City Music Scholar featured on NBC’S The Voice

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Brittany Butler is a r&b/jazz/pop singer-songwriter/musician. At the age of nine she met and sang with the pianist for Saturday Night Live, a Berklee alum. At his suggestion, she auditioned for Berklee City Music and received a scholarship at age 11. Brittany even toured with the City Music Rock Ensemble through four cities. Most recently, Brittany was a contestant on NBC’S The Voice. Her blind audition got both Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams to turn their chairs, and she ultimately chose to join Pharrel’s team. While on the show, Brittany received a coaching session with Alicia Keys.

Berklee City Music reached out to Brittany and asked her to discuss her experience both with City Music and The Voice:

When did you first get involved with Berklee City Music?

I first got involved with City Music when I was about 11 years old. I went through the mentoring program, the high school academy, and was eventually awarded a full tuition scholarship to the college through City Music. I first found out about the program at age 9 by Tuffus Zimbabwe, a Berklee and City Music alum that I met when he was performing with a trio at the Hyde Park Library. I remember I couldn’t wait to be old enough to audition!

What about City Music has been most effective in your music training?

I think the ensembles, and theory classes have been most effective in my music training! The ensembles helped me to become so much more comfortable performing with a band. And, I was able to apply what I learned in my theory classes to the work we were doing during rehearsals. It made it so much easier to follow along with lead sheets and whatnot and figure out melodies instead of just sitting there kind of unsure of myself.

How has your experience with Berklee helped prepare you for The Voice?

My experience with Berklee has been completely invaluable. I’ve been involved with Berklee now for half of my life, and it’s helped to shape me into the performer and artist I am today. I consider myself to be a much more knowledgeable vocalist and musician today, which I think made my time on The Voice a lot smoother and more enjoyable. I learned a great deal of vocal technique through Berklee/City Music, I ended up not being as worried about the technical aspects of my performances as I thought I would be. Because of that, I felt like I was able to enjoy the moment better!

The work I did in ensemble classes helped so much, because I got to work with The Voice band, who’s members are some of the most incredible musicians in the business. The Drummer actually happened to be a Berklee alum! So, that was cool! Like, I mentioned before, those ensembles really helped me feel more confident during band rehearsals for the show. I was able to communicate my ideas clearly with the band, and I just think it helped everything to jell better overall!

Learn more about Brittany on her website, keep up with her on Facebook, or check out her newest videos on her YouTube Channel.
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Just Announced: Gladys Knight at the BCMN Conference

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Known as the “Empress of Soul,” the seven-time Grammy Award-Winner, Gladys Knight will join Ron Weisner’s panel, Remaining Fresh, Being Creative: Developing Artists for Tomorrow’s Industries, at this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles on November 2-5.

Georgia-born, Gladys Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church.  Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest, formed The Pips. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group and were replaced by Cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.

Don’t miss Gladys Knight.  Click the link to register for the Berklee City Music Network Conference.

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Calling High School Music Students: Don’t Miss the Kevin Eubanks Jam Session

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APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JAM SESSION (CLICK HERE)

High school musicians don’t miss the Jam Session led by Kevin Eubanks at Youth Power-Up Day part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, on Sunday, November 2.  The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY.  The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.

When: Sunday, November 2 from 12:00pm noon-5:00pm.

Where: California Plaza – 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Cost: FREE

APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JAM SESSION (CLICK HERE)

Lalah Hathaway Added to the BCMN Conference and Master Class

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Lalah Hathaway is a Grammy Award-Winning musician.  She recently won the Grammy for best R&B Performance with Snarky Puppy for “Something” check out the video below to hear her performance. Originally from Chicago she was born into a musical family as Donny Hathaway is her father.  She wrote her first song as a 10th grader and later went on to study music at Berklee College of Music, and released her first self titled album in 1990 that had hits such as “Baby Don’t Cry,” “Heaven Only Knows” and “I’m Coming Back.”  Currently Lalah is working on a new albumn titled “Lalah Hathaway Live,” you can find out more on her website and contribute to her Pledge Music Campaign: www.lalahhathaway.com

Lalah Hathaway will be participating in the Berklee City Music Network Conference in two roles.  She will first participate on Terri Lyne Carrington’s panel titled “Working Hard, Aiming High: Developing the Young Artist” on Monday, November 3 from 11:05am-12:05pm.  Later that night she will be one of two clinicians at the Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class (check out the video below) hosted at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum where she will critique five bands from across the Berklee City Music Network during a live performance.

