How To Be A Successful Professional Singer Without A Manager, Publisher Or Record Deal (with Sarah Brown)

Welcome to Episode 005 of The Performer Podcast 

Michelle welcomes the Queen of making a living from singing, Sarah Brown to The Performer! They delve in the deep-end of making money as a singer in today's industry, dealing with hecklers and troll alike online and in-person. Also, performing tips, how to deal with nerves and coping with viral videos immediately after the intro. They venture down the rabbit hole of Beyonce bodysuits and get interupted by the absolute rockstar, Dexter - Sarah's dog. 

It gets informative fast, so have that cup of tea ready before you hit play.

In today's episode, you will get straight-talking, tangible strategies to: 

Self-publish your music | How to get a viral video | How to be a professional singer and get paid well | How to use social media to your advantage | What success really looks and feels like 

 

 

 

Let me know in the comment section below: 

What is the best tip/strategy from this podcast episode that you can use right now to improve your performing career?

 

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If I have a voice and I’m still breathing, I’m still gonna sing - why not. What stops you…what stops you is what everyone else tells you. You’ve got to block out the noise of everyone else.
— Sarah Brown

About Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is a bluesy pop singer and songwriter based in Cardiff, UK. Drawing influence from vocal powerhouses such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera, Sarah has a huge voice with a performance to match. Her songwriting sees raw, emotional lyrics over melodies that you just can’t get out of your head.

Sarah’s quick succession into a full time covers artist has taken South Wales by storm and she is now stepping out with her own music...

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In 2015, Sarah posted a video of herself singing Blackstreets “No Diggity” with a Ukulele. The video amassed over 200,000 hits on Facebook and 60,000 on YouTube, gaining her a substantial social media following and firmly establishing her place in the local music scene.

With over 300 gigs now under her belt, Sarah has crafted a live show brimming with her infectious passion for music and her trademark powerful vocal.

The self-penned debut single, Nobody's Home tells the story of a broken relationship with a soaring vocal over a funky RnB groove. The track made the iTunes top 200 pop chart on pre-orders alone and was playlisted on the BBC Radio Wales A-List for four consecutive weeks, with press coverage in Buzz Magazine, South Wales Argus and Cardiff NOW.


I went on an absolute rampage. And after one or two gigs, I was like….I want more, I want more…and tried seeking out venues that would pay me to sing
— Sarah Brown

The Show Notes

 

Podcast Conversation timeline 

2:30 - Sarah’s music influence 

6:10 - How Sarah made a full-time career as a singer

13:00 - How Sarah’s image is created

17:00 - How Sarah gets her gigs

19:50 - How do you put yourself out there 

23:00 - How to perform - whatever the weather, or mood

30:00 How do you get your song on iTunes.

32:10 - How to market a self-funded single 

35:00 - Original artist route vs the modern artist route

39:30 - Life for Sarah as a professional singer

44:40 - How to combat nerves 

50:23 - How to deal with social media trolls and unwanted attention 

52:55 - Being a female in the music industry - the pitfalls and triumphs

59:30 - Quick Fire Questions 

 

Links/People Mentioned 

 

EMU Bands | Ditto Music CD Baby | Sunny Lenarduzzi YouTube Channel  | Amy Schmittauer - Vlog Like A Boss

 

Quotes- Sarah Brown

 

Screw what people have told me my whole life, People want to pay me to sing and I’m going to try and do that as much as I can 

 

I went on an absolute rampage and after one or two gigs, I was like….I want more, I want more…and tried seeking out venues that would pay me to sing…this is amazing. I’m getting paid to do something that I love so much. 

 

Within a year I was doing it full-time and people on the scene was like…where di you come from. But, I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have that mental click…do you know, you’re wrong, society’s wrong. You can do what you want to do. And if you can work hard enough at it, you can make a career out of your passion.

 

If I have a voice and I’m still breathing, I’m still gonna sing - why not.  What stops you…what stops you is what everyone else tells you. You’ve got to block out the noise of everyone else.

 

Thank you so much for listening and see you next week! 

Lot of love, 

Michelle