Joana Navarro: Soulful Spaniard

Barcelona, Spain is a bilingual city where you can hear both Spanish and Catalan spoken. It also has a strong art scene, cutting-edge fashion design, beautiful architecture, a famous monastery and interesting museums. Barcelona is also known for its nightlife. At night, locals and tourists can find exciting restaurants, theaters, and clubs.

Joana Navarro, up and coming singer, lives in beautiful Barcelona. Joana, 16, talked with us about her love for singing, the guitar, and dance. She became interested in music at 8 years old and spends most of her free time singing or dancing. If you catch her on Instagram (@sixty6sings) or her YouTube channel, you’ll hear her soulful pop sound or see her fancy footwork.

She shared with us that she would love to be an artist but is also interested in public relations or fashion design. Her family consists of her French mother, Spanish father, and one older brother. Joana projects confidence and style that will serve her well as she builds her music career.

She enjoys singing songs from her favorite artists including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, James Arthur and Ed Sheeran. Of course, she adds her own soulful style to popular songs to give them her own twist. If you follow some popular musicians, you know that many can fall into the traps of the music business. So many come into the spotlight, then fade fast.

Writer Heather McDonald, in sharing how to safeguard your music career, warns against common pitfalls. She suggests artists build their career slowly and have a long-range plan. To reach your goals, you need to put effort daily into building your dreams. Joana clearly is intent on improving her singing and growing a fan base.

Joana likes using HearMeOut to share her passion for music with artists around the world. She is growing her music career as she grows up. HearMeOut offers an easy way to post and offer feedback.

The Owl’s Inn: Creativity and Harmony

Arielle and Isaiah love harmonizing together. Their band, “The Owl’s Inn,” offers a dynamic and unique sound with a blend of folk, rock, pop and blues.” Arielle brings her powerful and bluesy vocals while Isaiah blends in his complex vocal and instrumental melodies. Listening to them, it’s clear their biggest strength is their creative lyrics and melodies.

Both Arielle and Isaiah hail from New Jersey and currently live in New York City. They began their music career by performing at open mic nights and school concerts. Performing live is a big part of what they do, including performing in Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, a popular place for musicians and performers. Drawing a crowd is really a lot of fun for them. And their music is interesting to listen to because the blend catches people by surprise.

Isaiah grew up listening to Raffi and other performers. In fact, he has played guitar and written songs since 2nd grade. He loves to listen to creative lyrics and different music styles and blend up to three different artists into his music. Arielle brings her own energy to their music which continues to motivate Isaiah to continue songwriting and performing. Music is a hobby for them but nevertheless they are building a fan base on Facebook and have music on Spotify, iTunes, and HearMeOut.

Isaiah and Arielle enjoy listening to The Beatles, The Head and The Heart, and Twenty One Pilots. The Beatles introduced new styles of music, concert performance, and album length at a pivotal time in American history. The 4 Beatles harmonized four distinct sounds well. Isaiah likes that the Beatles created new music patterns and “pushed the limits of creativity while staying musical.”

The pair also enjoy The Head and The Heart “because they are able to create modern sounding music while the soul and essence is classic and authentic.” As The Owl’s Inn continues to develop their music, they are sharing it online. One advantage Isaiah mentioned is HearMeOut lets you record easily without having to worry about the camera angle or the photo filter. That puts the focus on the music rather than the performance which is ideal for quick posting and direct feedback. The easy record method is “easy, simple, and authentic.”

For folk artists, authenticity and creativity are important elements in the music. Getting feedback from a performing community helps to refine the harmony or feel satisfaction that all that creative songwriting really connects with listeners. You can listen in on HearMeOut or look for their upcoming performance dates at their website.

Morgan Ashley: Country Music Texas Style

Texas is a great place for country music. And Texan Morgan Ashley plays guitar, writes lyrics, and performs her own soulful country music. Born in Columbus, Texas, and having tried Nashville she now is based out of College Station, Texas. She performs locally and for local radio stations as well as has recently put together an album, “Karma.”  We interviewed Morgan to find out more about her music career, her plans, and her favorite music artists.

