Today we’d like to introduce you to Adri-Anne Ralph.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was always very creative and into music and arts as a kid. In high school, I was one of the musical theater kids, as well as touring and recording with a pop/gospel girl group in & around my home of Victoria B.C. After graduating high school, I pursued musical theater by attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts, but once I graduated, I realized my true passion was in songwriting, singing, and the creative process of recording, but I had no idea how to pursue that in my small town. I ended up training and finding work as a Medical Assistant while I pursued singing and songwriting on my own. After a few years of this and realizing I wasn’t getting anywhere, I was accepted to a program in Venezuela through the program YWAM, or Youth With A Mission. I was trained not only in music and recording but also in how to use the gift of music and songwriting to bring hope and help to people and communities. This was the missing piece for me in terms of really finding my purpose.
One of our instructors in Venezuela was (and still is) a music producer and composer in Anaheim who runs a non-profit music program for at-risk and adjudicated youth called Project RYTMO (Reaching Youth Through Music Opportunities). Once I returned home to Canada, he and I worked together to get a visa for me to be able to come to OC and work as a counselor and instructor to these youth. I did end up doing this and spent three amazing years teaching, counseling, and mentoring the youth in this program, as well as being mentored in my own musical journey by some amazing musicians, songwriters, and music supervisors from Los Angeles. In 2013 I released my full-length album of original songs, published by Love & Laughter Music. After having my son, I wasn’t able to continue working with RYTMO, but my album has yielded two sync placements so far, and I have been able to continue songwriting, publishing music, and doing session vocal work. My very favorite things to do now are to write a song and then hear it come to life in the production and recording process. I also am a vocal coach & vocal producer, and I have been able to coach successful applicants for the Berklee Summer Music Program and prepare many singer/songwriters to record their own music! In my very limited down-time, I also draw/paint and have a fashion resale business geared towards inclusive sizes.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road to get here has not felt smooth, but looking back I can see that there was a path for me to be right where I am. I often struggled with doubt, with feeling very alone and without anyone who believed in me. I remember knowing that my family and friends expected me to get a “real” job, and I felt that it was because they didn’t believe that I was good enough to be in the music industry… feeling like the people who kn0w you best don’t even believe in your abilities can be hard to overcome. So was finding the courage to break away from what I knew people expected for me and to break away from the comfort and security of home. I remember flying to Southern California, only knowing Joey, the producer that I had come to work with, and not even knowing where I would live or how I would afford it. The non-profit I worked with was funded by government programs, and they were always experiencing delays in payment, which meant there were times I didn’t get paid, didn’t know how I would afford the gas to drive to work, and visited food banks not only for our students but for myself. I remember getting sick and having to choose between going to the emergency room or affording food and gas. In the middle of all that, there were the common struggles that most artists face, of imposter syndrome, self-image, especially in an industry that is very “image” and youth-focused. After having my son, like every working mom, I struggle with balancing spending time and energy with him and still having enough left to put my heart and soul into music and songwriting. Finally, in my 30’s, while I still have those moments of self-doubt, I feel like I am the most confident in my abilities and secure enough in my skills to take risks and own my own strengths and weaknesses.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a vocalist, a songwriter, a vocal coach and vocal producer. My very favorite thing is singing — I will do it anytime, anywhere. I’ll sing lead vocals, I’ll sing background vocals, I’ll sing my own songs, I’ll sing other people’s songs — the only thing that matters is that I believe in what I’m singing. I’ve been involved in diverse aspects of all of these things. Several years ago, I was part of a songwriting group that worked with Warner/Chrysalis. After that, I started co-writing with a group of other songwriters focused on sync (film/TV) placements and focused on that for a couple of years. Currently, I work with independent producers and also in association with a production company in Tennessee. I have two singles out later this year. During the 2020 lockdown, a connection from a production course I took a few years back contacted me. He is based in Greece, where there is not much of an R&B music scene, and he really wanted to collaborate with me to put out some R&B music, so we’re in the writing and production phase of that right now. I’m definitely known for having a pop/R&B sound, and I’m very 90’s R&B, gospel, and jazz-influenced in my vocals. I’m known for having a very pure, flexible voice (I love doing vocal runs), being able to harmonize, and musicianship. Songwriting-wise, people have commented on my catchy hooks. When I was writing with the Chrysalis-associated group back in the day, they would always send me the tracks with no bridges, so I got pretty good at writing bridges too! As a vocal coach, many producers send me their clients in order to strengthen their voices, work on pitch and tone, and get them ready for the recording studio. I not only prepare them vocally, but I love helping them learn to use their voices like an instrument to interpret a song.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I love people, but I’d still characterize myself as an introvert, maybe an ambivert! As a kid, I was shy and quiet and often was lost in daydreams or would get so absorbed in drawing, writing, or reading that I would lose track of time and everything that was happening around me. I have always loved beauty and self-expression that is communicated with truth and passion. In everything I do, I always try to get to the truth and to communicate something that is true, regardless of trends or popular opinion. I love to travel and experience new cultures, and one thing I love about Southern California is the diversity of the people here, celebrating the different aspects of their cultures. I’m interested in all aspects of the arts and self-expression. Throughout my life, I’ve done many kinds of dance, drawing, painting, made jewelry, made my own makeup, writing poetry and short stories… I not only am always learning more ways to create and express, but I am so inspired and admire other creatives in all areas for having the courage to put themselves out there and create.
- Vocal/Songwriting Coaching – $35/ 45 min lesson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.adriannesoundslike.com
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Adri-Anne Ralph Glenn Clancy Garrette Hall