I hope you had as lovely a Holiday Season as I did because honestly, taking those two weeks off was just what I needed to reflect on a very productive 2014 and set my intention for what I hope will be a stellar 2015! I have to confess there’s a bit more of me to love, because I certainly didn’t miss a meal during those two weeks, and I happily indulged in all those yummy foods that I tend to stay away from during the year. I am paying for it now having to work out like a mad woman so I can get into that lovely Diana Ross dress for my first gig of the year next weekend!
When I say I took two weeks off, that’s strictly from admin work. I was performing quite a bit and ended the year with a bang by performing four mini sets of my Diana Ross Tribute Show at four different venues on New Year’s Eve! It seemed like a good idea when I said yes to doing this type of booking, but I had no idea how exhausting it would be. It was interesting to see how the demeanor of the crowd changed at each venue.
At the first venue I went on just after 8pm and the night was young, people were just starting to get their drink on so the mood was laid back and mellow. Venue two, and hour later and the crowd was a bit livelier as the liquid courage was just starting to kick in. I get to venue three and this crowd was marinated just enough to think I was the real Diana Ross and gave me the rock star treatment complete with being followed around and trapped by the pappirazzi with a line of people wanting a photo!
Then it was off to my final venue … I arrived just before 11pm and the crowd was totally baked and well up for anything. I could have stood their barking and they would have loved it! I didn’t, but I could have. I had a great time at each venue and was done at 11:30 and back home and in my onesie just in time to watch the count down and the fireworks on the telly. A special shout out to the hubs who was my driver, sound person & body guard for the night! I would not have survived without him!
Also during my Christmas hiatus, Mayfield Recording Studio was launched! I am so proud to be associated with this amazing venture and the buzz is already starting about this brand new, state-of-the-art recording facility located in Portsmouth. Visit the website to learn more about the studio and the 50% Introductory Offer!
There have already been a few recording sessions at the studio, and Mayfield the band was in on the 2nd of January recording the first track for our second album due to be released later this year. If you having any recording needs, do check out Mayfield Studios and take advantage of the discount while it lasts!
It was hard getting back to work on Monday, but moving into my very own office space at the Cathedral Innovation Centre in Old Portsmouth made it a bit exciting. I’ve been hotdesking at this location for the past year, and now the Gloria Miller Entertainment Ltd. office is now open for business. The space is proving to be quite the boost to productivity as this week I added quite a few bookings to the diary. Let’s hope this keeps up!
On Thursday I had a meeting with Ross from the Jolly Sailor about Southsea’s Got Talent, and I am happy to be returning as one of the judges for the competition that is going to be bigger and better as it goes into its third year. The first heat will be 5 February! Watch this space for more info.
On Friday I did my first music business coaching session with a new client. Last year I started doing some vocal coaching and this year I am diversifying that service to include music business coaching as well. I will be officially launching this service later in the year in partnership with Mayfield Studios Tuition Services. More details to come …
Finally, on Saturday I am off to Leeds for two days of intensive rehearsals with The Midnight Soul Sisters as we prepare for our promo video shoot and the growing schedule of upcoming shows! I’ll put up a good fight against the battle of the bulge this weekend as I try to turn one of my two left feet into a right foot and learn all the dance moves required for these shows. I had a look at the routines we’ll be learning, and this is going to be a hard couple of days, but well worth it ’cause these moves will look amazing once it’s all put together! I’ll post the promo video when it’s finished!
Well, I think that’s enough yapping from me this week! Have a fabulous weekend …
Most of this week has been spent planning for 2015 and there are some really exciting things developing for next year. More on that latter …
On Monday, I joined Martin Bargent of Brown Sugar Events on ExpressFM to discuss The All Woman Christmas Shopping & Indulgence Show being held on Sunday at The Norton Park Hotel in Winchester. We had a lovely chat with Phil Russell on the morning show discussing the event and the charity it benefits, The Katie Piper Foundation. I will be one of several exhibitors, and will also be perform a few holiday favourites and more during the course of the day. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here!
|Phil, Glo & Martin!
On Tuesday, I met with Helen at Creative Click to discuss my new website. I got a little peak at it and its looking very cool! I built my current website, and the new one will have a similar feel, but will be much more high tech because the professionals know how to do sooooooo much more than I do! It was very difficult letting go of the website, but after two years in business I thought this would be a good time to launch a new site. Watch this space!
One of the exciting developments for 2015 is that I will be presenting a weekly radio show on ExpressFM starting in January. I currently do a monthly internet show called Glo’s Music for the Soul, which I will now turn into a weekly format focusing on an eclectic mix of music that soothes the soul! On Thursday I met with Rob at the station to discuss the show and next week I’m going in to learn the equipment and do some test recording. I have to admit, I am quite nervous about this weekly show … but I’m equally as excited! This is like a dream come true! Doing a monthly show is challenging, and I know the weekly one will be even more so, but I am up for it and will give it my all!
I’m working on the December edition of the internet show next week and have a great show planned with soulful Holiday classics, and a bit of Funk, R&B and Jazz too! Click here to listen to November’s show!
Today I am gearing up for a three-gig weekend, with the first one tonight at The Phoenix in Crookhorn where I will be performing Simply, Tina Turner! On Saturday I am in Reading at Wokefield Park performing with The Midnight Soul Sisters. Then on Sunday, I will head to Winchester for the All Woman Show. I am looking forward to a busy weekend of performing.
Finally, I’ve got a couple of my top acts booked out this weekend. Tonight, Damiain Lodrick will be performing solo at The Piranha Bar and on Saturday, GME’s artist of the month, Everyday Sunshine, will be performing at the same venue! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not come to one of these shows! I guarantee you’ll have a great time!
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That’s it for now! Have a wonderful weekend.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been quite goal oriented and this year I set four goals for GME. One of those goals was to develop two new shows … ‘I’ll Be Seeing You,’ a wartime show and ‘Totally Tina Turner,’ a tribute show to the rock & roll legend. On Easter Sunday, I’ll be debuting I’ll Be Seeing You at the Hayling Island Sailing Club, and on the 4th of July, I’ll be performing Totally Tina Turner alongside Supremely, Diana Ross at The Exchange in Bournemouth!
So, this week has been all about fine tuning the wartime show and I have sooooooo enjoyed researching the songs from WWI & WWII and I’m finding that I love the purity of the vocals on these songs. The Andrews Sisters’ musicianship is beyond words with their intricate harmonies and pitch perfect vocals on such delights as ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’! Vera Lynn seems to have captured the hearts of the entire country with her heartfelt vocals on ‘Bless ‘Em All’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’ among many other WWII favourites.
The real fun was in finding WWI songs like ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag’ and ‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’! I’ve included a few of the videos I used for research in choosing the set list for ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ in this week’s newsletter. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
On Tuesday, I had a meeting with Martin Bargent, the Director of Brown Sugar Events to discuss working together on future projects. Their next event is ‘The All Woman Show‘ being held on the 22nd of June at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth. Having met Martin at the launch of the Portsmouth Venus Awards reinforces how important networking is in business.
Next week I am having a mini-holiday with Neal at our place in Spain, but I will have to do some work finalizing the entertainment for Foodies Festival, Clapham Common. I’ve still got a few slots to fill for Clapham and I’m looking for solo performers, duos and bands who perform folk, soul, pop and/or Jazz. Please contact me if you’re interested in performing for any of the Foodies events.
|Neal & Me
Click here to view final running order for the Brighton event being held on 3, 4, & 6th of May. The Clapham Common event is the 6, 7, & 8th of June.
That’s it for this week. Have a fantastic weekend!