Shepherd Express Album Review/Alyssia Dominguez: The Reason
April 13th, 2015
"With female and Hispanic singers both rarities in commercial radio country nowadays, Milwaukee's Alyssia Dominguez offers double the diversity on her four-song debut, The Reason. But there's no need for affirmative action with music this appealing. Dominguez's vocal warmth .. " Chick here to read more!
Growing up in a family deeply rooted in traditional Tejano music, Alyssia Dominguez was always destined to be a musician. Her grandmother's early Tex-Mex influence quickly gave way to a deep love for country music, which led to her singing and playing guitar on stage at the age of fifteen. Those stages have grown since then to include The Wisconsin State Fair, Summerfest and Chick Singer Night among mnay other local venues. Alyssia's influences have been constantly evolving as well with Miranda Lambert, Tracey Musgraves, Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi at the top of her list. Currently Alyssia performs out as a solo artist and as a duo with male lead singer of Rebel Grace, Jeremy Zima. She has recently released her first EP titled, The Reason, featuring original music co-written with Keith Pulvermacher. It includes four different songs that showcase a variety of Alyssia's musical styles.
For more about Alyssia and performance dates visit www.alyssiamusic.com
Jackie Brown - Singer/Songwriter
MUSIC GAVE ME CONFIDENCE
Learning I could sing in grade school gave me confidence and pride for the very first time. Singing also gave me the escape I needed from school, shyness and a lack of friends. Every time I sang I felt accomplished.
As I bar-tended my way through school, I was invited up to sing one night with a very popular local rock band. They loved my Janis Joplin rendition and offered me the lead singer position a week later. It was the thrill of a lifetime when we became the opening act for era bands like Marshall Tucker, Grand Funk Railroad and Head East.
After taking a break to start a family, I started playing with the acoustic guitar and singing again. I connected with a friend / keyboard player, and we started doing acoustic shows. Over time it evolved into Jackie Brown and the Boys, an acoustic rock band.
As I gained more confidence playing acoustic, I started writing. I wanted to share the exhilaration I felt in grade school. I wanted everyone to know that feeling. Trying to capture that passion has always been what it's about, whether performing a cover or writing an original.
I've never been partial to any one genre, love them all. But, my favorite songs are the ones that make you feel something. Songs that make you smile, even when you're having a bad day. But what I listened to was much broader in genres than what I performed. With constant requests to play the newer country, I started listening to it more often. For unknown reasons, it opened the flood gates of writing inspiration, it was a reawakening.
My music and writing style focuses on the message and I want that message to be a positive contribution to life. I want my children to hear and learn about the ups and downs of life in a positive light. I don't want them to interpret happiness as being all about money, drug parties and one night stands.
I believe musicians and artists have a responsibility to counter act some of these negative messages with positive action. After all, a good portion of society will only ever know what they are exposed to. I'd rather it be a message that inspires and makes you feel good.
For more about Jackie Brown, Jackie's Shows and Booking Information
Check out www.jackiebrownandtheboys.com
PROGRESSIVE SINGING TECHNIQUES
Tamara Anderson is an internationally acclaimed voice teacher, specializing in contemporary styles of music—Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, Punk, R&B, Motown, Country, Folk, Jazz and Musical Theater. She also offers coaching in voice-overs, jingles and confident and motivational public speaking.
Tamara’s students include finalists on American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Rock Star and America’s Next Big Band. Her students are recording and touring artists (The Hush Sound, Gold Motel, The Academy Is, William Beckett, Janus, Ion Vein, Kraig Kenning, Daphne Willis) who have been signed with Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen, IRIS Records, RCA, Sony, Atlantic, Jive and A&M. She coaches Dove Award winners, Grammy contenders, WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winners, singer/ songwriters and local touring artists (Howl at the Moon, Bella Cain, Purple Apple, Wolvereen, Jasper Acoustic, The Whiskey Belles, The Form, The Atomic Spins). Tamara’s students have performed in the largest music festivals (Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Chicago Music Festivals, South by Southwest) and the best known clubs around the world. Several of her students are in leading roles - on television (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville, Falling Skies, Rockstar, MTV reality shows, VH1 shows), films (20th Century Fox, Warner Brother’s, Lionsgate), and Broadway Musicals (Million Dollar Quartet, Miss Saigon). Others have become YouTube sensations and Reverb Nation’s Top 40 Underground Artists (Keenan Cahill, WhiteBoiWonder, Adero Neeley) as well as Chicago radio station’s KISS FM Fantabuloso winners (2013 winner and 1st runner-up).
Tamara has an extensive and ongoing education in many teaching methodologies by several of the most respected vocal coaches worldwide. She has attended recording skills workshops at Criteria Studios of Miami, completed courses in Master Voice Classes and professional voice-over & jingles workshops, all taught by well-known and respected industry professionals. This intense background enables her to pinpoint students’ struggles, both physically and mentally, while developing the uniqueness and strengths in each vocalist. She leads students to a healthy voice and confident vocal performance with all that singing demands—which includes effective breathing, pitch, control, power, range, blending lows and highs, tones and textures, conveying emotion, uniqueness and stage presence. She creates an individualized learning environment to help artists realize the voice they’ve always wanted, achieve vocal mastery and freedom, and exceed their expectations. Tamara is the founder and director of “The Progressive Singer’s Workshops”, and What A Voice Productions’ “Singer’s Conferences”. She has frequently guest-hosted and head-lined the globally syndicated “Chick Singer Night” of Chicago and Milwaukee and several other popular live showcases.
Tamara lives what she teaches. She is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, producer, and talent developer. She does voice-overs and jingles (Chevrolet, FedEx, McDonald’s, Mattel Toys), cable television shows (Chicago Inside/Out, Who’s Who of Local Talent, The Morning Brew, Variathon), and much more. Tamara has won several talent competitions, and currently performs with a local band (Teacher’s Pet). She has been a featured artist on several well-known radio stations, and sang the theme song for “The Danny Bonaduce Show” featured on Chicago’s 97.9 FM The Loop, Chicago’s WIIT 88.9 FM, Wisconsin’s 95.1 FM WIIL Rock, Round Lake’s WRLR 98.9 FM, Rockford’s The Bear FM, and many more. Tamara has had several educational articles published in The Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, The Daily Herald, Audition News and several other entertainment media sources. She is endorsed by WAMI, McDonald’s Corporation’s “Voice of McDonald’s”, Shure Microphones, Throat Coat Tea and Entertainer’s Secret Throat Coat Spray.
Tamara welcomes new students of all ages and experience levels, from beginners to touring professionals. In addition to vocal techniques, she teaches beginning acoustic guitar and beginning piano, giving students a solid and strong foundation for her students to build upon. Studios are located in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, and Skype lessons are also available.
For more information, visit www.tamaraanderson.com
Phone: cell (847) 533-5548; home studio: (847) 546-5548