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Auditions & Events
     Featuring an Online Listing of Performance Opportunities!
Bristol Success Story
     Hear What People are Saying About the Recording Workshop for Vocalists!
Latest Studio News
     Featuring Mark Bennett, Tony Giuliano, George Walters-Sleyon, Tim Washburn and Mikey Kelly!
Voice & Performances
     Featuring Jada, Christina McGhie, Angela Lynn Pettiway, Kelley Bolduc, and the Bristol Student Showcase!
Random Notes from Producer Ric Poulin
The Effects of Dairy Products on the Voice and "Dairy Sensitive" Individuals
Interview of The Month
     With Bristol Recording Client and Voice Alumnist Jaime Guiod!
National/International News
     Jada in Miami, American Idol Voting Scam and Europe Comes to America!
Upcoming Workshops
     Performance Workshop Level 1 Coming Soon!
Industry Tip of The Month
     "What's Wrong with American Idol?"
Studio Specials and Reminders
     New Engineering Course Offering! Reason 2.5!
Upcoming Concerts and Performances
     From Jada, The Camelia Latin Jazz Trio, Maggie Rose and More!
     A Complete List of Services Offered by Bristol Recording & Voice Studios!



NEW ENGINEERING COURSE OFFERING! Bristol Recording Studios now offers REASON 2.5! Reason is the wave of the future in music production, and you can get up to speed in no time with our comprehensive course. Learn everything from basic setup to advanced production techniques. Reason is an infinitely expandable music workstation on a CD-ROM, complete with its own real time sequence. Everything you need - synths, samplers, a drum machine, mixing board & effects - to produce virtually any style of music. Come to Bristol Recording Studios and learn from recording education professionals. To get started on this 10 week course, call Craig today at 617-247-8689 to register! A $100 deposit will lock you in and each class is $50. Flexible scheduling available! How good are we at this? Reason is currently sponsoring our JADA International Remix Contest (For more details visit www.jadamusic.com)!

Bristol Entertainment announces the International Jada ReMixathon Contest 2004! The challenge: Musicians, DJs, Producers & ReMix artists: Choose between two of Jada's tracks. REMIX & combine their powerful R&B/Pop vocal sound in the art of cross-over REMIXING into a dance floor HIT! Jump start your image and presence! Get exposure to an internationally known panel of Judges, Record Labels and Sponsors! Expand or begin your own discography! Gain radio, dance floor and live performance by Jada of your winning track!

Prize package includes vinyl pressing, software, equipment, cash, fashion apparel & more!

The International Jada ReMixathon Contest 2004 is sponsored by Daddy's Junky Music, Propellerhead Software, Cakewalk and more! Join the Jada ReMixathon email list and receive up to the minute news, rules and major sponsor sign-ons. For more information visit jada's website at: jadamusic.com or contact Laura Poulin/ Bristol Entertainment at laura@bristolstudios.com or 617-247-8689

LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE REHEARSAL SPACE? Bristol Studios is currently renting out rehearsal space by the hour. Solo performers and ensembles alike are welcome to call Amie today at 617-247-8689 to schedule a tour of our professional facilities and to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Bristol Studios is now offering professional teaching space for rent by the hour! Located in Boston's Back Bay, right across the street from Berklee College of Music and around the corner from both the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music, Bristol Studios is at the hub of music education in the Boston area. Instrumental instructors, voice teachers and dance instructors are welcome to call Amie today at 617-247-8689 to schedule a tour of our professional facilities and to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Bristol Studios now has office space available to rent to professional music industry and entertainment related businesses. Located in Boston's Back Bay, right across the street from Berklee College of Music and around the corner from Newbury Street and Landsdowne Street, Bristol Studios is at the hub of Boston's live music scene. Call Amie today at 617-247-8689 to schedule a tour of our available spaces and to find out how we can accommodate your needs.


ATTENTION PERFORMERS AND VOCALISTS!! Bristol Recording & Voice Studios is proud to offer an online listing featuring Open Mic Nights and Karaoke Events throughout the Greater Boston Area! Whether you're looking to make a name for yourself in the Boston music scene, or just looking for a fun night out with friends, check out www.bristolstudios.com/karamic.htm and let the good times roll! You'll see such listing such as...

Do you need a place to play? A chance to show the world what you can do? Well, come bring your acoustic guitar and your songs to... Open Mic Night at Beckett s Pub, located at 1098 Commercial Avenue, Boston, MA. Presented By SuperChill Productions every Tuesday night beginning at 9:30 pm (Sign-up begins at 9:00) Take the Green B Line to the Packard s Corner Stop. Beckett's Pub is across the street from Star Market. This is a 21+ Open Mic (Sorry youngsters). There will be featured artists in the future. If you are interested in being a featured artist, either talk to Andrew at the Open Mic or email him at aparkerrenga@berklee.net. Oh and, please bring your own guitar. See you there!!!

ATTENTION MALE VOCALISTS!! Uptown Sound band is looking for a strong male vocalist in the Top 40, funk, R&B style. The band has performed 300 dates to present. Most gigs are within two hours of Boston. We work a lot at nightclubs, weddings, and corporate events. Must look good/presentable, sing well, have reliable transportation, have no bad habits or issues, and must commit for a year or two minimum. Contact Lew at 617-527-2097 or e-mail: lew@uptownsound.net.

