Starting a career in the music industry — where jobs range from the technical to the creative; from business and legal to therapy and coaching — can be daunting, but it can also be as fulfilling, awe-inspiring, profitable, and purpose-driven as any other career choice. It requires the same level of commitment, training, and investment, as does the pursuit of careers in law, medicine, customer care, and any other. It takes commitment, work, and time
Gospel artiste Marsha J, who is launching her first album, Favor, this month, sat down with Career & Education to discuss her path into the industry and all things related. She advises, “Every singer needs a business model if he or she wants to become a recording artist.” Below is the first part of our conversation with the newly ordained (October 2018) minister, Marsha J.
“ It requires the same level of commitment, training, and investment, as does the pursuit of careers in law, medicine, customer care, and any other. It takes commitment, work, and time.”
C&E: When did you start your journey of becoming a recording artist?
Marsha J: I had been dabbling prior to doing background vocals for a dub poet named Nana Moses that was my first introduction to studio life, and I am forever grateful. I have developed so much respect for the craft since I realized the work that has to be put into it. Then, as an intern at the TV station, as I told you before, I learned how to use my voice, as I recorded the song for the montage.
However, my official journey began in 2013. A friend of mine bought me a ticket to visit New York, and I started visiting in the summers. After I attended her church I met their music director, who also owns a studio. He introduced the idea of going professional to me. I would pick up small gigs bring supporting vocalists on different projects for different artistes with their label, Stile Records — who later adopted me as a part of their group of artists. That was when we began working together.
Wow, that is a big win I'd say. What was this experience like for you?
Marsha J: I invested a month in New York working with Stile Records. I call it an investment. Just imagine, 30 days of singing, learning beats, writing, changing music, hitting and missing notes, learning notes. It was so intensive. Singing all background vocals for all my tracks, while doing leads, we would begin working from 6:00 am to 2:00 am taking only one short break in-between to eat. I was in the studio with successful and well-known gospel musicians known for their band and hit songs. My producer and instrumentalist, Karl Marrett; songwriters Easton and Keith Marrett; and I, singer-songwriter, worked together to create some amazing songs, that I know worshipers will definitely enjoy. The result of our commitment and hard work was an entire album recorded.
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