How Did This All Start

It all started in the summer of 1991. . My parents purchased tickets to attend a Judd’s Concert. I was very excited but had no idea the impact that this one show would have on my life. After seeing the mother-daughter combination put on an awesome show, I knew that this was what I wanted. I was going to play guitar and entertain anyone who would listen. After a year of begging my parents for a guitar, they finally bought me an old classical guitar and scheduled my first guitar lesson.

Four years later I started singing at local open mic nights in town, and singing every Friday and Saturday night during my high school days. I also joined my high school’s Swing Band. I took every chance I had to perform. I began writing my own material and eventually invited my sister-in-law, Tina Michelle to sing. Tina Michelle born and raised in rural Indiana sang and performed throughout her youth both in high school advanced choirs and in church. There is a long lineage of beautiful vocal talent in her family. Not only has Tina added her seamless harmonies to the music, but she has also complemented our performance’s with her gifted songwriting.

In 1999 I entered the CCMA (California Country Music Association) yearly competition. I had the honor of receiving the awards for Vocalist of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for “Found Someone” and “Never Ending Song”. In Tennessee, at the NACMAI (North American Country Music Association International), I was nominated for the Vocalist of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Found Someone”. To my surprise I received all four awards.

I now have established my band, a great group of accomplished musicians, songwriters and singer. I have played for such acclaimed artist as The Oakridge Boys, Billy Vera & The Beaters, The Nelson, Sally Taylor, Ty Herndon and Hal Ketchum.

Music is in my blood, it will never go away. I write about what I feel, see and know is real. I set out to take my audience on an emotional roller coaster. One that will leave them wanting more…I hope you enjoy my website.

OC/LA based recording artist performs a mix of Country, Blues and Rock. Stylistically speaking, she has successfully created her own original sound. Her songs are lyrically driven with strong melodic hooks. In 1992, starting with an old classical guitar, Anna Marie decided that she wanted to be an entertainer. Her enthusiasm and drive to succeed as a songwriter propelled her to join the Nashville Songwriters Association International, (NSAI), the Newport Songwriters Association, (NSA) and the California Country Music Association, (CCMA) which she joined as a performer/artist.

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She has worked very hard at performing her craft to become the accomplished entertainer she is today. Over the past several years she has received many awards from the California Country Music Association. Anna Marie has the distinction of being awarded the titles of 1999 and 2000 CCMA Youth Vocalist, Entertainer, Instrumentalist and Songwriter of the Year with special honors for Song of the Year for “Found Someone” and “Starting Over.” She also received awards from the North American Country Music Association International as Instrumentalist, Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year along with Song of the Year for “Found Someone.” The awards were presented to her at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Anna Marie has performed on stage with the Oak Ridge Boys. She has shared the stage with Ty Herndon, Billy Vera and the Beaters, The Nelsons, Aaron Lines and Craig Morgan. Over the last few years she has performed several shows opening for Hal Kethcum. She has been a regular, performing with her band at many outside events, which include the Festival of Whales, the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, the Sawdust Festival, Tustin Tiller Days, Second Sunday Music Series (Dana Point Harbor) and the Orange County Fair. She has been a regular at Paul Kulaks Woodshed in Hollywood for over three years.

Anna Marie is very excited about the “Writers In The Round” show at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach CA. She has been hosting and performing at the show for over a year.

Anna Marie’s songs touch and tug at the hearts of all. She has mastered the most important ingredient of good music ”feelings”.

Gypsy Den

“Gypsy Den”

Hello everyone. Just a quick note to tell you that I will be at The Gypsy Den in Santa Ana on Tuesday, January 10th. at 8:00 PM. I will be competing in OC Music Awards for the title of Best Live Acoustic Artist. This will only be a 30 minute (all originals) set. Here’s the 411 on the Gypsy Den 125 N. Broadway Ave. Santa Ana, CA 714 835 8840 FREE The Gypsy Den serves great food and beverages all in a nice cozy environment. See you at the Gypsy Den!

