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Smule User Spotlight: LewisStark

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Smule User Spotlight: LewisStark

Lewis, Lew, Lewy……are all names that I go by. Born in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA and grew up in a military family. We moved frequently and lived in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota by the time I reached the age of 6. From there, we were fortunate to spend 4 years in Bitburg, Germany before being transferred to Panama City, Florida. Spending my adolescent years in a beach town put the sand and surf in my blood. I love anything water related! Boating, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, paddling, if it is at the beach or on the water; I am happy. If I still lived there I would be kite boarding at this moment. I moved to Nashville, TN in 1995 & have been here since. I joined Smule Sing! in August of 2015 after watching Jason Derulo & Luke Bryan’s duet via facebook. I hadn’t even realized that I had the app on my iPad a year before that, which I apparently downloaded the same time as the Smule Piano app.

What makes you excited to Sing?

My first experience with public singing was at the age of 6. I was at a concert and the group was giving away merchandise. They ask who wanted it & of course, I raised my hand high with excitement. They called me up and told me that I could have free stuff, if I would sing a song. I chose ‘Jesus Loves Me’ & sang into the microphone. When I finished, the applause that followed was invigorating and instantly addictive. I knew then that I wanted to be on stage my whole life. I would spend hours practicing in my room with background tracks on cassette. As a teenager, I sang in church, as part of a promotional/modeling board for a department store chain, & for local talent shows. I came to Nashville as a senior in high school to record a cd project that I don’t really like listening to now. My voice was not seasoned and the songs had no meaning to me. I sidelined my aspirations for a career in music for a “normal” family life after moving to Nashville and getting married in 1997. During that time I continued to sing in church and for weddings. I did a little bit of studio work lending my vocals to projects produced by, my friend, Robby Turner ( former steal guitarist for Waylon Jennings and currently playing for Chris Stapleton). My singing was ended abruptly when I went through a divorce in 2011. I needed an outlet to get my voice back in shape & Smule Sing! provided that, as well as, the ability to share my talent with friends and family all over the world. I am excited by the ability music and singing has to connect so many people. It is truly a universal language!

If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

I auditioned for American Idol Season 4. I choose ‘Unchained Melody’ as my audition piece. I was told, “You have a great voice. Unfortunately, we can’t use you this season.” Of course, you and the rest of the world, got Carrie Underwood that year, so, I can’t be too upset with the outcome. I auditioned for The Voice in 2012 as well. Another great audition but, not exactly what they were looking for on the show that season. My song choice then was ‘Feeling Good’ & the room stopped to listen. I thought it was going to be my shot. Alas, it wasn’t…but, I tried at least.

Who influences you the most?

If we are talking about musical influences, mine are widely varied. I truly enjoy and appreciate all music. I have respect for artists that excell in their vocal performance! The greats like Sinatra, Nat King Cole, & Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. Those continue with Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Michael Buble’, Josh Groban, Marc Broussard, Chris Stapleton, & the list could go on indefinitely.

Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.

I could be considered a renaissance man. My interest, knowledge, and skills are widely varied. Additionally, many people ask about my vocal training & would never guess that I haven’t had any training whatsoever.

Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?

If it has been done by someone else, I can do it too.

Also….

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” 🐠 😂

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is difficult…I love food. Seafood is one of my favorite things to eat. I think as an everyday meal for the rest of my life…. I would choose Mexican food.

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Smule Group Spotlight: #DisneysMagic

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#DisneysMagic as founded by @catmantha and @sydthedisnerd, is a group that not only loves to share the love of Disney through music, but also is a close knit community who loves to find others with not only that same interest, but ultimately find other future members who share the same characteristics and attributes as their said “characters. ”

What is your favorite style to sing as a group?

Disney of course, and we also love Broadway!

If you could get together in real life for 3 days, what would you do?

We would ultimately just love to all get together and make beautiful music in real life! But, if we could have any opportunity, we’d all deffinitely like to go to Disney World and take a picture with each of our said characters!

Who is your group leader(s) (Smule ID) for community to ask questions?

@catmantha @sydthedisnerd @Lordof_lemons @BabyJayDoll @LaurenLizzie41

Please share any favorite memories as a group(if you have any)

Our very first group call on Line!

Name 5 qualities that you try to highlight in your group

Kindness, equality, respect, individuality, and of course, talent!

 

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Smule Spotlight: _Sean

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Smule Spotlight: _Sean

Hello! 🎶😮🎶
I’m Sean, and I live in San Antonio, TX. I am 76 years old, but I workout constantly and use a lot of moisturizer on my face. When I grow up I want to be a teacher.

I’m actually not 76, but the teacher thing is true. I am a senior at the U. of Texas at San Antonio, and will graduate with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy.

As far as hobbies, I’m a total bookworm. My favorite book is “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson. I also love college football, every single documentary ever narrated by David Attenborough, internet “comments” sections, the car racing game on my Iphone, R2-D2, baking inedible runny red velvet cake with my little boy, and going to see my girlfriend’s (@linseyphillips) dad’s band (The Secret Service) play at the Ocean Drive in New Jersey.

What makes you excited to Sing?

I am a member of the best Smule singing group ever, Sing Republic. We have such a diverse, ridiculously talented group of people that I’m constantly inspired to improve as a singer and to try new styles and genres.

Who influences you the most?

