MsChicksinger

Posts Tagged ‘jazz singer’

Spring is here and so is my new webpage! A special note on Wedding Song choices..

In jazz singer on March 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I’m sitting at my kitchen table drinking some delish Donut Shop (I LOVE my Keurig!) with The Ellen Show on in the background (Kristin Chenoweth is on!! who do I love more?!) and I am taking a bit of a break from my music.  You see, I have been up since 6am and I have done so much already! Now, before you think I am TOTALLY amazing for getting up early to GTD, I actually had to get up early to warm up my voice for an on-air radio interview! Shut up, that is SO fun and my first one ever! 

One of my current clients’ are getting married in April.  I first met them when the groom hired me to sing for his surprise marriage proposal in front of the Bellagio Fountains! Read more about that day, here.  They are the on-air talent for K105 and today we had a conversation over the airwaves!  I was so nervous, but Mark led the interview perfectly and it was a total blast! Here’s the link to the interview, my portion starts at about 23:09. They are the sweetest couple and I am so impressed at how much effort they are putting into choosing their wedding music!  I only wish everyone would do that!  Brides and Grooms, take note! This is your special day!  I know that you may not realize just how important your music choices are, but they can truly shape your whole event.  Sit down together with a glass of wine and your iTunes playlist and really THINK about the songs that represent the two of you and your journey of love.  Many times, even your guests will remember a special moment simply by hearing the song associated with it and that makes your ceremony or reception even more memorable.   Look at these fabulous and unique song choices! I cannot wait to sing these songs for them! Image

Spring is here and the weather is so amazing and it is inspiring me to do some literal and figurative Spring cleaning. Yes, I’m cleaning out my pantry and throwing away or donating to a food bank all the food that does not fit into a healthy lifestyle. We are also going to work on the garage as I am going to park INSIDE my garage! Is this you, too?! Lol! A girl can dream!  Lastly, I am so happy to announce my new webpage!  karenmichaelsmusic.com Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that it still needs work and it will continue to be a work in progress.  Time to be brave and put things out there! Take a moment and visit my new site and feel free to leave me constructive criticism! Enjoy a wonderful weekend, take advantage of this gorgeous weather! Breathe deeply, love your family and listen to some great music! 

Find your favorite Las Vegas Chicksinger in all these places! Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and at Pinterest and book me on Gigmasters! 

 

 

Advertisements

Whitney Houston, new song release, GTD and a Life Coach!

In cd, chicksinger, dangerous curves, female jazz trio, gigs, jazz singer, jazz trio, Karen Michaels, performing, recording studio, weight loss on February 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

It’s been busy and I have missed you, dear friends! Sometimes, being a working Mommy keeps the pace seemingly beyond my reach.  Many of you may know that I am working on transitioning out of my regular gig (their Social Media policy’s prohibit me from talking about them) and into my own singing, teaching, social media business.  I am truly grateful for the clients and students I have who believe in me and are so encouraging.

My new web page via Weebly is getting really close to it’s unveiling and I just can’t wait!  It’s a lot of work to do it yourself, but the satisfaction of learning and figuring things out are extremely rewarding.  I’m hoping for a March 1st announcement.

My vocal trio, Dangerous Curves just released our newest song,  “Someone To Watch Over Me” arranged by our fab friend, Trini Garza and recorded at E3 Studios.  You can buy it here!  Thursday we had a gig at the South Point, appearing on the Dennis Bono Show! We had the great privilege to share the stage with, Larry Gatlin – singer-songwriter of the Gatlin Brothers, Elisa Fiorillo-Dease – Fabulous Pop Singer Touring with Prince, Traci Kesisian – Beautiful Singer/Actress/Dancer from Broadway and Corrie Sachs – Star of Country Music Super Stars Show and of course, Dennis Bono, himself!

