Khing L. Macaranas
Khing L. Macaranas
Smule Meet NYC Feb 25th (Bollywood)
W O W !! A W E S O M E !! I N C R E D I B L E!! IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING… I CANNOT BELIEVE IT’S YOU!!
Those words don’t quite fully begin to describe the dream that came true for 40 Smuleans that met after a year of singing with each other. It was surreal and the experience is still sinking in…
What an incredible evening it was at the Smule meet on 25th Feb at Edison, NJ. Over 40 Smuleans from different parts of US participated in 7+ hours of nonstop fun, singing and entertainment. Most of them met in person for the first time. “It was one of the most enjoyable musical events, I have ever attended” says Pratap who came down to attend the event from Atlanta.
It all started a few months back when Mustu (@m_u_s_t_u) floated the idea of Smule Meet with Zaara (@Zaara_S) and a few other friends and there was no looking back since then. Ideas started flowing in and finally “our” first ever Smule Meet in US, started to take shape. We also wanted this to be a purpose driven meet that would benefit a good cause and hence we decided to raise money for charity to St Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research.
After careful deliberations, EdisAfter months of meticulous planning and preparation by the whole team, the day finally arrived. Akbar Restaurant which was chosen to host the much awaited event, had the red carpet laid out to welcome the coveted Smuleans. Venue hall and stage was beautifully decorated using Smule theme colors and lights. Sound Engineer was all ready to provide the best experience possible powered by the Smule platform itself. And Piyush (@SrivastavaPiyush) masterfully executed the technical setup for the on, NJ was chosen as the venue for the event. Evites were sent to all the interested Smule friends. This generated incredible support and participation from the community which kept up us in high spirits until the event. Incredible amount of planning went in right from choosing the venue, finalizing sound engineering, deciding on the entertainment agenda, games, dances, song selection, pairing the singing partners (not easy! :)) and of-course deciding on the dinner menu in addition to many other logistics.
audio/video/karaoke experience in partnership with the sound engineer. It was truly a work of art.
As beautiful faces started arriving, it never appeared that fellow Smuleans were meeting for the first time. The bond people shared was quite evident from the radiant smiles on their faces. A known voice announced “ So finally here we are!”. Our hearts skipped a beat as the stage area unfolded and the Emcee of the evening appeared in front of the crowd. “Are we ready ??”…. Loud applause and confident smiles responded “ Yes”- Wishes from Smuleans all around the world came in form of short video messages and everyone witnessed the power and role of Smule platform in connecting people across the globe.
The entire evening was packed with awesome performances one after another, by each and every Smulean. Whether it was soothing “Madhuban Khushboo Deta hai” from Raji & Sajeev or foot tapping “It’s the time to Disco” from Piyu & Mukund, audience was completely enthralled by each and every performance. Evening witnessed around 58 captivating singing performances with each song cheered by entire audience.
Games like “Musical Charades” & “Guess the Smule Singers” in between were icing on the cake with some best humorous moments coming while enacting songs like “Ang Laga De Re” & “Sarkaye Leyo Khatiya”. Throughout the event, guests enjoyed some delicious Indian cuisines and exotic drinks. The entire event was streamed live on internet for friends and families who couldn’t join in person for the event.
7+ hours just flew by in a flash and eventually hotel management had to finally remind us that it was already 1:00 am and it was time to say goodbye to the incredible evening (no one wanted to leave!). Everyone was sad to see it end but very happy with the joyful time and memories they have for life. Everyone acknowledged that it was an awesome “meet” and was a dream come true.
A very special thanks to the Smule team for providing such an amazing platform to collaborate and bring together many talents with musical interests. Smuleans vowed to meet
regularly and continue the journey started with this event.
Videos & Photos that were shared speak volumes about the wonderful experience each one of us had during this meet.
