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Cady Groves: Sharing Her Voice

Cady Groves knows that hard work in the music world pays off. In our recent interview, she shared, “I’m walking proof that you can start with nothing and achieve your dreams…So never give up.” Her country-pop sound, as well as her spunky personality, has a lot of appeal.

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Cady grew up youngest of 7 children with a father who played the drums for a honky tonk band. She and her father are both left handed and share a love for music and performing. She remembers that music began on Christmas when, at 4 years old, she was given a blue drum set decorated with blue candy canes. Currently, she shares her life with fellow musician Scott Cerny who supports and encourages her.

She began her professional music career 10 years ago but singing and songwriting have always been a part of her life. She recently moved to Nashville from L.A. to work on her first country album. Creating an album is the best way for an artist to really explore her musical ability rather than putting out singles every so often.

Nashville, Cady’s new hometown, is, in fact, known as the Songwriting capital of the world. The music industry in Nashville really encourages developing and sharing songwriting. The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International is headquartered here as well. Rolling Stone named Nashville the city with the “Best Music Scene” because of the varied music scene. With 160 music venues, the city makes it easy for artists to share their music with fans.

Cady regularly posts clips of her new songs on HearMeOut for listeners to follow the album’s development. She shares, “I am so incredibly proud of the hard work I’ve put in every single day in the studio the last 7 months for this album.” Her enthusiasm really comes through in her sound. And she’s not going to wait till the album is released to share her music: she shares her progress with followers on Facebook, Instagram and HearMeOut.

Her own music tastes range from the pop sounds of Alanis Morissette, country stylings of Shania Twain, and the inventive rap of Eminem. Because she works to create her own lyrics and music, as well as get the sound just right, it’s clear she has a creative streak country fans will enjoy.

Cady understands that songwriting is the key to country music so her sound is not just a copy of the mainstream sound listeners hear today. It’s that touch of personal connection and creativity that makes Cady’s music worth listening to.

Learn more about Cady

Nia Vox: Sharing Her Talent

Nia Vox, a 27 year old up and coming singer with a love for creativity and connection, recently chatted with us about her life and her love for music. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, she grew up visiting the Broadway Theatre district often.

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As you can imagine, Broadway, with its big lights and sell out shows, ignited her desire to perform. Her life-long dream to become a musical performer is finally materializing as she records her debut EP and prepares to perform in New York City this year.

Nia has always had a love for music and the performing arts. At the age of 2, she would sing around the house and dance on her parents’ coffee table to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”.  In an effort to channel her abundant energy, her parents enrolled her in dance school when she was 6 years old. She continued to dance through high school and began to study musical theatre to hone her singing and acting skills. She continued to perform theatre throughout college.

Coming into her own now, she is excited to channel her passion for music into original songs. She says, “Releasing and performing music that I’ve written based on my own experiences is an opportunity to show who I really am as an individual and as an artist. In the upcoming year, I plan to expand on what I have to offer as a vocalist, songwriter, and performer. 2018 is the year I set out to grow and push myself exponentially.”

The most important step to starting a music career is getting your music out there to connect with listeners. Fans today love to hear about the life and interests of their favorite performers and Nia understands the importance of this.

In fact, Nia has built an international online presence since 2016 with her acapella song covers and posts about her personal life. She loves to sing anytime she can and her Instagram is full of her musical exploration, as well as personal insight into her life that her fans can relate to.

However, Nia recognizes the relevance of connecting with fans in new, exciting ways. HearMeOut has given Nia the platform to share her singing without having to worry about the visual performance aspect, allowing her to engage with listeners using only her vocal ability. “I’m gaining new followers who only know me based off my voice, it’s a great feeling to know they enjoy the covers for what they truly are about – the music. HearMeOut is a great community filled with amazing, creative individuals. Not only do I enjoy sharing my content, but I love hearing others share their stories and talents. It inspires me to become a better artist” Nia says. 


Nia knows that artists need to have a sound that really sets them apart. While creating her own music, she draws inspiration from both 90s R&B music from the likes of Janet Jackson, TLC, Toni Braxton, and Aaliyah to current day pop artists Halsey, Charlie Puth, and Ed Sheeran. Her musical taste reflects an admiration for the smooth tones of classic R&B, as well as a modern reinvention of that sound often found in today’s music. Nia’s debut single “We Don’t Know Better” showcases these musical influences, while still reflecting her own unique musical style. You can find her single as well as her interactive music on HearMeOut.