ATTENTION PERFORMERS!! Country/Folk shows will be held the third Saturday of each month beginning April 17 at the Danvers Arts Williams School Building, 105 Elliott St (rt 62) off 128, in Danvers, MA. Show begins at 7:30pm. Prospective performers please call Dan Tremblay at 978-777-2711 or arrive at 7pm the night of the show. There will be a live audience, so bring CDs to sell. This is an opportunity for exposure & fun, and will become a great music outlet. Spectators $5.00 with a special rate of $10.00 for the entire family. Karaoke requires that you provide a CD player. See you at the Country Show!

ATTENTION FEMALE VOCALISTS!! Established working GB band seeks 2nd female vocalist/instrumentalist, primarily for challenging back up harmony -higher voice ranger preferable. Some lead vocals required in standard GB styles. If you can front a band and do crowd participation, even better. Must play either keys or guitar (drums would be ideal). Whether you play boards or guitar, you should be able to comp through tunes in any style, soloing is not necessary. If you play keys and you can cut a cocktail piano hour, that's a plus. The more you can do the more $ you'll make. We are willing to take the time to help the right person grow with us. Good appearance and good working chemistry needed. Come and meet an extraordinarily nice group of people. Start rehearsing with us now and be ready when we start playing in May. We're booked from May on. Call Main Attraction Productions at 978-433-6188 or go online www.mainattractionband.com.

Established, working band seeks male and female vocalists. Performances involve a variety of styles including R&B, Jazz, and Pop. Performances are generally corporate events, parties, weddings, and clubs. For more information, please call Cory at 617-421-9336

ATTENTION FEMALE VOCALISTS! Boston area female vocalist is currently in the process of forming an all female pop/funk/R&B group. Looking for fun, energetic, and determined vocalists ages 17-25 who would be able to sing and dance. You must have a good look and be serious about performing. For more information please contact Pamela at pachal.p@neu.edu

ATTENTION SONGWRITERS!! International Songwriting Competition Now Accepting Entries For 2004! $100,000 in cash and prizes to be shared by 50 winners in 16 categories. All musicians, bands, solo artists, and songwriters are invited to enter their songs. Since its inception in 2002, ISC especially takes pride in its judges and this year is no exception. ISC 2004 offers both aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity to have their songs heard by a prestigious panel of judges. Please visit our website www.songwritingcompetition.com for updates, an entry form and more information. Enter by August 31, 2004 and save on multiple song entries.

For more auditions, check out Bristol's new Auditions & Opportunities page!! Updated April 19th, 2004. This is an extensive list of auditions and opportunities available in the New England area for performers including listings for Singers, Actors, Models, and other Professionals in the entertainment industry. Please check it out here and see if there is an opportunity for you today.


This Success Story comes from vocalists who took part in the RECORDING WORKSHOP FOR VOCALISTS offered by Bristol Voice Studios.

"I had a great time today!! I've never recorded anything before, I'm really pleased with what I did and the knowledge I have received from the instructors. I feel that they were very helpful and it was a comfortable atmosphere to come and learn about recording. I hope that I can continue this work and retain a good hold of recording technique. Thank you!" - MS

"My Teacher was extremely informative. She showed me what to do and more importantly what not to do in a vocal recording setting and I had fun learning how to add background and underlying vocals. I learned that recording is not exactly easy and to now be able to easily punch out the lyrics is awesome! At least now when I record, I have knowledge about the process and I can understand exactly what the engineer is talking about." - BL

"I had a really great time! In the beginning I learned quite a few more technical terms than I knew before. I got some really helpful feedback and the instructor was easy to work with. I'm glad I got to try out my own song because I'll be more prepared for when I record the final mix. It was also very interesting and educational to
work with the other vocalists." - AF



This month in Studio C, composer Mark Bennett of the Huntington Theater Company was working with Bristol engineer Matt Williamson on recording the underscore and transitional music for the Tennessee Williams play "Rose Tattoo," set to debut June 13th on Broadway in New York. In the studio, under the direction of Mark, Matt recorded violin performed by Yaeko Miranda, oboe performed by Benjamin Bolter, and trumpet performed by Matthew Ara, all from the New England Conservatory. The story of "Rose Tattoo" takes place in a old world Italian community on the Louisiana Bayou and the original accompaniment asked for in this play was simply guitar and a singer. Mark has drawn on elements from the play and expanded the instrumental selection to really represent the old world Italian culture with a hint of Louisiana blues. Mark, also a graduate of the New England Conservatory is a highly sought after composer on and off Broadway and has achieved many notable awards including a 1998 Obie award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, as well as a Bessie award for dance composition.

Mark has also been nominated for seven Drama Desk awards. Earlier this year, Mark's compositions could be heard in "Henry IV" starring Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke presented at the Vivian Belmont Theater at the Lincoln Center in NY. When asked about his experiences working at Bristol Recording Studios, Mark said "The room sounded great! Everybody's been really supportive, friendly, and helpful on a project that's taken a little more time than we originally thought and (Bristol) has also been accommodating with gear". Here's what Matt had to say about working with such a notable composer, "It's been an absolute pleasure. Mark is the first theater composer I have worked with and he is a true professional. Working with Mark has been a great experience, he truly commanded the session and I appreciate the advice he has to offer and the experience he has shared with me."