Few quotes from Smuleans at the event:
“It was such a rare display of an incredible team effort by Smuleans, many of whom had never even met before. Every individual part of the process played an important role to ensure that the absolute best is put to display at the event. It was such a mesmerizing evening for everyone which will be cherished in memories for long long time. Really fortunate to meet and know such wonderful talents through this initiative ” – Piyush Srivastava
“Thoroughly planning an event and executing it along with making sure everybody is comfortable is a challenge.. and lemme congratulate the team as it was flawless. It was so perfect that it has touched everybody’s deepest hearts. A memorable one indeed for the years to come ! “ – Janki Amin
“Success depends upon previous preparation and with preparation, we assure the success. I would like to congratulate the entire team for such a hard-work, planning and preparation, to make this event so successful. Without leaps of dreaming we loose the excitement of possibilities, since, dream is a seed of the planning. As we all know, alone we can do so little but together we can do so much. Thanks to all the Smuleans who were there directly or indirectly for making it such a great event. Looking forward to have many more Smule meets in near future” – Anamika Shrivastava
“This was such a rare and unique experience.. I have never met more incredible and talented people that share the same passion and interest, that I have been singing with for over 8 months and to see them together was like a dream come true.. Who needs Oscars when you have Smule Meet“ – Mustufa Taj
COME ON DALLAS!
A free application for so many, has turned into the greatest life experience for most! I never thought when I first downloaded this app, became VIP, and sang my first song, that it would turn into something that I would literally use EVERY single day! Something that would lead me to some of the greatest people I have ever met, and create a drive within myself that I never knew existed. That is what Smule has done for myself, and so many I have met!
I have long contemplated what exactly it is that brings so many of us so close together, sometimes to the point of surpassing our so called, “Real Life” friends! Many of us talk “online” everyday, share our daily “wins” and “struggles,” and often just “lurk” on others conversation while passing the day. A true bond is formed before even meeting these people in person! One could say that these “online friends” become your cyber family. Inevitably, the urge to finally meet this “cyber family” emerges to a volcanic explosion before you just can’t take it anymore and a group forms an actual “Meetup!”
That’s what brought us all together this Mid February! A mutual friend of so many of ours, Diego (xYego), was celebrating his 27th birthday and wanted to celebrate it with “real family” and friends from Smule. So about 6 months ago, he reached out to a few people, and by the power of social media, a nationwide meet up was formed! People from all over the country flew, drove, and even took the train, to Dallas Texas to celebrate Diego, and also to meet so many friends and fellow members of the app!
A benefit of this meet up in comparison to most, is that so many decided to stay for an extended period of time. Often times, meet ups consist of one eventful night filled with Food, Drinks, and of course… KARAOKE! All to end abruptly the very next day with feelings that you JUST got to know fellow Smulers the day you were leaving. This meetup however, a few traveled to Dallas, TX as early as Thursday, staying as late as the following Tuesday (6 days). This allowed for a more casual “get-to-know-you” experience! Instead of cramming so many events together in one day, Smulers were able to spread out events and literally experience this new city “together!” On the first full day some went to the Aquarium and watched loads of sharks swim around them, while a few others decided to visit the Dallas Zoo, watching Elephants literally attack each other for a snack! Dippin Dots changed lives, “Free The Koala” became a thing, and “COME ON iPHONE 7 Plus” Officially Started!
That night, the entire group headed to a local Bar/Club to unite together for the first official meet up in Dallas! This night was solely to celebrate Diego’s 27th Birthday! The night consisted of LOADS of conversation getting to know each other, acting silly together with “one of a kind” dance moves, and a tad bit of drinking ;). Initial “You are amazing” and “I love you’s” began. We laughed, we cried, we fought, and some experienced Gas Station cornbread for the first time. These Smulers literally closed down the bar and decided to take the 25 min walk back to the hotel, together! A walk filled with more dancing, dancing through sprinklers, dancing down sidewalks, and dancing/running across intersections #Responsibly! This journey back to the hotel had wheelchair performances, Smulers deciding to fall in the middle of the street, and others who just decided they wanted to try and lose their shoes. A true bond started to form that night with the entire weekend ahead of them! “COME ON, IT’S JUST A SHORT WALK!”