It sounds cheesy, but my friends in Sing Republic influence me both musically and as a human being in general. There are just over forty of us, and we live all over the globe, from Lincoln, Nebraska to Canada to Holland to Ranchero Cucumber, California or whatever you call that place where Kat lives.

These folks are some of my dearest friends. Friends who make me laugh every morning online as well as when we are able to get together in person. Friends who were there for me late into the night when my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer last winter. Friends who were there to listen again when he passed away in June. They inspire me. More than they know probably.

Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.

I have a paternal uncle who was one of the original guitarists for the band Kansas, but he was kicked out well before they became famous. (I’m completely serious.)

Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?

🎶😮🎶Sing Loud & Proud!🎶😮🎶

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s easy. Cookies!

 

 

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Group Spotlight: 42nd ST

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Group Spotlight: 42nd St

42ndSt is a group of 90+ talented musical theater lovers from around the globe who have come together thanks to the Smule Sing! app to produce high-quality audio and video collaborations from different musical theater shows, create tracks featuring our talented cast which are contributed to the community songbook, and host challenges and theme weeks for our members, with the hopes of promoting musical theater as an art form and enhancing the average Smule user’s experience.

 

We have so many favorites, but our most recent is probably: 

 

What is your favorite style to sing as a group?

Musical Theater

If you could get together in real life for 3 days, what would you do?

Apart from watch as many Broadway shows as is possible in a 72-hour period, we’d also put on our own dream musical (starring ourselves of course), sing and dance up a storm, and obsess some more over Hamilton, bc who isn’t?

Who is your group leader(s) (Smule ID) for community to ask questions?

Apart from watch as many Broadway shows as is possible in a 72-hour period, we’d also put on our own dream musical (starring ourselves of course), sing and dance up a storm, and obsess some more over Hamilton, bc who isn’t?

Who is your group leader(s) (Smule ID) for community to ask questions?

@_NellyBelly_ (Leader), @_Borb_ (Admin), @_characterjess_ (Admin), @Johnsical (Admin), @debbidydeb (Admin), & @_42BrittanyHope_ (Admin)

 

Please share any favorite memories as a group(if you have any)

Favorite group memories include:
-Our annual tradition of live-watching the Tony Awards
-Playing impromptu games in our group chat like “Name that Showtune”
-Hosting impromptu musical challenges like our “24601-Off” where we get to be creative and silly
-Planning out collaborations and group numbers and listening/re-watching them a zillion times when they’re done
-Having over the years become a supportive virtual family where we share our daily struggles, celebrate each others’ accomplishments, and just have fun

How can people follow you? Provide Smule page, Facebook page etc.

Our Smule page is: http://www.smule.com/42ndSt
To follow our amazing cast, you can check out @_42JulieAndrews, which is our account following all of members

Name 5 qualities that you try to highlight in your group

Creativity
Group arrangements
Humor
Heart
Acting/performance

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Smule Spotlight: CarlottaRini

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Smule Spotlight: CarlottaRini

Hi, I’m Carlotta.
I live in a small village in Corsica (small island in the Mediterranean).
I’m singer and songwriter. In addition to these passions, I love going out with my friends, enjoy my family and share my passion of singing with others. I also transmit this passion to teenagers and children who live around me. Sing!, allows me to do something that is unbelievable: Singing with talented people from around the world I can also sing things I’m not used to singing and in other languages

I worked for 10 years with an incredible person, Sylvie, who in addition to teaching me many things in music has become a great friend. I think that she is one of the main reasons that I could carry out my first album of Corsican songs, which was released in July 2015.

What makes you excited to Sing?

I am very touched by many people who have an incredible talent.
With Sing! I discovered wonderful artists.
I also take pleasure to follow their musical activity even outside of the application.
We often hear about the horrors of the world and Sing! shows us the beautiful things of the world that are music and sharing between people. 

If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

I don’t have enough talent and I don’t speak English enough for that but that said if I had to choose a song I think I would choose a song like “Zombie” or “Amazing grace”

Who influences you the most?

I am obviously influenced by traditional or more modern Corsican music
but I also listen to a lot of different things: Michael Jackson, Luciano Pavarotti, Celine Dion, for example. Or else I listen to blues or traditional music from around the world. 

Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.

I laugh easily and for very little !! hihi

Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?

In the instinct is the only truth

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Of course Corsican dishes. 

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Group Spotlight: Freesoulz Music

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Group Spotlight: Freesoulz Music

Our group was founded with the goal of creating a safe zone. A family. A place to go to talk about life and music. We never expected to create the epitome of that. This amazing group of individuals come from all walks of life and yet our love for music, family, and Smule have brought us together from around the globe. We’ve even been fortunate enough to arrange multiple group meet ups in Florida, Nashville, and more soon to come.

What is your favorite style to sing as a group?

That is the beauty of smule and Freesoulz. We sing, enjoy, and love all genres of music.

If you could get together in real life for 3 days, what would you do?

We have! More than once and more to come!

Please share any favorite memories as a group?

Meatloaf 😏

How can people follow you? 

Check us out at @_FreeSoulzMusic_

Name 5 qualities that you try to highlight in your group?

Trust. Love. Friendship. Creativity. Passion.

Who is your group leader(s) for community to ask questions?

Our founders are @effinALYKINZ and @JustLalo

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