Learn more about Nia

What Will You Change in 2018?

New Year’s Eve is only a few days away. 2018 is coming! Right now people all over the world are thinking about what they can change in 2018.

New Years Resolutions are huge in the US and across the globe. An estimated 50% of Americans make resolutions. That means over 150 million people are deciding now what changes they want to make in their lives.

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Making resolutions for the coming year is not new. Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In the Medieval era, the Knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At watch night services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.

Popular examples of New Year’s Resolutions include giving money to the poor, being more assertive and being more environmentally responsible.

Here are some other popular goals people have for the new year:

  • Health: Improving overall health by exercising more, eating a more balanced diet, losing weight, quitting or reducing alcohol and cigarette use and getting rid of bad habits.
  • Finances: Make smarter decisions with money, get out of debt and save more money
  • Emotional Wellbeing: Be more optimistic, get more happiness out of life.
  • Career: Perform better at work, get a new job, create a new business.
  • Education: Improve performance at school, read more, study something new.
  • Self Improvement: Improve social skills, spend time with family, spend less time online, spend less time watching tv, become more spiritual, play sports.

Here are some tips for picking the best new years resolutions for you and sticking to them:

  1. Make sure that your resolutions are not too vague. Also, your resolutions should be something that you actually want to change and not just something that society is telling you to change. Whatever resolutions you choose, you will need to have a realistic plan for doing them.
  2. Make sure that your resolutions are achievable. If you want to make more money this coming year, don’t set yourself a target that is 10 x higher than the amount you usually make in a year.
  3. Your resolutions should have specific time goals. For example, by February you want to have begun x, and by May you want to have completed x.

What are some new year’s resolutions that you have? Login to HearHearMeOut and let us know all your goals and dreams for 2018.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey

Use Your Voice During The Holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah & New Years are right around the corner. Having celebrated Thanksgiving in November, we now are in a month of festivals that add meaning to the world. More festive meals, more shopping, more time with family and friends, more gifts. December has always been a time of reflection and introspection. As we get closer to making new year resolutions, we review the year that we have had.

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2017 on HearMeOut was a great year. We heard your songs, your ideas, your thoughts and with each share we got to know you better, and you got to know the other members of the HearMeOut community and us better too.

Now we are preparing for a time of year of giving back. Whether it is giving back to our churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions or giving back to each other. During this time of year, there is more conscious care for society than at any other time. The homeless are given shelter; the poor are fed, and money is raised for many noble causes.

At HearMeOut, we value how people can give back with their voices.

We can share our gratitude for the things and people that we have in our life. We can give compliments or share poems and songs with each other that make us feel good.

Sharing something positive creates a chain reaction. If one person on the platform shares something positive, then the chances are that another person will share positivity too and the trend becomes a hashtag, and the hashtag becomes viral. That is the power of what one voice can do.

If you are unsure about how to give using your voice then maybe start by resharing. One of the most special aspects of the HearMeOut platform is people resharing others content.

It is also always heart-warming to see people responding with encouragement to one and other on the platform. When someone sings a song, you don’t have to look too far in the comments to hear peoples praise and warm words.

If we have used our voice for criticism or gossip during 2017, now we have an opportunity to set things straight. It is amazing how influential the voice can be. Please share your compliments, good wishes and thoughts during this festive period. We look forward to continuing to see your voices grow in 2018!

Sing Your Heart Out on HearMeOut

At HearMeOut, we love it when we hear our users sing. Users sing about everything from the weather to how their day is going. And we’ll will let you in on a little secret, the songs we love the most are when our users cover famous artists.

We have heard some great covers from awesome female artists like Pink, Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani. We’ve also heard covers of the best male artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Bruno Mars and Josh Groban.

Here are a few tips on how to make your covers great. These tips work whether you are singing Hip-Hop, Rap, Blues, Country, Rock or Reggae.

  • Make sure you know the lyrics- nothing makes a cover song sound worse than the wrong words
  • Practice- Practice makes perfect really is true for singing
  • Adapt- You need to work out how best to sing the song with your voice. Don’t try and change your voice to imitate your favorite artists.

For inspiration, here is a list of 10 cover songs that are better than the originals.  And a list of the best cover songs of all time.

There are many songs that you may think are original, but you can see here they were actually cover versions.