Owner/Producer Ric Poulin with Tony in Studio B
Singer/songwriter Tony Giuliano was recently in Studio B working with Studio Owner/Producer Ric Poulin. Tony is in the process of completing his first demo featuring original acoustic rock songs. Tony first came to Bristol Recording & Voice Studios through the "Careers in Music" workshop where he met Ric Poulin for the first time. Ric listened to a tape of a few originals Tony had made, and recognized Tony's talent for songwriting. Tony knew his voice would need some improvement to really get a 'pro' sound before any demo work could be done. He started voice lessons with Bristol Vocal Coach Brent Barlow, under Ric's direction, to work on his original songs. "Once I started catching on, the vocals basically outgrew my material and led to a whole new level of songwriting." Then Tony took the Songwriting Workshop offered by Bristol. "The Songwriting Workshop enhanced my skills, as I took Ric's method of songwriting and blended that with my own style, I starting writing tunes more frequently and of better quality than ever."
Tony recently completed recording his original song "All I Know" with Ric and that song was a direct result of the Songwriting Workshop. "All I Know" was a song that Tony wrote to express the simple confidence of a man who loves a woman, and all he knows is that someday she'll come back home. Tony is now on to the next step in the workshop, setting up his own website and learning to shop the tune. "As soon as I learned to play two chords I wrote a song and since then, my passion for songwriting just continued to grow and is still growing. My main inspiration and influence has always been the Beatles, especially the later stuff when their songwriting really flourished. I guess I just loved the character and charm of the way they brought us an idea or a story and blended it with really catchy melodies. I try to make my songs pretty representative of my character and personality and as 'me' as possible. I want people listening to get a feeling or inspiration from it as naturally as possible, as if we were in a conversation." Tony recently performed his original song, "And She Said" at the Bristol Voice Student Showcase.

Recording client George Walters-Sleyon has completed his recording project here at Bristol. Entitled "Hold On, You Will Survive", his CD has been produced for the sole purpose of raising funds for schools and orphanages in Liberia. George worked with Bristol Producer Chris Billias on recording, mixing and mastering this project. To George, this an album of conscience and as a musician it is his goal to raise awareness of the plight of women, children and the less fortunate who have born the brunt of recent turmoil in the area. "Hold On, You Will Survive" is currently available for purchase online at www.cdbaby.com and at www.sonicbids.com. George recently performed music from this CD in Baltimore, MD and in Massachusetts at Gordon College. "Hold On, You Will Survive" will soon be available online at www.amazon.com, and at Boston area Virgin Megastores. George recently graduated from Boston University's School of Theology with a Master's Degree in Divinity and Social Ethics. If anyone is interested in contacting George regarding this truly humanitarian project, he can be reached at 617-566-8413 or by email at gmahb@bu.edu.

Bristol Engineering Assistant Tim Washburn certainly deserves special recognition for actions performed above and beyond the call of duty. Tim came to Bristol Recording Studios through the courses in Pro Tools offered here and taught by Pro Tools expert Viktor Kray. Tim was interested in making the most of his home recording setup using Pro Tools so he completed two courses here at the studio and came on board as an engineering assistant to further his experience. Tim also spends much of his time working for the Red Cross hosting their blood drives. Through being part of that organization it was discovered that he was a rather unique match for a person diagnosed with leukemia who desperately needed bone marrow. Tim has recently undergone the very intense procedure of having bone marrow removed so that it could be donated to this individual. Tim was back in the studio about a week later, healthy and in good spirits. Hats off to Tim!

Recently, voice over talent Mikey Kelly was working with Senior Producer Chris Billias on recording voice for a Dr. Pepper commercial. Mikey is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied television production. Currently he works in L.A. doing voiceover work. Mikey has contributed to many projects including hit video games: Tony Hawk: Underground, Wratchet and Clank, and Full Spectrum Warrior. Mikey has also lent his voice to the Scooby Doo animated movies and to the new WB show; Balloonantics. Mikey is so sought after for his voice over skills that when he was vacationing in Massachusetts with his wife, he was called from his offices in L.A. and told to come in to Bristol Recording Studios to make the Dr. Pepper recording. When asked about his experiences working in the facilities at Bristol and with our staff, Mikey said "It was great, it was a lot of fun. Chris and everybody here are cool!"