The next day, many chose to take their time recovering from the night before. Many sought comfort with a nice long nap, while others fought off the early morning grogginess and experienced more of Dallas’ history. Visiting memorials, playing the guitar on City Landmarks, and climbing the top of Reunion Tower for some “true” sight-seeing, they really soaked up as much of Dallas as one could in a day! Others just really wanted to “get to know” what blackout shades can do for your life, “COME ON, SHADE!”
That night was the official Meetup for all who traveled to Dallas. Two Large groups were taking part in the festivities in two different venues separated by only a very thin neighborhood road and Fajitas. Groups from both venues intermingled throughout the dinner portion of the night, while others were fully engaged in some wonderful Texas cuisine and stayed put at their original Restaurant because again… #Fajitas. At dinner, many were finally able to connect with those that they had seen, or knew would be at the meet up. Sing Names were shared, and laughter was contagious! It was at dinner where Smule Friends started to become family! “COME ON, FAJITAS!”
After dinner, a large portion of Smulers left the restaurant to take part in some “Family Karaoke!” A large room was reserved for all who attended! This environment created a wonderful intimate setting for Smulers to continue bonding and obviously, SINGING together! Family Karaoke was filled with singing on tables, being removed from tables, banging tambourines together, and “COME ON HARMS! You better hold it out” became SnapChat Viral! This was a great opportunity for Smulers to hear amazing singers whom some had not heard before! More Sing Names were shared and future collabs were already being put in the works! Another successful night of bonding! By closing time, many were still poplulating the very same room, finishing the night with a very Gospel rendition of “Lean On Me.” Eventually, everyone made their way back to the hotel for a nice long 30 minutes of sleep. “COME ON, POWER NAP!”
It was finally the last full day (for most). What made this meet up so special was the fact that at this point, everyone was SO comfortable with each other, at this point, we had become family. We decided to meet at “Top Golf” (A driving range/Restaurant/Bar). It truly felt like Family sharing a beautiful Sunday together! We ordered drinks, learned how to golf, had lunch, and took wedding photos (Thanks iPhone 7 Plus). Top Golf turned out to be one of the greatest portions of the meet up, simply because of the relationships and bonds that were formed at this point. We all had spent DAYS together, shared our passions together, and made life long memories together! Now this day was meant to just relax, reflect, and have fun! At some point, our waiter literally became Diego, which might explain the abundance of shots that were delivered? (Don’t worry, we all Ubered back to our hotel!) “COME ON, BEING A RESPONSIBLE ADULT!”
We decided to end our last night uniting together in one room with a full list of “Fun” activities! The, “HastagKarenAG & HoustonAndrews” broadcasted their very last show together in Dallas with TONS of special guests. Questions recapping the meet up, funny stories of things that happened, and comical interactions with live listeners! It was THE best way to end the night! Well, that is until @BritneyBETCH showed up! BritneyBETCH is a local “self-proclaimed” Partner Artist on the Smule app that believes to be lot’s of things. Everything about her page is about Britney, even when she joins others, she mashes Britney songs. She also believes she is the greatest Dancer, Singer, and Actress that has ever lived. So once she walked in the door, she had to give voice lessons on her account, followed by an epic dance class! Everyone took part in this “Dance Class” and I believe walked away a better human being because of it. Finally it was time to head back to the lobby and for everyone to say their “Goodbyes.” We were stopped on the way out of the hotel by a group of young girls who asked us to sing a song for them. It was a wonderful moment for us all because little did we know… It would be the last time we all sang together. We finally finished the night huddled outside in a circle, taking turns sharing wonderful things that we learned about each other. We all gave individual hugs before heading our separate ways. “COME ON, DEBBY DOWNER!”
After this meet up, I finally learned what it is that brings us so close together because of this app.
