Five Steps to “Talk Down Your Chart”

Five Steps to “Talk Down Your Chart”

  Q: Why is the singer waiting out on the porch? A: Because (s)he can’t find her keys and (s)he doesn’t know when to come in! Don’t let this old joke apply to you! Master the five essentials of key, time, tempo, feel and form so that you can feel confident and in control on […]

Can you describe your music?

Can You Describe Your Music? If you want to get people excited about your music, you should be able to describe it! You want to do this in a few catchy phrases or sentences that both arouse people’s curiosity and make it clear what your style is to attract people in your niche market.  This […]

Your Online Press Kit

Your Online Press Kit

Once upon a time we used to make folders containing lots of paper with this information, and we’d pay a fortune to the Post Office to send them out with our CDs or cassettes.  Oh boy, now I’m really dating myself! Nowadays, there are many ways to do this online.  You can create your own […]

Yoga and Singing

Yoga and Singing

R.I.P B.K.S. Iyengar (12/14/1918 – 8/20/2014) I took my first yoga class at the Joy of Movement Center in Central Square, Cambridge, back in 1973 when I was 20.  I had had a rocky introduction to adulthood which included a certain amount of illegal substances and being involved with the wrong crowd.  I was in […]

Why Sing?

Why sing? Is it for the excitement of getting up on stage with a band in front of an audience? Of course that is a thrill, but there is so much more. I believe we should be aware of how powerful an impact our voices can have, so that we can consciously use them for […]

Why learn voice technique?

Why study voice technique? Have you ever had a dessert that was all sickly sweet frosting and no cake? That’s what it’s like to listen to someone who is pouring their heart out on stage but hasn’t mastered the fundamentals: in other words, has bad pitch, an unpleasant tone, missed or cracked notes. That’s one […]

Breathe Better – Sing Better

Breathe Better – Sing Better

There are few topics with more confusing messages and myths then the subject of breath support for singers.  Let’s try to clear up a few of them, and then look at some simple techniques you can practice to begin to get better support. Myth #1: All you have to do to sing better is to […]

The Whole Singer ™ Approach

I’m working on a book! The purpose is to provide a kind of road map to aspiring professional singers of contemporary styles.  There are so many different aspects to singing professionally, so many skills you need to master, that it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start.  That’s why I’ve attempted to […]

Our Life Together – EP Available!

Our Life Together – EP Available!

Do you grapple with how to stay relevant in middle age and/or in your relationships? Pick up a thing or three from Somerville-based singer-songwriter Celia Slattery, who deals with these subjects in her jazz and folk-rock music. June Wulff, Boston Globe. Preview & purchase tracks from Celia’s all-original new EP, Our Life Together.  Our Life […]

Come to the Concert & Buy the CD!

“Our Life Together” EP Release Concert Ryles Jazz Club – Thurs. June 12, 2014 8:00 PM Cambridge, MA Thursday June 12, 2014 Somerville-based singer and songwriter Celia Slattery returns to Ryles for a EP Release Concert featuring music and players from her new EP, Our Life Together. The concert is at 8:00 PM Thursday, June 12 at Ryles Jazz Club: 212 Hampshire Street […]