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Micah Barnes is an in demand Voice, Performance and Career coach whose clients include  Juno, Grammy  & Emmy Award Winning clients.  A former member of International A Capella act The Nylons,asnd a chart topping artist himself,  Micah's Singers Playground Workshops have helped support thousands of artists in Los Angeles, New York and across Canada in building more powerful vocal performances and realizing their career goals! Micah is the regular "Vocals" columnist for Canadian Musician Magazine and on faculty coaching performance at Seneca College for the Independent Performing Singer-Songwriters program.

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Whats Going On In The Playground?

Getting Stuck is Good For Us. (Huh? What?)  

 

I know getting “stuck” in our careers doesn’t feel good. In fact, when we are feeling stuck it can feel down right horrible. After all, artists are built on creative joy and excitement… and possibility. When we are suddenly overwhelmed with negative feelings about our career, our talent, (our worth in the world!),  it can feel like the end of the world! 

But when we feel stuck it’s actually a fantastic moment in our career. 

How in hell can that be!!?? 

First of all…feeling stuck is an indication that…

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The Artist Identity: A Practical Guide Part 1 

Who Are You.. & Why Are We Listening To You?            

When we first hear a song or see an artist performing we get an immediate feeling of whether their music is going to speak to us. 

The sound, the vibe, the look, the feel, the clothes, the style, it’s all taken in quickly, in the blink of an eye, and that first impression stays with us whether we deepen our relationship to that artist or not. 

First impressions are important and lasting ..so we want to give our potential audience the deepest and most…

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3 Keys for Beginning Songwriters! 

Being able to write your own material is about your empowerment as an artist. Plain and simple. 

Think about the first time you heard your favourite artist. 

Im guessing they were performing a specific song that you liked. 

A song is the vehicle that carries a new artist into peoples awareness.. and ultimately our lives. 

Imagine having written the song that we associate with you and your identity as an artist… 

That, my friends, is the power you want to have in your career. 

Some of you reading this are…

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Becoming UNREASONABLE,  UNCONTROLLABLE,  UNSTOPPABLE,  UNCONTAINABLE! 

 

 

The one thing that we seek to contain as human beings is what will both liberate us from our head games during live performance and move the audience to identify and feel our music the deepest is MESSY, UGLY, RAW EMOTION!!! :) 

BUT Getting OUT OF OUR HEAD and down into THE MESSY CHAOTIC INTENSE PASSIONATE place is really hard for most of us!  Its not how we humans are programmed or how we like to act. 

IN fact we tend to try to act like everything is fine-everything is working-everything is going to be

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The Singers Craft: The Art of Letting Go  

 

All creative people seek a way to control the process of making art. Just like a sculptor approaching the clay, we singers  are in the habit of shaping, molding or creating a performance.  We believe thats how we can make the music strongest and express who we are to the larger world. To some extent this is true. But this belief (which most of us hold on an unconscious level) is also a way to allow our perfectionist full reign! 

Art built from fear is never as strong as art built from trust- courage-

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Why Hasn't It Happened Yet? 

 

A few words about “Timing”. 

Nothing happens until we are ready! We are constantly pushing for our dreams to come true faster and impatient that we are having to wait, when in truth reaching our goals is a slow step by step process, and every step is built on the one before. You don’t get to the top of mountain without climbing every step

Our creative ego’s want everything right now. A manager, a record deal, a world wide tour etc. All of this is good to desire, to be working towards as our vision…

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  ARE YOU ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS? 

 


 

 "Why wont they call me back?  How come no one is coming out to the shows? Why am I not further than this by now in my career? "

These are the burning questions most artists will ask themselves...obsess over, stay up nights worrying about..

...when we need to be asking ourselves WHAT CAN I IMPROVE IN THE PRODUCT I AM CREATING?

We are asking ourselves the wrong questions!!

The simple fact is that the deeper we dig in and upgrade our skill sets the more "power and reach" we are creating in our…

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Social Media 101 

A Few Words On Social Media 

I deal with a lot of artists who are resistant to using social media- (which is always indicative of something larger in terms of their arguing for comfort and safety and not being willing to experiment!) 

Social media platforms are a way for us to tell our story, build a community around our music and be engaged with the world. But they do ask us to clarify who we are, what we stand for and what we want in our careers! 

Curated with our own sensibilities our social media…

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Building A Showcase Set: Practical Tips Part 2!  

 

 What Kind Of A Ride Are You Taking Us On? 

Once you have created a basic sketch of your showcase set sit back and take the time to ask yourself some important questions. 

*What kind of a ride are you taking the audience on? 

*What emotional experiences are you asking them to join you on? 

*What do these songs tell the audience about who you are and your identity? 

IF it becomes clear that the songs are all similar in tempo you will want to consider switching some of the songs in order to build…

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Building A Showcase Set: Some Practical Tips (Part 1)  

 

Giving an audience of industry folks a snapshot of who we are as artists is a daunting task.  However I challenge you to do the hard work of distilling your world down to a short set of 5 or 6 songs. Its a very useful exercise that will teach us a whole lot about what we have to offer our audiences. 

Don't worry about getting it right the first time. The "perfect" showcase set is a rubicks cube that will take time and lots of trial and error to figure out! 

WHAT KIND OF PARTY IS THIS? 

Some…

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