Boston's Pop/R&B sensation Jada recently delivered a knock out performance of the National Anthem for the Boston vs. Indiana playoff game at the Fleet Center in Boston. Jada not only performed for the thousands of Celtics fans at the Fleet Center, but also for countless fans at home who tuned in to the game on ESPN. Jada performed again at The Fleet Center in Boston on June 1st as part of "The Tradition," a Boston event to honor the city's former and present top athletes. They performed for a crowd which included all the members of The Boston Bruins, The Boston Celtics, The New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. The ladies of Jada also recently emceed the Bristol Voice Student Showcase, where they performed Chaka Kahn's "Sweet Thing", and also accompanied vocal coach Brian Orvek as he sang "If I Ever Fall In Love Again" by Shai. Jada recently appeared at the Blue Wave Lounge in Boston as part of the 3rd Annual Fashion Showcase presented by Organized Gear Entertainment. Jada performed with Playback, C.R.E.A.M., DJ Italian Ice and more. Jada also recently performed at the Day of Portugal, an annual outdoor festival in New Bedford, MA. For more details, visit Jada's website at www.jadamusic.com

Bristol Voice student and Boston area headliner Christina McGhie recently performed the National Anthem at Gillette Stadium for the New England Revolution. Christina is now working with seasoned promoter Cyndi Ross, who worked in L.A. with many bands including Poison. Cyndi sent Christina's CD, which was recorded at Bristol Recording Studios, to the offices of the New England Revolution and Christina was immediately asked to perform. Christina has also recently been accepted to the prestigious music program at Belmont University in Tennessee and will be attending there in the fall. Christina recently performed "At Last" by Etta James at the Bristol Voice Student Showcase.

20 year old multi talented vocalist, Angela Lynn Pettiway has recently been working with Voice Studio Director and Vocal Coach Ric Poulin on advanced vocal technique to fine-tune her natural talent. Angela has incredible range and her own unique style. A stage performer since the age of 7, she has performed the National Anthem twice for The New England Patriots, shared the stage at the Coca Cola True Talent Contest with recording artists, Royce DA 5'9", Code5 and chart topper B2K. Angela was selected to compete in Ed McMahon's NextBigStar Online Talent Competition, and made it to the final 6. She was selected from 2,000 performers for the Hasbro Ekara "Pop Diva for a Day" Multi City Mall Tour vocal demonstration of their new Karaoke toy.
Angela has won many vocal competitions, and she donates countless hours raising money for the awareness of AIDS and cancer through singing. Working with Ric at Bristol Voice Studios is her first experience with vocal training, and as she continues to study here, Angela plans to take advantage of upcoming workshops. Last week Angela performed a soulful rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Impossible" at the Bristol Voice Student Showcase.

Bristol Voice Student Kelley Bolduc and her band "Hot Like Fire" will be performing every Sunday at The Derryfield in Manchester, NH beginning on May 23rd, until Labor Day Weekend. They are New England's most sought after Reggae and party band and will also be playing every Tuesday at The Rhino Bar in Newport, RI beginning May 25th through the end of June. Hot Like Fire recently performed at the Harpoon Brewery‘s Brewfest and will be performing this Sunday June 13, 2004 from 5:45 PM to 09:45 PM at The Derryfield (625 Mammoth Rd, Derryfield, NH 603-623-2880). Hot Like Fire has emerged as the most energetic and fun party band on the reggae music scene for the past fourteen years. They are well known for their reggae versions of American pop and R&B songs. Hot Like Fire is currently performing music from their most recent CD, which won CD of the Year, Boston Caribbean Music Awards and as always continue to play favorites by Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and of course that "Hot Hot Hot" song! Hot Like Fire has received several nominations for "Outstanding World Music Act" as part of the Boston Music Awards and Kelley has been studying the pop/rock/R&B vocal method here at Bristol Voice Studios with Senior Vocal Coach Brent Barlow since the spring of 2003. "I have enjoyed working with Brent. He has a great sense of humor and is very personable. He has taken an interest in my personal situation of being a trumpet player who has begun singing. I was an untrained singer who'd been singing in my own band for some time and developed some bad habits. Performing 4-6 nights a week during the summer months had trashed my voice and I was developing pre-nodules. It was very frustrating to feel sore and hoarse after most performances. Brent has been helping me to learn to sing correctly for the past year. He has been very supportive through the last year." For more information on Hot Like Fire, visit their web site at www.hotlikefire.net
The Effects of Dairy Products on the Voice and "Dairy Sensitive" Individuals

About 10 years ago, a rock 'n' roll singer/guitarist with a Masters degree in science explained to me all about the effect of dairy products on people. It was an eye opener. I am not prescribing anything. If this makes sense to you, try it at your own risk. Because I run into this with singers often I thought I'd share this with everyone.

As a note on allergies, many people, including me, have developed allergies over the last 15 years due to all the additives in dairy products. Preservatives, pesticides, hormone injections, anti-biotics and, since about 1987, Synthetic Vitamin D. These wreak havoc on and weaken the immune system, are difficult to metabolize and thus make one more sensitive to pollen, dust, perfumes and other air borne particles. Sometime around 1992 I started developing allergic reactions to our cat when arriving home at night. Within a half hour I'd have trouble breathing, and would have a runny nose. At the same time I'd have a really bad headache about every two weeks. Once my student explained all about the effects of dairy products as we know them today, I stopped eating anything dairy for 3-4 weeks. No more problems, no more headaches, no more allergy to cats, dust, pollen or anything.