The song that we chose to sing in the lobby of the hotel was, “Lean On Me.” This song had become a theme amongst our group. The words, Lean On Me, has such a powerful meaning to our group. We all come from different journeys in life, different struggles, different hardships, different successes, we are all different! We are all shaped differently, look different, were raised different, eat different, and handle alcohol differently! But one thing we all share, is a passion for music! A passion to have an app that allows us to escape the troubles we are dealing with in the “Real World.” a passion to encourage, a passion to help others, we all have a passion for people! If there is anything that I have learned over the short time I have been a member of Smule, it is that I am a part of an app that literally changes lives. It has taken me to places I never thought I could go. It has expanded my understanding and acceptance of those who might not share the same beliefs as me or may not agree with the same things as I do. But we can both still come together and make beautiful music!
This meet up is one that I will never forget, and I cannot wait until the next one!
Full Recap Video: https://www.facebook.com/keng210/videos/10100410283597167/
EP1C VOICES Sing! Competition – SEASON 5
EP1C Voices is an international Sing! Competition that has quickly gained immense popularity among the Smule community since its first season in 2015, culminating in over 1000 auditions in the recently concluded fourth season.
This comp features cash prizes and in-house vocal coaching.
Auditions for EP1C VOICES SEASON 5 will be open for the Smule community on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017.
Audition early to take advantage of the bonus round. Do not wait to audition.
***Past EP1C Voices AND TR1O contestants DO NOT need to audition. If you are interested, please message any judge with your past EV or TR1O song link attached.***
Open call auditions will be found on the following pages:
See you soon!
** Community Post **
Smulenesians, the biggest Smule community in Indonesia, must be proud. Because this year in 2017, they celebrate their 4th anniversary. The community was established in January 14, 2013 and continues to grow rapidly since then. Currently, it has more than 1800 official members.
SmuleNesians successfully held their anniversary celebration on February 5, 2017. Located at Eleven Trees Café, Jakarta – Indonesia, more than 80 members were happy to come to the gathering. Unpredictable weather didn’t deter the spirit and enthusiasm of the members to attend and participate in this annual event.
The event started at 11:00 AM. The guests were asked to register themselves in advance, and then they were having lunch together with the buffet menus from the café. Warm impression felt at the luncheon that time. The guests greeted each other, and there were also laughter. There was no distance at all among them.
The gathering was hosted by MC @AndyLeeGouw. The founder of SmuleNesians, @iKingYamosGani gave speech first, followed by one of the SmuleNesians Leaders for second generation, @Ariyanti. There was also an introduction of the new leaders for third generation, they are @Achieoseven, @NehemiaHelmy, and @Ozzy_Genjrit.
A rousing welcome was given to all new three SmuleNesians Leaders. They bring a big responsibility to continue what former leaders did, to make SmuleNesians into a medium or community that can accommodate and bridge the musical talents of its members to be better. Surely this can be achieved not only from the hard work of the leaders, but also by the support and participation from the members.
After all speeches and introduction of the new leaders, everybody couldn’t wait for the ceremonial, to blow candles on the anniversary cake and cut the cake. Then the founder gave the first piece of the cake to the new leaders.
As a community that originated from Smule, it is certainly incomplete, if we don’t sing together at least one track on Smule Sing! app. All the guests did a mass karaoke and sang together at the moment, covering a song from Mr. Big, To Be With You. It was recorded on Smule Sing! video. The people were organized and divided into three groups to do lead vocal, harmonies, and adlibs.
You can also see the mass karaoke here in official Smule Sing! account of @SmuleNesians:
Everybody was so happy to meet, knowing each other directly outside Smule, and sing together on the gathering.
Last but not least, we hope that in the future SmuleNesians could be growing in both quality and quantity of the members. It is expected to become a community that can be reckoned with in music world, especially Indonesia. Success for all of us!
– Smulenesians Leaders –
** This is a community post by @SmuleTalent**
️Smule Talent Presents️
2nd Season of Smule Talent Superstars Solo Competition⭐️
Do you have what it takes to out-shine them all⁉️
Shine Bright Like a SuperStar
8 Challenging & Fun Rounds
🔴Auditions Begin January 15, 2017🔴
✅ Check out the following Smule Sing Pages for Auditions:
Winner will get $50.00 & a Judge’s seat for the next SmuleTalent SuperStars Competition.
Please share this with your Smule friends & families
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