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Artist Development – For Recording and Performing artists  Here is an overview of some of the things you can learn from our Artist Development Workshops   A. Stage Presence B. Singing\Speaking

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Vocal Coaching for Actors and Public Speakers

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Vocal Coaching for Actors and Public Speakers I have 20 years experience as a Stage Actor, We also have a network of experienced actors and directors available to you.  

*New Service Options* For those in Music – Performing Arts & Entertainment

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Praise Team and Choir Workshops Here is a list of some of what you will be learning A. Harmonization for large or small groups B. Proper Vocals Warm-ups and Singing

Louisiana Theatre Festival 2015

Mainstage

I’m so excited about leading a Vocal Workshop for young artists at this particular festival. Reaching and teaching young minds is always a pleasure. If you have a young person/child

** Artist Development ** For Young & Emerging Recording & Performing Artists

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Artist Development – For Recording and Performing artists 
Here is an overview of some of the things you can learn from our Artist Development Workshops

 

A. Stage Presence
B. Singing\Speaking in your optimum range
C. Learn how to articulate your thoughts and ideas, specifically during promotional interviews.
D. Singing on Stage vs. Singing in the Studio
E. Avoiding Vocal fatigue

Send all inquiries to BOOKTONYJAMES@GMAIL.COM

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Vocal Coaching for Actors and Public Speakers

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Vocal Coaching for Actors and Public Speakers

I have 20 years experience as a Stage Actor, We also have a network of experienced actors and directors available to you.tonyrace5

 

This workshop is exclusively for people who speak publicly on a regular basis. For example, Lecturers, Ministers, News Anchors, actors etc. would benefit from these workshops.

Overview of some of what you would be learning.

A. Learn how to combat vocal fatigue
B. Speaking in your optimum range
C. Proper Voice projection exercises and techniques
for stage actors.

*These sessions are open to groups or can be taken privately.*

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*New Service Options* For those in Music – Performing Arts & Entertainment

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Praise Team and Choir Workshopstonydirectingkids
Here is a list of some of what you will be learning
A. Harmonization for large or small groups
B. Proper Vocals Warm-ups and Singing Techniques

C. Singing and Speaking in your “Optimum Range”
D. Effectively make a connection to your Audience and or Parishioners
These workshops are for all ages and levels of experience.

 

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Artist Development – For Recording and Performing artists 
Here is an overview of some of the things you can learn from our Artist Development Workshops
A. Stage Presence
B. Singing\Speaking in your optimum range
C. Learn how to articulate your thoughts and ideas, specifically during promotional interviews.
D. Singing on Stage vs. Singing in the Studio
E. Avoiding Vocal fatigue

For more information email us @ BOOKTONYJAMES@GMAIL.COM

Or call for a consultation 337-513-6718 Visit our Creative Projects Tab below for a list of more of the services available to you.

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Louisiana Theatre Festival 2015

Mainstage

I’m so excited about leading a Vocal Workshop for young artists at this particular festival. Reaching and teaching young minds is always a pleasure. If you have a young person/child in your life that is interested in the arts this Festival is for them. A day of learning about dance,stage movement, acting, singing the list goes on. The registration fee is minimal and gives students access to some of Louisiana’s brightest instructors and working artists.

Louisiana Theatre Festival 2015 

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Central School Arts and Humanities Center

November 7th, 2015

Open for students grades 6-12

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Habitat For Humanity Benefit Concert

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It’s always a pleasure to sing in a House of Worship. Even more so when it’s for a cause that’s bigger than you. When I was asked to perform at the Habitat For Humanity’s benefit concert, I immediately said yes. Knowing the pang of homelessness, I could not deny the opportunity to support an organization that seeks to give a simple solution to a complex and growing problem. Build a house. Seems simple right? Easier said than done. “Students Against Hunger” is another organization doing it’s best to combat hunger and homelessness in the U.S.A. Here are some of the staggering statistics from S.A.H. related to those who are homeless in America.

