“Facetime” Ari Lennox Remix with Durand Bernarr (2020)

So glad that Ari and Durand are both getting the recognition they deserve. They’ve been in the scene for a minute and I am glad that they are now getting the limelight. hard work truly pays off when it comes to something you’re so passionate about. Can’t believe it’s been months since my first actual performance to Ari Lennox Whipped Cream. would do it all over again, but much better haha. Durand is also such an amazing vocalist. been following him for years and so upset that he is now getting recognition. He dropped his EP a few days ago which I’ll be sharing soon. But first, FACETIME.

“Superwoman”

Taking it back as I always do for ya’ll. Here’s to some of the most amazing female artists out there since day one. Original Gangstas. Superwomen.

Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle / (1991 MCA Records Inc.)

Karyn White (1988)

Participating in Hosting First Birthday Party

Had the amazing opportunity to help assist in hosting a birthday party at my work in Culver City. I had a great time with the kids and witnessing how much music brings them joy. My supervisor, the main act of the show, did a stellar job throughout the music session. Not only is her voice amazing but she captured the audiences’ attention the entire time. Her stage presence and confidence is so admirable; it has only inspired me to become a better performer myself. Everyone felt and enjoyed her talent and energy in the room, it only affirmed my love for music and performance. Anyhow, the birthday party was such a success and I am so proud to be a part of it although it may be for a moment. Today only reminded me of the power of music and how powerful it is to bring a room full of strangers together. Here is many more great memories, and an exciting journey as aspiring artist/ vocalist myself.

New Piece ❦

Original Lyrics
Instrumental from Alicia Keys “Unthinkable”

♫ Pen on my paper, always on my grind
Imma switch it up cause I need a peace of mind 
I write this rap shit, dumb shit, cause I say what’s in my heart
to me, it’s more than numbers, it’s all a work of art

When I wake up in the morning, the anxiety over take me
I shut my demons up, ain’t no one going to break me
They look at me and doubt me, but don’t know a thing about me
They wanna talk like they know me
homie better get up off me

I keep my head low and work hard in silence
I ain’t with that loud shit, that shit just violent
pops always told me to not speak to loud
never was one to follow the crowd

If there’s one thing I’ll tell ya
don’t doubt the misunderstood
because they’ll do it better
thank you think you ever could ♫

New Cover on IG singing Account

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I know it’s been a minute, but thought I would drop a little something for you guys. Went out of town for a little break to visit my family in Georgia. Had a great time seeing the family again and can’t wait to share more of my trip with you guys on here. In the meanwhile, I have been dying to create new music and have been coming up with new stuff to share with ya’ll. Here’s a little piece I did on Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey, in honor of the country side! (maybe soon to be home..??). Anyhow, hope ya’ll enjoy this super rough cover. Don’t want to disappoint and will be coming out with more original stuff in the future. Please like, comment, and follow this post and show some love on my IG Singing Account @the.highsnlows too, for more!

Peace & Love,

x Lo

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♪ New Site is Up ♪

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So excited to announce my new site as an upcoming music artist/ vocalist. I am currently working on new projects, writing new material, developing my craft/ sound/ presentation while planning collaborations with some amazing artists in the near future. I have been graced with amazing guidance so far that I am only excited for the future. This is a perfect time for me to experiment with my sound and create the projects I have always been anticipating and dying to create. You will most definitely find new updates on my site very soon, as well as more content on my music instagram as well.

Feel free to check it out my site here and my singing instagram.

Cannot thank you enough for the all the amazing feedback I have received thus far, and am grateful for all the opportunities I have had recently. Promise to not disappoint.

Vocal Journey: My First Vocal Lesson

Well, I just took my first private vocal lesson ever. And quite frankly, I feel a bit unsure about it. The first time I called the studio was two years ago back in 2017 when I decided I wanted to take music seriously. All these years, I never attended the class due to a funny inkling about the real takeaway of voice lessons (especially pricey vocal lessons). Fast forward 2 years, I decide to sign up for my first vocal lesson at the same studio. (I was 19 then turning 20, 22 today turning 23 next month..) I had heard so much amazing things about this vocal coach and based on everything I’ve read about her, I thought she would be a great fit. She is based in Los Angeles and has worked with numerous celebrities too. Though I would love to say that the lesson was worth it, I am not entirely sure what my sentiments are.. While I believe there are benefits in attending vocal lessons, I also firmly believed that improvement and growth is ultimately up to the person. I am not in any way discrediting the merit of vocal teacher, but simply pointing out the fact that vocal lessons aren’t the only sure way to success for singers (whichever you may define success to be). I do believe vocal lessons are helpful, but with the access to the Internet, it’s just as doable. I think it takes a determination and willpower that a teacher helps provide, but all-in-all I believe that it also lies within the student. Sometimes the chemistry between the teacher and student isn’t the best, and will ultimately reflect in the progress of the student. Not to mention how vocal teachers could go off tangents that do not provide any direct value that I believe is worth your money (coming from my experience at least). In fact, I recall feeling that some of the things she mentioned I have already read off the internet. Vocal coaching can get very expensive and with the Internet as a resource, a student who is determined enough could pull the various tools that work for them– at absolutely no monetary cost. Overall, I don’t think my experience was horrible that I wouldn’t attend again. Just that it reaffirmed my opinion/ belief in taking voice lessons all these years. I believe all it takes is a little talent (a good ear), consistency, daily practice, and courage which I think lies in anybody believes singing is their calling. Hope to record my progress and share with ya’ll one day. Let me know ya’ll thoughts before or would love to hear about your experience if you have taken any vocal lessons before.

