In Conversation with Laura Cavacece

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM & CCMA Award-Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks to singer-songwriter and vocal coach Laura Cavacece

 

Laura Cavacece

Singer, Songwriter, Performer, NFL and NHL Anthem Performer, Producer, Actress, Rated one of Canada’s Top Vocal Coaches and Performance Mentors, Founder of Canada’s Largest Vocal Competition- Hidden Talent Canada.

Laura was born on June 2nd 1989 in Toronto, ONT. She has achieved more success than any other up and coming unsigned recording artist from Ontario, Canada. Her vocal talent was discovered at the early age of three. At the age of five, Laura was put into piano lessons but quickly chased after her bigger dream which was to sing. At age twelve, she won a factor grant of $2,000 to record her first 2 song demo CD. She co-wrote two original songs and recorded them right away to complete her 2 song demo package. At this point, Laura was invited by Jeff Healey himself to perform live with him on his stage at his very own HEALEY’S Bar, Toronto.

It was not long after that EMI RECORDS and UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA had Artist Development deals to offer Laura and her Music career. At the time, Laura’s parents acted as her management and agreed that it was too early to set her off into the “industry world and lifestyle” at such a young age. All offers were declined.

In the summer of 2006, Laura won a radio competition, 107.5 Kool FM Idol with a grand prize package of a 2 song recording deal. The prize consisted of $1,500 worth of studio time, professional photo shoot and 8 weeks of airplay on Barrie, Ont sponsored station, 107.5 Kool FM. For Barrie, ONT 2007 New Years Eve countdown, Laura had the privilege of rocking the stage, performing two songs in front of 10,000 people at Barrie’s City Hall. Televised on 2 channels, internationally. In 2007, Laura graduated from the Independent Music Production program at Seneca College@York University in Toronto. In the summer of 2009, Laura landed and the role and starred as Sharpay Evans in Bird Entertainments, High School Musical 2 on Stage! She performed for 8 weeks at Lester B. Pearson Theater in Brampton, Ont.

LAURA’S MUSIC CAREER TOOK A HUGE LEAP in 2009! She won an NFL Anthem contest on Toronto’s Breakfast Television winning the Grand Prize of singing the National Anthem at the Rogers Center in front of a sold-out NFL game when the Buffalo Bills took on the New York Jets.

It was not long after that the NFL and Buffalo Bills Entertainment management reached out to Laura again to invite her back on the field and request her to sing the Anthem once again for the Buffalo Bills, only this time IN Buffalo, New York. This took place in Sept 2012, then again in Oct 2013/2014. She is now on the Roster for an annual Anthem performance for NFL teams as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlie’s Hockey Team.

Laura has worked with an endless amount of successful International and Canadian recording artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Karl Wolf, Jeff Healey, Bryan Adams, Craig Smart and more.

Being a vocal coach for many years and an inspiration to many young and old aspiring artists out there; In early 2011, Laura sought to create a platform for all other aspiring talent called Hidden Talent Canada.

A singing competition like no other, based solely on the artist’s vocal ability and open to all ages. Laura takes the role as Founder/Executive Producer/ Main judge in Hidden Talent Canada as it’s currently in its 8th season. The organization is growing tremendously popular as each day passes being labeled now as “Canada’s Premier Vocal Competition.”

In Conversation With Lady Antebellum

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM & CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks to Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood Scott from Lady Antebellum.


Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum blend contemporary country with soulful ’60s R&B into an infectious brew that relies on the trio’s rich harmonies and impeccable instrumental skills. The trio was formed in 2006 by Charles Kelley (brother of singer/songwriter Josh Kelley), Hillary Scott (daughter of Grammy-winning country artist Linda Davis), and Dave Haywood, and soon graduated from dive bars to the Grand Ole Opry. Their 2009 single “Need You Now” became the first of many hits to reach not just the country Top Ten but the pop Top Ten as well.

The group formed when Scott met Kelley and Haywood in Nashville, and after a few months of performing around the area, they signed with Capitol Nashville in 2007. Lady Antebellum’s first single, “Love Don’t Live Here,” peaked at number three on the country charts. A self-titled debut album followed in April 2008, featuring production from Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley and stocked with more country hits (including the chart-topping single “I Run to You,” which also enjoyed crossover success as a Top 40 pop hit).