To get started and perfect your voice, check out these guides on how to sing and how to train your voice.

But if you’re not a great singer and have a song stuck in your head,  just comment your request on your favorite musician users.

We look forward to hearing your cover songs and remember Christmas is only a few weeks away so give us your best rendition of your favorite festive music using the #CoverXmas. Silent Night is one of the most covered songs of all time, so if you’re stuck with a song to start with, maybe you can start there? 😊

 

 

 

 

 

The Voice Cure: Voice Therapy

At HearMeOut, we love everything about voices. It amazes us how the voice alone can be so unique and different yet so connecting at the same time. Here are some incredible facts about voices:

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Women are more attracted to men with the same tone of voice as them (and vice versa). People singing can somehow sing in four different tones at the same time!

Some people who have suffered strokes are unable to speak but are still able to sing! When you speak outdoors, your voice can go up to 600 feet. You may have a great singing voice but have a stutter. These facts let us know that if we want to connect with others and with ourselves, our voice is our most important tool.

When we whisper, we somehow use more muscles than when we speak, and this is perhaps to let us know that we are meant to be heard. It has been a long time since the first ever voice recording which occurred in 1860. But we continue to learn more and more with each voice we hear.

Whether you speak English, which has 40 distinct sounds or !Xóõ, which is the language used in Botswana with 112 distinct sounds, you have a voice that is a window into who you are.

Voice therapy is a therapy primarily designed to help us get the most out of our voice. Many issues can cause people to have voice disorders. Some voice disorders can prevent a person from using their voice or can cause speech impediments. But countless other voice disorders affect many people.

In 2017, Adele lost her voice and there were doubts whether she would be able to sing again. Nick Robinson, a commentator at the BBC, also lost his voice and needed speech therapy. For people in entertainment, the loss of quality in the voice can mean the end of a career.

There are other less common forms of voice therapies such as therapy to help old people regain or retain a youthful-sounding voice and therapy to help transgender people sound like the sex they have changed too. Voice therapy is even being used to help schizophrenic people deal with the voices that they hear in their heads and is increasingly being used to help people dealing with panic attacks.

Does your voice define who you are? Have you experienced changes in your voice that have affected your life? We want to hear from you about you. Let us know what makes voices so special and unique for you.

The Top 5 Tips For Your Thanksgiving Table

Placed between Halloween and Christmas, we are now enjoying America’s biggest occasion for arguments, Thanksgiving! A day which by definition should spark many arguments. Thanksgiving, after all, is on different days in different countries with even America and Canada not celebrating on the same day. Debates on why we celebrate, who celebrated it first, and how should we celebrate seem to be endless.

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Nobody is quite sure whether Thanksgiving is a religious festival, a harvest break, or a Henry The VII holiday. With over 51 million Americans traveling and some huge NFL showdowns, Thanksgiving could also be considered a transport or sports holiday.

The big question is what you should speak about at your Thanksgiving meal to avoid drama?

Team HearMeOut has a few tips to help you steer away from arguments on Thanksgiving and avoid World War 3:

1) Firstly, do not talk about Donald Trump. Whether you voted for him or not, Trump is the most dangerous word you can mention at your Thanksgiving table.

2) If you must talk about the President, you can talk about his pardoning the turkeys this year as part of the White House’s annual light-hearted forgiveness tradition.

3) You should also try and avoid discussions about the NFL. Sports discussions can lead to disharmony in front of the turkey.

4) Don’t argue about what to argue about. Believe it or not, the argument about what the argument should be is a hot topic this year. ESPN has done the hard work for you in providing this guide of what we should be arguing about.

5) Instead of arguing, you should focus on the spirit of Thanksgiving. Things that you are grateful for and forgiveness. Too often, we end up using our voice to confront people while expecting other people to use their voices in a friendly way towards us. Thanksgiving is a chance for us to be the voice we want to hear.

There is a plan B, and that is for you to talk about shopping. Black Friday is the perfect distraction for any table struggling with drama. You need to speak about free giveaways, which stores are open on Thanksgiving, sales at Macy’s and you are good to go.

As an absolute last resort of using your voice to divert danger, you can talk about the C word, ‘Christmas’. We are only one month away from Christmas, which promises us more shopping, more TV and if we are lucky a lot less arguing. (but only mention Christmas if you think it will add more harmony and won’t provide more issues to argue over). Good luck and let the festivities begin!