* everything stated above is based on personal opinion *

Thanks for reading ya’ll,

Lorraine x

Lea Salonga’s Audition for Miss Saigon

Super stoked for the premiere of Miss Saigon at Hollywood Pantages this month.
Miss Saigon, was first played by Lea Salonga, a Filipina singer, who they discovered after producers’ long quest in Manila, Philippines 1988. Miss Saigon gained worldwide recognition and became a hit musical in the 90’s.  The following rendition of Miss Saigon (2015) was then played by another Filipina singer Eva Noblezada. I feel blessed to have come from the same heritage. Here is Ms. Salonga’s audition for the musical Miss Saigon, where she sings “Sun and Moon”. Just stunning, a diamond in the rough.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would be interested in attending, please click here for tickets.

Let’s Chat: Asian Representation in Music Industry

As an asian myself, I would love to see more talented asians in the forefront of the music industry. I think many are often discouraged in their pursuit of music only because of the lack of asian representation that often goes unaddressed in the business. At least for me, me that was the impact it had for me. To me, this is unfair because it doesn’t represent what America claims to be about which is “equal opportunity”. It is very much a myth, and one that can be seen through the types of images that are pushed in the media and entertainment business.

As a lover of music, I always find myself coming back to Jessica’s performance. Jessica Sanchez’s rendition of “A Little In Prayer” by Aretha Franklin was phenomenal. She was 18 at the time. Beautiful rendition. I only wish that there are more artists with Jessica’s ability to play on the radio instead of some of the nonsense that we often hear on repeat… Not only that but her passion and love for music, always so evident in each of performances. It saddens me that it goes overlooked. I think it would help some of realize the true beauty in music.

Though I don’t believe Jessica Sanchez is a formally trained vocalist, much of her ability seems to come naturally to her. The way she goes from high to low, her technique to the way she interprets a song. Her artistry, to be quite honest in my own opinion, is unmatched to some of the people we hear on the radio. But I also know that her ability doesn’t align with the wide appeal on Pop. Unfortunately, many do not want to listen to complex runs on the radio, but instead prefer the entertainment to a simple tune. Not only that but the industry values looks and image, which can often break or break an artist’s career. Which in this case, unfortunately, happened to Jessica in the American Idol Season 12, where Phillip Phillips was announced the winner. I am not in any way discrediting his ability, but it only saddens me that Jessica’s talent was not given the recognition, I believe, she deserved. And which many others saw too. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Season lost ratings and was discontinued the year after. To me, I believe that was enough to signify Jessica’s impact on the show. And to me, no other prize could mean as much.

Here’s one of her many performances that showcase her unique gift.
Hope ya’ll enjoyed it. She would have made Aretha proud.

New Series: Vocal Tips

Hi guys, so after some thought I’ve decided that I will be sharing my musical journey as a an aspiring singer with you guys here on WordPress. From books to the internet, I thought I’d invite ya’ll over for the ride in my vocal research. From tips, to new musical and biological terminology, hidden gems of legendary artists discovered on Youtube, etc.. useful stuff for other aspiring artists. As I become learn more about the technical terms of singing, I become more passionate about it. Singing really is a beautiful tool. And there are so many types of singing styles that I have yet to explore. Here is a video of Ella Fitzgerald scat singing. Most definitely out of my comfort zone, but very interesting to learn about. I hope ya’ll enjoy this video of the Ms. Fitzgerald singing some may call “gibberish”.. beautifully..

definition of scat singing: A vocal jazz style that consists of improvised nonsense syllables sung to an an improvised melody, usually over an instrumental accompaniment. This is similar to vocalese where voices replace jazz instruments with the addition of words. (music terms)

Here are some modern jazz artists, Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas from the Jazz Academy, singing scat:

 

“Listen” by Beyonce

♫ Listen, I am alone at a crossroads
I’m not at home in my own home
And I’ve tried and tried
To say what’s on my mind
You should have known
Now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what
You’ve made of me
I followed the voice, you gave to me
But now I’ve gotta find my own
You should have listened 

Artist: Beyonce 
Song Title: Listen
Release Date: June 22, 2009
Record Label: Music World; Columbia

You could purchase the single here: Listen (From the Motion Picture “Dreamgirls”)

Voice of 1000 Gods: Keke Wyatt

Droppin’ this off to bless your ears. If ya’ll wanna hear some true SANGING and not singing .. this might be a well worthwhile listen to for ya’ll. I have always idolized Ms. Wyatt’s vocals. To me, her gift is truly one of a kind. She can bust windows and resurrect the dead for all I know really.. If ya’ll have a moment, I beg ya’ll to give her a listen to. She sounds just as good as live and as someone who appreciates singing, for me, this talent is a true mark of a singer. Don’t believe me, check out her song “His Eyes Is On The Sparrow”. Young lady makes me want to go to church and repent my sins, lol. Hope ya’ll enjoy her accapella version “His Eyes Is On The Sparrow”. It only gets better throughout the song.

You can also purchase this single here:
His Eye Is On The Sparrow

Here is yet another video of Ms. Wyatt singing nonchalantly as she changes in the fitting room. Her runs are just so extraterrestrial and divine. Give this post a like to hear more from Ms. Wyatt!

If ya’ll feeling’ Ms Wyatt, expect more from her! xox. Goodnight ya’ll.

Whitney Houston “Greatest Love of All” Live, Japan 1980

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe

Houston’s voice is heaven sent. It could heal the broken. If this isn’t music, then I don’t know what is. Felt this performance pierce through my soul. A queen no one could EVER outshine idccc. forever my idol.