During her senior year of high school, she decided she wanted to start singing. Interestingly, at 12, she was inspired to start guitar lessons when she saw two other contestants knew how to play guitar. In 2014, within months of starting to sing she was performing on stage. After graduation, she joined a friend, Sara, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, and they traveled and sang together.

Morgan and Sara got stage and air time until 2015 when Morgan decided to go on her own. She has opened for country artists Crystal Gayle, Randall King, Tejas Brothers, and John Baumann. Currently, she just put together her second album. She is a member of the Texas Country Music Association and has a song on their latest compilation CD available in local stores Cavenders, Boot Barn, and Buc-ee’s. She was even nominated for Texas Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017.

She plans to go on a US radio tour. Getting on the radio takes personality and vocal talent. A music artist develops vocal talent through working to improve his or her natural talent.

Voice experts explain that to improve an artist must develop voice control to stay on pitch and learn proper breathing techniques. It’s helpful to learn your natural singing range and stay within that range to maintain good sound. Listening to yourself as you sing helps you to keep good pitch, tone, and volume. In addition, some artists add in writing their own lyrics and music.

Morgan’s has always loved Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town” because she has strong vocal talent. Lambert is also her biggest inspiration because of her strength as a female country artist. She also admires singer Kacey Musgraves for her songwriting and authentic lyrics.

Morgan enjoys being a part of the HearMeOut community. Having listeners all over the world listen and offer feedback is so rewarding. She shares, “There is nothing more rewarding than someone saying they got chills from a song that I’ve written.” Morgan is excited about the coming year and her music career. Find her on HearMeOut to give her a listen.


Alyssa Taylor: Comfortably Stylish

Artists who feel comfortable performing already have one hurdle to a career out of the way. And Alyssa Taylor, an up and coming actress and music artist, loves to perform. We recently interviewed Alyssa who wants to pursue what she loves to do: acting and singing. She is originally from Colorado, but now lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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HearMeOut 2.0: Voice-Based App That’s Revolutionizing Social Media

HearMeOut 2.0 is here and it’s changing the way we interact with social media, and the way that social media interacts with us! As the leading voice-based social network, HearMeOut is on a mission to make social media both easier to use and more exciting to be a part of.

Our 2.0 version lets users add images to posts and bring their voice to life, and create voice memes. Yes. Voice memes. The app has a new home page full of your favorite content which makes it even easier to find content you want to listen to.

HearMeOut’s new design is sleek, easy to navigate, and lots of fun. More importantly, HearMeOut 2.0 has improved the Drive Mode experience. So you can now––safely––play on the go!  

Making noise on social media

Recently, more and more people are turning to their own voices as a medium for communication in our text-based world. It’s probably because of how integrated our lives are with social sites. Now more than ever, they reflect us. And users want to use their voice because it conveys emotion, tone, and subtleties that text is unable to capture.

The average human can speak 150 words per minute, but only type 40 words at the same time. Which explains why there were 35x more Google voice search queries in 2016 than there were in 2008.

Using your voice is on the rise. And HearMeOut 2.0 is providing a social media platform for users to use their voice on.

How is this new social network disrupting the way we consume social content?

HearMeOut is a voice-based social network built around 42-second voice recordings. Voice is taking over our home, our cars and even our messengers, people are rapidly switching to audio for their daily needs. HearMeOut wants it to take over social media too.  

Which is why we have partnered with Ford Motors, and are currently the only social app in Ford entertainment systems, a natural fit for a voice-based social network.

Hundreds of influencers are already using the HearMeOut app, taking advantage of what voice can do for the brands they work with and even their own personal brand. They are even using this app with their existing social networks by sharing a voice post on Twitter and essentially creating “Voice Tweets”.

Voice is easier, and while driving––and walking––it’s safer

With the ability to listen to your social feed when driving, running or any other hands free activity, voice social adds more “screen time” to peoples’ days, expanding the reach for advertisers.  

Voice can expand the time users can be social. HearMeOut 2.0 is creating a way of life that lets you use your voice to share moments and create movement wherever you are.