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Artist Spotlight: Paris Miami

Welcome to our second artist spotlight! We have been talking to one of our artists who we manage, the supremely talented Paris Miami. She has been working with One Sound Music for around 1 year and 3 months now and caught up about her musical journey so far...

 

Hey Paris, thanks for joining us today. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself

 

Hey Tochi, thanks for inviting me! My name is Paris and I'm a 21-year-old singer songwriter from the West Midlands. I write my own songs and play the guitar, performing around the UK. Currently I am being managed by One Sound Music. I'm also a student at university studying Illustration and Graphics and I simply love anything creative.

 

That’s awesome to hear, especially the part about One Sound managing you lol. On a serious note though, it sounds like it's all pretty full on for you doing illustration and graphics as well as music. How long have you been doing music?

 

I've loved music since I was a child, my family are quite a musical bunch so I think it's in our blood. There was a piano at my grandparents house and a guitar so I was around instruments and singers often.

I was always active in choirs throughout school and at church I was often apart of praise teams for Youth days and other events etc. At the age of 16 is when I got my very own brand new guitar and from that point is where my journey as a solo artist began.

 

We have seen you on the church scene over the years and your talent is evident. How did you get started on the musical path? What made you start?

 

I guess I started by taking that step to put myself out there. I knew that I could sing but I think my voice was hidden when singing with others so I thought it was time to show more of myself. I decided that I would put a video out on Facebook and see what people's responses would be. At the time I was using my laptop to record with its dodgy webcam, but it did the job for the time being, before you know it I uploaded about 4 videos and the feedback was great. 

 

Ah I remember those days, especially when you posted your beautiful arrangement of “The Lord’s prayer” on the Gospel Video Challenge back in 2012! Although the video quality wasn’t the greatest, your talent definitely shone through! Speaking of shining through and musical inspiration, which current Christian/Gospel artist would you say speaks to you? Who is your favourite?

 

My favourite gospel artist is Mali music. I just love his tone and lyrical content. He's actually been my main inspiration since the age of 16! If it wasn't for him I don't know if I would be the artist I am today or would have started my journey at the age that I did.

 

Wow that’s pretty amazing to hear! From the little I know of Mali Music’s work, I can see some hints of his influence, although you definitely have your unique style which comes through. Still on the subject of musical inspiration, what is your favourite album and why?

 

I don't have a favourite album. But there's an E.P called 'The Love Art Memoirs' by Alex Isley. There's not a week that goes by where I don't listen to it!

 

Wow that sounds interesting, I’ll definitely try and check that out! Now I understand that you’re also a songwriter, how many songs have you written?

 

So far I have written 9 originals songs and I have re-arranged 5 hymns. 

 

We know and love your original work and also your hymn re-arrangements! You definitely have a distinct style, which comes across when you perform, both in your chord choices, harmonic choices and the way you weave your thoughts together. In musical terms, who would you say is your biggest influence?

 

I don't really know what my biggest influence is, it's just music as a whole. I listen to hundreds of artists and they all impact me in different ways. I go searching for music like it's treasure and whomever I find on a good day is my influence in that moment in time.

 

Ah I see, that’s fair enough. I can see it’s good to have a wide range of influences, so there’s benefit in staying ‘in the moment’! Moving on, this is probably a silly question, but my first guitar had a name (she was called Bessie). One guitarist to another, does your guitar have a name?

 

Yes my guitar actually has a name! It's named after my good friend Tino. He's an awesome guitarist and if can play at his level one day I will be very happy.

 

Ah that’s pretty awesome! I also know a Tino who is a guitarist and he may be featuring on our blog soon with his group Scripture Says Acapella, I wonder if it’s the same one :)

Moving on then, are you a multi-instrumentalist? Do you play any other instruments aside from guitar?

 

I can play the drums and that is actually my favourite instrument.

 

Wow! That’s a surprise! Hopefully we’ll get you on the channel soon playing the drums for us perhaps? Ok here’s a question for you; if there was 1 artist you could work with in the whole wide world, who would it be and why?

 

This is a hard question I can't possible narrow it down to just one, so I'll tell you my top two. First would be Shakka, he's my favourite non-gospel artist. His creativity is just out of this world and he exudes a lot of positive and fun energy within his work. I think we would be able to create some really cool stuff together. My second artist would be Mali Music, he really thinks outside of the box when it comes to sharing the gospel through song and it would be great to meet someone that has inspired me so much.

