Smule Presents: Marie Iver

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Smule Presents: Marie Iver

Last year we ran a program called Smule Presents for a year – where we highlighted our talented users through music videos to showcase our users in their creative light alongside working with the Smule Studio production team led by Alyce Tzue. You can find those videos here. During one of the last videos we presented, we flew her on alongside with 3 others around the globe to sing a mashup of two songs. You can find the video here (it’s pretty amazing.) This was a mash-up of “One Call Away” and “Love Yourself.” Over the new couple months, we will post all of the four individual videos we made while they were here (so maybe, more mini- Smule Presents)!
You can find their experience on Smule Presents here!
Second up: Maddy (stage name Marie) who has been singing most of her life. Read more about her below! :)
1) Why did you pick the song you sang? 
I chose to do West Coast by Lana Del Rey for this project because she’s one of my favorite artists and I love her work. Her music is entrancing, electric, sexy and unlike anything out there right now in my opinion so I tried to honor that as best as I could.
2) What challenges do you see as an upcoming artist? 
The music business is so fickle nowadays. You never really know what’s going to get people’s attention. Plus there’s a million other talented young artists who have the exact same goals as me which can be intimidating, so it was really rewarding and encouraging to be recognized by Smule in such an exclusive way. I got the chance to do what I love most with great people and hopefully it will help me continue to make my voice heard and achieve my goals as a musician.
3) What is your favorite kind of style to sing? 
Personally I like to veer away from choosing a specific “kind” of music to focus on. I grew up listening to classic rock, I love blues, folk, jazz, R&B, and really anything I can get my hands on (or voice on, more accurately) and I’m lucky in that way because having a wide range of interests shapes you into a more versatile artist.
4) What are your musical goals? 
As far as goals for myself and my musical career go, I don’t plan on backing down until I become one of the greats to be frank. Music is my life, my focus and my favorite parts of myself revolve around it so all I can really say is that I expect big things from myself and I’m not going to stop until the rest of the world does too. I hope that doesn’t sound pretentious, it’s just the truth!
5) Where can people follow you? 
If you want to see and hear more of what I’m working on, feel free to follow my Instagram: username @marie_iver (my stage name). Thanks!
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#SmulePickMusical Is This Week’s Theme!

#SmulePickMusical Is This Week’s Theme!

Happy Friday, Smuleans!

For newcomers, Smule Picks is a curated playlist of Smule’s favorite performances from the Sing! community based on a theme each week. Any community member can add the weekly Smule Picks hashtag to his or her recording description for a chance to be featured in this playlist, which we publish every Friday. And since today is Friday, it’s time to unveil a brand new playlist for this past week’s theme and announce the next one!

This week’s Featured Smule Picks playlist was based on the theme: Summer. Check out the playlist right now on Smule or open up the Sing! Karaoke app and tap on the Hot Performances screen.

Selections from #SmulePickSummer Playlist

Enter Your #SmulePickMusical Recording!

This coming week’s theme is: Summer! Here’s what you have to do for a chance to be featured in our Smule Picks playlist next week:

1) Musicals are the best. Sing your favorite!

2) Add the hashtag #SmulePickMusical!

3) Upload your recording by the deadline on Thursday, June 8th, at noon PST.

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Sing “Down” with Marian Hill

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Sing “Down” with Marian Hill

Marian Hill is an America tag-team who produces songs influenced by R&B and electronic. They have been around since 2013 making music and debuting singles. More recently, their song “Down” got featured on an Apple commercial featuring Apple 7 and AirPods with Lil Buck dancing to the song.

Additionally, this is the first time on Smule we are featuring both the singer and a live composer. SO AWESOME!

Sing with Marian Hill here! 

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Musical Theater with @Iam_laura

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To celebrate and find on our talented community, we decided to take it to the ones who knows it best. The community! Each month we will have a user to curate and feature stars, talent and overall passionate singers and entertainers. Introducing Monthly User Picks Playlist!

How does it work?

Each month we take a user who excels in a category (Jazz, CosPlay, acoustic, instrumentals, accapella etc) and leave it to them to operate a playlist on our explore screen in the Sing! App.

We will be announcing the personality a week before the new month and the playlist has started so feel free to reach out to that personality if you have related performances you think deserved to be featured. It’s up to the personality on how often the playlist will be changed. We are expecting it to be rotated 2-4 times/month.

Categories examples can be acoustic, musician, cos-play, Jazz, etc.

For the month of June, we are featuring @Iam_laura!

Laura is recognized for her amazing musical theater talents. She has created groups on Sing! to bring in other people who hold an interest in musical theater. She met her husband 4 years ago on Sing in her  group, Melodics. Over the course of her college life, she has been in over 40 musicals while getting her degree in non-profit management. She is also very passionate about economic development through arts and communities!