Lady A has sold over 18 million records and have released their new album Heart Break—their sixth release and first new music since 2014’s 747—the multi-platinum-selling group mapped out a liberating approach. It’s not as if they were slacking during the hiatus (Kelley released the Grammy-nominated The Driver, Scott won two Grammys for her faith-based project Love Remains, and Haywood produced and wrote with several developing acts), but they always knew they would get back to making Lady A music. The question was how.

“We knew we wanted to take that break to be with our families and chase some new creative paths,” says Haywood. “But even during that time, I remember Charles saying ‘Guys, let’s figure out how to use this time as a way to really dig into this next record, make time to do nothing but create music together. How do we come at it in a totally different way?’“

So the trio embarked on a new mission—setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical possibilities with no distractions. They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the experiment proved successful, they set up a second retreat in Southern California.

“The goal was to give each other our undivided attention,” says Scott. “Being in a new space meant we could really free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and some writers we hadn’t worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the process.”

Even more crucially, along the way, the members of Lady Antebellum were able to dive into their relationship as friends. “We’d wake up and Dave would have cooked breakfast and it was amazing,” says Kelley. “Making drinks and staying up talking until 3 in the morning—we hadn’t gotten to do that in forever.”

“Being together every day, living in a house together, that was the special ingredient this time,” says Haywood, while Scott adds, “We’ve always been close, but we got to reconnect even deeper into our friendships, and that was really priceless.”

 

In Conversation with Maren Morris

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM & CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks to singer songwriter and Grammy winner Maren Morris about her debut single, growing up in Texas and her advice for new artists.



Maren Morris

Columbia Nashville artist Maren Morris took home a GRAMMY Awards at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

At barely twenty, she moved to Nashville, leaving behind a resume that boasted three hits on the Texas Music Chart: and while many arrive in town with a dream of their name in lights, resting on the marquees of the biggest and brightest venues, Morris simply wanted to work on her songwriting craft. And it’s not that she didn’t have aspirations as a performer – Morris had actually already logged years doing just that. But being a celebrity wasn’t the goal – spending her days and nights in the writing room, working with as many cowriters as possible and composing hundreds of songs, was. And though she’d only play the occasional local gig at first, she still managed to build an audience based on her sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence. Small shows led to big opening gigs: for Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Loretta Lynn and Chris Stapleton.

As a working songwriter she scored cuts quickly, for artists like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. And she started shaping a community of likeminded friends leading a new charge in the country climate: the Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Lucie Silvas. “It feels like a modern-day Chelsea Hotel,” she says of her very close, very talented pals. They became a tight knit circle dead-set on helping each other evolve into unique, game-changing artists.

It wasn’t an easy process, but it was a brave one, full of soul-searching and soul-bearing moments that lead her to HERO – an album dedicated to pushing boundaries both in music and in her own heart, finding that place where melodies can be both deliciously joyous and thoughtfully reflective all at once.

“HERO is all about a journey,” she says. “A lot of these songs came from a place of honesty and redemption. I looked very carefully at my own life, and that itself feels very heroic.”

Sometimes it’s ok to be your own hero – and with HERO, it seems Morris is finally the girl who gets the glory. Purchase Maren’s music here.

In Conversation With American Idol Winner Trent Harmon

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM & CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas. (Co-Host of syndicated Cliff and Sharon radio show)

Cliff talks to American Idol winner Trent Harmon about winning the final season. How he almost gave up on music the night before qualifying for AI, his first single and advice for young artists hoping for a career in music.

TRENT HARMON

trent-harmonTrent holds the reigning title as American Idol. The Season XV victor originally hails from East Mississippi and immersed himself in music from an early age. From singing “Amazing Grace” with his family to starring in various musicals in college, Trent credits life on his family’s farm as a major influence on his music career. Less than one week after taking the title during the final season of American Idol, Trent entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, earning him a “hot shot debut” with coronation song “Falling,” which was written by Idol judge Keith Urban along with celebrated songwriters Dallas Davidson and Brett James. Already in the studio, the 25-year-old musician is eager to begin recording his self-described “Country-soul” album and recently released his debut single “There’s A Girl” on FOX & Friends’ Summer Concert Series. Critics raved week-after-week following each of Trent’s “vocally gifted” (LA Times) performances as he covered hits by Justin Timberlake, Sia, Parson James, Percy Sledge and more. For the latest updates, follow Trent on Twitter.

This interview was courtesy of the syndicated radio show: Cliff and Sharon

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