I hardly eat any dairy anymore but do cheat from time to time, and almost instantly feel the effects of it within a day or two when I do. You can only see if this affects you by going "cold turkey" for 3-4 weeks- no dairy whatsoever and then see how you're doing. I, along with many others, can attest to this as a result. If you suffer any sinus problems, congestion, allergic reactions, etc. it's worth a try. This is especially key for singers. And remember that the body is a very finely balanced system; when it is allergic (extra sensitive) to something, that it only takes a very small amount of that thing to create a bad reaction. Just to clarify, as it's often misunderstood- dairy refers to milk products from cattle, so includes, milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, ice cream, etc. You can find dairy in baked goods, cream based sauces and soups, etc. For those converts out there, there are some really good dairy substitutes to try. I really enjoy the soy and rice based "ice creams", soy milks, etc. "Silk" makes a the creamiest and richest "creamer" for coffee. The soy cheeses are disappointing but Trader Joe's delivers the best-a jalepena "Monterey Jack".

Hope it helps!


This month's interview is with Bristol recording artist and Bristol Voice alumni, Jaime Guiod. Currently, Jaime is in the studio recording an original three song demo with veteran producer and studio owner Ric Poulin. Jamie also recently performed her original song "She Still Smiles" at the Bristol Voice Student Showcase. Jaime's music has been featured on the Mix 2 album released by Mona Lisa Records. Want to see this songstress in action? See Jaime perform as she hosts a weekly karaoke night, each Wednesday at T's Pub at 973 Commercial Ave (next to the Paradise).

Bristol: When did you first get into music?

Jaime: I've been singing since I was about 7 years old and writing lyrics since I was about 11 years old, and I always knew music was the only thing I wanted to do with my life. Also, I grew up in a musical family so I was always surrounded by it.

Bristol: What brought you to Bristol Recording & Voice Studios?

Jaime: In 1996, when I was 19 years old, I decided it was time to strengthen my voice, so I found Bristol Studios through an ad, and made an appointment for a consultation. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after that consultation I decided to start taking voice lessons. I told myself I'd stick with it if Bristol really helped make a difference and 3 years later I was still taking voice lessons.

Bristol: What other services did you take advantage of while you were studying at Bristol Voice Studios?

Jaime: I also took a recording workshop and 2 performance workshops. I actually went into the first performance workshop with hesitation thinking I already knew what to do on stage. After it was finished, I was so glad I went through it. It gave me more confidence than I ever had before. I was already a singer, but the workshop taught me how to be a performer.

Bristol: After you had this new-found confidence, what did decide to do with your career?

Jaime: Not long after the second performance workshop ended, I felt ready and decided it was time to put everything I had learned at Bristol to good use and started auditioning for bands. I first worked with a guitarist on a duo project and eventually started playing with full bands. I have worked with many musicians in both cover and original bands over the past 7 years, and played out in and around the Boston area at such venues as The Bell in Hand, Copperfield's, and Great Scott.

Bristol: How did you end up hosting karaoke night at T's Pub?

Jaime: In 2000 I lived on Comm Ave. and used to go over to T's Pub to sing karaoke all the time. One night, I was asked to be a host. Of course I said "yes," right away and felt proud that someone thought I had enough talent to entertain a crowd every week. And I still currently work there every Wednesday night.

Bristol: What made you decide to pursue recording?

Jaime: I haven't been in a band since last year, and things have been pretty frustrating lately. It's been tough for me to find the right musicians who not only have the talent, but the drive and determination to succeed in music. So one of my mottos is that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I decided one of things I really needed was a demo.

Bristol: What made you come back to Bristol Recording Studios?

Jaime: I put an ad out on Craig's List asking for any help or suggestions. I eventually got an email from Bristol Studios saying Ric was having some consultations, and I should come in and talk with him. How could I ever have forgotten about Bristol Studios in the first place? Needless to say, I met with Ric, neither of us knowing what would come out of it, but we had an interesting conversation. We both agreed I did need a really great demo and a professional package that I could use to promote myself.

Bristol: How is that project coming along?

Jaime: We're just finishing up with the first song and we'll record 2 more after. They will all be my own original songs. The songs are pop/rock, and will be along the lines of Alanis, Michelle Branch, Avril. After the demo is recorded, it's onto getting a website created and getting pictures done. And then, who knows where it will progress from there. But I know that my dedication will never allow me to give up pursuing my dream of singing.

Bristol: What would you say to today's aspiring artist?

Jaime: "You should never give up whatever your passion in life is, no matter what anyone says. Everything takes time and hard work, and you have to be willing to make the effort. And if others don't believe in you, never stop believing in yourself. Bristol Studios taught me so much and without them, I know I wouldn't be where I am today."

Bristol: Thank you Jaime!



See Boston's hottest pop/r&b sensation, Jada, featured by Universal Audio! http://www.uaudio.com/webzine/may/text/content1.html#Anchor-14210
"REMIX Roundup - Remix Hotel, Miami and the arrival of Jada!"

