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WANTED: Female Singers (to join successful band)

Phil Robinson (.
PhilRobinson
New York, NY
Post #: 409
Hi NY Singers! :-)


The successful rock/pop/gospel band, THE BLISS JOCKEYS, is expanding its lineup:

We're adding:
- TWO Female Vocalists


*** IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, is potentially interested in joining us, please send an e-mail to Phil Robinson (auditions@philrobinson.net) to set up an audition.




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The Bliss Jockeys regularly play well-attended gigs at some of NYC's best venues (The Bitter End, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, etc.) as well as occasional prestigious out-of-town festivals and conferences.

The band is unique in that we feature a gospel-style choir of 7 talented women, on top of the full rock band lineup.

The women alternate between singing backup and lead vocals!

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IF YOU'RE INTERESTED (or Know Someone Who Is):

- Please e-mail Phil Robinson: auditions@philrobinson.net


****Please be available for a 90-MINUTE AUDITION during the following time-slot:
- WED 2/27 (btwn 8pm-9:30pm)



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WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:

All applicants MUST be: professional, diligent, responsible, ethical, non-flaky, & cooperative--
We're looking for positive, earnest team-players.
Our band is a supportive family; we each put INDIVIDUAL egos aside for the success of the WHOLE.


SINGING SKILLS:
- Must have a confident and fun stage presence
- Must be able to sing impressive lead vocals when it's her turn to do so
- Must be able to sing harmony with other vocalists
- Must be able to learn and sing pre-existing harmony parts
- Must be able to develop new harmony parts relatively quickly
- Must be able to improvise, be musically fun and spontaneous
- Must be able to clap in time to certain songs (and look cool doing it ;-)
- Must be able to work well with both the choir and the band


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BAND LOGISTICS:

TIME COMMITMENT:
- Weekly Rehearsal (every Wed 7:30pm-9:30pm, near Times Square)
- One or Two Gigs each Month (usually on weekend night in NY area)
- Up to 4 times a year: A Weekend Day-Trip for out-of-town show (Philly, Boston, Upstate NY)

FINANCIAL DETAILS:
- The band shares EQUALLY in all proceeds earned from shows
- Beyond gig revenue, this is NOT a paid position
- (We're looking for true BAND-MATES, not HIRED GUNS)
- The bandleader pays all band-related expenses (rehearsal space rental, promotions, travel expenses, etc.)
- For the future, we're targeting high-paid bookings (eg. college circuit) as means of income

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THE BAND - SAMPLE AUDIO, VIDEO & PHOTOS:


VIDEO - The Bliss Jockeys - Live @ Prospect Park:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnvcloymXNk­

AUDIO - Two songs on Myspace (one studio demo, one live acoustic):
http://www.myspace.com/theblissjockeys­

PHOTOS:
http://www.facebook.com/TheBlissJockeys­
http://www.meetup.com/NY-Musicians/photos/9950802/­

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RECORD LABEL:

THE BLISS JOCKEYS are signed to ROOMFUL OF SKY RECORDS:
http://www.roomfulofsky.com/records­

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ABOUT THE BAND:

MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
- Bruce Springsteen, The Animals, Phish, The Indigo Girls, Etta James, KT Tunstall, Musical Theater

NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
- Joseph Campbell ("Follow your bliss"), Carl Jung (Depth Psychology)

STYLE:
- Full rock-band + gospel-choir-style vocals (from 7 female backup singers)
- Soulful choir harmonies, r&b-style singing
- Bluesy harmonica, jazzy guitar licks, roots sounds, stomping & hollering
- Songs are: High-energy, upbeat, often with audience participation
- Mostly play originals, but also choice covers that highlight the vocal abilities of the female vocalists (Hallelujah, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, The Letter, Romeo & Juliet)
- Lead vocals are shared between Phil & female choir members

ATTITUDE:
- Fun, earnest, spiritual, positive, non-ironic, all-inclusive

PERFORMANCE VARIETY:
- We play the full spectrum of shows:
- From large, amplified outdoor shows (w/hundreds of people)
- To small, intimate & unplugged house-concerts in living rooms (w/handful of people)

CAREER PROFILE:
The Bliss Jockeys regularly play well-attended gigs at some of NYC's best venues (The Bitter End, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, etc.) and also play occasional prestigious special events and out-of-town shows as well (festivals, conferences etc.). The band sometimes plays stripped-down shows with a vocal-heavy acoustic format (two guitars, hand-percussion, lead vocals & backup singers). Bandleader Phil Robinson is well-connected to venues, musicians, fan communities and promotional/recording resources throughout the NYC area.

DEBUT ALBUM:
The Bliss Jockeys are signed to indie label, Roomful of Sky Records, and will soon be releasing its debut CD, entitled 'The Birth of Bliss' (the album is about 90% done-- the new members will help to finish it off).

CURRENT LINEUP:
- Phil Robinson (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)

- Ellen Weiss (Vocals, Percussion)
- Leyla Mesic (Vocals)
- Naiika Alfred (Vocals)
- Dawn Hsieh (Vocals)
- Valerie Gomes (Vocals)

- Josh Friedman (Guitar)
- TBD (Keyboards)
- Ian Underwood (Bass)
- Sand Edwards (Drums)
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- Please e-mail Phil Robinson: auditions@philrobinson.net
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