In a completely “keepin’ it real” moment (thanks Randy Jackson, for that phrase I use frequently in my life) I need to GTD faster!  I’m great at list making and using my iPad apps, but sometimes the follow through is lacking.  You know that feeling when you have so much to do, you actually feel immobile?  Or, I get up with great intentions, but the day-to-day business that must be done precludes you from doing what you ACTUALLY want to do? Ugh, frustrating!  Well, I just had a wonderful conversation with a neighbor and new friend and she recommended her life coach to me.  I think I am going to try that out.  I’ll let you know how that works out.

Lastly, I feel the need to comment on Whitney Houston and her FAR to early departure from Earth (although I’m sure the angels are singing with that heavenly voice).  I literally cried when I heard that she had died and then as the details came out, I got angry.  HOW did this happen?!?!  We are all painfully aware of her troubled times with drug and alcohol abuse. But, really, HOW did this happen? Lots of people who love her around, a superstar, lots of money and yet a tortured soul at the end, clearly. I can’t answer how it happened, but it reminded me of a truth that is difficult if not downright tough.  We all make our own choices.  We are responsible for our choices and therefore, the consequences.  Yikes, I kinda hate that.  I’ll be honest with you in a very personal way  (back to “keepin it real”!).  I struggle with my weight, so the fact of the matter is, I need to choose better food, more exercise, etc.  I want more money in my savings account, so I need to spend less, save more and continue to work hard.  Simple.  So do it. “Nuff said.

I am going to remember the Whitney Houston who’s voice inspired me and songs gave so much joy.   The girl who’s National Anthem is my clear standard.  And, a woman whose beauty was inside and out, may she rest in eternal peace…..

Find your favorite Las Vegas Chicksinger in all these places! Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and Pinterest, read my Mommy Blog and book me on Gigmasters! 

The Holiday season is here, hold on to your $%@!

In gigmasters, jazz, jazz singer, jazz trio, Karen Michaels, las vegas, lisa smith, martha stewart, recording studio on November 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

Good morning, dear friends.  Sorry for the delay in posting! Now, that November 1st has passed, it’s time to start planning Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas shopping!  I just downloaded the November issue of Martha Stewart in my newsstand for iPad and can’t wait to read it.  I hope it’s before Thanksgiving is over! LOL!

I am so happy to report that the Universe is clearly listening to many of my hopes and dreams! I feel that I am literally running from behind trying to keep up with my dream of transitioning from corporate land to full-time singer, writer and best job of all, Mommy! In the next 5 years (I feel a Jason Robert Brown song coming on!) it is my goal to be fully self-employed and bringing in even more than I do now, which then gives me more time with my sweet Little Man and my fantastic husband. My husband (find him on Twitter at @sincitysinger) has been picking up some of my at-home slack since I am obviously doing ALL my jobs right now and time is at a premium.  He is so supportive and I am so very grateful for his love and help and just want to publicly say so…;-) On to the latest in Chicksinger Land!

I am so fortunate to have added as a client for my Social Media Gal work, Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Walton Montegut of New Contours! He is an absolute genius at his work and everyone needs to know about him!  It has been quite fun to learn about this profession. I knew only a little as a patient who has the occasional botox or laser treatment, but I have to tell you,  the things that are going on in this field are utterly astounding! No wonder the Hollywood girls look so young and lovely! What’s even better is that these surgeries, procedures and treatments are becoming increasingly more affordable.  Plus, there are many options for great, low cost financing.  If you ever wish to visit Dr. Montegut’s office, you may comment here and we can work on getting you VIP treatment! 

I am loving being one of the local mommy bloggers at Nevada Mama, nationally known as Today’s Mama.  For 2012, my goal is to write bi-monthly.  The ladies who write for Today’s Mama are amazing and inspirational women from all over the country! I learn a great deal about being a Mom, family life, writing and SO much more.  They literally affect and influence my life in such a positive way and it is my goal to do that for someone else. You can follow my blog at Nevada Mama, here.