Universal Audio attended its first Remix Hotel event during the Winter Music Conference in Miami to show the new UAD-1 Studio Pak to the Remix/DJ crowd. With the killer location and coincidence with the Winter Music Conference, the event attracted a large number of DJ's, producers and remixers who dropped by to check out the latest gear from the exhibitors including: UA, Pioneer, Yamaha, Mackie & Korg. Hot all-girl Boston band "Jada" dropped by the UA booth and the lovely Jacyn, Lauren, Elle and Ashley treated us to an impromptu a cappella performance of one of their new tracks. These ladies can REALLY sing, and they are holding a remix competition, so put your UAD-1 to good use and visit their site! UA's own Will Shanks can be seen in
this shot with the girls!" For more pictures from the Remix Hotel go to http://www.uaudio.com/company/gallery/remix04.html.

"FTC Bust "American Idol" Voting Scam"
By: Mi2N (http://musicdish.com/mag/?cat_nb=1) 2004-04-24

On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint and consent order against several Utah-based defendants settling Commission charges that they deceived approximately 25,000 consumers who were trying to call the popular television show "American Idol" to vote for their favorite performer during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. According to the FTC's complaint, the defendants took advantage of callers who inadvertently misdialed the "American Idol" phone numbers by buying numbers that were very close to - but not the same as - the correct numbers (i.e., an 800 prefix instead of the 866 prefix or a switch in two of the digits (1-866-463-5701 instead of 1-866-436-5701) and that routed the callers to the defendants' own toll-free lines. The callers were then allegedly led to believe that they had to call a 900 number to place their vote, and that they had to pay a fee ranging from $1.99 to $2.97 per call.

"A European Music Office In New York City" By: Mi2N 2004-04-24

The European Music Office, in conjunction with many European music promotion organizations, has initiated a project designed to "pre-figure" a future European Music office based in NYC, with the support of the European Union. Objectives of the action aim at widening the knowledge of the European cultural operators in the US market and creating an information contact point facilitating the development of European music in the US. This will be accomplished through an on-going study of the market and an aggregated database of key US contacts in various fields of music and related media businesses. The office will perform services for the immediate priorities of the participating promotion organizations. This office eventually will propose its services to all the national music promotion organizations based in Europe, with constituents including record labels, publishers, organizations, managers and most other music related businesses. This project will be directed in the US by Robert Singerman, a 25 year veteran in developing US and international artists and companies, in association with the European Music Office and the many organizations. Robert Singerman, using the services of MiriamLockshin and other internationally known experts in the US music business, will identify and establish a pool of consultants to be available for consultancy work for European Music professionals, upon requests of the European national music promotion organizations.



MAKE YOURS A PERFORMANCE TO REMEMBER!! If you're serious about succeeding as a performer on a local or national level or just want to finally get up there on stage for fun, and feel that you need improvement in ANY of the following areas, then this workshop is a MUST for you!!
 •Being comfortable and confident on stage.
 •Handling nervousness and overcoming stage fright
 •Being comfortable talking to audiences (and what to say to them)
 •How to put emotion into a performance
 •How to achieve star presence and star quality on stage
 •Physical movement including gesturing in songs
 •Stage manners
If you are interested in signing up or learning more about this phenomenal workshop then call Amie at 617-247-8689 today!

"When I first started this workshop, I could not function on stage. I could not see, breathe or sing, let alone move around and dance! Now I can get up on stage and instead of feeling afraid, I feel excited and pumped up! There is a huge difference in how I feel and look on stage. Even if I weren't trying to perform, this workshop is great for just learning how to communicate with people. What I learned here I can take into my personal and professional life!" -SW

Bristol Recording Studios offers: Small class sizes! Hands-on training! The most current and innovative audio and production techniques! Real life recording scenarios! We are currently accepting registrations for all engineering courses. These courses are led by experienced, talented industry professionals and they are specifically designed to help you succeed in today's recording industry. Call Craig today at 617-247-8689 for more course information and don't forget to ask about package discounts. As of now, we currently offer the following courses:
Basic Courses:
Audio Engineering I
Audio Engineering II
ProTools I
ProTools II
Advanced Courses:
ProTools III
Digital Performer
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"Bristol Studios has been a wonderful experience for me. As a performer, I wanted to know the behind the scenes of engineering and production. The staff at Bristol has given me that dream and opportunity to succeed in the music business. With their training, I have boosted my ability as a musician and now as an engineer and producer. Thanks to all at Bristol Studios!" - BG

Specific tutorials designed to fit your individual educational needs are also available. Call for details. If you would like more information on any of these courses or if you'd like to register for our program, please contact Craig at 617-247-8689.

LEARN IT! Learn the ins and outs of the recording process. Bristol Voice Studio has been successfully training singers how to correctly produce the great tone qualities currently in use by the top singers today. But how do you get these onto a recording and make it sound like a record? Find out once and for all in this unique workshop.
SING IT! Discover how to produce a record quality vocal performance. Vocalists who can get a great sound in a studio are very valuable and sought after by producers, songwriters, advertising agencies and record labels. Learn the tools of the trade and get a chance to practice them in the studio.
RECORD IT! CREATE A DEMO TAPE! Take the mystery and fear out of the studio environment and the recording process. Let our experienced engineers and vocal coaches guide you through the recording process and capture your performance to create that all important great sounding vocal demo tape.

For more information on the Recording Workshop for Vocalists presented by Bristol Voice Studios, please contact Amie at 617-247-8689.

