Saturday, July 22, 2017

Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles: The Recap Show ("The Show") Part 1

Benita Charles in New York City

Singing Tips - Recap of "The Show" Part of Singing Tips 
(Part 1) 

I. Your Talent (the foundation)
1. Start learning songs
2. Warm up your voice
3. Prince Tribute (the ultimate artist)
4. Establish a rehearsal schedule
5. Build your repertoire
6. Take care of your voice
7. Share your gift to the world
8. Write your own songs
9. Find a certified voice teacher
10. Learn a musical instrument

II. Your Live Performance (experience)
11. Sing in front of an audience
12. Project your voice when you sing
13. How to handle technical difficulties and interruptions
14. Singing with live musicians vs. performances tracks 
15. Engage your audience
16. How to stay motivated when the going get tough
17. Equipment every singer should own
18. Performing with a live band
19. Always use a set list
20. Choose your song wisely (song choice)

III. Your Original Music (self-expression)
21. Write your own songs (original music)
22. Choose your song topic
23. Song structure
24. Music and lyrics
25. Elements of a hit song
26. How to conquer writer's block
27. Protect your songs (Copyright it)
28. 3 Key reasons why you should collaborate
29. Working with a producer
30. The recording process and completing your music

IV. Your Image (your calling card)

31. Image is everything
32. Self Image/Self Care
33. Your appearance
34. Effective communications
35. Your communication: your message
36. Your behavior (your reputation)
37. Your behavior (time management)
38. Your behavior (self discipline)
39. Your behavior (self confidence)
40. Your behavior (self esteem)

 *Experts of "The Show" Part:
Your Live Performance
  • Minister Angela Williams
    • Founder of A Girl and her Pearls
    • Show aired September 10, 2016 (Singing Tip #19 - Set List) 
Your Original Music
  • Azania Noah
    • International recording artist/singer-songwriter/performer/teacher
    • Show aired October 15, 2016 (Singing Tip #22 - Song Topic) 
    • For more information, visit
Your Image
  • Roxie Seigle
    • NY Stylist/Hair Designer
    • Show aired March 4, 2017 (Finding Your Style)
    • Contact Information:
  • Nadine Dillon
    • DNadz Jewelry owner (Business sponsor)
    •  Show aired March 4, 2017 (Finding Your Style)
    •  For more information, visit
  •  Jennifer Byers
    • make-up artist/dancer (Bobby Brown Cosmetics rep)
    •  Makeover at Blue Mercury Cosmetics - Tribeca NYC 
    •  Show aired April 3, 2017 (Singing Tip #36 - Your reputation) 
    •  For more information, visit
  • Ed "Preachermann" Holley
    • singer/songwriter/recording artist/performer (band: Preachermann and The Revival)
    • Show aired March 15, 2017 (Singing Tip #37 - Time Management)
    • For more information, visit
  • Paul and Martha La Pierre
    • location scouts (Astoria, Queens / Socrates Sculpture Park)
    • Show aired July 16, 2017 (Recap Show - Your Image, Part 2) 
 *Further details of the experts will be presented in Part 2 of "The Show" Recap show next week.
 Best wishes as you take your talent to the next level.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Singing Tips Live: The Recap Show (Your Image) Part 2: Ask the Experts

The Experts of the Image Section for Singing Tips

 Singing Tips Live by Benita Charles
The Recap Show (Your Image): Ask the Experts  - Part 2

In this episode, we discussed all the experts who were kind enough to give of their time, knowledge and gifts to the audience as a compliment to the Image Section of singing tips.  We had some excellent experts who discussed fashion and style, time management and self care for artists. 

 Experts and Show Contributors:
  •  Roxie Seigle (NY Stylist Extraordinaire) "How to Find Your Style" - show aired: 3/4/17
    • contact information:
  • Nadine Dillon (D-Nadz Jewelry), business sponsor & show contributor  -  show aired: 3/4/17
  • Jennifer Byers of Bobby Brown Cosmetics (Makeup Artist) of Blue Mercury Cosmetics NYC, show contributor - show aired: 4/3/17
  • Paul and Martha La Pierre, show contributors (new location: Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, Queens) - show aired:  7/16/17 
 Socrates Sculpture Park - Astoria, Queens (NYC)

Astoria, Queens

  1957 Corvette

 "A special thanks to all the experts who gave their time and such valuable information to my audience! You have truly made a huge impact to my show!! I've gotten the biggest reaction from the expert shows rather than any other show. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" -- Benita Charles

Best wishes to you as you take your voice to the next level!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles - The Recap Show (Your Image) - Part 1

Benita Charles at Central Park, NYC
 Jewelry by Nadine Dillon of D-Nadz Jewelry

Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles
The Recap Show (Your Image) - Part 1

"Image is Everything!"  That is the theme of the "Your Image" Section of the Singing Tips with Benita Charles Show.  Nowadays, your image can be more important than your music in some cases. That's why it has to be impeccable.  