Check out her interview with Shea Rose ’11, a Berklee City Music alumna, and where they discussed her experiences at Berklee and beyond, her perspective on the music industry, and her experience with Berklee City Music Network member member Stax Music Academy in Memphis.

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25 FREE Registrations for Students to Attend the BCMN Conference

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CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS

We are offering FREE registration to the first 25 undergraduate and graduate college students who register to attend the Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles, CA from November 2-5.

After the first 25 FREE registrations are given it is ONLY $25 per day for undergraduate and graduate students.

Make sure you use your “.edu” email address to receive the discount.

Don’t miss out on this great event featuring music industry experts, nonprofit leaders, accomplished music educators, and Grammy-Award Winning artists.

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Apply to the Jam Sessions led by Kevin Eubanks

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At Youth Power-Up Day on Sunday, November 2, part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, there will be a jam session with Kevin Eubanks, the former leader of The Tonight Show Band.  The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY.  The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.

Join us at Youth Power-Up Day for a free outdoor community festival to learn tips on entering the music industry, preparing for college training, and engaging with others in playing an instrument — beginner or advanced. Youth and their families are especially encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public, in downtown Los Angeles! Presented by Berklee City Music and A Place Called Home, in cooperation with Grand Performances, as part of the 2014 Berklee City Music Network Conference.

For those students who would like to participate in the jam session please CLICK HERE to complete the application.

Dean’s Set List: Without A Song

This episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from three Berklee City Music Network sites performing “Without a Song” by Edward Eliscu, William Rose, and Vincent Youmans.  The band features City Music Summer Scholars Lyric Stephen on vocals from Little 5 Points Music Center in Atlanta, Anav Sood on piano from The Music Settlement in Cleveland, and Conner Duke on upright bass from City Music Boston.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert Recap

Last week, 107 Berklee City Music Boston and Network students participating in the Five-Week Summer Performance Program took the stage of the Berklee Performance Center for the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert.  The young musicians showcased the skills that they honed throughout the program in Instrumental and Vocal Jazz, Big Band, Pop/Rock, Pop/R&B, and Choral Ensembles under the direction of Berklee College of Music professors Bobby Gallegos, Alonzo Harris, Nichelle Mungo, George W. Russell, Mike Tucker, and Marty Walsh.

At the end of program, Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner Jr., and Dean of City Music Dr. Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to attend Berklee this Fall.

Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music
Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music

 

A special shout-out goes to Berklee City Music National student, Yesseh Furaha-Ali from the Philadelphia Clef Club, who was awarded a prestigious 2014-2015 Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholarship, a four-year scholarship covering the cost of tuition, on-campus housing, and the required laptop.

2014 Berklee City Music College Scholarship, Network Recipients

2014 Berklee City Music College Scholarship, City Music Boston Recipients

  • Pianist Daniel Hines, Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Drummer Samuel Joseph, Readville, Massachusetts
  • Saxophonist Yoshitaka Koga, Methuen, Massachusetts
  • Vocalist Grace Mann, Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts
  • Guitarist Melisande Pope, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
  • Upright bassist Nailah Williams, Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Vocalist Yanina Johnson, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Watch the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert

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Tomorrow night is the annual Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert at the Berklee Performance Center at 7:30PM.  If you are going to be in Boston be sure to get your tickets now for this incredible event.

Over 100 Berklee City Music Network students will take the stage to perform rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, inspirational, and R&B songs throughout the evening.  You will not want to miss out on the scholarship presentation where students from our Network members will be awarded with four-year full-tuition scholarships for study at Berklee College of Music.

Not everyone is able to be physically present at the show, so we invite you to watch the live-stream coverage of the performance.  Below is the link to the stream.  Be sure to tune in and enjoy the show!

LIVE STREAM: https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/7439-city-music-scholarship-concert

Dean’s Set List: A Long Walk (Season 2: EP 2)

We continue this season of the Dean’s Set List with our second episode featuring vocalists Sarah Coelho and Adeline Um from City Music Boston, Samantha Spear on alto saxophone from The Music Settlement, Isaiah Hill on Piano from Little Five Points Music Center, and Christoff Glaude on Electric Bass from City Music Boston performing Jill Scott’s “A Long Walk.”

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

To see season 2 episode 1 click here.