"This Workshop helped me to learn some of the work that goes into making a recording. I have never done any studio recordings before, so it was a great way to learn how and make my own demo. I also learned some different features on a mixer that you can use to make your voice sound better, such as reverb and compression. This workshop is very beneficial and I'm glad I went." - JG



"What's Wrong with American Idol?"
Four Music Business Experts Say the Popular Talent Show Is Misleading Tens of Thousands of Aspiring Musicians ... and the Public at Large.
by Bob Baker - The Buzz Factor, Posted March 2004 (www.musicbizacademy.com/articles/bb_americanidol.htm)

"American Idol" is no doubt one of the most popular TV shows of recent years, drawing millions of viewers every week. But, according to four music business experts, the program is doing a disservice to aspiring musicians and distorting perceptions of how the music industry really works. "The show may be fun to watch, but it's the last place I'd recommend anyone go to learn how to succeed with a music career," says Bob Baker, author of "Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook" and "Unleash the Artist Within." Baker compared notes with three other music business pros: Derek Sivers, Peter Spellman and Danica Mathes. All four agreed the show has created widespread misconceptions about what it takes to succeed as a musical artist in the modern world. They have identified five myths perpetuated by American Idol and are on a mission to set the record straight.

Myth #1
Industry talent scouts actively look for singers and musicians to develop.

"Shows like 'American Idol' lead viewers to believe that there are hundreds of people like Simon, Paula and Randy out there searching for talent they can mold into the next big pop star. That's an Old World view that simply doesn't reflect reality these days," Baker says. Danica Mathes, a St. Louis, MO-based entertainment attorney, who has worked with artists such as Nelly and Anthony Cosmo (of the band Boston), admits that record companies employ A&R people whose job it is to sign and nurture new artists. "But as major labels consolidate, cut staffs and get nervous about the bottom line, they no longer have the time or money to develop new acts," she says. "Instead, they look for artists who are already developing themselves, attracting fans and selling CDs on their own. "It's easy to forget that in the music business, like any other business, a record company's investment and risk on a newly signed act can mean the end of several careers -- not just the artist's -- if it doesn't work. So a label is much more likely to invest in someone who has a proven track record."

Myth #2
Most aspiring musicians lack talent and are delusional, struggling and starving.

The "American Idol" auditions, in particular, create this illusion. "That's a huge misconception," says Derek Sivers, founder and president of Portland, OR-based CD Baby, a web site that in 2003 sold $4.6 million worth of CDs (more than 400,000 units) by unsigned acts. "I'm blown away by the tremendous amount of quality music being produced outside the mainstream," he says. "Many amazing musicians have decided they're happier selling 10,000 CDs on their own and making a hundred thousand dollars, than selling a million CDs and being broke on a major label. That's the reality of today's music business."

Myth #3
You need the approval of industry insiders to make it in music.

Another misguided notion is that getting an industry big shot's approval will make or break your career. "Sorry, you don't need Simon's or anyone else's permission to be worthy of a career in music," Baker says. "If you wait for someone to give you the green light to create and perform music, you may wait a long time. Artists should use their inner conviction and the response they get from fans to fuel their progress." "Every major label in the U.K. passed on both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in their day," says Peter Spellman, Director of Career Development at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and author of "Indie Power" and "The Self-Promoting Musician." "That gives you a sense of what label gatekeepers know about an artist's potential. Who knows what talent they're passing on today?"

Myth #4
Landing a major recording contract is the ultimate sign of success.

"While major label deals have a purpose in the industry for some musicians, I definitely preach the independent gospel," Mathes says. "I've heard countless stories of bands that got signed and never went anywhere, or bands that had record deals and ended up falling far short of their expectations. Unfortunately, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are the exceptions, not the rule" According to Mathes, only about one in 30 signed acts reach significant enough sales levels to warrant a second CD release, which means nearly 97% of artists with recording contracts fail. "Getting signed often means the kiss of death," she says. "Yet, I talk to aspiring artists every day who still believe they need a major label deal. The smartest musicians understand that there are other options that give them much more control over their careers, and they aren't afraid to put their all into making it happen. Artists who realize success does not happen when you get signed to a major label are the ones who will make it in this industry."

Myth #5
Without widespread nationwide exposure, you're doomed to failure.

Most musicians would love to get the high-impact TV exposure that "American Idol" finalists receive. But nationwide media coverage is not a requirement for ultimate success in music. "When most people think of successful artists, they mainly think of who they've heard on the radio or seen on MTV," Baker explains. "However, there are thousands of lesser-known artists who actively write, record and perform great music under the radar. And, contrary to popular belief, many of them make decent money, have large armies of devoted fans and are quietly, but steadily, building careers." Baker adds, "It's misguided for artists to think they need the massive exposure and approval of music industry honchos a la 'American Idol' in order to succeed. The musicians with the best odds of success take their careers into their own hands, promote themselves relentlessly and create their own lucky breaks."



