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