 

  • In the U.S., more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year.
  • 35% of the homeless population are families with children, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
  • 23% are U.S. military veterans.
  • 25% are children under the age of 18 years.
  • 30% have experienced domestic violence.
  • 20-25% suffer from mental illness.
  • In urban communities, people experience homelessness for an average of eight months.

 

There is a great need for those individuals that are homeless and hungry living in America. It takes a tremendous amount of funding and the hands of eager volunteers to meet that need. I hope the snippets of this concert inspires you, and causes you to find out what you can do to help Habitat For Humanity and other organiztions like it. If you are interested in how you can assist those in need visit www.hfhca.org (Calcasieu Parish) or www.habitat.org (national) Enjoy and please share with your friends.

The Night Everything Went Boom!

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Alone or in the company of the others. It’s the individual that makes the moment. It’s the people that help to create the vibrancy of a city. Ones environmental experience is purely perception. Make the most of each moment. If you’re bored or dissastified when you’re alone, maybe you’re in bad company.

 

“As It Were”

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She knows that submission does not mean relinquishing power

She knows she can’t do it ALL alone

She seeks a help meet, as written in the Holy Scriptures

She does not use her feminine wiles to extort or rob, but to empower herself

& teaches her daughters it’s wealth

For it is such things that leads a man to work his hands to callous

Cause a man to worship at her feet, hers alone

Causes a man to please her as well as himself

Being sure to bring her to places of ecstasy

She sees beyond the temporary using her keen, insightful, spiritual eyes

to see not only the potential of her mate

She sees the wealth that lies inside of him

Seeing it she nourishes it, waters it, prays over it

Watching the seed of her support and undying love

bloom into a storehouse of respect, love, honor, and kinship

For she has become one with her mate

their dreams, ambitions, and desires have become one

Without diminishing the fruition of either

For two whole parts have been joined

Neither of the two

Woman or Man

need to shrink to fit each others ideals

Rather they grow into each other the two parts becoming one

Mended and fused by the bonds of love

Love Agape

The kinds of love that sees beyond the hearts of flesh

deep into the eyes of God

For it was beneath Gods watchful eye that they vowed to be joined, to become one

Everlasting

Everlasting as it were intended.

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The Artist’s Made up Anxiety

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Writing was always my first love, words in general really. I remember in elementary school participating in every accelerated reader program. Often as a teaching method my instructors would have us learn a certain amount of words a week, I would constantly add words to my personal list. I had read somewhere that you gain a new wrinkle on your brain for every new word you learn. I was dead set on having the most raisin-esque looking brain ever. So I crammed my brain with words well above my “reading level”.

Although I loved reading, writing my own thoughts down on paper or at my mothers type-writer gave me an intense uneasiness. Something about it all made everything inside of me permanent right there in black and white, and it scared me. The best I could do was scratch it out or use a bottles worth of white-out hoping to erase whatever I had put down. The idea that it would not be some masterpiece that I stayed up all night to write increased as the years went on and caused me intense anxiety early on in college. I was content with keeping my “innermost thoughts” inside where they were safe. Even if it was as simple as an essay on some random Shakespeare piece.

My college Voice instructor Michael Rorex suggested that I read a book called “The Artist’s Way (a spiritual path to higher creativity)” by Julia Cameron. He said it’s not just for “artists” it’s for anyone. I thought it may have been some more useless college reading material initially. I took a chance on the book, being that Mr. Rorex was a man I respected. That was in 1999, I still have a copy of her book. I’ve shared copies, bought more and shared again. It really helped me to write even when i didn’t feel like it. The understanding that all of my work as it were, could be re-written and “made” into what I desired released me from this self-constructed prison my young mind had manufactured early on. I still use the writing exercises from “The Artist’s Way from time to time. If you’re experiencing writers block, or some other random form of issues with your work or craft I suggest this book as a way to “unplug” and tap into your inner creative self. I’ll leave you with the advice my Professor gave me. “It’s not just for “Artists”. ”

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I Love Food *Foodie Alert*

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I Recently tried a Dark cherry balsamic bbq glaze a product by Good Housekeeping. It’s labeled as ” Good Housekeeping Good Food” I guess it’s something you can find in any type of grocery store. No need to run off to some speciality shop to find this one. I had no idea that Good Housekeeping was no longer just a magazine. If you’ve ever been to market you’ve seen that “Good Housekeeping” magazine somewhere between the snacks and packs of batteries. Being that I am an intense “foodie”, seeing it in my local grocers, made me gitty.

