My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
I really love female singer-songwriters like Brandi Carlile and the Indigo Girls.
More about me:
I've been a singer my whole life--starting off in church choir when I was 5 years old. As a kid, my Mom would take me to all the local high schools in the area to see their musicals, and I got bitten by the Broadway Bug! In High School I thought I wanted to be on Broadway, until I realized that what I actually love most is teaching! I taught choir for a little bit and ran a Music and Drama summer camp in Virginia for many years before moving to New York and starting working at Carnegie Hall. I continue to sing in choirs here in New York City and try to see as many shows as I can.
"@Jonah and @Amanda, thanks for submitting questions for Adam! @Amanda, you can definitely submit more than one question, so go for it! They may not all get answered but we'll try to get to as many as we possibly can!"
"I would love to see a musical which combines many of the stories from the digital shorts before pixar movies (the old man playing chess or even the magician, etc.) I think it would be really cool if the storyline somehow mixed and collaborated with…"
"Thanks for kicking us of, Faith! I think this will be such a fun "age" for us all to explore! Where is the production of Oliver for which you're auditioning? It would be great to hear this with an accompanist as well if you have…"
"@Morgan, thanks for sharing your video here! I'm curious to hear from you what changes your made to your performance (other than adding a backing track!) It sounds great and fits perfectly for this Age!"
"@ Jonah--what a fun game! I just spent time clicking through a bunch. Thanks for sharing!
@Ryan how did your audition go? What did you sing? There is so much to see in NYC--what kind of stuff are you looking for? Musical landmarks? Tourist…"
"@Alison, thanks for uploading this! From talking to you earlier I know this song has personal meaning for you, so thanks for sharing. Did you see the new Les Mis movie? What did you think of this song in the movie?"
"@Morgan, that sounds like an amazing and star-studded opportunity! It would be great if you wanted to write a blog post about some of the things you learned for your musical exchange peers can share in part of your experience! Check…"
"@Sara - these are all great questions! Leslie may have a different take than me, but here are my thoughts!
Contrasting pieces - I generally take this to mean tempo or type of song. For example, if you presented "Good Morning,…"
"@ Erica, I didn't even see this comment until today but thank you so much for wishing me good luck for my school play! I ended up getting teen chorus but was the freshman to get a featured singing part. Thank you so much for remembering!"
"Tony, Brittney and Sara Joanne- Thanks so much for uploading your opening numbers! I loved watching all three of your videos! Leslie is just getting back from a trip, but she should be back to give you all feedback soon."
@ Erica, I didn't even see this comment until today but thank you so much for wishing me good luck for my school play! I ended up getting teen chorus but was the freshman to get a featured singing part. Thank you so much for remembering!
Oh god, I don't even know where to start. Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Annie Ross, Sarah Vaughn, Diana Krall, Kurt Elling, Thelonious Monk, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, and so many more.
Thanks Erica! Regarding practicing and developing scatting, all I can say is listening. Pretty much all we can do as musicians to improve our crafts. Listen, practice scatting scales within different progressions, and again, listening.
Thanks so much for the coment Erica! I will definitly try to do an acoustic song. It won't be up very soon because I have a show and competition coming up at the same time plus I'm sick but right after my show is over, I will get on it! Thanks again!