 

Ok that’s another artist I haven’t heard of yet, so I’ll go and check out Shakka! It would be amazing to get to work with those artists who have inspired us so I do hope you can realise that goal. On a lighter note, can you tell us 1 quirky thing about yourself?

 

One quirky thing, hmmm. Well I like to beatbox. I would love to master it one day that would be dope!

 

Well you really are multi-talented and you come across as being very multi-faceted! Other than music, what would you say is your biggest passion?

 

Aside from music I'm passionate about art and design. I'm currently an Illustration and Graphics student so I love drawing and expressing my self through that medium.

 

That’s amazing! It seems like you’re blessed with creativity and you seem to be going hard for it in all areas of your life! That’s pretty inspirational to me and I’m sure it will be to our readers. Is there anything you'd like to share with them?

 

I would like to say that everything I have and have achieved thus far is because of God. My voice is the gift He has given to me and I want to use that to uplift and inspire others.  I like to think that He has big plans for me so I just try to keep trusting him. I encourage anyone to pursue what God has placed on your heart, it's possible to make your dreams happen. Keep praying and pushing.

 

Amen to that! We all need the reminder and push sometimes! We’re almost finished with 2 months of 2017, what does this year hold for you?

 

Hopefully amazing things. I’m focusing on just getting out there more and singing at new venues and events. I'm also aiming to release an E.P. so watch this space!

 

An E.P.!!! Whoop whoop, I personally cannot wait to purchase that! You already know how much I love your music! However while we wait for the E.P. to come out, do you have any upcoming gigs/dates so that we can come and hear you live and direct?

 

I’ll be performing at the One Sound Music Open Mic night on Sunday 19th March 2017 from 7:30pm to 9pm at Costa Coffee on Southwark Street in London, SE1 1RQ so come down and check it out.

Additionally I will be performing at Friends Zone which is a live music and Spoken words event on the 14th April at the Tank TV studio Coventry University. Time from 5pm till 6.30pm. I’ll also be doing other gigs this year, but follow me on social media so that you can get the latest updates as and when I have them. 

 

Thanks so much for joining us today and sharing your story Paris, it has been fascinating talking to you. You can connect with Paris Miami and her music via our One Sound Music youtube page and also through her various social media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parismiamimusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paris_Miami_x

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paris_miami/

Bandpage: http://parismiami.bandpage.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/parismiami

Artist Spotlight: Destiny Malcolm

We recently caught up with one of our artists Destiny Malcolm. She has been working with One Sound Music for just over 2 and a half years now and we had a good ole' chinwag. Check it out...

 

Tell us about yourself Destiny...

 

Hey, so i'm 23 years old, currently about to graduate from uni (finally!), I have 1 younger sister aged 15 and she's always always right (so far). We live in the small unique city of Wolverhampton, though my dreams are beyond it's walls!

 

That sounds great. How long have you been doing music?

 

I'd say, 7 years. When I was 16 I wrote my first official song and performed it live for a fairly huge audience, since then i've been in and out of writing and performing, until recently, where I now do it full force. 

 

Wow! 7 years is a long time! How did you get started? What made you start?

 

I remember clearly, I was in year 8 and we were given the opportunity to play the clarinet. I didn't like it very much, I couldn't seem to make it sound nice, and after around 4 or 5 lessons, I told my music teacher Mr Edwards (shout out to him) and my parents, on parents evening, that I wanted to play and sing at the same time. We had been using the guitars in music class and I was picking it up quite fast, and so Mr Edwards kindly allowed me to take one of the many guitars home to use, I was dead chuffed! That's how it began, I instantly started writing my own songs about teddy bears, gold fish, little girls with rainbow hair, and it slowly matured when my parents agreed to buy me my first electro acoustic Yamaha with the rainbow strap. Shout out to them and One Way Music in Wolves for the hook ups over the years. 

 

One Way Music??? For a moment I thought you forgot our name, One Sound Lol! We do thank God for people like Mr Edwards who create opportunities to nurture talent. Their influence is timeless! Speaking of influence,  who is your favourite Christian/gospel artist at this time?

