How To Grow Successfully As A Performing Artiste

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Millicent at Not Just Jazz III

So my plan is to blog every two weeks!

Starting from next Friday (29th July) and every two weeks after that I’ll be sharing tips I have learnt about growing successfully as a performing artist as well as the latest on my gigs, pictures, videos, recordings, Not Just Jazz, etc. so whether your a fan, interested in the music business or just curious then please pop back.

Why not set your alarm? Put it in your diary? Better still why not sign up for a monthly notification?  Send your name and email address to info@millicentstephenson.com to join my mailing list.

I look forward to seeing you next week.  Bye for now!

 

 

 

One Night in a Life Time

Millicent and Spanna (Dance Hall Gospel Music)

Millicent and Spanna (Dance Hall Gospel Music)

There are some things that happen once and when they do, it’s unforgettable.  Last night at Juliet Fletcher’s 40 year celebration in UK Gospel is one of those things.   The stage was graced with artiste, promoters and broadcasters that have influenced the UK Gospel scene over the past four decades.  There were lots of moments of reunions, discovery and recollection.  Hearing the accolades of local heroes, world shakers and BAFFTA and MOBO award winners made me feel proud and thrilled about UK Gospel music achievements.  Who would have thought it when we were practising in the church hall way back when as teenagers where we would be today!  Everyone last night could hold the stage with any global artiste and there would be no difference – and some have!

 I am so privileged that Juliet recognised my 33 years in gospel music and invited me to play my original composition ‘It’s all good’ last night.  Thanks Juliet. Check out the video below.

Juliet Fletcher and Millicent (Saxophonist)

Juliet Fletcher and Millicent (Saxophonist)

Audrey Gray (Artistes & Industry Developer)

Audrey Gray (Artistes & Industry Developer)

Millicent and Sandra Godley (MOBO 2013 Nominee)

Millicent and Sandra Godley (MOBO 2013 Nominee)

Millicent and Ian Reid (Bass player to the Stars!)

Millicent and Ian Reid (Bass player to the Stars!)

 

Tenor Sax – the outcome

It was fun trying out the Tenor and experimenting with the keys, techniques, dynamics, etc.  I also tried a range of mouthpieces to see how it spoke to me and ended up on the Yamaha 6C.  I think I needed a slightly broader mouthpiece to really take the instrument through the levels but it wasn’t available.   As a player, standing  behind the instrument, I don’t always hear it in the way the audience do so having Mike around to give the objective  opinion was really good! :-).   After a 24 hour ponder I was still 50/50 about whether this was the one for me so I decided to let it pass.  Never mind!  The case is not quite closed,  LOL!HiscoxPRO-IIWas

Today

Well, I’ve been quiet because the gigs have started in earnest, so finding time to write to you has been difficult.  I’ll be between London, Wellingborough and Birmingham over the next few weeks, hectic but fun.  My new mouthpiece Selmer Soloist D is soooo sweet!  Still figuring out the best reed for it but Java is still holding it down!

Speaking of fun I had a great day writing lines for my original pieces.  Really feeling the vibe!  Hope you enjoy the tracks as much as I have enjoyed writing them when they are released!

God bless!