NEW ENGINEERING COURSE OFFERING! Bristol Recording Studios now offers REASON 2.5! Reason is the wave of the future in music production, and you can get up to speed in no time with our comprehensive course. Learn everything from basic setup to advanced production techniques. Reason is an infinitely expandable music workstation on a CD-ROM, complete with its own real time sequence. Everything you need - synths, samplers, a drum machine, mixing board & effects - to produce virtually any style of music. Come to Bristol Recording Studios and learn from recording education professionals. To get started on this 10 week course, call Craig today at 617-247-8689 to register! A $100 deposit will lock you in and each class is $50. Flexible scheduling available! How good are we at this? Reason is currently sponsoring our JADA International Remix Contest (For more details visit www.jadamusic.com)!

Bristol Recording Studios is now offering the SPRING DEMO DEAL. This $1000 package includes: 15 hours of studio time, 20 CDs with graphics and on-CD printing (a $535 savings!) Let our experienced producers and engineers create record quality music to get your demo the industry attention you've been looking for!

BANDS: Get a great sound, pay cheap rates, work with chill engineers & great gear!
SONGWRITERS: Get radio quality production and exciting arrangements from industry pros at affordable prices. Bring your full musical vision to fruition!
SINGERS: Work with specially trained engineers who can make you sound your best!

Creative environment and comfortable surroundings. If you want to get there, you need to get here. For more information about the Spring Demo Deal, or other recording packages call Craig today at 617-247-8689.

GET FREE VOICE LESSONS! Bristol Voice Studios is now offering new students a great way to get into the TRUE Pop/Gospel/R&B vocal program! When you come into Bristol Voice Studios as a new student, we offer to you this incredible introductory package: When you buy four lessons you get the fifth one for free, with no deposit required!! Already enrolled in the program? Don't worry, you can get a free lesson too! When you buy a block of 10 lessons you automatically get a free voice lesson. That's almost three months of lessons all paid for at one time. This is the easiest and most economical way to manage your voice lessons. Any one interested in finding out more about Bristol Voice studios is invited to come in for a free, no obligation vocal consultation. To book your free consultation, or if you are interested in purchasing a block of lessons please call Amie today at 617-247-8689.

LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE REHEARSAL SPACE? Bristol Studios is currently renting out rehearsal space by the hour. Solo performers and ensembles alike are welcome to call Amie today at 617-247-8689 to schedule a tour of our professional facilities and to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Bristol Studios is now offering professional teaching space for rent by the hour! Located in Boston's Back Bay, right across the street from Berklee College of Music and around the corner from both the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music, Bristol Studios is at the hub of music education in the Boston area. Instrumental instructors, voice teachers and dance instructors are welcome to call Amie today at 617-247-8689 to schedule a tour of our professional facilities and to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Bristol Studios now has office space available to rent to professional music industry and entertainment related businesses. Located in Boston's Back Bay, right across the street from Berklee College of Music and around the corner from Newbury Street and Landsdowne Street, Bristol Studios is at the hub of Boston's live music scene. Call Amie today at 617-247-8689 to schedule a tour of our available spaces and to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Let your CD make a big impression even before it's even heard! Not only does accomplished Graphics Designer Merlyn Caswell-Mackey design poster art and web pages, but he has also designed CD graphics for pop sensation Jada, The Silver Lining Gospel Choir, international cabaret stars The Follen Angels, and many more. See his work for yourself! Visit www.bristolstudios.com or www.jadamusic.com today to see Merlyn's work first hand. For more information about our graphic services call Craig today at 617-247-8689.

BRISTOL KARAOKE PACKAGE! We are presenting a new Karaoke package which presents a great way to get into the studio at a reduced cost. This package offers 3 hours of studio time working with an experienced engineering assistant, and 10 CDs with on-cd printing. Do not miss your chance at this great opportunity and call Craig today (617-247-8689).


Jada's upcoming performances!
•Saturday, June 26, at the Northwest Connecticut Balloon Festival, Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen, CT.
•Saturday, July 3, HarborFest, City Hall Plaza! Party on the Plaza! Celebrate our Independence with the City of Boston. FREE event sponsored by the City of Boston. Show begins at noon.
•Saturday, July 10, 6:00 PM, opening for Rueben Studdard. At the John Hancock Hall, Boston. Featuring the Organized Gear 3rd Annual Fashion Show and other opening acts: One Luv (Bristol client) and PlayBack. Tickets will be available at Bristol Recording & Voice Studios, 169 Massachusetts Ave. or online at www.BristolStudios.com via PayPal.
For More performance dates check out www.jadamusic.com

The Grab Brothers
will be playing at The Alibi in Province Town for happy hour! Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4pm-7pm.

Captain Morgan and the Rum Runners - The wildest cover band in the Merrimack Valley, Thursdays 9pm-1am Upstairs at the Old Court 29 Central St., Lowell, MA for more information about these crazy guys go to www.lowellrocks.com and search for the Rum Runners

The Maggie Rose Quartet Mondays, 9-12:30 pm The Encore Lounge in the Tremont Hotel 175 Tremont St., Boston, MA

This Thursday and every Thursday! The Camelia Latin Jazz Trio will be performing at El Sarape, an establishment known for it's fine Mexican cuisine. El Sarape is located at 5 Commercial Street in Braintree, MA. The Camelia Latin Jazz Trio will be performing from 7:30 to 10:00pm, and admission is free.


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