 

There are so many to choose from, but the first that comes to mind has to be..... Hillsong United! I love them, I love the worship experience they facilitate, I love their lyrical content, I love their vibes, I love how they write and how they share it all with us! I wish we could be friends tbh. 

 

Ah that could yet happen. What would you say is your favourite music album and why?

 

'Of Dirt & Grace (Live From The Land)' - Okay so, they went to the land! They went to Israel and spotted various significant places where Jesus walked, and recorded live versions of their album EMPIRES, plus some amazing bonus songs. I think that is a genius idea and if you have some time, watch the videos on YouTube, they're awesome. Also, the actual songs themselves are so fresh and new, I love it when musicians take songs and change them, giving us a different sound but still the same song, its wonderful. I recently did a review of the album in my Friday Top 5 music chart, so check it out on my FB music page.  

 

That sounds intriguing! We'll have to check out the post and also that album, it really does sound like an amazing project! Moving on to the subject of songwriting, how many songs have you written?

 

Umm, in total, i've actually written about 20-23, which seems kinda crazy to me! That's since I started writing at 16 up until the song I recently wrote. 

 

Wowzers! 7 years of songwriting under your belt is pretty impressive! You're pretty handy with the guitar too! Aside from guitar, do you play any other instruments?

 

You know what, I can play the harmonica, I actually have 2 at home, they are kinda loud so I don't play as much as I want to but, you heard it here first - It is my goal to play the guitar and harmonica together in a song, this year ! I saw Priscilla Ahn do it many years ago in her video Dream and It's been in my heart ever since. 

 

I've also seen videos of people doing both, so it's definitely possible. Don't worry though, I'm sure we'll be there to capture your debut on guitar & harmonica soon! Moving on to collaborations, if there was 1 artist you could work with, who would it be and why?

 

This is hard. Of late, i've been loving Jaimie Woods, and she would be cool to work with im sure. I see some of her creation videos and think "oh i want to be there with you!!" She has nice harmonies and cool melodies, and I just know we would be able to vibes musically. 

 

I'll have to check Jaimie Woods out indeed. I've definitely got homework to do from this interview :) On a more personal note, can you tell us 1 quirky thing about yourself?

 

In my spare time, I watch Arthur (I learn from it) & take online courses- currently taking massage course!

 

That sounds pretty chilled. Who would you say is your biggest influence?

 

I don't know, I'd probably say Hillsong, because I watch them daily, I listen to them often and I read their content- It's all helping me to kind of understand my own music ministry and specifically think about what my purpose is as an artist. Others like Philippa Hanna influence me in different ways, and following her on Instagram helps me to see what she's doing, which will always give me ideas and a push to keep going. Plus she's a local gal from Sheffield which speaks volumes in terms of achievement and reaching goals etc. 

 

Apart from music, what would you say is your biggest passion?

 

Wellness. I'm passionate about the promotion of health & wellbeing. That stretches from, emotional wellbeing, to physical health. God intends us to live life abundantly, and so holistic health and wellness is essential. 

 

Amen to that, people need to hear that more and more especially in these times we're living in! What does 2017 hold for you?

 

In one word, 'Accomplishment'. I've been planning and curating some fab content ideas for a while now, and i really believe that  2017 is the time to get the plans lifted. Look out world, i'm coming :)

 

The world is waiting :) Do you have any upcoming gigs/dates to share?

 

Look out for a brand new YouTube music video early March on my channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/destinyJoeliva/ 

I don't have any gig dates to share at the moment, but summer will hold a lot so stay tuned!

 

For our final question, is there anything else you'd like to share?

 

I just want to encourage people out there. If you are struggling to find your gift, your calling, your purpose, just keep seeking God - His Kingdom, and His Righteousness, and you will be inspired to work for Him in your own unique and cool way. I hope soon, to share some really cool content on my Channel around the topic of purposeful living, so if you are interested, subscribe and await the goodies!

