The More I Give Album Launch

It has been a long time coming! But finally, the official launch of the new album “The More I Give” happened! A date, a venue and more importantly, a band!

The Jade Flinders St in Adelaide CBD, hosted the occasion on Friday June 4th. I teamed up with a great lineup of superb local musicians. The talented Trev Warner (fiddle); Andrew Hook (Mandolin); Stephen Loss (Guitar & Keys); Sheelagh Loss (Banjo) and the esteemed Shireen Khemlani (Bass) together on the one stage!

We had a great night at HATs in Auburn at The Old Courthouse, Saturday June 19. A full room of locals keeping warm by the log fire.

The show opened again by the fabulous Don Morrison! Don recently celebrated 40 years in the music business and you can read all about it in the updated version of his book ‘This Could Be Big’.

Following on from this I will be playing at The Crooked Road Saturday Sessions at The Gov on Saturday June 16th from 1pm. This is a free event, details can also be found in my gig guide. I will have Stephen Loss and Andrew Hook playing with me. I just might be borrowing Dave on bass from Crooked Road.

 

Video News

The talented Miguel Rios flew across from Victoria to shoot a new video for the title track ‘The More I Give’. Many thanks to Ruby Osborn for agreeing to be my dancing girl and her mum Holly, for being such a help on the day. Elisabeth Hartmann-Smith for hair and make up and Matt at Nexus Arts Theatre for perfect lighting. The new video premiered with a Watch Party on YouTube June 14th and had over 250 views in the first 48 hours!

Review

I was pleased to find this lovely review in Nov/Dec 2020 Tamworth Country Music Capital News Magazine by Jon Wolfe

This album is a heartfelt delivery of ten songs that share a musical history that would be the envy of many who call themselves singers. First let’s look at the voice: both, sweet and ethereal, laced with emotion. Songwriter: storyteller. Background: country, folk, touch of Celtic, family singalongs on the porch.

Paula worked closely with Rod McCormack, Lou Bradley and Gina Jeffreys (and a few of the students mentored by Gina) on this project and they can all be proud of the result. The first single Hiding Out In Tuscany, foreshadowed the album and promised plenty-and Paula has delivered.

Favourites include Call It Home, Heaven On Earth and Hiding Out In Tuscany, but this album should be listened to as a whole because there is a collectiveness that forces you to want to be there and take it all in, maybe on a porch under the stars.
Top marks to producer Rod McCormack, who, along with the musicians, provides the perfect touches to make this a unique experience.

The current May June Issue sports a two page article just in time for the launch.

 

2021-06-22T07:12:01+00:00April 18th, 2021|0 Comments

Crown & Anchor Residency

Well April has brought forth a new experience for me. Hard on the heels of the Adelaide Fringe, I have been granted a residency in the front bar at the Crown & Anchor Pub, a legendary live music venue. Monday nights in the front bar! There is a different support act each week and I have asked four local artists to take these spots. All four are very enthusiastic and I expect this to be a wonderful musical experience for us all.

The line up consists of Josh Forner; Sunee Holland; Emma Jayne and Jack Robins. These artists will kick off each week at 7:30pm with a 45 minute set, followed by two sets from myself. Music will be all finished up by 10:30pm.

Facebook Event

 

2021-04-08T06:02:00+00:00February 11th, 2021|0 Comments

Vocal Tips For The Serious Singer

Some pros explain what’s necessary to keep your voice in tip-top shape.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for health advice. Choosing a vocal doctor is a personal choice. You should consult your own advisors and/or medical professionals before making any decisions.

When you’re a professional singer, just like a professional athlete, you need to keep your body in tip-top shape. Any singer’s most valuable anatomical asset is their vocal cords—tissues and muscles that need care and conditioning—but there are countless variables, including anxiety, humidity, and diet, that affect just how well and how safely you’re able to perform. And just like a professional athlete, you need to be in tune with yourself to a remarkable degree in order to succeed as a world-class singer. There are nuances to the way your specific body and vocal cords work that, with enough training and experience, you’ll be able to recognise as indicators for when to push yourself, when to hold back, and how to create just the right environment to hit that perfect note.