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Hosted by, Anna Marie & Friends, (Anna Marie will be performing at this show) Playing in OC with James Blair, Jessica Burks, Peter Brandon, Kevin Cameron, Kevin Fisher, James Grey, Brian Haner, Anna Marie, David, Saucer, Warren Sellers NO COVER! Come in have dinner and watch this great show Reservations are recommended. Make reservation online at: www.martiniblues.com or Call for Dinner Reservations: (714) 840-2129 Toll Free number for Dinner Reservations: (888)24-BLUES(5837)

This is an annual event that started 18 years ago by Mark Wood at The Blue Beet Cafe in Newport Beach, CA. It’s a wonderful night of holiday music performed by Mark, his daughter Lacey and many of his incredibly talented, musical friends. It’s a small venue, so call Jack’s at 949-252-1023 for reservations today! Ho ho ho!

The Ugly Mug Showcase,

Lineup:

Anna Marie, Steve McClintock, Mark Wood, Kerry Getz
Dennis Roger Reed, Adrina Thorpe, Tina Michelle, Michael R. Gardner, , James Grey

Festival of Whales Street Faire

Hosted by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Dana Point Plaza, 10am- 5pm Pacific Coast Highway North at La Plaza 800-290-DANA or 949-496-1555. Featuring over 120 vendors, fantastic food, crafts, live entertainment and much, much more!

The Crazy Horse

Songwriters: Anna Marie & Friends…Zachary Provost, Kerry Getz, Marina V., Dee Briggs, Joshua Rush, Cliff Nelson, Tony Cockram, Randy McRill, Sherman Fowler, Brother Luke, Bill Storm.

This is a good show to see. Billed as Dean Dobbins and Friends. Anna Marie, Corrine May, James Hurley, Joe Hamilton, Ric Taylor, Marcy Levy, Duane Neillson and Bob Malone.

Kulaks located at 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, just north of Magnolia and the 101 Freeway. The phone number is 818-766-9913. No Cover but MUST check in on the website before coming down if you haven’t already. To attend this show go to www.kulakswoodshed.com and sign up. Only $5.00 to be a member and attend the show. Kulak’s is a Members Only, Independent, Out of Pocket, Acoustic Music, Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Camera Video Recording Studio and 50 Seat Listening Room. Performances are Web cast Live. Archived Songs 24/7. They are an Intimate, No Alcohol, Help Yourself to Coffee, Tea, and Soft Drinks, that Performers and their Audience have kept Alive with Donations and Operated by Volunteers Dedicated to the Celebration of Music Just fer the FUN of it… Kinda…Thang. Shows (always FREE) from 8:00 –

Relay For Life is a 24 hour celebration of hope, progress and answers. In honor of the millions of Americans who have survived cancer, teams of friends, families, and co-workers raise funds to support the continued fight against the disease. You can walk. You can run. You can Relay For Life.

Laguna Beach artists invite visitors to stroll along sawdust-covered paths through a village of fine arts and superb crafts. Since 1966 this event has drawn visitors from around the world who are looking for one-of-a-kind artwork, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, hand-blown glass and more. Meet and purchase directly from the artists! Varied art demonstrations including glass blowing, complimentary art workshops, children’s art activities, refreshments and live entertainment make this a memorable event.

Fertitta and McClintock will finally be performing their first show in Orange County in over 24 years! You don’t want to miss this amazing vocal duo. You guys know about Steven and he is good…but when you add David, the blend is just exceptional with the highest quality of songs you could ever ask for. Orange County’s own, Keri Getz, is the opening act and Matt Nelson, from NELSON fame, is confirmed as the spotlight artist prior to the Fertitta and McClintock show.

This is an annual event that started 18 years ago by Mark Wood at The Blue Beet Cafe in Newport Beach, CA. It’s a wonderful night of holiday music performed by Mark, his daughter Lacey and many of his incredibly talented, musical friends. It’s a small venue, so call Jack’s at 949-252-1023 for reservations today! Ho ho ho!

Rule Number One – Don’t Be Late

Famous Musicians often turn up late to interviews or recordings and this is accepted because they are famous and actually they are the star who is in demand.  This will be not be the case in a job interview when the hiring manager is the star and you are trying get into the business and get yourself a new job.

Rule Number One – Don’t Be Late

Rule Number One For Job Interviews is don’t be late. There is nothing worse for candidate or hiring manager than a late candidate and no excuse that you can possibly come up with will improve this situation.  Being late for a job interview at best shows that you lack any form of organisation skills and at worst shows that actually you would rather be doing something else than interviewing at this company.

The number one reason why candidates are late is that they got lost.  Getting lost is really not a good excuse given all the tools out there on the market that can help you.  You have some of the best car GPS Navigation system on the market that are available very cheaply on the market.  Probably the best car GPS system for under $100 is from Garmin although you can spend more money and get a GPS unit from TomTom.  GPS units are very good if you buy a great car gps which is under $200.

