1) Why did you pick the song you sang?
I decided to sing this song because when I was young, my best friend Eric used to play it on the piano and I would be singing singing. Now he lives in Australia, and I miss him a lot, this video is dedicated to him.
We flew out 5 Smulers to sing and participate in a TV ad with Train. Check out their experiences and photos below!
1. How was the overall experience working behind the scenes for a Train commercial?
It felt more like a vacation rather than work, it was seriously amazing being able to experience and be a part of making the commercial. I had so much FUN!
2. What was it like getting hair/makeup/wardrobe done by professionals?
I felt so pampered, all I had to do was sit there while they made me all beautiful. Just like the movies! One fun little adventure is when the wardrobe team tried to stuff me into Adrianna’s fluffy pink bathrobes! She’s about 5 ft tall and tiny and I’m 5’8” and not at all tiny! Haha that was funny! They gave me a new outfit…
3. Was it fun to hang out with other Smule members. If so, what was your favorite part and why?
No, ha! Just kidding, of course it was amazing! I’ve known and sung with most of them on Smule for about two years now and finally getting a chance to meet them was so special. We were also able to do a little Smule mini meetup with other Smulers in the area!! I think my favorite part was the last night we were there everyone came to my hotel room and we just jammed out singing songs together. I didn’t want it to end.
4. Is it what you expected?
I didn’t know what to expect honesty and everything was a bit of a mystery because it was kind of “hush-hush”. We were only given information as we needed it know it. It was amazing seeing how much goes into a commercial production. The team was really incredible to watch. So many little things you don’t think about were going on. For example, in my kitchen scene, instead of there being actual boiling water on the stove someone would sneak under the counter and spray fake fog every 20 seconds! Singing in a plume of fake boiling water is interesting!!
5. Do you see yourself doing a music career down the road? If so, where should we keep our eyes out and/or follow you?
I definitely am striving for a music career and you can find me on FaceBook, Instagram, YouTube, and also my website: www.sarahcleary.com I am getting ready to release my latest single May 21st called Empty Words! It will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, iHeart etc. I am excited to share it with you so please watch for an upcoming preview!
Smule fuels more music in the world with $54 million capital raise led by Tencent
Smule is on a mission to change the way the world experiences music. With 52 million monthly active users creating over 20 million songs every day, Smule is transforming the landscape of music from one of passive listening to one of collaborative creation and expressive sharing. On Smule, users are inspired to engage with music at its roots, as a creative, social and interactive medium, and collaborate with and listen to all types of music, with anyone from anywhere in the world. With this vision in mind, Smule is taking the next step to scale the platform with $54 million in a strategic financing round led by Tencent, which joins existing investors including Adams Street Partners, Bessemer Ventures, Floodgate, Franklin Templeton, Granite Ventures, and Shasta Ventures.
Tencent shares Smule’s passion for music and for connecting people. Through its “Connection” strategy, Tencent has been cultivating a vibrant ecosystem, enabling users to communicate, socialize and enjoy content and services efficiently on its integrated platforms with music as its key focus.
“Tencent believes that music is universal and Smule is pioneering a new and unique way for people to create and engage with music. Our investment in Smule will expand our exposure to the promising potential of the digital music market,” said Poshu Yeung, Tencent’s Vice President of International Business.
With the investment, Smule will turn the volume up on its global presence and enable more people to experience music in a new way. In 2016, revenue grew 54 percent to $101 million, monthly active users increased by 52% and subscribers by 100%. This is all driven by a deeply social global community where users are creating more music in the world every day, with other users and major global artists like Train, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Rizky Febian, Luis Fonsi, and Christian Nodal.
Most recently, Smule debuted its first ever national broadcast commercial for their Smule Sing! app featuring the Grammy-award winning rock band Train singing along to their new global hit single “Play That Song” with some of the app’s biggest users. The app and commercial hope to move listeners beyond passive listening and into participating in music creation.
“We are always looking for creative and innovative ways to connect with our fans,” said Pat Monahan of Train. “Smule allows us to engage with our fans on a deeper level and we can’t wait to see all the amazing duets of ‘Play That Song’ on Smule Sing!”
Many of you already know about the largest Sing! oriented group on Facebook, known as Singtopia! Singtopia has been with us since the beginning with the mission to connect, engage and empower singers all around the world in one place. Over the 4 years, Singtopia has done so much to keep their community engaged – and they do it exceptionally well. Celebrating groups in Sing!, hosting frequent contests, featuring international communities, answering FAQ, and more!
Today, and the next two weeks, we will celebrate the members who make Singtopia the wonderful community it is today, and the admins who built it. Singtopia is serving over 8,000 singers, which has doubled since their last anniversary. The community is growing. Each person has to be approved by an admin, or suggested by a friend making the community a tight group of people with the same vision.
Over the past year Singtopia has developed and up kept many programs, making their group so successful and fun – so stay engaged and active in Singtopia! Take a look at the some of the fun things they have done in the past year:
- Annual huge Halloween Contest
- Anniversary and 12 Days of Christmas celebration, which includes prizes and features
- Contributors in Smule Picks weekly challenge and partner artist program
- Coffee Talk LIVE with Adrian was created to reach out to members and get to know them a little better!
- Singtopia International Mixers provide members the opportunity to sing with others globally to create amazing multi-lingual collaborations.
- Hidden Gem Program continues to seek out Undiscovered Talent within the Sing! Community.
So much ongoing engagement, so what will their focus be next and where do they plan to grow? Maria, Co-creator, says, “As we move into our 4th year in Singtopia, community engagement and programming have been a huge focus. Welcoming new members to a mix of amazing talent, young and old and to have a chance to experience a fun, lively, active community is what Singtopia is all about! Singtopia is a community where members can share their music, participate in fun activities and events and make Sing! friends from all across the globe!”
So, where Singtopia will expect to grow in the next year:
- Community Songbook involvement with some amazing upcoming programs
- Singtopia Feature Program Revamp
- New Singtopia Musician’s Lounge Programming
Celebrate the admins and sing with them!
THE ADMIN TEAM:
Community quotes on Singtopia:
“The Singtopia admins are one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers I have ever seen.To moderate such a large group is a bigger undertaking than most people realize, their commitment is unparalleled and their devotion continues to enhance the overall community.” – @Chanticleer
“With thousands of members in Singtopia the admin team does an amazing job at supporting us and making us know that our voices and performances are heard. I couldn’t ask for a better admin team! They’re all so incredible!” – @HashtagKarenag
“I have never had much interaction with Maria but Adrian is awesome! I met him the first time I met shevonn in 2015 and I’ve got to say that he is just one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Extremely giving individual. Always seems to be helping others and continuing the atmosphere of acceptance on the app. I really need to see him again sometime soon” – @IronPudding
“The Admins are great! They contribute greatly to the Sing Community by maintaining a positive, clean, and inclusive way for all levels of users to communicate freely in an organized, yet fun environment. This group is great for users seeking guidance and helpful advice on anything Smule related.” – @HoustonAndrews
“I love our Singtopia admins! I always see them out supporting, loving and commenting on users and they are always quick to respond to questions and help. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already! Cheers and congrats, Singtopia!” -@ALimone_SR