Get your pipes checked

Let’s start at the start. Which, in this case, means potentially undoing something that might have taken root before you even had dreams of slaying an arena. When many artists start singing as children or teens, there may be issues with their vocal cords—nodules, polyps, cysts—or problematic techniques that go unchecked and, over time, cause damage to their instrument.

Dr. Steven Zeitels is the Eugene B. Casey Professor of Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation. He is the go-to for many artists with iconic pipes, such as AdeleAerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and Sam Smith. Zeitels says that if you’re going to make a serious commitment to singing, you should begin with an examination by someone who specialises in voice issues. And you want to make sure that the office you go to has the capacity to do a laryngeal stroboscopy, which will examine the movement of your vocal folds.

Paying Attention

“Once you do that, you’ve got to really pay attention… and not push it over the top,” Zeitels says. “Maybe you’re gigging in a place that has a lot of people smoking and it’s a closed environment and it’s really loud and you have to use an amplification system instead of driving it all just by your voice itself. When it hurts, or when you lose your voice for a day or two afterward, you’re doing something wrong.”

Stay in shape

Once you’ve been checked out, it’s time to start conditioning your voice. Just like an athlete wouldn’t dive into a game without at least a little bit of stretching, neither should a singer hit the stage belting with no warm-up.

“I try to push stretching a lot,” says Aaron Low, a speech-language pathologist in Toronto who’s worked with legends like Sting and Mick Jagger. He emphasises that before even starting to sing scales, you need to warm up. “I’d rather break down the voice,” he explains, “and say, ‘Work on your breathing, and work on heating the voice’s muscle system, and then we’ll get to the point where we can do quick movement between different sounds and changing vowels.’ I think a lot of people are unaware of the simple stretching that actually creates longevity and flexibility and endurance for the voice.” Low says he encourages his clients to start their warm-up by working with a simple sound—rolled Rs, lip trills, high-placed humming—and what that is depends on the individual.

How does warming up work?

Zeitels says that when a singer starts warming up, there is a slight swelling of the vocal membranes, which makes them more supple and therefore better-functioning. Vocal cords require more pressure when they get very swollen, but when they get just the right amount of swollen, they do their job perfectly.

“In my view, it’s less that their muscles are getting limbered up—like an athlete might stretch their muscles—and it’s more that the vocal membranes get to an optimal state to create vibration,” Zeitels says.

Protect your instrument

So once you’re familiar enough with the way your vocal cords work, how do you maintain the perfect balance? Some things to avoid are fairly obvious: Be very careful around sick people; don’t smoke anything or hang out in smoky areas; keep hydrated. Water doesn’t actually touch your vocal cords when you swallow, but your body needs it. Inhaling steam is one way to bring water into contact with your vocal cords, like a balm.

There are some less obvious don’ts, too. If you use aspirin or ibuprofen as pain-relievers, beware—those are blood thinners, which can make you more predisposed to vocal bleeding. Things like artificial stage smoke can greatly affect your vocal health (it happened to Bono!), and reflux can wreak havoc on your esophagus—so it’s best to avoid citrus, vinegar, spicy foods, pepper, caffeine, alcohol, and loads of other fun stuff. Carbonation often results in burping and regurgitation, which you also want to avoid, as singing requires high abdominal pressure.

Your overall health does matter

“People who are performing have to obviously pay attention to their body,” Zeitels says. “They have to make decisions about whether it’s appropriate to sing, for instance, when they have a respiratory tract infection. When do you go out? When do you not go out? That’s actually something that has to be learned from experience, because often the injuries have little to do with the skill sets of the person. It’s their work ethic. They’re so intrepid they’re going to go on stage whether they’re sick or not, and that’s when they sustain injuries that ultimately take surgery to repair, like bleeding into vocal cords.”