Corporate events, weddings, cocktail parties and teaching voice lessons have been the order of the day with Chicksinger Studios, LLC! In fact, I need to finish up here soon, as I have 3 lovely young ladies today to teach. My students keep my brain thinking and my voice well warmed up! They are eager to learn about music and singing and their enthusiasm is one of the best motivators I know! Next post, I should have a new video to share with you and I can’t wait!

My vocal trio, Dangerous Curves is fully in planning, scheming and dreaming mode! We are in the studio recording our first Christmas CD! It is thrilling in every way to sing with these girls and we are having a ball in the studio! Wait ’till you hear these arrangements! In addition, we have several shows coming up, one of which is especially exciting to me. We are making our LA cabaret debut at  Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitellos on December 4th! We are literally rehearsing every day and once again I can only go back to thanking my family and all the help they are giving me.  I could never do this without them.

It’s the beginning of the Holiday season so let’s eat, drink, be merry and love as much as possible!  Thanks for letting me share my life with you, dears!  It is a privilege and an honor.

Find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and book me and my fabulous band, The Special K Project on Gigmasters!

Karen Michaels, Chicksinger

In jazz singer on September 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Simply, my viewpoints on various aspects of my life. Singer-Actress-Mommy- Iphone lover and Macbook worshiper! The Little Man’s Mommy and the Big Man’s Wife. Always working on improving and learning! Love the Lord and love life!

I am a girl, a chicksinger, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am a mom and a blogger, a myspacer, a facebooker and a tweeter. I am always some of these and sometimes all of these. I adore shoes and purses, Apple computers and my iPhone, Mac make up, positive thinking and searching for new songs to sing. My husband and my son are shining examples of what I have done well in my life and the love that exists in this Universe. My music is what I must do in order to feel whole and complete. YOU are why I do it!!

“Karen’s voice is full of heart and soul, with a bit of sass on the side!  Think Adele meets the love child of Diana Krall and Elton John!”

Hear my music on iTunes with Dangerous Curves, “Girl Talk”and“Laugh-A-Long Songs” with some of the local celebrities of Las Vegas!

Hiring me is like an energetic breath of fresh air. Book me for your corporate event, wedding, cabaret club, party and more!

Follow me on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook and find out more about my available shows!

Summer in Sin City!

In jazz singer on August 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

What an amazing summer this Chicksinger has had!!! Where to begin….mmm….I know! I joined an ultra-cool group on Facebook and I really believe that it has been instrumental in many things occurring so let’s start there…

I was immensely fortunate to come across Nancy Tierney and her coaching and mentoring system called “Just An Hour”.  Based on the concept of focusing an hour a day on your project, it has really been a great asset for me.  Not only have I made some new lovely online friends, but I made real and noticeable progress towards my goals! It begins again in September and if you have a dream and you need some nudges, sign up right away here!  See you there!

So what sort of things have I been up to, you may ask, and just how did focusing an hour a day help?

Let’s see, my girl group Dangerous Curves took new PR pics and we are rehearsing our first cabaret show to be debuted at Sterling’s Upstairs At Vitellos! Here’s our flyer:

Whatcha think?! Thanks to the oh-so-amazing Lisa Smith for making the flyer like only she can! Check out her Lovin Jazz blog!

Dangerous Curves sang at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party in Vegas this past week and it was a ball! We got to sing “Cloudburst” and “I’m A Woman” and I am so happy it went really well!  The load of talent in this town is really unbelievable.  The highlight for me, however,  was the fact that my husband, Dennis was totally and completely a hit! He sang the hilarious Marcy and Zina song “The Morning After”.  He is one talented man…love you, babe!  Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch are a terrific-ly talented duo of boundless energy and fun! They will be returning to Sin City in September and we already can’t wait!

I’ve been working hard on my solo career as well, learning new tunes, practicing piano,  choosing material for my upcoming 2012 CD and this month’s gigs were proof positive that all this practice is really worth it!

