Breaking Free from Performance Anxiety with Yvette Norwood-Tiger

How an independent jazz artist found healing and success through faith and determination

Jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger found herself facing both emotional and physical battles in her journey as an artist, including stage fright, depression and a life-threatening illness.  In this episode, she shares with Allen how she overcame those struggles, and how her faith and determination propelled her to achieve big goals, such as a booking a European tour (including a show in Royal Albert Hall in London) without any label or management support. Her story provides encouragement for any artist facing performance anxiety, emotional distress, physical illness, or doubt in their ability to succeed as an independent artist.

Highlights:

  • Yvette shares her upbringing in Detroit and how her shyness affected her even as she considered how to express her love of music.
  • Allen and Yvette discuss how artists get overwhelmed when they focus on the opinions of their audiences.
  • Yvette shares how her life-threatening medical situation changed her approach to music and life.
  • We share tips for making it as an independent artist as Yvette explains how she booked her European tour entirely on her own, without any major name recognition or agency.
  • CriStyle and Allen reflect on Yvette’s story and ask the audience to share examples of trying something big despite fear and anxiety on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

Quotables from the interview

  • [God said] All the accolades you get, give them to me. And he said, all the criticism that you get, give that to me too. – Yvette Norwood-Tiger
  • I became not just a believer in that time in my faith. I became a knower. – Yvette Norwood-Tiger
  • There was something blocking me from accepting my healing. It was not loving myself enough to believe that I should be healed. – Yvette Norwood-Tiger

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  • Performed by Teja Veal, from “The Hopeless Romantic EP”

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Seeds in the Storm: Why you must invest in your goals when it’s inconvenient

Growing as a creative requires commitment that isn't swayed by circumstances

As a creative, you likely dream about doing great things and creating wonderful art.

However, we all know dreams aren’t realized unless we wake up and start working.

Anytime you have a new creative idea, project, or movement, the most important step is to start the process of making it happen. Unfortunately, starting is often the hardest part. Millions of people simply keep their dreams and goals on the shelf of “one day.” Even when we get serious about our biggest goals, we’re faced with opposing forces.  This force, one that author Steven Pressfield in his book The War of Art  calls the “resistance”, rears its ugly head in the form of obstacles, unforeseen circumstances, and other factors that make it difficult to see the way forward.

Learning from Tough Times with David Chiverton

This highly sought-after musician explains how personal tragedy helped forge his character

In Episode 3 of the GGS, we talk with drummer and creative producer David Chiverton about overcoming major personal losses, improving and developing as an artist, and stepping into new seasons of life. David has performed with top artists in gospel, jazz, hip-hop, pop and Latin genres, and continues to develop new projects such as his video series, The Chivertone Sessions. In this revealing interview, he shares his journey toward musical and personal success, even as he endured the toughest moments of his life. 

Highlights

  • David talks about growing up in a blended family and how those influences impacted his life. 
  • Allen and David discuss the importance of humility when people recognize your talent.
  • David opens up about how he overcame a test of faith after losing several close family members.
  • Allen and David discuss how artists can find motivation and inspiration to aim for the next level.
  • David makes a big personal announcement for the first time on the air.
  • CriStyle and Allen discuss how David’s story can help those who are dealing with loss, including victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Quotables from the interview

  • If I knew half of the things I was going to have to go through to get to this place, I probably wouldn’t be here. – D. Chiverton
  • Even if I know I had a great show today, there’s a million things I have to go back home and work on. – D. Chiverton
  • It’s almost like [God] had to pull those things away from me to show me that I had to hold his hand directly. – D. Chiverton
  • I trust that even to this day, [God] has strategically orchestrated everything in my life. Why would he stop now? – D. Chiverton

 

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4 lessons I’ve learned from writing a book

The author of God and Gigs reflects on the book's anniversary and lessons learned

Author’s note…

[Just kidding. This post is basically an author’s note, so the tone will be different from our previous informational posts.]

September 6th, 2016.

I woke up like a kid on Christmas. I was excited, but I was also as nervous as I’ve ever been. It had nothing to do with a performance. Neither was I getting married, nor anticipating the birth of a child. I wasn’t starting a new job or moving to a new house or city.

I was becoming an author.

September 6th, 2016 was the official release date of my first self-published book; God and Gigs: Succeed as a Musician without Sacrificing your Faith. For nearly 5 years, the book had only existed as an idea, then as a slowly growing set of paragraphs in Microsoft Word, as I began to realize what it would take to actually finish the project. It then evolved into an ever-expanding research project, an aggravating reminder of my procrastination, a classroom which forced me to reach out to new teachers and mentors, and a mirror where I had to confront my past, my failures and my life’s journey to that point.

The School of Prince: Advice on music and business from Rhonda Smith

A discussion with the N.P.G. alum proves that Prince's legacy goes deeper than music and talent.

Only a special kind of musician can handle working with a one-of-a-kind artist.

 

A supremely gifted musician, Prince helped to launch the sound that re-introduced live instrumentation, soul, funk and classic R&B to a generation at a time when hip-hop and other forms of electronic music were gaining ground. His dogged determination to own his music inspired artists to be more business savvy and purposeful with their contracts. Of course, it’s also impossible to discuss Prince without mentioning his legendary work ethic and demands for artistic perfection on stage.

It’s therefore easy to surmise that if Prince was so unique, so are the people who shared the stage and performed with him. One such artist is Rhonda Smith, bassist and member of the famous New Power Generation during a span of over a decade.  In a South Florida seminar presented at Church by the Glades, Rhonda shared some lessons she learned while working with such an iconic artist.