As scary as that might sound, Low points out that most vocal issues are fixable, saying he’s been able to reset years of tension in as little as a few hours of hands-on physical therapy in some cases. But as Zeitels notes, the optimal path is avoiding doing things the wrong way from the start. And then keep it up.

“If you take care of yourself,” Zeitels says, citing The Who singer Roger Daltrey’s remarkable performing streak, “you can keep going for 50 years.”

—Matt Williams

Courtesy of Spotify For Artist Article January 2021 

2021-02-08T08:20:24+00:00January 17th, 2021|0 Comments

Bella Voce Singing Lessons

I have taught singing off and on since before I graduated from my Diploma of Creative Arts in 1983. More recently, in 2015 I started teaching a friend who was looking for help in that department. I eventually started taking on further students and even took on a student interstate via the internet. When COVID hit, I began teaching all of my students online.

I am now teaching via the internet as a matter of course, this has turned out to be very convenient for people as they do not have to travel to and from lessons. If you cannot find a teacher in your area or are short on time, this may be the answer for you.

If you would like more details, please contact me for more information on how this works.

Check out my Bella Voce FB Page

2021-01-17T02:01:03+00:00January 17th, 2021|0 Comments

Club Acoustica

* * * Club Acoustica is back, first Sunday every month! * * *

What a delight it was to be back at Club Acoustica. A fabulous night with an equally fabulous audience and the usual top class service from the staff at The Olive Branch in Balhannah.

These sessions will continue throughout the year on the first Sunday of each month. Starting at 6.00pm with an 8.30 pm finish. There is ample time to catch up with friends and enjoy the great food, coffee and wine offered by the Olive Branch Café!

There are Covid restrictions on the number of people who can be the restaurant, so you will need to pre-book. The phone number is (08) 8398 0009.  These are always booked out, so hurry and don’t miss out.

2021-02-25T01:41:19+00:00January 16th, 2021|0 Comments

I’d Go Back Again Single Release

Looking back on the 60’s and 70’s party scene

Growing up in a community that valued great parties with live music, dancing and singing. This is where my musical education began. My recent Single “I’d Go Back Again” is a salute to the people, the pianos and the houses that hosted these fine indelible events.

Just in time for Christmas, this is the third single release for 2020, from the upcoming album ‘The More I Give’. Written with Rod McCormack, Lou Bradley and Gina Jeffreys in the Music Cellar. Apart from Rod’s exquisite instrumental and production talent, this track also features Nashville musician, Jeff Taylor on keys and accordion.  Released on  November 27th, 2020, the track is available in all online stores, including Bandcamp.

Try My Store for more information. 

A wonderful lyrics video has been cleverly created from old photos from the actual parties and our family album. Another masterpiece created by the talented Miguel Rios and you can see it right now in my Gallery or YouTube.

You can sing a long, just like we did at the old parties!

The live stream of this new single launch is still available on Paula Standing Singer Songwriter FB Page.

2021-03-27T02:10:56+00:00November 21st, 2020|0 Comments

New Merchandise News

After updating my new image online, the website has undergone a tweaking to match up the new colours, would love to hear what you think. I also took advantage of this time to revamp My Store. There are a couple of older CDs deleted, but you can look forward to some new singles being released online very soon.

Whereas the Pity Me Cooler is no longer available, I now have in stock, a new Tote Bag – see below. The bag is sporting the new image and looking very classy. A bargain in anyone’s book at $18 (P&H inc)

2020-11-04T04:09:36+00:00October 31st, 2020|0 Comments

NEW IMAGE

Exciting new Branding Image for my website and social media platforms

Merch News!! Stickers and Tote Bags with the new image available at my gigs!!

My illustrious Web Designers have updated the website with a new image created by graphic artist Renee King. Renee has been designing covers for my singles and album this past year and based on these, she has come up with a whole new image for me. These went live as of Friday October 9th, 2020.