I have a feeling this one may go down as one of my all time fave gigs ever! I was contracted to sing in front of the Bellagio Fountains with the fab guitarist, Rick Chavez, for a surprise proposal! Seriously?! It was SO romantic and she was completely surprised and everyone was clapping and cheering and it was one of those “ahhhh” moments in life that you feel privileged to be a part of.  Today, I sang with Fifth Ave!  I mean really, this is like a dreamy week of singing! Fifth Ave is a vocal jazz, du wop, harmony foursome and absolutely one of my favorite vocal groups ever.  And, they are my friends.  Here we are moments before the show (Jeff is the forehead only) I’m just wondering how one Chicksinger got so lucky?!

Oh right! It all comes back to my “Just An Hour” group, doesn’t it? Now, of course, I did put in the work and wrote out my affirmations and such.  But something tells me, the Universe is listening to all my thoughts and prayers and put all this cool stuff right in front of me….THANK YOU,  GOD!!! 🙂 Happy end-of-summer dear friends!

Channeling Ann Margaret…cocktails, jazz and Las Vegas!

In book me, chicksinger, female jazz trio, gigmasters, jazz, jazz singer, Karen Michaels, las vegas, pianist, singer, wedding, wedding singer on May 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

I had a fabulous gig on Thursday.  Not only were the clients fantastic, the room was totally amazing! The young soon-to-be-wed couple were hosting a pre-wedding cocktail party to welcome their guests to Las Vegas. Lucky me and my wonderful pianist, Moises were the entertainment for the afternoon.

It was a beautiful duplex suite at Caesars Palace, over 2000 square feet with a lovely black baby grand.  During our sound check, the butler for the room told me that it used to be Ann Margret’s suite and I literally almost fainted! He said she used to sing on the balcony and then parade down the sweeping staircase to greet her guests.  She is totally one of my iconic heroes! That red hair, that voice and THAT FACE!  He told me the list of celebrities who would attend her parties was positively mind boggling.  Of course, visions of Elvis and Frank enjoying a cocktail and conversation, were running through my head as I sang through some of my favorite jazz standards and love songs, new and old.

Its times like this when I remember that I literally live in and sing in,  the coolest, hippest city in the world!

Are you looking for fabulous entertainment for your wedding, corporate event or afternoon brunch?  “Like”  me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and book me with Gigmasters! 

Mommy-Singer-Blogger and God Bless America!

In Apple, book me, chicksinger, gigmasters, gigs, jazz, jazz singer, jazz trio, Macbook on May 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

This Mommy-Singer-Blogger has been up to her proverbial MacBook in work! I have been learning about HTML and creating Facebook Landing Pages. Here’s my new Welcome Page on Facebook! I’ve been writing for my Mommy blog and refining and honing my skills as a writer. Musically, I’m really excited for my upcoming gigs! Learning new material for me really gets the creative juices flowing. I’ve even been working on my Chicksinger Studios logo for new merchandise I will be premiering Memorial Day Weekend in my new Zazzle store!

Mommyland has been its usual vessel of learning and adventure! We’ve had some great family moments this Spring with outings to the Lied Museum, the Sugar Factory at the Paris Hotel and our Spring Fling, a neighborhood party for Easter! I joined my neighborhood Mom’s Club and it has been fantastic. I didn’t really realize just how necessary it is be to be involved with a Mom’s group. Already, the Big Man and I have made some lovely new friends. What’s really great is the fact that we talk a lot about parenting with each other. Its good to know that things are right on track and normal!

I must comment on what has just happened! President Obama just announced the demise of Usama Bin Laden. Our troops got him! Now, listen. I am not going to discuss politics on my blog or my Facebook. I want to talk about my music and writing and being a Mom and about YOU. That being said, I am so grateful to live in a country where I can follow my dreams. God Bless our troops who keep us free and God Bless the United States of America.

Like quick updates from your Chicksinger, Karen Michaels? Follow me on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, book me on Gig Salad or Gigmasters!or read my Nevada Mama blog!