Thanks so much for joining us today and sharing Destiny. You can connect with Destiny and her music via on our One Sound Music page and also through her various social media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/destinyjoelivia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/destinyjoelivia/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/destinyJoeliva/

Bandpage: https://destinymalcolm.bandpage.com 

 

 

 

Performing

"Alive In South Africa" for Praise & Worship Teams, Part 1

Israel Houghton is a prolific songwriter, and in my opinion, the 2005 album "Alive In South Africa" was one of his best, if not the best. A two-disc live album with hits from top to bottom - and of course, lots of ideas for praise and worship leaders. We're going to try a different tactic on this blog post, and pick out all the songs that we think would be beneficial for you guys to use as praise and worship leaders (if you aren't using some already). Edit: We realised there are so many gems on this album, that this will only be part 1 - part 2 will come next week! Let us know what you think in the comments below - have you tried any of the below? How did it go?

 

Intro Idea #2: Surely - Israel & New Breed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRiAWbfa2Zk

If you want to keep it mellow, just use the first 2 minutes of the track, keep it at that inversion and sing the chorus round twice.

If you want it to end it on a high, do the chorus once, then build it from the word 'place' and tag on the 'oh-oh-oh' at 2:55 and then sing the rest of the track from then on out.

Of course, you can do the whole thing, with the verse, but that's a very long intro - the track runs for nearly 5 minutes!

Lyrics:

Chorus:

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place
Surely You won't forsake the ones who seek Your face
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Chorus:

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place
Surely You won't forsake the ones who seek Your face
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Verse:

In Your presence there is fullness of joy and laughter

He rejoices over us with singing and we are changed
As we welcome the heart of the Master
And the heavenlies are ringing out with praise in one accord
Praise to the Lord

Chorus:

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place
Surely You won't forsake the ones who seek Your face
Surely the presence of the Lord is

Chords for musicians: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0052542

 

Offering Idea #1: Turn It Around - Israel & New Breed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia5Qe_iEnFc

Malachi 3:10 - "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and put Me to the proof now herewith,” saith the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open to you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

This one may be a bit complex - so to simplify, you can run the verse in unison both times, and then the chorus once in unison (and once in parts if you're feeling adventurous). The vamp can be run from 3:05 to 3:49, or again, if you feel like pushing the boat out, the whole thing - this may be difficult for a congregation to follow!

 

Verse:

All things are possible for you all things are possible
nothing's too difficult for you nothing's too difficult
I'm ready for change ready for rain ready for favor I know you able to

Chorus:
Turn it around open the windows of Heaven
pour out a blessing overflow
turn it around open the windows of Heaven
pour out a blessing we cannot contain let it rain let it rain

Vamp:
You have turned my mourning to dancing
you've turned my sorrow to joy
you have turned my whole life around
thank you thank you Lord

Chords for musicians: 

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/i/israel_houghton/turn_it_around_crd.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVM-D_lnnCo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4At0JU1nCkg

 

Praise and Worship Idea #1: It's Raining - Israel & New Breed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGDY1tJxftw

 

Isaiah 54:8 -  "Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it."

Zechariah 10:1 - "Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain-- The LORD who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man." (spiritual application of rain being the outpouring of the Spirit)

Beautiful song about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This can be used as a worship ballad towards the end of a set - this song definitely needs a lead though!

Suggested running order if you're teaching to the congregation: 1) Verse in unison twice, 2) Chorus in unison (mellow), 3) Verse in unison (do the parts towards the end), 4) Chorus in parts (build - repeat twice) 5) Vamp (unison first, then parts) 6) Vamp up a semitone 7) End on Overflow (similar to 5:31)

 

Lyrics:

Verse:

It's raining, it's pouring, the spirit is flowing
I feel the anointing for healing and miracles

It's raining and pouring over me

Verse:

It's raining, it's pouring, the spirit is flowing
I feel the anointing for healing and miracles

It's raining and pouring over me

Chorus:

Let it rain, let it rain

Let it rain, let it rain

Verse:

It's raining, it's pouring, the spirit is flowing
I feel the anointing for healing and miracles

It's raining and pouring over me

Chorus:

Let it rain, let it rain

Let it rain, let it rain

Vamp:

Healing water flow over my soul
Healing water overflow, overflow, overflow

Healing water flow over my soul

Healing water overflow, over

Healing water flow over my soul
Healing water overflow, over
Healing water flow over my soul

Healing water overflow, overflow

Overflow, overflow, overflow, overflow, overflow

Overflow, overflow, overflow, overflow, overflow

Chorus:

Let it rain, let it rain

Let it rain, let it rain

 

Praise and Worship Idea #2: To Worship You I Live - Israel & New Breed

Original Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWENUK96aBM - unless you're going to get a lead to do this (and even then, seems a bit long to do that whole intro before everyone joins in), you should probably do the last part (i.e. from 3:00)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ol9WHSUUq0 - idea of how to do it- should probably twin it with another song so it doesn't become too repetitive.

