The Business Savvy Singer Podcast with Dr. Greta Pope provides weekly conversations with professional singers with a variety of experience in the music industry. Each week you’ll get a glimpse into their lives and celebrate their personal journey to success in the music business.
We’re proud to be included in the NATSCast Network. NATSCast is the official podcast network of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. It’s an honor to be part of this community and have the opportunity to provide encouragement, education and entertainment to Singers everywhere.
Meet Mezzo-Soprano Laura Kimmel
Mezzo-soprano Laura Kimmel enjoys working with song writers and composers to bring varied and uplifting music to the world. She enjoys singing in recital, opera, theater and television.
In Tokyo, Japan Ms. Kimmel appeared in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, in addition to various television programs there, and recorded “When You Wish Upon a Star” for a national television commercial for the NTT telephone company of Japan.
This exciting artist has portrayed Columbine in W.S. Gilbert’s Eyes and No Eyes, Stephano in Roméo and Juliette, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Mother Rigby in The Scarecrow, La Abuela in La Vida Breve, Flora in La Traviata, Melissa in Love Letters, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Betty in Vinegar Tom, Miss Forsythe in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Beverly in The Shadow Box.
Additional appearances include alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Champaign Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn's Elijah with the American Chamber Opera. At the National SEAMUS Conference, she was soloist in Sever Tipei’s Curses and was also a soloist in the Winter Gala of Opera Fort Collins in Colorado. She also directed Don Giovanni for the American Chamber Opera Company in Chicago.
Ms. Kimmel has considerable experience with Taishū engeki, a form of traditional Japanese theater, which she incorporates into her performing and directing styles.
Meet Producer Kevin Smith!
Chicago native, Kevin Smith is an American composer, arranger, producer, vocalist and keyboardist who is Chicago-based. He is a current member of the rhythm and blues band known as the Chicago Catz.
Kevin's musical style is considered eclectic. Having been exposed to so many differing genres and styles, he likes to (when possible) mix it up stylistically. Most of the projects he has worked on are R&B oriented, but he appreciates the sophisticated harmonies of gospel, nice string arrangements and "rocked out" guitars whenever possible. The aspect of music Kevin likes best is the ability to express emotions vocally or instrumentally. He has a background in sound design and likes to employ sound effects as well as music to convey a feeling.
Kevin has arranged and produced music for some of the greats, including Charles Stepney, writer/producer for Earth Wind and Fire. Several episodes ago,we interviewed Charles Stepney's daughter Eibur Stepney.
Kevin has also been an Arranger for
Ashfordand and Simpson
Meet The Lovely Briana Brooks!
Briana Brooks is a Los Angeles native which is where her love for music, singing and theatre began. She most recently performed in the 1st National Tour of Tony award winning revival of Once On This Island where she played Andrea and understudied Ti Moune. Some of her favorite credits include productions of The Color Purple as Nettie, Beauty and the Beast as Belle, Spring Awakening as Martha, and RENT as Joanne. She has performed in several workshops of new musicals. Briana attended Loyola Marymount University where she earned a B.A. Degree.
“As Belle, Briana Brooks is absolutely stellar; her heroine is sweet but has a backbone of pure steel. Brooks is no cookie cutter Disney princess, she puts forth a character who is no one's victim.” -BroadwayWorld
Meet American Opera Composer Michael Ching
Michael Ching is a composer, conductor, and music administrator. A prolific and eclectic composer, he is best known nationally as the composer of innovative operas, including his a cappella adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His other major operas include Buoso's Ghost (1996), Corps of Discovery (2003), Slaying the Dragon (2012), Speed Dating Tonight! (2013), and Alice Ryley (2015). He has written the librettos of many of his own operas, and has done so for all of his operas composed after 2012. He is on the board of directors of the National Opera Association.
The Way Down Wanderers
Join Dr .Greta Pope as she sits down with The Way Down Wanderers. Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious.
High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. “Everybody says it.
Meet the Talented Deb Doetzer (Part 2 of 2)
Join Dr. Greta Pope for part two of this two-part episode with Deb Doetzer. Deb is a proud member of the performer unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is represented exclusively by Stewart Talent in Chicago and New York, and has an extensive list of voice-over credits to her name: most recently she will be a recurring character on season two of the Disney animated series “The Owl House.”
Along with many national television and radio commercials for clients like State Farm, Serta, McDonalds and Kraft, Deb’s voiceover career has spanned over 30 years.
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