To help launch this new image I had two great live gigs!! Had a wonderful Friday evening performing for Cafe Lune in Brighton as part of their #SupportingLocalArtists series. This was followed closely with a very special house concert “LockDown BreakOut” to celebrate the new levels of people we are allowed to have at home, since the recent LockDowns and limitations.

When you have the right group of people and marvellous friends, you can make magic happen. Nigel Sweeting (bass and sound) Stephen Loss (Mandolin, guitar and keys) and his delightful partner Sheelagh (banjo), were my back up band on Sunday at LockDown BreakOut. My two wonderful friends Andrea McCauley and Sean Pearce hosted the event and let me take over their garage with my home-made staging.

Ben Searcy documented the afternoon with his photography talents, plus some live footage (a couple of clips available on my FB Music Page). 

A fantastic bunch of people turned up to listen and celebrate the new beginnings post COVID Lockdown!

2020-11-18T01:11:47+00:00September 26th, 2020|0 Comments

My Heart Goes With You

Now online on all platforms!

The latest single My Heart Goes With You was officially released on July 24, 2020. Earlier in July, video maker Ben Searcy, myself and artist Sue Norman spent a few days on Brighton Beach shooting a video. Sue has received Australia Day Honours for her Mandala work at Brighton Beach, SA and agreed to create a beach mandala for the single.

Sue is in high demand and so we only had one shot at this on July 8. Thankfully, the weather was kind to us and we managed to get great footage over the two days prior, as well as the day of our own special mandala. Now on my YouTube channel.

Many thanks to Marian Martin who came along at the right time to take this pic below.

This is the second single released from my new album The More I Give. Check out the listen buttons at the bottom of the page for a preview.

 

The Live Show will be available to view through my FB Music Page Paula Standing Singer Songwriter for a while, but get in quick as it won’t be there forever. We did have a few sound hitches and dropped out in the middle. As a result, it is in two parts and the beginning of the first part is spent trying to get the sound to work. None the less, lessons were learnt and it will be done differently next time.

2020-09-26T05:13:34+00:00June 28th, 2020|2 Comments

Make Music Day

Huge thanks to all the people who tuned into either my FB Page or the whole Make Music Day ADL online concert on Sunday the 21st of June to celebrate International Make Music Day 🎶  Congratulations to the Make Music Day Adl team and everyone who participated to make it a successful afternoon / evening of great local music.

A note below from the team explains what it is all about if you missed out. This is an annual event, so make sure you keep you ears and eyes peeled for 2021.

 

What is it all about?

Every year around the world musicians gather in different ways to offer free concerts, flash mobs and workshops on June 21st as part of “Make Music Day” This all began in France with “Fête de la Musique” a free celebration of music that is open to anyone and everyone.

“We’re so excited to share the full lineup with you for our inaugural #MakeMusicADL Livestream Online Music Festival!

We are incredibly grateful to the 20 diverse musical acts who have registered to be part of this event with either a performance or workshop. Over the next week we’ll be helping you get to know them a little better.

Next Sunday you can tune into any of these artists sets via their nominated social media channel or via our special simulcast in our Facebook Event here!

All our artists and event team are volunteering their time to spread a little joy & community connection with you, we hope you enjoy! If you are in a position to make a financial contribution, some artists will be accepting tips (PayPal), or promoting their own merch, or a charity of their choice.

Make Music Day is a global event where artists self-organise free concerts in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. As such, this event is not about the money, it’s about finding new ways to stay connected during these times of uncertainty. Opportunities to learn from each other through stories and song and contribute to the butterfly effect of spreading just a little more joy and hope.”

With love and gratitude,
The Make Music ADL Team
Phi , Pætrick, Jessica & Katherine 💕

2020-06-28T03:01:04+00:00June 14th, 2020|0 Comments
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