Lyrics:

Verse 1:

Away away from the noise

alone with you
away away to hear your voice
and meet with you
nothing else matters my one desire is

Chorus:

To worship you I live

to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you

Vamp:

oh oh oh oh (Repeat)

Verse 2:

Away away, away away from the noise alone with you

Away away to hear your voice and meet with you
It's been a while but hear my heart cry again

Chorus:

To worship you I live

to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live

to worship you I live I live to worship you

 

Vamp:

oh oh oh oh (Repeat)

 

The Essential Guide to Being a Gospel Musician, Part 1

So here begins the first in a series of blog posts on essentials of being a gospel musician, specifically a pianist/keyboardist! Many people ask the question "how did you get to play like that/how do I start learning piano/what's the number one piece advice you would give to musicians learning?", but these questions can't be quickly answered. I've heard older musicians say, "you youngsters have so many resources now - you're so lucky! If I had x, y, and z at your age, I would have been the best musician in the world etc". The problem with the Internet is that there are so many resources - but where do you start? There's DVDs, fancy keyboards with lots of equipment and sounds, there's YouTube videos, scale books, and the list goes on! What I'll try and do is take you through what I think is a good path to being a gospel pianist/keyboardist. Note: this post is applicable to all instruments! I mention gospel keyboardists, but any musician can learn from this!

 

So before you begin, there are a number of things to consider:

  1. Money - this will cost you. DVDs, instruments, professional lessons, books etc. are not cheap! Be sure that this is what you want to do, before you go spending a bunch of cash on something that you will not commit to!
  2. Time - the time you put in is proportional to how good you will get (roughly - I'll explain why this isn't necessarily true later). Be prepared to spend time in the woodshed (to lock oneself away with one's instrument and practice)!
  3. Purpose - why are you doing this? What is the purpose of your musicianship? Do you just want to be able to play well? Do you want to benefit people's lives through music? Do you want to glorify God through your playing? Do you just want to be able to play nice chords? Understanding the purpose of why you're playing and what you're doing will help you define the goals you need to get there. Don't worry, I'm not saying you need to have a super spiritual reason for playing right now - just the desire to want to play in church is good enough (for now). But as you develop, you'll need to re-assess and re-define the purpose of why you're playing.

 

Once you've established that you're willing to spend the money, time and you have a purpose as to why you've decided to become a keyboard player, then you're ready to begin!

 

  1. Basic Music Theory

 

You MUST....MUST...MUST...know some music theory in order to become competent at any level. Note: I didn't say you have to be able to read to a Grade 8 standard. But music theory is essential to being a gospel keyboardist/pianist. 

 

Let me explain why.

 

There will be times where I haven't had time to play a song. AT ALL. Haven't touched the keys, never heard it before. However, I can sit down at the piano and play it like I've practiced it my whole life. This is because of theory. I've learnt songs on the way to a gig/service, and executed them perfectly - not because I am some amazing genius, but because of music theory.

 

So here are the basics of music theory that you need to know:

 

1) Learn the musical alphabet.

2) Learn what musical scales are.

3) Learn what intervals are.

4) Learn what chords are.

5) Learn what the grand staff is.

6) Learn what key signatures are.

7) Learn what time signatures are.

8) Learn note durations.

9) Cadences - Half, Plagal, and Authentic

10) THE NUMBER SYSTEM.

 

Two great links:

 

Beginner: http://www.music-theory-for-musicians.com/basic-music-theory.html

 

More Advanced: http://www.earmaster.com/music-theory-online/course-introduction.html

 

Learn the information in both of these links and you will be on your way!

 

Bonus: http://www.kyleoneal.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Intro-to-the-Nashville-Number-System.pdf

 

We will come back to the Number System later, but safe to say - after you've learnt those first 9 things using the 2 links below, the number system is the next most important thing for you to learn!