E-R-V: Three More Steps to Creative Success (Steps 2-4 of the 7 Service Steps)

Establishing priorities, respecting the business and visualizing goals are all essential to a rewarding creative career

What do the letters E-R-V stand for? (No, it’s not a new hybrid car.) In this informative episode of The God and Gigs Show, Allen and CriStyle continue their discussion of the “7 Service Steps”, a road-map to creative success for musicians and other artists. Previously in Episode 7, we explored Step 1, Staying Connected. As you might have guessed, E, R, and V are the next three letters in the anagram “SERVICE” and represent Steps 2, 3 and 4: Establish your Priorities, Respect the Business, and Visualize your Goals.

We touch on several important topics during this discussion, including why some potential artists stop short of embracing their gifts, the importance of maintaining a good reputation, and the differences between amateurs and professional artists.

Reminder – The 7 Service Steps are explained in detail in the book God and Gigs: Succeed as a Musician without Sacrificing your Faith, available at GodandGigsBook.com and all online booksellers.

Major Highlights

  • How visualizing goals leads to tangible rewards
  • How communication helps remove the chances of being taken advantage of in business
  • How establishing your priorities sets the tone for the rest of your career

Resource Links:

Our recommended resource on building your creative business – Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

Read our review here!

Goal Setting – Read our “Setting Goals Series”

Featured Patrons:

Dwayne Bennett saintorbin.com/music/

Rochelle Lightfoot: rochellelightfoot.com

Host Links:

CriStyle Renae: CriStyleRenae.com / CriStyleRenae1 / Facebook: CriStyle Renae Music

Allen C. Paul: AllenCPaul.com / IG: AllenCPaul / Facebook: A.C. Paul, AllenPaulMusic

Theme Music:

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

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Four Essential Connections Every Artist Needs (1st of the 7 Service Steps)

Co-hosts Allen and CriStyle dig deep into the connections that keep us fulfilled and balanced

Have you ever felt disconnected as an artist? Whether you’ve felt distant from your faith, your family, or your artistic friends, a disconnected artist is a frustrated artist. In this episode of The God and Gigs Show, Allen and CriStyle take a break from interviewing other guests and discuss the first of the 7 Service Steps, outlined in the book that inspired this podcast – God and Gigs: Succeed as a Musician without Sacrificing your Faith.

The first Step, Stay Connected, is broken up into four parts in the opening chapters of the book:

  1. Church
  2. Spouse
  3. Children
  4. God

However, for purposes of keeping the conversation relevant to all of our listeners, we focus on slightly different categories:

  1. Church
  2. Family / Friends
  3. Spouse / Significant Others
  4. God

Major Highlights

  • Why church membership is a big decision that must fit our individual perspectives and needs
  • Why family relationships are a priority, even when they aren’t ideal
  • Why openness and authenticity are key to successful relationships
  • Why our actions say much more about our beliefs than what we say or create

Resource Links:

Order the God and Gigs Book!

GodandGigsBook.com

Previous Posts  / Book Excerpts on Staying Connected:

Church

Family

Spouse / Relationships

God

Featured Patrons:

Dwayne Bennett saintorbin.com/music/

Rochelle Lightfoot: rochellelightfoot.com

Host Links:

CriStyle Renae: CriStyleRenae.com / CriStyleRenae1 / Facebook: CriStyle Renae Music

Allen C. Paul: AllenCPaul.com / IG: AllenCPaul / Facebook: A.C. Paul, AllenPaulMusic

Theme Music:

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

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What connection do you consider most vital to your artistic career, and how does that connection help you? 

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Melton Mustafa, Sr.: The Power of Knowing Your Purpose

Creating a lasting legacy requires dedication and passion, according to this acclaimed jazz musician

How does an artist craft a beautiful legacy, full of meaning and purpose? In Episode 6 of The God and Gigs Show, we talk with jazz artist, professor and composer Melton Mustafa, Sr.  As an accomplished trumpeter for over six decades, Mustafa has enjoyed working with many of the greats of jazz, Latin, pop, and R&B. His perspective on life as a musician and our purpose as artists carries a message which transcends the music itself. 

Melton Mustafa, Sr. began his musical career in Miami playing the trumpet in junior high school and, as a teenager, played in a five-piece R&B/calypso band led by his brother.  He studied at Berklee College of Music and Mississippi Valley State College before graduating from Florida A&M with a degree in music education. As a young musician, he traveled with bands backing artists like Sam & Dave, Betty Wright, Latimore, and the Marvelettes. In the ’80s, Mustafa played with the Duke Ellington orchestra and was employed as a sideman by Jaco Pastorius, James Williams, Bobby Watson, and John Hicks. He then joined the Count Basie orchestra in 1984 and stayed with that band for eight years before launching his own band and recording highly acclaimed solo projects. 

For the past few years, Mustafa has continued to write, mentor fellow musicians, and develop new projects while bravely battling a cancer diagnosis. He also continues to spearhead his annual concert series, the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival, which attracts top talent and showcases young jazz musicians each year in South Florida.

