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How not to feel Jealous of people’s singing success

At 7, I wanted to be like Lea Salonga. I was ecstatic when my auntie bought me Lea ‘s first album – I listened to that album everyday. I would say to my mum look we have the same dimple and hairstyle, I copied her voice. I was just a little darker and I had a bigger forehead and lopsided ponytails.
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At 9, I wanted to be like my Uncle Rod Dingle who was on a show called New faces. I would watch him sing at functions in awe.

Tina with One Voice Students singing Be heard

Tina with One Voice Students singing Be heard

Rod Dingle with former One Voice student and Miss Philippines-Australia Melanie Balagtas

Rod Dingle with former One Voice student and Miss Philippines-Australia Melanie Balagtas

At 10, I wanted to be Tina Arena on young talent time. I was so happy that she had the same first name as mine. I was so happy when people would call me Tina Arena on the school playground.

Tina and One Voice Singing Be heard

Tina and One Voice Singing Be heard

At 12, I saw a group of filipino singers singing at a friends house. I wanted to be like the lady in the group- she had beautiful long hair, face and presence. I didn’t know who she was but I thought she was just beautiful.

Tina Bangel singing with One Voice Students (current and pass)

Tina Bangel singing with One Voice Students (current and pass)

At 13, I wanted to be like Danni Minogue on Young talent time with the crimped hair, white skin, big smile.

At 19, I wanted to be like Lea Salonga on Broadway. I auditioned for musicals like Miss Saigon and was fortunate enough to be in the Miss Saigon school. They gave us free singing and dance lessons for a whole year. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it into the Sydney show.
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At 21, I wanted to be like my first singing teacher who was singing on the midday show and sung on the showboat. She encouraged me to audition on the Showboat. Looking back, it wasn’t my time; I wasn’t ready mentally and physically for it.
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At 22, I wanted to be part of the next girl group and auditioned for a producer. I had no idea how to harmonize, we did a few recordings and things didn’t work out.
Tina with friends Pam Picart, Clarissa Bock, Steff Martonhelyi

Tina with friends Pam Picart, Clarissa Bock, Steff Martonhelyi

Tina with friends Pam Picart, Clarissa Bock, Steff Martonhelyi

Beautiful firends Pam Picart, Clarissa Bock, Steff Martonhelyi

Beautiful firends Pam Picart, Clarissa Bock, Steff Martonhelyi

At 22, I wanted to be like the singers at Wonderland, I was envious of their makeup, amazing voices and harmonies as well as costumes. I was especially jealous watching them sing while I was waiting tables serving nuggets and chips by the lakeside.
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Talented Ballroom dancers Brian Lorenz and Wendy He

Talented Ballroom dancers Brian Lorenz and Wendy He

At 24, I wanted to be like the girl on High 5 – Kathleen De Leon- who was ironically my vocal teacher for a short period of time. She had wrote me a Christmas card saying “Remember me when you are famous!” haa haa… Hope she remembers me now that she is famous.
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At 25, I wanted to be like Lillian Delos Reyes (the lady I admired when I was 12) capturing the audience’s attention with her stage presence. I was frustrated because I had compared myself to her; I wanted to be confident enough to talk to the audience exactly like her.

At 27, I wanted to write songs. I wrote my first song when Rob and I got married.
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At 28, I wanted to be like Celine Dion. Big voice beautiful stage presence, beautiful soul. I started do gigs with some of the beautiful wonderland girls whom I used to envy. I was a lead Vocalist for an all girl band-did the hard gigs, lugged heavy speakers, dealt with drunk punters.
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At 29, I wanted to be part of a group that was established so I could learn how to harmonize so I auditioned for a group called Mid Nyt Sun. At last, I really felt part of a team we sung at pubs, clubs, weddings, corporate gigs. We won awards such as Australian Club Entertainment award. I also worked with Van who I hadn’t seen since high school days!

Van Sereno

Van Sereno

Van Sereno

Van Sereno

Van Sereno

Van Sereno

At 31, I wanted to plan for a baby and learn how to incorporate music into my life with a bub so I opened up my Kindermusik school and kept building on my One Voice School. I was offered the job of being the resident Wednesday night singer for Captain Cook cruises.