Your image consists of your appearance, your communications and your behavior. Once you sharpen those areas of your image, you will be unstoppable.

In this show, we reviewed the 10 tips in the "Your Image" Section (Tips 31 - 40).

"Your Image" Section
Tip #31 Image is everything
Tip #32 Self Image/Self Care
Tip #33 Your Appearance 
Tip #34 Effective Communications (verbal, non-verbal and written)
Tip #35  Your Communication: Your Message
Tip #36 Your Behavior (Your Reputation)
Tip #37 Your Behavior (Time Management)
Tip #38 Your Behavior (Self Discipline)
Tip #39 Your Behavior ( Self Confidence)
Tip #40 Your Behavior (Self Esteem/Self Worth)

Pictured: Jewelry by Nadine Dillon of D-Nadz Jewelry

Best wishes to you as you take your voice to the next level!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles: Take Care of Your Voice

 Benita Charles with super producer, Themi in New York City

Since we recently had a expert holistic health practitioner, Carolyn Jones on Singing Tips talking about self care for artists, I thought it was important for me to share my struggles with vocal care. In order to remind the audience of the importance for singers and speakers to practice proper vocal care.

On this episode, we discussed the importance of taking care of your voice from my experience of abusing my voice.  I've paid the price of severe hoarseness my vocal fatigue.

I'm working on new music in the studio, I've been hired to work with other songwriters on their music in the studio and I've had quite a few live performances.  All these things are very demanding for my voice.  I haven't been practicing good vocal care and I'm paying the price for my actions. I finally had to take a step back and look at the things I was doing.  I had to change my ways or suffer severe vocal damage.

 Here 4 ways to Take Care of Your Voice:

1) Watch overusing your voice.

-- Speak at a normal vocal. Sing within your range and work with a vocal teacher to expand your range.
-- Avoid excessive talking, whispering, constant shoutings are all things that are bad for your voice if at all possible.

2) Remember to warm up your voice before you sing.

-- Just as you should warm up your muscles before you excerise, the same applies to your voice for singing and public speaking.
-- Even if it's a low hum for a few minutes.

3) Properly hydrate your voice.

-- Drink lots of water before, during and after you sing. I noticed this especially in the studio where the room could be dry.
-- Proper hydration made a huge difference to my recordings.

4) Rest your voice between shows as much as possible.

-- Sometimes it's good to take a complete vocal where for a day or two, where you don't use your voice at all. If you must communicate, you will write down everything you need to say when communicating with others.
-- This will allow your voice to repair from overuse.

I hope these tips were helpful. Please heed my warning and "take care of your voice!"

Best wishes to you as you take your voice to the next level!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"




Preachermann and The Revival killed it at Friends and Lovers on July 8th!

Preachermann and The Revival at Friends and Lovers in Brooklyn 

 Last night Preachermann and The Revival performed a soulful set of atomic soul at Friends and Lovers in Brooklyn! The audience had a great time and the band was on fire!! It was truly a night to remember! Shalimar!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Preachermann and The Revial rocked Soundview Park, Bronx on July 2nd!

Preachermann and the Revival in Soundview Park, Bronx

 On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Preachermann and The Revival presented a soulful set in the Bronx. It was a day of celebration, good music, great friends and great fun.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the music and the band did not disappoint! It was truly a beautiful day. Shalimar!!

Preachermann and The Revival return to Friends and Lovers - July 8th!

On Saturday, July 8th, Preachermann and The Revival return to the hot spot Friends and Lovers in Brooklyn for a soulful set of atomic soul!

Don't fight the chocolate! Come join us for a night of sonic libations.

Let's us elevate you... Entertain you and feed your mind and spirit. The show will set your soul free.

Preachermann and the Revival will cleanse your soul! Get up in the water and get wet!! Shalimar!

What sets him apart from his peers is that his sultry brand of neo-soul is not only fresh, it is fearless; not merely sensuous, but conscious. And unlike so many modern soul artists whose work is weighed down with clich├ęs, he has an uncanny knack for clever wordplay that bridges the serious side of life with the levity that makes it livable. The title track to his 2006 LP, Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk, is but one shining example of Preacher’s capacity to skillfully and seamlessly blend prophetic lore with ironic metaphor to make timeless music that crosses broad boundaries without selling itself out.

You won't want to miss this event.

Come ready to dance, sing and release!!

Performance Details:

Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 8:00 pm
Preachermann and The Revival
Friends and Lovers

641 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
$10 cover

The Preachermann and The Revival Band:

Ed Preachermann Holley, lead vocals
Benita Charles, background vocals
Amnel Holguin, background vocals
Jonah Rosenberg, piano
Joe Paldino, guitar
Nick Paldino, bass
Karl Watson, saxophone, violin
Manny Montanez, percussion
Tom Pope, drums