Gary Powell “The Producer’s Workshop 2010” Sam Houston State University
What if we lived in a world of “no wrong notes?” Before finding our own creative identity, we can either feel completely free or maybe even horribly oppressed. Either mindset can be a great motivator for substantive contribution to self and then to a larger audience and ultimately community. Beyond developing talent, this is what I aim to release in singers.
Enter thirteen singers, all students at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Without much knowledge of what they were getting themselves into, each auditioned and won a spot to participate in “The Producer’s Workshop.” This workshop is designed to identify talent and train singers to perform within the skill-set required to be a professional recording studio-session singer. Within that discipline almost every style of singing is demanded. This workshop is not for the shy or timid. This takes great courage, as most of the singing is improvised and the ear gets as much a work-out as the voice. Here’s the deal: after twelve hours of training, I choose one singer to travel to my Austin recording studio to record one song written and produced to compliment the singer. This year that recipient is Daniel Cloud, an accounting major, who when asked during our show where he was from quipped, “my mother’s womb?” Daniel was also given a $300 cash prize from the “Friends of Music” at Sam Houston State University.
Stewart Gaiton, Cliff Randle, Ben Montes, Daniel Cloud, Gary Powell, Julia Green, Brandi Barger, Brooke Swanson,
Hannah Miscisin, Kiersten Ortiz, Vicki Villarreal, Tara Shackelford, Jenny Thayer. (Linky Dickson, not pictured)
The brave singers, all students at Sam Houston State University, came from different schools across the campus, although most were from the Musical Theatre Department and School of Music. Thank you to Dr. James M. Bankhead, Director of the School of Music and host for this workshop. Daniel Cloud’s upcoming recording will be available in early Spring, 2011.