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Singing Lessons with Anya Singleton

Learn about Anya Singleton, one of Howcast's singing experts, in this video.

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Hi. I'm Anya Singleton, and I'm a professional singer. I'm also a composer and an actress. The thing that you need to know about me, and I think the thing that shaped me a lot, is that I have an international background. I grew up overseas. I had a lot of my childhood in Africa and much of my high school in England, and then I moved to the States. That sort of informed a lot of the decisions and a lot of the influences I've had as a musician.

I do a lot of composing for TV and film. Right now, I have a couple of songs out in films, and I've composed and sung on many things for the Style Network, NBC, ABC, and Oxygen. I have a background in jazz and blues as a singer, but I do do other styles. And I just love the idea of connecting to lyrics, and writing songs is very therapeutic to me because it gives me a chance to express what I'm thinking about and then to connect it to music. So it's a very emotional process for me.

I have two albums out. One is called "Not Easy To Forget," and the most recent one is called "The Other Side." Both of them can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.com. You can listen to the album on Pandora, and it's also done very well on college radio.

When I first started in this business, I was a singer only and never even ever dreamed of writing songs. And now, most of my income is from being a composer and from singing on session work and stuff like that. I was all about the live performance, which I still feel very strongly about, but I do a lot of studio stuff, and that tends to be my bread and butter.

So I think be open minded. The more things you can do that are in your field and the more flexible you are, the more you'll work. And at the end of the day, to make a living being a musician, that is something that I'm super happy about. I think that's what it's about. Are you happy? And if you are and you can make your living doing what you love, then that's really what it's all about.

My name's Anya Singleton, and you can find me at AnyaSingleton.com.

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