This product by good housekeeping is marketed as a glaze used for grilling, but i decided to use it as a marinade for my meat. You can use whatever type of meat you like, I would imagine. I used Porkchops.The Dark cherry in the glaze added such a light sweet flavor that complimented the nauturally salty pork perfectly. I seared and smothered them and made sure to cook them low and slow. That way I was able to make a nice gravy and retain the moisture of the meat. If you’re looking for something interesting to add to your nightly mondane dry meats try this out. Be creative, be adventurous and give Good Housekeeping’s Dark Cherry balsamic bbq glaze a shot. I need to get back to the store to find out what other products they have. I’m a foodie everybody knows it I CANT HELP IT…

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Analog Man in Digital World

I love music

Listening to the radio in Southwest Louisiana one would have to think that robots are the only recording artist. The autotuning is becoming redundant to say the least.  I can’t understand a single word, between the yelling and the triple snare drum beat that is so annoyingly consistent.  I mean it’s all good and everything just don’t saturate me with it if i decide to turn the radio on, as I rarely do. Just a random rant of course. But i’m an analog man and i like my music live and my singers sounding like vocalist and not an electric keyboard.

Sunday Mornings

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It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting in my office thinking that,only when I was in college did I ever miss a Sunday of church and food. I really was outdone with the entire experience honestly, I had gone to church all my life. My father Pastored a church in Louisiana where I grew up. During the earlier years of his ministry we held services in our home. The funniest most random things happened there, but I remember most people leaving different, inspired, hopeful! It wasn’t my experience in my fathers Ministry that dissuaded me from attending a worship service during my years of college. It was seeing so much hypocrisy amongst elders in my community saying one thing and living another. On top of that i endured there ramblings on about my style of dress,my hair, they way I played blah blah blah. This Sunday morning I’m in my office waiting for service to begin, I’m employed by a House of Worship to teach and to sing about relationship and Gods LOVE. I won’t be like those that came before me.

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Give Me That Old Time Religion Gospel Concert

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October 10th, 2015

“Give Me That Old Time Religion” 

Community Choir Concert

**Free Event**

First United Methodist Church

812 Kirkman Street – Lake Charles, La.

 

 

 

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Tony James & Lori Smithey

I’m so excited that I have the oppourtunity to do a duet with one of my favorite vocalist and friend. Lori Smithey

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“Give Me That Old Time Religion”

Community Choir Concert

First United Methodist Church

812 Kirkman Street – Lake Charles, La.

October 17th

 

KC Productions S.W.L.A. Presents “Rocky Horror Show”

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KC Productions S.W.L.A. Presents

Richard O’Brien’s

Rocky Horror Show

With Tony James as “Riff Raff”

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October 29th – 31st, 2015

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“Dining With Friends” at Glazed Confections

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“DINING WITH FRIENDS”  Entry 1

Saturday mornings are my favorite. I have fond childhood memories of Saturday mornings. Usually that meant waking up to the smell of warm chocolate milk and donuts from the Pastrie shop down the street. I personally loved donut holes, a dozen or so and I was in heaven. Now Saturday mornings are special to me because it’s one of the few days that my friends and I can get together and talk about the week, without scarfing our food down before having to rush back to the recording studio or the office.

IMG_9211Santana Mitchell and I have been friends for a few years now. We met during the run of a local production of August Wilson’s “Fences”. Her husband (Anthony Mitchell) and I were cast members in the show.  Sidenote: Thanks again to Urban Soul Theater for that experience. I found Santana to be funny and engaging instantly.

