobia is the most common phobia amongst people of all ages. Some people feel a slight nervousness when it comes to public speaking, while others are terrified and face full-on panic. This week on The Business Savvy Singer, Dr. Greta Pope shares more information on Glossophobia and how to overcome it to help you speak more confidently and articulately to audiences of all sizes.

Register for The Art of Public Speaking; Overcoming Anxieties here.

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Christmas Time Is Here

With the holiday season quickly approaching, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than listening to your favorite Christmas songs? This week Dr. Greta Pope talks about her new album, Christmas Time Is Here, and shares her love for the joyous season and the great memories built with her family over the years.

Stream the Christmas album on SpotifyApple Music, and Amazon. Purchase the full CD here.

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Meet Singer and Voice Coach Nancy Bos

This week Dr. Greta Pope sits down with Nancy Bos. Nancy is a professional singer and voice coach, and a member of the Pan American Vocology Association. Nancy is an inspiring music professional who shares in a straightforward and entertaining way, how to look at the impact of our personal stories in our figurative and literal voices, how to reframe narratives that are not serving us, and how to prevent doubt and fear from holding us back – even in the face of opposition.

Learn more about Nancy by visiting her website

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Kicking Off Season Three

This week we kick off season three of The Business Savvy Singer Podcast! The Business Savvy Singer Podcast is dedicated to highlighting professionals in the music industry and providing valuable tips and tools to those in the industry, or aspiring to be.

Each week you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of music professionals and celebrate their personal journey to success in the music business. Follow along as we enter the third season!

Interested in learning more and growing your brand and career? Check out The Private Music Studio 

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The Business Savvy Singer Awards Episode

We’ve recently celebrated our 100th episode and now we’re about to embark upon our third season and we’re having a wonderful opportunity to educate, entertain and encourage singers everywhere. This week is The Business Savvy Singer Podcast Awards episode. We are giving honorable mention to two outstanding Business Savvy Singer Podcast guests and then we will announce the Business Savvy Singer First Place Award Winner. Listen now!

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Dr. Julia Nielsen

This week Dr. Greta Pope sits down with Dr. Julia Nielsen. Dr. Nielsen has been one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most sought-after vocal pedagogues since founding her private voice studio in 1999. Her students are currently performing leading roles with major opera companies, soloing with symphonies, and raising their voices in elite professional choruses across the United States.

Dr. Nielsen graduated from Indiana University with a Doctor of Music degree in Voice under Martina Arroyo and a Masters Degree under Margaret Harshaw. She earned her B.A. in Music from Stanford University, with distinction and with honors.

Listen to the full episode to learn more.

Learn more about Dr. Julia Nielsen here. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Meet Allen Henderson – 100th Episode

This week we celebrate our 100th episode of The Business Savvy Singer Podcast! To commemorate this special event, we are honored to welcome Allen Henderson to the podcast. Versatile artist, teacher, arts administrator, and baritone Allen Henderson is currently Executive Director of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the world’s largest professional association of voice teachers, supervising a talented staff in promoting continuing education for voice teachers.

He is also Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University where he teaches voice and foreign language diction.  He holds degrees from Carson Newman College (BM) where he was the outstanding graduate in music, The University of Tennessee (MM), and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (DMA) where his minor was in Arts Administration and he was winner of the Corbett-Treigle Opera Competition.

Henderson conceived of and launched two major national level competitions, the National Music Theater Competition and National Student Auditions sponsored by NATS.  He also served as president of the American Traditions Vocal Competition, a unique vocal competition celebrating the diversity of American vocal music currently in its 30th year. 

As a church musician, Henderson has served churches in Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Georgia and recently retired as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Statesboro, Georgia.

Learn more about Allen by listening to the full podcast!

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