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Humbled last night.

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by MikeBass, Nov 23, 2005.


  1. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    I really was gonna give bass/music up for the most part, then I got a phone call from to MD/bassist a young singer whom I seen play in the past. I didn't want to do it.

    Well, last night I rehersed with by far the best vocalist I think in my 20 years playing professionally (or semi as it would be now) that I ever played behind.
    She WILL be famous. And she's only 15. Yes 15.

    Disney is courting her, EMI/Atlantic as well. Other labels too.

    Her site does not even come close to what she does. Not even close.
    When I went to the site I thought, "Yeah, sorta what I remember from when I saw her last year". Then I got her demo and thought "Hmmm, not bad. I'll give this a go". BTW, I know her dad and he asked me to come on board to help out.

    So I put together a band, got them the material.
    Then last night happened. Guys, I DO NOT get surprised or stunned to the point that I will blow a part or a change, but last night I literally was stunned and shocked to the point where I did.

    Think Christina Aguilara without the "pop diva" and add some heart and a heavy ass does of soul.

    Again, the stuff on her site isn't even close.
    www.alyssasimmons.com

    My God I wish you guys could have heard this girl.
    15, five foot tall in heels and a shy little thing as well.
     
  2. ebladeboi123

    ebladeboi123

    Jul 11, 2005
    Oberlin, Oh
    A young singer, who knows what they are doing is very rare. However, the one thing that she may want to be careful of is hurting her vocal chords. I know the singer in my band (exceptional singer, sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, at the age of 15 as well), is allways urged to go easy on his voice, so he doesn't blow it out.

    Glad to see your back in the "professional" game now, hope it goes better for you this time.

    Dan
     
  3. slapcracklepop

    slapcracklepop

    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Wow, she's very beautiful too. She looks much older than 15.
     
  4. Whoaaaaaa there pardner. [megaphone=on]Step away from the jailbait, keep your hands where I can see them[/megaphone=off] ;)

    Randy
     
  5. kjones

    kjones Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    Maryland
    Randy, did you check slapcrackle's personal info? It appears he's jailbait as well by my (admittedly poor) math. 15 year olds being attracted to 15 year olds is quite OK.

    Play on.
     
  6. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove

    HAHA!!!
    Yeah, she's gonna be a man killer in a few years!!!
    BTW Randy, her CD release is Dec 17th. The band is killin'. You should try and bring the "crew" on out.
    But it is in Romeo :meh:
    Talk at ya soon.............................
     
  7. Eh... another Christina Aguwhatever.

    Good luck with that.
     
  8. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove

    Silly silly boy.............

    Before Christina went all skanky and stuff, the girl sang her ass off.
     
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Before, and after. Anyone dig the track she did with Herbie Hancock on that duets album he did?
     
  10. You are incorrect, sir. She sings great, no doubt about it. But since she went skanky, you can clearly see that at no time does her ass leave her body.

    Randy
     
  11. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove

    My good man, if you read my post correctly, you would clearly see that I stated BEFORE she went as we say "all skanky".
    I do recall a time that she had a much more plesent appearring pooper.
    Maybe it was just a trick done with todays computer generated animation or just my inability to get beyond that hot little bitch sensation that had taken over my loins.
     
  12. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
    I got that same call for the same chick 2 years ago form an engineer at Pearl studios.
    Small da*n world
    she was supposed to be the next "britney spears"
    I just couldnt play pop, I had to turn it down!
    I got into a similar situation with mike rand at ATI to form a signed band for universal music group with a great local drummer, I had seen asomeone else I know make that decision and accept, unfoprtunately the band never seemed to do much and I dont even know wehre he is anymore (he used to live in traverse city)

    small world herin SE MICH.
    :rolleyes:
     
  13. matrok

    matrok

    Jan 10, 2005
    Ferndale, Michigan
    Hey Mike, who's in the band? I'll be in Traverse City that weekend for an early Christmas celebration so I'll have to catch the next gig. Keep me posted.
     
  14. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    Ed Thorp on drums, Scott Peterson on guitar, Pete Martinez on keys and little ol' me!! I'm the one trying to keep up with these guys! I'm out classed!!
    We have another k'brd player as well, haven't met him yet, I will tomorrow-Conrad something-didn't get his last name.

    Talk at ya later!
    You still doing the Barb P show???
     
  15. matrok

    matrok

    Jan 10, 2005
    Ferndale, Michigan
    Still doing the Barb show. Don't know Ed or Scott, but Pete's been doing our gig for the last few months now.

    Hope to catch ya soon.
     
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Sigh...an artiste, huh? I guess you're not familiar with the term "stepping stone." If Darryl Jones can play with Madonna after playing with Miles Davis, there's no reason to turn down a good gig that pays or one that has a future, regardless of the music. I mean, hey, suit yourself, but in my humble opinion, you probably let a nice opportunity slip through your fingers. Maybe she'll be big, maybe she won't (depends on how much money Daddy is willing to shell out to buy airplay), but it sounds like there's money in it.

    I would do it in a heartbeat, even if I didn't like her or her music.
     
  17. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    I do a lot of MD-ing for various singers ect.. and when I got this call, I almost didn't take it. I mean the stuff is cool, but not exactly my cup o' Joe. Plus I was looking at doing some other things and don't have a ton of extra time. Then I heard her sing in person.
     
  18. specplyrz

    specplyrz Banned

    Nov 11, 2005

    Well, just my two cents worth...she definetly has a voice and a look....unfortunatly...
    Christina Aguilara....is already here.

    Her voice sounds very close in style and the power will catch up in a couple years...
     
  19. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    Umm....who at Pearl called you about her??
    She never was in a position to have a band behind her before. And she never worked with anyone from Pearl Sound.
    She/they talked to Steve Trudell at one point. Briefly. Very briefly. (interesting story, we'll just say things didn't work out)
    This is the first time her dad has put forth the effort to back her with a live band.
    I've known them for a few years and I don't recall them wanting to market her as a pop diva ala' Brittney Spears. But who knows!
    Some other girl maybe?!?!
     
  20. I hate to be a kill-joy here, but since when did having talent mean someone was going to make it?

    Altho, yes, she does have a few big companies chasing her, nothing happens with the majority of them