Don’t forget to record a post about how you successfully avoided drama at your Thanksgiving table!

Ladies, Make Your Voice Heard!

Ladies, have you ever made a great point in a meeting, only for some guy to come along, parrot your idea two minutes later, and get all the credit? Have you ever started a thought to be cut off by a guy whose idea isn’t particularly better (but is particularly louder)?

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These experiences can happen even in the best of workplaces. The guilty party usually has the best of intentions, and doesn’t even realize that he’s doing it. Here are some ways to make sure your contributions get heard, and to help create an environment where every voice is valued.

Call them out. If you’ve been working for weeks on a great new plan, and Johnny’s getting all the credit because he’s the one who brought it up in the meeting, don’t let him steal the spotlight. Speak up! A simple “hey, wasn’t that the initiative I brought up in the last team meeting? I’ve already started working on it” can be enough. If Andrew is getting pats on the back for repeating your idea in different words, you can let him know that he’s doing that – “How is this plan different from the one I proposed a few minutes ago?”

Finish your thought. You’re presenting something new, and there goes the new guy again, cutting you off mid-thought to offer his two cents. Since you can’t reinstate those “it’s my turn to talk” sticks from second grade, you can bring it to his attention that you were in the middle of speaking. “There are a few more points I need to make – can you hold that thought until I finish?” or “I’ll get to that in just a minute, but I wasn’t done covering this topic yet.”

Support each other. Building an environment where everyone’s voice is heard means having each other’s backs. If you hear someone taking credit for a peer’s work or cutting off a friend mid-sentence, stick up for them if they don’t feel comfortable sticking up for themselves. You can also shine a light on other women’s contributions – “I really liked Jenny’s idea,” or “Andrea brought up something in last week’s brainstorm that really made me think.” Let them know you’re listening!

Got any good tips for amplifying women’s voices in the workplace? Got any mansplaining horror stories? Share them with your friends on HearMeOut!

 

How To Tell The Spookiest, Scariest Stories

Happy Halloween! You’ve pulled your plastic skeleton decorations out of storage, you’ve found the absolute perfect costume, and you’ve put the candy mix on the front porch with a sign that says “TAKE ONE EACH” (You know they’ll all be gone within an hour, right?). The one thing you need to make your Halloween absolutely perfect is a good scary story. A story that’ll give your friends chills and goosebumps, and keep them up long after midnight thinking about it. Here are some tips to keep in mind for telling your best scary story.

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Ground it in reality. Not just reality, but as close to home as possible. Are you and your friends college students? Well, so was this group of hikers that got lost not so far from here. Is there a creepy building in your neighborhood that’s always been boarded up? There’s a rumor that some high school kids broke into it and never came back. When setting the stage for your story, make sure it’s familiar and believable – this’ll amp up the fear factor.

Flip the tone. If your story takes place on a dark and stormy night, your audience will be waiting for the twist – and find themselves underwhelmed. Take them by surprise by starting out with a funny story that turns dark, or a boring anecdote that takes an unexpected turn. The characters in your story shouldn’t know what’s about to happen to them, and neither should the audience.

Show off those theatre skills. This is something you’re going to want to rehearse. Speed up on the suspenseful bits, but keep it slow and measured in between. Keep your voice low, but figure out how you need to play with the pitch and volume it as the tale progresses. Bring emotion into it with your face and voice, as if you’re really experiencing it.

End on a high note. This doesn’t have to be a jump scare, just a tidbit to drive the point home, like “see that fresh patch of grass? It covers where they found the bodies,” or “they tore down the haunted hospital, rebuilt it, and now it’s called [name of local medical center]” or “they never caught the murderer, but if you look closely, you can see that he’s standing right behind Michael.” If your audience was going to sleep before, now they’re not.

The most important part, is, of course, to have fun. After your friends are particularly spooked, lighten the mood with a costume contest and some candy corn. What’s the best scary story you’ve ever heard? Want to share your own? Take it to HearMeOut, and spread the chills.

 

 

 

 

 

WHO’S A GOOD BOY! Why We Babytalk To Our Pets

Here’s how it happens: you move in with someone with a cat. You’re not a “cat person,” and they make your nose a little itchy, but you relent. You don’t expect to love the cat. You don’t expect to rename the cat “Madame Grumpface Von Fluffbutt.” Read more