Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Music Moment: Sway by Bic Runga

Have you heard this song on the radio lately?  The first time I heard her was about four years ago at a little coffee shop in Adelaide, Australia. I have been following her ever since. Bic Runga is an adorable singer from New Zealand.  I find her voice sweet and clear and I love her songs. 

Check it out and tell me what you think.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse Passed at Young Age of 27

Sad to lose such a talent so young. My thoughts and prayers are with Amy's family.

"Winehouse shot to fame with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse — with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos — one of music's most recognizable stars." (Today Entertainment)

Click HERE to listen to one of Winehouse's most famous songs "Back to Black."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

CPM Student Chosen to Sing at US Open in NYC

My student KyleRok has been selected to sing "America the Beautiful" at the tennis US Open on September 3, 2011 in NYC.  Out of hundreds of kids, he was chosen.  Charlie Pants Music Studio couldn't be more proud of him.

Check KyleRok out:

Facebook at facebook.com/kylerok and like his page
Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/kyleRok
YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ousawpf2

And read about his audition HERE and check out him performing HERE.

So the big question is "Kyle are you going to score me a ticket as your singing teacher/date?"

Way to go!

Leah Stone 
Certified Speech Level Singing Instructor
Charlie Pants Music
Skype Name: leahstone17

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Budweiser Competition to Open for Jill Scott


Budweiser ‘Opening Act’, Superfest 2011 Contest

Click HERE to see rules www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact

Will you be the Budweiser Superfest 2011 ‘Opening Act’ who performs on the Jill Scott Summer Block Party tour? Budweiser and MySpace Music are searching for singers who have what it takes to open up for the R&B/soul star. If you think you fit the bill, and are over the age of 21, all you have to do is submit a live, a  capella video of you singing either Chaka Khan’s classic, “Sweet Thing”, or Brian McKnight’s breakout single, “One Last Cry” to the Budweiser Opening Act MySpace Page. The winner of the competition will not only have the opportunity share the stage with Miss Scott, Anthony Hamilton, and Mint Condition, but also will be awarded $25,000.
This is a great chance for artists to take their career to the next level.

Submissions Due July 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm ET
5 min or under in length

Budweiser Superfest 2011 presents Jill Scott Summer Block Party Tour Official Press Release

Month-Long National Tour Kicks Off July 26, With Special Guests Anthony Hamilton and Mint Condition; Featuring ‘Opening Act’ Local Amateur Contest Winners
ST. LOUIS, MO (June 30, 2011) – Budweiser Superfest, the hottest party of the summer, returns featuring Grammy® Award-winning R&B urban soul singer Jill Scott.  Tickets for the month-long, nationwide tour are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.LiveNation.com.

The concert tour features Scott’s classic hits and songs from her just-released and highly anticipated fifth studio album The Light of the Sun, including the popular single “So in Love.”

“Budweiser Superfest is back and better than ever with Jill Scott’s unique brand of urban soul,” said Bryan Hammonds, Budweiser Brand Manager. “This year builds on the successful 2010 revival of Superfest as Budweiser continues to bring great concerts to music fans in cities nationwide.”

Scott will be joined by special guests, Grammy® nominated R&B singer Anthony Hamilton and groove specialists Mint Condition with music provided by DJ Jazzy Jeff and hosted by party starter Doug E. Fresh. Select markets will also feature performances by Dwele, Anthony David or Jon B.

“With its long-standing legacy and strong brand in the soul and R&B communities nationwide, we’re leveraging our distribution network to expand the festival’s reach among new and returning fans,” said Russell Wallach, president, Live Nation Network.  “We’re proud to join Budweiser in bringing the venerable music celebration to fans this summer.”

Making a Difference Through College Scholarships
In the spirit of making a difference in local communities, Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch is celebrating the performances by donating $150,000 from its Foundation to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund); presented as $10,000 scholarships in 15 Superfest concert cities. The scholarships will be awarded to local students attending a UNCF school.

The Anheuser-Busch Foundation also supports UNCF’s national programs, bringing its total UNCF contributions to $250,000 in 2011.  Anheuser-Busch has supported UNCF for more than three decades, initially as the founding sponsor of the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars telethon.

“Opening Act” Competition Invites Local Performers to Take the Superfest Stage
Budweiser also is searching for local talent (21+) in select Superfest cities to compete in its “Opening Act” competition, this year powered by MySpace Music. Winners will earn a chance to be the opening act for the Budweiser Superfest, receive show tickets and cash. Competitions will take place in the weeks prior to each concert. Visit www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact to enter and review the contest rules. Watch the video with advice from Darien, last year’s contest winner, who is featured in Budweiser radio ads currently airing nationwide.

At the conclusion of the Budweiser Superfest tour, music fans may go to www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact to view performances by the local winners to vote for their favorite. The 2011 “Opening Act” grand prize winner will receive $25,000.

Budweiser Superfest is one of the most celebrated Soul and R&B concert series of all-time. The revived Budweiser Superfest launched in 2010 with an 18-city tour. During its more than two decade run – 1979 through 1999 – the original Budweiser Superfest featured musical legends, such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, TLC,  Parliament, Luther Vandross and many others.

Date Location Venue
July 26 Boston Bank of America Pavilion
July 28 New York Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
July 30 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 31 Chicago Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 3 Cleveland Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (formerly Nautica Pavilion)
Aug. 4 St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 6 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 7 Washington DC Verizon Center
Aug. 10 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
Aug. 14 Oakland Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Aug. 17 Memphis FedExForum
Aug. 19 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheatre Live Nation
Aug. 21 Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live Amp
Aug. 23 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amp
Aug. 24 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amp
Aug. 27 Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 28 Houston Woodlands
Date Location
July 23 Detroit
July 24 New York
July 28 Chicago
July 30 St. Louis
Aug. 1 Cleveland
Aug. 3 Philadelphia
Aug. 5 Washington D.C.
Aug. 9 Memphis
Aug. 13 Atlanta
Aug. 16 Charlotte
Aug. 18 Dallas
Aug. 19 Houston

Saturday, July 9, 2011

FREE Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Sophie Thomas for winning the free voice lesson via Skype.  Can't wait to meet you and work with you!

Leah Stone 
Certified Speech Level Singing Instructor
Charlie Pants Music
Skype Name: leahstone17

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Win a Free Voice Lesson


So you want to learn how to sing like your most favorite pop, indie, rock, folk, broadway, r&b star ,well here is your chance to actually learn something that will improve your singing voice. Win a FREE thirty minute voice lesson, a $60 value, with Leah Stone and you will be amazed at what you can learn in one lesson.  Lessons are done via Skype so you can live anywhere and win this contest.

Complete these steps to enter to win (don't forget step #3 or else I wont know you entered):

1. Like Charlie Pants Music on Facebook by clicking HERE and liking the page.  www.facebook.com/charliepantsmusic

2. Copy and paste this paragraph including link below on your Facebook wall...

I want to win a FREE voice lesson with Leah Stone at Charlie Pants Music. Method to 120 Grammy Winners. Lessons are done via Skype so anyone can take lessons with her. How cool is that? http://charliepantsmusiclessons.blogspot.com/2011/07/win-free-voice-lesson.html

3. Post on Charlie Pants Music's facebook page saying why you want to win and a winner will be chosen at random on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Good Luck and happy singing!

UPDATE: Sophie Thomas won the contest. Thanks for playing!

Posted by:

Leah Stone 
Certified Speech Level Singing Instructor
Charlie Pants Music
Skype Name: leahstone17

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