Super Moon…Super Mom

In chicksinger, female jazz trio, jazz trio, Karen Michaels, las vegas, Uncategorized on March 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

>

Super Moon….Super Mom

Today is the Super Moon and it occurred to me as I was reading about what it is and just what that meant that I am attempting to be,  and occasionally am, a Super Mom!  Luckily for me, it occurs more than every 20-ish years! Lol! Let’s face it, as I am working to become a true “Momprenuer” (my goal is that when the Little Man goes to school, I will be a mostly WAHM) I sometimes wonder when the next time is I get to have more than 5 hours of sleep! Aaah well, that’s another post!
Let me catch you up on some of my endeavors…..
Of course, if you follow me even a little you definitely know I am a Chicksinger! On that front, my first one-woman show moves ever forward and has a new title and 3 new songs! The title I can share with you (the songs are still a secret for now) “The Shoe Must Go On”!  As I walk through my life, I see that the shoes I choose to wear speaks volumes and defines the moment. I can’t wait to share some of life’s most poignant and fun moments with you in music, song  and shoes!
Along with that, my vocal trio, Dangerous Curves is writing a brand new show specifically designed for the cabaret audience. We intend to pull out all the stops, vocally, musically and emotionally. The girls and I want to absolutely engage the audience with our song choices and engulf them in the Dangerous Curves message…”the beauty of music, the strength of self….each woman brings her own take on music, fashion and the pursuit of happiness”…I love that message! 
Now, along with being a singer, I also teach voice lessons and I am so excited that I have recently added a few more students and they are wonderful and inspiring and I love them!
Now, for two announcements that I am especially excited about! First, I am now part of the Today’s Mama blogging family! I am officially the writer for the “Out and About” category for Nevada with my title being the “Chicksinger and Wine and Dine Gal”! A real writing gig! 
Secondly, I am about to be a part of a brand new company that features women who have are techie geeks! LOL! How much fun is that?!  As soon as the official announcement of business name and the other fabulous ladies comes (I’m honored to be included with some of the smartest, tech-ie-est chicks I know!), I’ll post all the 411.
Today is a tough day, too.  Today is the 5th anniversary of my Mom’s passing.  It is really hard to believe it has already been that long.  So much has happened since she left this Earth for the Heavens above…I truly admired, adored and loved my Mom. An inspiration as a woman, wife and mother.  My Mother was the original Super Mom.  I aspire to be even half the woman my Mother was….Mom, I miss you, I love you and I’ll see you again, someday.
Like quick updates from your Chicksinger, Karen Michaels? Follow me on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook,  book me on Gig Salad or Gigmasters! or read my Nevada Mama blog!

In female jazz trio, jazz singer, jazz trio, wedding singer on February 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

>

On the road with my Curvy girls! Arizona here we come!

I had a spectacular weekend with my Curvy girls traveling to Arizona to perform our show “Girl Talk” at the Roadhaven Resort.  From start to finish I had a great time talking, drinking wine and singing with the absolute best chicks I know! These girls are so talented and amazingly beautiful inside and out.
We talked about our own personal dreams and goals, made huge plans for Dangerous Curves and sang some of our favorites for the lovely people of Roadhaven.
Our show “Girl Talk” is fully customizable, and we design it to suit our audience.  This version included our “Judy Garland” and “Old Time Radio” medleys, uplifting songs like “How You Live” from Point of Grace, one of our faves “I’m A Woman” from Smokey Joes Cafe and a whole lot more!

At the Roadhaven Resort with Bay West after the show!



Next weekend we are donating our performing selves to The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society.  Click here for more details on their Valentine’s  luncheon and how you can be a part of this wonderful organization!  Not only that, my YouTube channel and Dangerous Curves Youtube channel are close to going live so stay tuned!


Like quick updates from your Chicksinger, Karen Michaels? Follow me on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook and book me on Gig Salad and  Gigmasters!