Local Vocal List

beta #2 - claire de lune - November 2014 #localvocallist

Claire is a hootnahalf - she tells us about finding her own value even when others don't, how her goals have shifted, and what its like to bring a beer to a fan for your job. Please help spread the word of the #LocalVocalList by sharing it with your friends and followers!

-Entertainment Jill.

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The #LocalVocalList podcast is published monthly, compiling unique individual feminine perspectives of vocalists based in the Twin Cities regarding their process: experiences, struggles, successes, and their work in the music industry. Guests are chosen from artists with national attention and exposure, to singers on the local working circuit. The #LocalVocalList is hosted by Entertainment Jill.

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Beta number 3 #LocalVocalList guest is the great singer and songwriter Chastity Brown! Chastity has toured the US, Europe, and has garnered attention from NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch. If you would like to submit a question for Chastity, post it in the comments section of this post below! 


What is the #LocalVocalList?

I believe the music industry is in need of more discussion around how artists are doing what they're doing. Press often covers the releases, the shows, the gossip, the fashion. But before any of that can happen, there's a process. This is their work. This is their job. These are their experiences which shape the person, and the music. This podcast aims to showcase that process from the perspective of your favorite local lady singers. 

It's also meant to lift these ladies up, and encourage them to continue being the strong leaders, artists, and mentors that they already are. As women, we often doubt ourselves, and there are many cultural cues to "play by the rules." And yet:

“career progression often depends upon taking risks and advocating for oneself – traits that girls are discouraged from exhibiting... young women internalize societal cues about what defines “appropriate” behavior and, in turn, silence themselves.” - Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In

I'm a singular woman with an aim to help foster the "girls club." This podcast comes from me, my laptop, and my little home studio vocal booth. If you know anyone who might be interested in its content, please share it with them, post it to your social media, use the hashtag #LocalVocalList, like our posts, and submit comments-- anything to help spread the conversation, and encourage women in the biz to take the reigns for their own music careers.

Thank-you for listening, and for your support!    -- Calley Bliss   a.k.a. Entertainment Jill

If you would like to contribute or recommend content to SoLoCal, or be a sponsor of one of our series, please contact entertainmentjill@gmail.com or call 612.666.9183

Local Vocal List

beta #1 - Caroline Smith - october 2014 #localvocallist

This month's podcast - OUR DEBUT! - brings guest Caroline Smith!

Caroline talks about her early experience as a teen being asked by industry execs to change her appearance, how she keeps momentum, who supports her, and offers advice for the next generation of females in music.

The #LocalVocalList podcast is published monthly, compiling unique individual feminine perspectives of vocalists based in the Twin Cities regarding their process: experiences, struggles, successes, and their work in the music industry. Guests are chosen from artists with national attention and exposure, to singers on the local working circuit. The #LocalVocalList is hosted by Entertainment Jill.

To read more about the #LocalVocalList scroll down.


Beta number 2 #LocalVocalList brings Tiny Deaths' Claire deLune. Claire is also a member of electro-pop trio Chalice with Lizzo and Sophia Eris, and appeared as a guest of Prince's recent release of Plectrum Electrum on the track BoyTrouble.

Claire will be interviewed on November 10th. If you would like to submit a question for Claire, post it in the comments section of this post below! 


What is the #LocalVocalList?

I believe the music industry is in need of more discussion around how artists are doing what they're doing. Press often covers the releases, the shows, the gossip, the fashion. But before any of that can happen, there's a process. This is their work. This is their job. These are their experiences which shape the person, and the music. This podcast aims to showcase that process from the perspective of your favorite local lady singers.

It's also meant to lift these ladies up, and encourage them to continue being the strong leaders, artists, and mentors that they already are. As women, we often doubt ourselves, and there are many cultural cues to "play by the rules." And yet:

“career progression often depends upon taking risks and advocating for oneself – traits that girls are discouraged from exhibiting... young women internalize societal cues about what defines “appropriate” behavior and, in turn, silence themselves.” - Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In

I'm a singular woman with an aim to help foster the "girls club." This podcast comes from me, my laptop, and my little home studio vocal booth. If you know anyone who might be interested in its content, please share it with them, post it to your social media, use the hashtag #LocalVocalList, like our posts, and submit comments-- anything to help spread the conversation, and encourage women in the biz to take the reigns for their own music careers.

Thank-you for listening, and for your support!    -- Calley Bliss   a.k.a. Entertainment Jill

If you would like to contribute or recommend content to SoLoCal, or be a sponsor of one of our series, please contact entertainmentjill@gmail.com or call 612.666.9183

Local Vocal List

Kickoff of the #LocalVocalList

The #LocalVocalList  podcast will be published monthly and compiles unique individual perspectives of vocalists based in the Twin Cities regarding what its like to be a female in the very male-dominated and image-limiting music industry. Guests are chosen from artists with national attention and exposure, to singers on the local working circuit.

Our first #LocalVocalList podcast features folk/pop turned neo-soul/pop singer and songwriter Caroline Smith, published Wednesday, October 29th!

Each #LocalVocalList will have a few repeating elements:

  1. Tick-Tock-Jill-Clock:  Rapid-fire questions with impulse answers from guests. Starting with November's guest YOU can nominate questions in advance of interviews on the Entertainment Jill SoLoCal Blog comments. Check back next week for the November #LocalVocalList guest announcement!
  2. General Q & A:  Discussion will focus on guests' experiences as a musician, who/what inspires them when the going gets tough, and how they navigate the industry.
  3. Nugget of Wisdom:  What would guests pass on to their younger selves, or the next generation coming up?
  4. Advocate!:  An open platform where guests are given an opportunity to ask for help with something from the listener audience. Based on findings that “Career progression often depends upon taking risks and advocating for oneself – traits that girls are discouraged from exhibiting,” and that “young women internalize societal cues about what defines “appropriate” behavior and, in turn, silence themselves.” ** We offer an invitation and platform for our guests to advocate for themselves.

** Sandberg, Sheryl and Nell Scovell. Lean In. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, 2011. Print.

Check back next week for the FIRST monthly installment of the #LocalVocalList with Caroline Smith, and to find out who the November guest will be, where you can nominate questions. 


I believe the music industry is in need of more support for females. It's not about bringing down the boyz, its about lifting the ladies up! We are a small percentage in this biz, which means we often miss out on casual "hang time" with our colleagues, where ideas are spread, knowledge and an opportunity to compare experiences are gained, and support & comradery are established. I'm a singular woman with an aim to help foster the "girls club." This podcast comes from me, my laptop, and my little home studio vocal booth. If you know anyone who might be interested in its content, please share it with them, post it to your social media, use the hashtag #LocalVocalList, anything to help spread the conversation, and get more ladies engaged in taking the reigns for their own music careers.

Thank-you for listening, and for your support!    -- Calley Bliss   a.k.a. Entertainment Jill

If you would like to contribute or recommend content to SoLoCal, or be a sponsor of one of our series, please contact entertainmentjill@gmail.com or call 612.666.9183