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My ‘Brian Culbertson Live’ review for Smooth Jazz magazine

Hey friends – I hope your Spring is getting off to a great start. Mine sure is!!

Brian Culbertson Live cover     Smooth Jazz magazine cover Mar-Apr 2015 cover
Check out the latest issue of Smooth Jazz magazine. I LOVE the new format, and my review of the “Brian Culbertson Live” CD starts on page 23. Great disc!! Let me know what you think…

http://issuu.com/smoothjazzmag.com/docs/melissa_mag_issue_150301pdf/1

Much love… Tracey

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And here are just some of the ways you can connect with me:

www.babydollentertainment.com

www.reverbnation.com/traceywhitney

www.facebook.com/Tracey.Whitney.Music

www.youtube.com/TraceyWhitneyMusic

And for more on my family’s musical history, check out The Whitney Family Band website:

http://www.thewhitneyfamilyband.com/

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in CD Review, Entertainment, Music

 

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My interview with legendary jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval for Smooth Jazz magazine – Jan, 1, 2015

The 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom award, and a protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Arturo SandovalHe has since evolved into one of the world’s foremost-acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

I caught up with Arturo Sandoval for a lesson (or two) in music and life. Read it here: http://www.smoothjazzmag.com/information.php?information_id=543

Wishing you all the best in 2015!

Much love… Tracey

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And here are just some of the ways you can connect with me:

www.babydollentertainment.com

www.reverbnation.com/traceywhitney

www.facebook.com/Tracey.Whitney.Music

www.youtube.com/TraceyWhitneyMusic

And for more on my family’s musical history, check out The Whitney Family Band website:

http://www.thewhitneyfamilyband.com/

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Music

 

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Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays friends – I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

I’m honored to be a part of Don Ray McCullough’s new holiday compilation CD, “Donny McCullough & Friends: Candles in the Window” Candles in the Window coverwhich features an all star lineup. In addition to me, there’s Keith David, Brenda Lee Eager, Dawn Lewis, Will Wheaton, Dorian Holley, Greg Walker and many, many more! The collection is a dream of Donny’s, and we not only get to sing some of our favorite carols, but we’ve also been able to tell a favorite holiday story put to music. Its available now on www.itunes.com.

Here’s my rendition of “O Christmas Tree” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iixuoTiBpZQ

And my spoken word piece, “Memories of a Whitney Family Christmas” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNqC27k1hdo

Wishing you all the best in 2015!

Much love… Tracey

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And here are just some of the ways you can connect with me:

www.babydollentertainment.com

www.reverbnation.com/traceywhitney

www.facebook.com/Tracey.Whitney.Music

www.youtube.com/TraceyWhitneyMusic

And for more on my family’s musical history, check out The Whitney Family Band website:

http://www.thewhitneyfamilyband.com/

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Music

 

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Can you survive in the music business outside of Los Angeles?

There are three ways to approach the music/recording business:

(1) Do Nothing. Imagine that your music is so good, all you need to do is record an album (yes it’s still called an album – a “CD” is just the delivery system), sit back and wait. They’ll come to you. Probably not…

(2) Sign With A Major Label. Record labels today want you, the artist, to do all the legwork before they even take a look at you. And if they do sign you, according to this article, “RIAA Accounting: How To Sell 1 Million Albums And Still Owe $500,000” you may be worse off after signing: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110707/03264014993/riaa-accounting-how-to-sell-1-million-albums-still-owe-500000.shtml. Unfortunately, I know from experience how this happens. I’ll pose it as a fable: There was a woman who worked for a major entertainment company. The company signed a band that had a monster, and I mean MONSTER hit one summer. Unfortunately, the band (like most uninformed artists) did not have a clause in their contact that allowed for an independent audit of the company’s books, so they were never allowed to see the actual numbers (yes, you have that right). The band called the woman/company every year, wanting to know where their royalties were. The woman – with a broken heart, but on behalf of the company – had to tell the band every year “the record never made enough to cover advances.” It was the only hit the band ever had, and although the record made MILLIONS, the band didn’t see a dime. Enough to make you blow your brains out, huh?

(3) Go Indie. I admit; this approach can be costly. I can’t/won’t tell you how much I’ve spent on my new project, “I Am Singing… Songs I Love.” My mom would have a heart attack if she knew! I’ve not only paid for the entire recording/mastering/manufacturing, etc., I am now paying for various promotions. We’ll see what happens. However, at the end of the day, I’d rather go broke – or succeed on my own (it could happen!), and know that I gave it my all, then make a record label rich while they rip me off.

Don’t get me wrong; I’d love to sign with a major label. They are the only ones with the money to really get you out there! But it’s something you do with your eyes wide open, and a good attorney (not your cousin who chases ambulances), an ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY, at your side. And not an attorney the record label recommends. Believe me, they’re looking out for the interest of the label, not yours. Get your own lawyer!

I’ve been on both sides – the artist and the label, so I have a little more insight than most of you. Chose the best way for you. Just be aware.

How are you making it in the music industry? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

Much love… Tracey I Can’t Help It

http://www.babydollentertainment.com

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Music

 

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