Highlights

  • Mustafa’s beginnings as a musician and how early success affects your perspective.
  • Why studying in college doesn’t always impact musical ability
  • Why mentorship is so important and how healthy competition can drive you to improve
  • Why artists must fuel their own passion to create
  • Why artists must hold themselves accountable for the messages they put out into the world

Quotables from the interview

  • I didn’t care about fame…I just wanted to play music. 
  • If you don’t have something that you value, appreciate, something that you strive for, you’re not going to have the passion. 
  • Every culture in the world has a way of expressing themselves according to the scales or modes that they operate from.
  • The average person just listens to music, and they enjoy it, while they are being subliminally seduced.  
  • That’s the most important message you can put on the beats – the message that Almighty God wants the people to know. That’s what keeps me going.
  • Your words will define your world.

Respond and Comment: 

How would you define your purpose as an artist? What do you want people to feel / know / understand after hearing or experiencing your art?

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Theme Music:

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

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Chantae Cann: Empowered to Shine (Bonus Interview)

This unique artist discovered a new level of emotional freedom in the midst of creating new music

What empowers an artist to express his or her unique voice? In this bonus episode, recording artist Chantae Cann provides exclusive insights into how she embraced her creative freedom through her newest project – her 2nd studio album, Sol Empowered, available on October 13th, 2017.

 

A Chicago native, Chantae has traveled the world as a background vocalist with the likes of Leon Timbo, Darlene McCoy, P.J. Morton, Gramps Morgan, and Grammy Award winning artist India.Arie. Her collaborations with artists/bands include: Snarky Puppy, Tarriona Tank Ball (of Tank and the Bangas), Jarrod Lawson, Jonathan McReynolds, Tony Momrelle, Jaspects, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, Mike Hicks, Sho Baraka and Khari Cabral Simmons. Her first solo album, Journey to Golden, was released in 2016 to rave reviews. Both that album and her new project Sol Empowered are eclectic collections of soul, rock, funk, jazz, and world music-flavored songs, linked together by Cann’s melodic and inspirational vocals.

Co-hosts CriStyle and Allen met up with Chantae in Atlanta while attending the 2017 Collective Music Conference, and recorded their conversation outdoors in the courtyard at their hotel. This relaxed atmosphere fostered an engaging dialogue about Chantae’s musical and spiritual foundations, how they were tested as she learned the ropes of the music industry, and how they ultimately helped her create a project that showcases her unique style and perspective on life.


HIGHLIGHTS

Chantae’s musical influences and what draws her to certain artists

Why artists should not be limited to a single genre (including church music) and why individuality is so important

How serving in church music ministry helped prepare her for her solo career

How the different experiences of recording her first and second projects helped her to deal with internal anxiety and grow more confident

How working with charitable organizations helps her reach people on a deeper level and adds meaning to her work as an artist

 

QUOTABLES

“To me, music is the soundtrack to the universe and beyond” – C.Cann

“I feel free, and I feel like I want to help other people get free too.” – C.Cann

 

GUEST LINKS

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

BandCamp

ChantaeCann.com

For more info on Huntington’s Disease, visit http://hdsa.org/

Watch Chantae’s YouTube clip on her experience with HD here 

 

 

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Making a Big Impact while Starting Small with Warren Brown

This musician and internet personality has harnessed the power of video and likeability

Can a musician from a small town make a big impact?  Warren Brown, multi-instrumentalist and internet personality, better known on Facebook as “Mr. Get’cha Peoples in the House”, knows the answer. With nothing except his family’s support, an engaging character and a willingness to take risks,  Warren has harnessed the power and reach of Facebook to create buzz and a growing brand in the gospel music industry, “The Yank Nation.” Warren hosts and performs in a live-streamed music show, drawing tens of thousands of viewers every week via social media. Warren exhibits a savvy approach to media marketing which seamlessly blends the line between ministry and entertainment. He spoke to us after a show in South Florida, in which he livestreamed his performance with musicians outside his church for the first time.

Major points shared during the interview:

  • Why Christian musicians can play in clubs and secular arenas without being condemned.
  • His father’s influence on his musical training and marketing strategies.
  • Growing up in a musical family with talented siblings, and how his father trained them with limited musical knowledge of his own.
  • The difference between ministry and creating an entertaining church-based show.
  • A recap of the Warren Brown Live in Miami event in September 2017 and how he approaches every live performance.
  • Changing a social media strategy from simply trying to gain attention from other musicians, and instead developing a recognizable brand.
  • How local musicians and Facebook trolls discouraged and almost convinced him to discontinue his show, and how he overcame his discouragement.
  • Confidence and how he still gets nervous until he goes into character.
  • Using Facebook responses to change attitudes and promote positivity

Quotables from the interview

  • “You are not going to get the anointing by hanging out with people with the anointing.” – W.Brown
  • “You’ve got the skill. Now put the mindset to it.” – Advice given by Warren Brown’s father

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Theme Music:

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

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