This article is a contributed piece from Erin M. Phillips, vocal teacher, and Roger E. McLendon, M.D., a neuropathologist. Learn more about the Erin M. Phillips Voice Studio at this link.
At some point in their careers, musicians will experience performance anxiety. This can affect performers of any capacity, whether on stage, in classroom, or on the field.
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“Guess I fell on deaf ears— nobody hears me. Y’all see me cryin’-STNFXCE, “Solow”
And y’all fear me, cuz when you ever seen a black man cry?
Unless he’s begging for his life, he can’t get teary eyed.”
STNFXCE (pronounced Stoneface) is a genre-melding contemporary soul artist from the South Side of Chicago. Despite his name and stoic-by-choice stage presence, his debut EP, STX//stns, is an exercise in vulnerability; one intended to challenge society’s stifling expectations of hypermasculinity among young black men.
While parts of the country begin to crawl out of the collective haze brought on by months of quarantine, we should keep in mind that some areas of it are moving more quickly than others.
And, if you’re still waiting to move forward into normal life, know that country artist Stephanie Ryann is right there with you.
Rising LGBTQ dream-pop artist Nicolas McCoppin has been dubbed “the next Charli XCX.” His recent music video for his single, “Ur Love,” was named by VEVO as “Bound to Be a Hit,” joining the likes of Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Niall Horan, and Chloe MK on their “Incoming Pop” playlist.
We tell you this, of course, because we’re fortunate to have Nicolas join us tonight for a Facebook Live takeover at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Before we get there, though, how about we give you a taste of what to expect with his new single?
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Matthew Pinder has always written in a particularly vulnerable fashion. His way of shaping words and melodies perfectly embodies the emotion he’s feeling. His newest single, “Too Young To Understand,” is no exception.
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By this point in 2020, you might be clamoring for a beach getaway.
Well, we can’t help you with that. But, for a few minutes, we can at least make you feel like you’re at the beach!
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Our goal with this week’s UMC20 playlist — and really, any UMC20 playlist — is to present music from artists of all genres and perspectives. The common thread is that we, as human beings, are all unified in our creative passions, storytelling abilities, and collective drive to have a lasting, positive impact on the world around us.
In these turbulent times, we feel it is important to continue providing that platform. Beyond that, we are committed to finding ways to help create a stronger society; one that respects and celebrates the differences of its members. We welcome your input on how we can use our platform to achieve that goal, now and in the future.
We love you, and we look forward to those conversations. For now, we offer you this week’s playlist.
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If you’re just learning about Emily Hackett, let’s quickly bring you up to speed. The Americana singer-songwriter has enjoyed plenty of success over the past couple of years, with her EPs By The Sun (2018) and By The Moon (2019) earning her a spot as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country in 2019.
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Gavin Shea is a Nashville-based producer who comprises one half of HandMade Productions. In addition, he is the future-pop musician creating cool, innovative soundscapes under the name Richard String.
We are joined by Gavin on today’s episode of The Quinn Spinn for one of the liveliest discussions in our history. We discuss his projects, the music industry at-large, and even a little bit of professional wrestling. This episode goes places!
We start your week with a mellow Daily Spinn — one that examines the lonely, contemplative side of these strange times.
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