A GPS Unit will stop you getting lost and help you to avoid any traffic jams that are on the road.  GPS units these days come with inbuilt systems that help you to avoid the traffic jams and therefore get to your job interview on time.  Hiring managers know this and have heard every excuse in the book and therefore will not accept any lateness.

Yes you can use your telephone, however often the credit runs out, or worse still it cannot find the location that you want to go to.  This is why we would highly recommend that you bought yourself a proper gps unit that will ensure that you are on time.

If you need further advice to choose a good GPS unit, go to http://www.needaplan.com as they have a great deal of selection of all the best GPS units on the market right now.

How To Write A Resume For the Music Industry

Writing A Resume is always difficult, but its important to remember that just because you want to enter the music industry, your Resume does not have to be completely different from writing a standard Resume.  You need to make sure that you show you skills, knowledge and experience in the write formate, otherwise your resume is going to end up in the bin.

How to Write a Resume?

How Should You Write a Resume that is tailored for the music industry?  This a very simple question to answer as really you only need to show that you’re a talented musician and someone that the music industry needs to have.  To do this you should keep your Resume to one single page and ensure that you fill this page with relevant information that is suitable for the music industry.

At the top you need write the obvious – Your Name, Telephone Number, Email and City that your located in.  The important part here is to make sure that you have spelt your email address correctly and have the right telephone number on it.  We have all made the mistake of writing the wrong telephone number, but honestly its a classic error that you need to make sure that you don’t do.  Underneath this section should be your profile in which you outline why you’re a talented musician.  List the musical instruments that you play and the fact that you can read and write music.

In the experience section you need to make sure that you not only include you working experience, but any outside musical experience.  Try to make sure that you show what achievements you have whether this be writing songs, passing musical exams or something else.

The education section should be where you show off your education, however this is usually a tricky section as most musicians do not have a super education.  If you don’t have an education, don’t worry, keep this section small and place it at the bottom of your Resume.  Chances are that if the top half of your resume is good enough, you will get a phone call before the hiring manager has got the education section of you’re resume.  If you do have a great education went to Musical School, then make sure that you show this off.

As a last point on your Resume, include your interests, but make sure they are musical related.  So many candidates put in there interests that they are interested in something else other that music which really does not show your loyalty to the industry.

After you have written your Resume is now time to show it off.  You can apply to some great jobs through job boards, however really you need to be sending your resume to companies directly.  Trying to use social media to find out who are the important hiring managers in your company of choice and ensure that your CV lands on their desk.

As a final point, make dam sure that you prepare for any interviews that are given to you.  How do you prepare for a Job Interview?  This is very easy.  You simply need to learn everything about the company that your interviewing at and the hiring manager who will interview you as you possibly can.  This takes some time, but with the internet, its much easier than it used to be a few years ago when you had to physically dig out books on a company and ask your networking hoping that someone would know the hiring manager and give you some easy advice.

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How to Find a Job In the Music Industry

Trying to find a job is one of the hardest jobs to enter and be successful at mostly because you’re not the only one trying to do it.  Each year, thousands of candidates, try, and fail, to get a new job in the music industry. The good news is that you have a lot of choice into which sector of the music industry you enter.

Do you want to be a singer? A dancer? A DJ? A Musician?  The list is endless, however to find a new job, you are going to have to play to your strengths.  There is no point in dreaming about becoming a singer if you cannot sing.  Brutal I know, but that dream is over, however it does not mean that there is no place for you in the music industry, it simply means that a career as a pop star is most likely not going to happen.

Playing to your strengths simply means that you need to find something that you’re good at and use it to enter the music industry.  Okay you cannot sing and therefore a career as a pop star is probably out of the question, but what about a career a song writer.  This would give you all the access to the music industry, with the only difference being that you’re not actually in the front of the camera, and instead a play a part working with the artists writhing their songs.

The best way for you to get a career as a song writer is to write songs.  Lots of them.  You need to write songs and the music behind them and then get other people to play them.  If you write hundreds of different songs that are all really good and commercial, its likely that one of your songs will find its way to someone famous who will give you your first chance.

To be successful as a song writer, you really only need one good Number 1 to make its way to the top of the 3D Printing Pens chart  and then your reputation will increase that you will be in demand from other artist who will want you to write songs and music for them.