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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Karaoke singing lands a career

Some of you responded to my survey Judy Rodman - All Things Vocal: Pop Quiz... Got vocal issues? with "how can I make money with my voice? Well, Karaoke singing can win you some prize money, and sometimes... can lead to bigger things.

I got an email from my old friend, veteran music reporter Steve Zimmerman. What he told me makes me want to say... don't underestimate karaoke singing! In Steve's words:

I am going to be interviewing Tommy DeCarlo the new lead singer for the rock band Boston. He was discovered singing Boston songs in a Karaoke bar. How cool is that and it just proves that if you have talent, you can be found anywhere. He is in his 40s and has never sung with a band before he did a benefit woth the band a few months back. Great story for your students.

You never know where you get "discovered". I suggest we just do excellent work, wherever we are and whatever the circumstances. I sing just as well for demos as I do for masters, and teach my novices with as much enthusiasm as my recording artists. I think this helps us all develop reputations of integrity, and in the end, we are also much more satisfied with our lives.

So.... sing your hearts out and have some fun and make somebody feel something; you never know who might be listening!



  • At June 18, 2008 at 9:12 PM , Blogger LA said...

    Wow. What a cool story. Thanks for sharing that. I love karaoke! ;-)

  • At June 18, 2008 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    yep... me too! Nice to know these kind of weird business opportunities are out there!

  • At June 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice story, but why wasn't Fran Cosmo, Brad Delp's former singing partner, invited back to BOSTON ?

    Fran is a experienced professional singer & Tom Scholz chooses a fan who sings karaoke ? Something wrong with this picture.

  • At June 19, 2008 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Steinway21- you know what, you've hit on a tender spot with me. It does irk me when people less talented are chosen for gigs, overlooking professional, experienced singers. It happens to me all the time. But I've also learned that sometimes truly great talent can be found in very ordinary places- like Karaoke bars.

    I don't know the particulars as to Boston's decisions. I'm out of the loop there, but I did think this was an interesting story about possibilities that wait through odd windows. For me, it illustrates the importance of showing up and doing the best you can with what you've got, trusting that, somehow and in some way, it matters.

    Thanks very much for your comment! Please keep in touch.

  • At June 20, 2008 at 11:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great story! Now if I could only get some nerve and do some singing. :)

  • At June 20, 2008 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Hey... wade in the water, man! Just do it!


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