Thursday, July 16, 2015

Inside The Thoughts of Jermaine Sain: Background Singer/ Artist Workshop with Crissy Collins

I'm trying to get better at sharing the things that are going on in the city of Atlanta, guests on When We Speak, as well as myself.  So I'm covering all three; by talking about what happened on July 11th.  As many of you know, I've had the pleasure of being acquainted with a background singer who has sang with some of the biggest names in entertainment....Crissy Collins!!!   She is a past guest and huge supporter of my show When We Speak.

If that name doesn't ring a bell to you, then you obviously aren't a Beyonce or Tyler Perry fan!!  And you definitely need to check out this interview with her on When We Speak!!!

Crissy Collins has been a background singer for Beyonce for more than 10 plus years and has acted in several Tyler Perry plays!  And that's not all!  She has sang with Kelly Price, Monica, Luther Vandross, and many others.  Recently, I saw pics with Crissy and R. Kelly in the studio, as well as,  of Crissy with Fantasia!!!! I wonder what they are cooking up!?!?   CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT!!!

Well, the reason for today's blog is..... I want to tell you about the Background Vocalist/Artist Workshop that Crissy conducted on July 11th in Atlanta, Georgia.  Crissy is a very busy lady and when she comes home to Atlanta, she's usually back out on the road in a few days, so for her to choose to do a workshop in Atlanta was #SuperAwesome!!! And for her to personally invite me to assist her for her first workshop was #MoreSuperAwesome !!!
Beyonce Background Singer Crissy Collins

Not only was this an awesome idea, it was also a heart felt action by Crissy Collins.  During the workshop she shared lots of information and music industry stories.  She also shared her heart's desire to help people that are want to get into the entertainment industry.  (That's what my show, When We Speak, is all about so of course, I was sold when she said that!  By the way, if you haven't seen my show, please go and check it out: WATCH WHEN WE SPEAK)

During the workshop, Crissy covered things like microphone technique, image, marketing, headshots, press kits, selecting audition songs, how to get a gig, promotions, finances, networking, and much more.
In addition, there were two guest speakers that joined the discussion:  Eboni Stephans of ESMV Creative Arts Agency and DJ Blak Magic.
Now of course I can't tell you all the details of the workshop!
ONE.....I was working!
TWO... I'll hoping to see you at the next!!!

However, I will say, that I got a chance to speak with all the attendees of the workshop before it was over and all of them were well pleased with the outcome and provided great feedback for the next one!!!  Hope to see YOU at the next one!!!!
beyonce background singer Jermaine Sain


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Inside The Thoughts of Jermaine Sain: Singing with Barry Manilow a talk show host and promoting other artists is really fun and I enjoy doing it but recently I was speaking with a friend who said, “Jermaine, you need to take some time to promote yourself,  just as much as you promote others”.   I must admit that I totally agree but I’ve never really found the time….lol.  So in other words, this is my promotion of myself.

It’s not too often that I tell about the other ventures that I’ve done or been working on but recently I talked to the SAINJ Productions team and we decided to start providing background vocalists for artists, singers, etc. for live performances and studio sessions

Some people that are familiar with my journey will know, I used to sing in a group/choir and I was very instrumental in the marketing/promotions of the group as well as, a key player in landing some of the singing opportunities such as Heart, Kem, and Verizon Wireless

Although I've done such work, I must admit that I was very nervous about attempting to tackle this type of venture on my own, considering all the other things that I’m doing with When We Speak TV and When We Speak (talk show).  Nevertheless, I decided to move forward. 
Actually, it wasn’t quite that simple.  I talked it over with a lot of people before really making the decision and then one night I had the strangest dream.  The next day, I started looking for the meaning of the dream.  I’m not a “spooky” believer in dreams but I do believe that some of your dreams can have meaning.  When I looked up the dream as much as I could, it said that it represented my emotional state and that I was afraid of pursing something new.  WOW!!!!  So I equated that to the new venture with SAINJ Productions and to put my fears aside and move forward.  Needless to say, shortly thereafter, we received an email for our very first placement opportunity.  How awesome that it would be a music legend?!?!  BARRY MANILOW!!!! 

There is so much more I could say concerning this opportunity but for the most part I just wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to as Jermaine Sain and to encourage you.
Sometimes I sit at my desk and think that everything I’m doing is in vain but then the opportunities come and they wow me everytime to remind me that I am “anointed” to this!!! And even though When We Speak TV and SAINJ Productions are not “church ministries”, I have always referred to them as “my ministry”!  And because God has anointed me….it shall prosper!!! Please don’t give up on your dreams… I believe you can do it!!!! And you can!!!  
Thanks for continuing to support me, SAINJ Productions, When We Speak TV, & When We Speak!!!!

Love Always,
Jermaine Sain

In The Studio With Tony Hightower and Jermaine Sain

Singer/Actor Tony Hightower (native to the city of Atlanta) speaks with Jermaine Sain on When We Speak. You've seen Tony Hightower in many Tyler Perry plays such as Madea Gets A Job, The Have and Have Nots, Madea On The Run, and others. In addition to his acting career, Tony Hightower is also a singer who was a former member of the R&B group 4.0 which was signed to Peebles Reid's label. He has so work with artists and greats such as Ceelo, Outkast, Gerald Levert, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, to name a few.


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Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak. After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.

In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.

Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.

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