We later met again on a professional level as she was styling and shooting an album cover for the single “I Deserve This”. Santana and I both have a weakness for sweets, more specifically pastries. When I happened upon “Glazed Confections”, she was the first person I called. Santana is a Wife, Mother, and Entrepreneur. It’s rare that we have time to talk and chill with her busy schedule. She is currently owner of Eauxte’ Bowties, and co-owner of Faces of Fantasy Photography a business that she shares with her Husband. Glazed Confections was EVERYTHING that we needed as we caught up on fashion, music and whatever else came to mind. Cinnamon rolls with a white chocolate, dark chocolate, & caramel glaze. I know that sounds quite decadent for a pastrie, but it was worth every bite. Glaze’s Red Velvet donut i’m declaring to be a local favorite. Ok maybe no one has made it official or anything. I know it took all my will-power not to eat a dozen of them alone.

 

 

 

 

“Glazed” Owner and Chef boasted about their cream cheese frosting and filling, and demanded that I try them. I usually am not one for stuffed pastries… I found his boast to be true! The filling was sweet, smooth, and the texture was thick, not runny as I’ve found some other fillings to be. “Everything is done in house.” He stated. I think Glaze’s bright and friendly environment, along with it’s creative, and decadent pastries will be a hit in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Chef hinted to creating a “King Cake” Donut. Here in Louisiana we love King Cakes and the Mardis Gras parties that come along with it. Can’t wait to see, and taste what tasteful pastries Glazed Confections will come up with next.

Glazed is located at 3800 Ryan St. Lake Charles, La. 

Many Thanks to the staff of Glazed, for your courtesy and great customer service.

 

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My Post Memorial Day Tribute

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My Father

My Father

 

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Vietnam Soldier

I was afraid of my father. He is 6’3-6’4. Big Will they called him. To a child he seemed like a giant. Even at a young age, I knew not to go near him at certain times. Not because my father was mean, or hard, or crude. He never hit me, and from what I remember he rarely raised his voice to me. Growing up my father was employed by a local plant that dealt with silica. He often worked graveyard or “split shifts” which often times left him sleeping at odd hours.
My father suffered from P.T.S.D. It’s an acronym for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. Sometimes our mother would ask us to rouse our father from his rest. She would always warn us not to get too close, for fear that he would strike us if we startled him. Usually I would yell from the doorway, “Dad!, Dad!, time to get up.”

If that didn’t work, only then would I cross the threshold that lay between my father and I. It seemed like a gulf between us. I darted into the room tapped him on his shoulder and ran back to the safety of the doorway. Far from his long, strong arms reach. My dad was a trained killer, he knew how to take out a man with one strike. To alarm him while he’s having a nightmare or flashback about being at war would have been dangerous. I understood this unwittingly as a child. That and I always ear hustled grown folks conversation. I took caution.
This routine repeated itself often, depending on my fathers work schedule.

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As I reflect on the lives of those lost fighting for our countries supposed many quests as “champions for freedom”, I become angry. Men like my father returned home from war, poisoned by chemical weapons manufactured by our country. Something known as “Agent Orange”. The lingering effects of this chemical, has affected the quality of my fathers physical health overtime. Not to mention the negative mental ramifications of war. Killing, seeing someone being killed. Adults and sadly children. Used as weapons, to drawn in and distract and murder American soldiers. Who wouldn’t be impacted by this. I only ever knew my father as a Reverend, a preacher, a man of the gospel.
Looking at old photos of him in his military gear, always struck me as odd. He was younger than i am now. A kid, not even 21 years old i think. I’m 33.

The really intimidating photos of him belied his natural joking, nonchalant, sometimes zen master like demeanor. He some how held/holds on to joy. Still that young man with hopes of bettering the lives of the people in his community and communities abroad, gears up, risks his life,charges in guns a blazing. A hero. My father, a decorated senior veteran, lives in a city with many other veterans that must travel long distances to seek even minimal health care. That along with many other obstacles have left our veterans without proper and prompt care. “Our Heroes”, treated with diminishing respect. I salute my father and many other service men and women who have risked their lives, those who did not return home alive, and those who died on this countries soil. Despite being scarred by the effects of war my father has held on to joy, to hope, to faith, to the idea that he could change the world for the better, one community at a time. So he preached the gospel of Jesus, for over 30 years now. He has preached of hope, power, freedom and love.