Want to be featured? Hashtag #LauraLovesMusicals on Smule!

Smule: https://www.smule.com/iam_laura

Know someone who excels in a category/theme/genre?

E-mail us at Community@smule.com

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Behind the Scenes with @_DavidLemus

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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?

Working behind the scenes for a Train commercial was definitely an unforgettable experience! From producers telling me to get a manicure, to make-up artists throwing foundation on my face & risking my life to record a hipster scene on train tracks in front of the LA skyline, I would definitely do it all over again if I could just to relive the experience.

2. What was it like getting wardrobe done by professionals?

Getting a wardrobe done by professionals was awesome!! The first day I got to the set, I walked into the dressing room which had racks on racks on racks of clothes lined up! They had about 6 pairs of boots, 5-7 pairs of jeans, countless shirts & jackets, but my favorite part were the hats! When I got there Tin-Tin our professional dresser walked right up to me & said “Oh, you’re the “hat guy.” I laughed and said, “who, me?” Apparently Smule had mentioned to them that I always wear a hat in my OC’s or joins. I definitely can’t argue that, lol! I’m pretty sure I’ve worn a hat in almost every appearance I’ve made on Smule! From there, she grabbed a few outfits & said, “ok go change!” No time was wasted. I’m pretty sure I changed in and out of 8 or 9 different outfits before the producers finally said, “Yep! That’s the one!” So the ripped the tags off the brand new clothes & set them aside for when we had to record. The best part of all of this… SMULE GAVE US THE CLOTHES AFTER THE SHOOT WAS OVER! So I got a whole new outfit plus my new favorite hat! THANKS SMULE!

3. Was it fun to hang out with other Smule members. If so, what was your favorite part and why?
It was a blast hanging out with other Smule members! Especially these extremely talented singers! I’ll never forget what Mariah said when we first met. This has to be one of my favorite memories. I had just gotten done changing into an outfit and I walked into the dressing room to show Tin-Tin. When I walked into the room Mariah was standing there patiently waiting to be next. She turned to me and said, “Oh my God, you’re real!!” LOL I died laughing! It’s just so crazy because we (as in Smule users) always see each other on video through the app. But it’s rare that we actually get an opportunity to meet. So we had a good laugh about it, hugged it out & continued on getting ready for the shoot!

I also loved singing with everyone in person! One night all of us got together, started a Facebook live session & just jammed for about 2 hours! I gotta say I was most impressed with Sarah & how young & talented she is! We sang everything from Michael Jackson to James Arthur! Shevonn & I got spontaneous tattoos, & the biggest margaritas of our lives (definitely bigger than our faces.) & Adrianna couldn’t stop combining any/every word with Smule. Smueltastic (Smule & fantastic), Smulationship (Smule relationship), Smuleepover (Smule sleep over). You name it & she had a conjoined word for it.

It was so cool meeting everyone & I wish we could have had more time to hang out!

4. What was your favorite part?
Dang, my favorite part? Tough question. I honestly don’t know how to pick. I’d have to say getting to meet everyone, spending time with them & getting to really know them. Honestly, Mariah, Sarah, Shevon, & Adrianna are some of the most talented singers on the app & they are the most humble, kind-hearted, loving people I have ever met. They are truly beautiful inside & out & getting to hang out with them for 4 days in LA while recording a Smule/Train commercial couldn’t have been a better time!

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 would love to pursue music as a career down the road. Music has always & will always be a passion of mine whether I’m good at it or not. (& I’m telling ya, hanging out with these talented ladies, it really made me reconsider my music path lol) I don’t know if I ever truly will but I know that I’ll be using this app for a LONG time! So feel free to come sing with me anytime! I’d love to have a Smule jam sesh! @_DavidLemus

Again, thank you for this opportunity, Smule! It couldn’t have been any better!

:)

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#SmulePickSummer Is This Week’s Theme!

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#SmulePickSummer Is This Week’s Theme!

Happy Friday, Smuleans!

For newcomers, Smule Picks is a curated playlist of Smule’s favorite performances from the Sing! community based on a theme each week. Any community member can add the weekly Smule Picks hashtag to his or her recording description for a chance to be featured in this playlist, which we publish every Friday. And since today is Friday, it’s time to unveil a brand new playlist for this past week’s theme and announce the next one!

This week’s Featured Smule Picks playlist was based on the theme: Acappella. Check out the playlist right now on Smule or open up the Sing! Karaoke app and tap on the Hot Performances screen.

Selections from #SmulePickAcappella Playlist



Enter Your #SmulePickSummer Recording!

This coming week’s theme is: Summer! Here’s what you have to do for a chance to be featured in our Smule Picks playlist next week:

1) We love the long summer days. What’s your favorite summer song.

2) Add the hashtag #SmulePickSummer!

3) Upload your recording by the deadline on Thursday, June 1st, at noon PST.

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