One Voice School of Singing

One Voice School of Singing

At 32, I had Christian and still kept singing while pregnant. I had to learn how to surrender…a lot.

Tina Bangel singing with One Voice Students (current and pass)

Tina Bangel singing with One Voice Students (current and pass)

At 35, I wanted to step up a level as a mentor and professional singer.

Lionel Cole

Lionel Cole

Lionel Cole

Lionel Cole

36, 37, 38, 39 I just plodded along……kept doing the work…

Lionel Cole and Tina Bangel Singing Evergreen

Lionel Cole and Tina Bangel Singing Evergreen

Lionel Cole, Tina Bangel,   Brian Lorenz and Wendy He dancing to Dorothy Ruby Shoes

Lionel Cole, Tina Bangel,
Brian Lorenz and Wendy He dancing to Dorothy Ruby Shoes

Lionel Cole, Brian Lorenz, Wendy He performing to Dorothy Ruby Shoes

Lionel Cole, Brian Lorenz, Wendy He performing to Dorothy Ruby Shoes

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At 40, I wanted to be MEjust me

It was too hard trying being someone else, sounding like someone else and looking like someone else.

Tina Bangel

Tina Bangel

Tina Bangel

Tina Bangel

So I released my very first EP

Tina Bangel Be heard EP

Tina Bangel Be heard EP

I did it my way and surrounded myself with people who matter, who didn’t bring me down, who lifted me higher, who didn’t tell me that I was too old!!!

I embraced my big forehead, my beauty spots, and my wrinkles.

I sung the songs my way- not they way that was expected or copied and that was hard to let go of.

Lionel Cole and Tina Bangel

Lionel Cole and Tina Bangel

Tina Bangel and Lionel Cole

Tina Bangel and Lionel Cole

I have Lionel Cole and Van Sereno to thank for that. Lionel’s wise words…”Just Sing” …haa haa so obvious but true!
Tina Bangel and Lionel Cole

So I still want to be the best singer, mentor, friend, wife and mum that I can be. Just being me!

So to avoid frustration and jealousy, swim in your own lane.

I know these feelings are natural and can be a little healthy but not to the point where you end up feeling stuck and put yourself down.

  • Don’t compare yourself with someone who is younger than you.
  • Don’t compare yourself to someone who is older than you or someone who has more experience.
  • Not everyone is going to like you. So don’t try to win them over focus on the people who do genuinely care.
  • Stay in your own lane, keep your head down and work towards your personal best.
  • Don’t try to be like someone else, embrace your down falls, embrace your successes.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something! Find a way to achieve it and WORK YOUR BUTT OFF!!

Celebrate YOU! Because YOU are Special!

What I want you to do now is to write a list of things that you love about you.  What makes you unique? What do people compliment you on? What are you really good at? Are you great at talking to people, do you get along well with friends, do you easily pick up tunes, are you creative.  I’m sure if you think really hard you can find one thing that you are happy about.

Now tell me have you ever felt jealous of others and how did you overcome it? Comment below – your answers may help someone else.

Are you feeling frustrated now? Tell us in the comments below what you are going to do right now to stay in your own lane?

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A special thank you to Craig Peihopa for these amazing shots and for the artwork and design for my EP.
You can contact Craig at Timeline Photography at the following links:
http://www.timelinephoto1.com phone: 0418 29 7715

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Thank you to all the friends and family who supported the Double Album Launch of myself and Van Sereno. Thank you to My amazing One Voice students and their families for being part of it.

Thank you to our band Casper Tromp, George Nikolopoulos, Dauno Martinez and Buddy!

Thank you to Marija for my makeup and hair.  Also to Alphie Sadsad who did my hair and make up for my EP cover.

Thank you to our Sponsors Born2perform, Seacret, Arnel Bautista, Dawning Soul, Timeline Photopgraphy, One Voice, Kindermusik, Planet Tel, Megaworld, Western Union, Life Skills Centre for Kids.

 

13 Australian-Filipino singers who paved the way on Aussie TV

Let’s face it! There are so many talented Filipinos in the world.…

Here are 13 Aussie – Filipinos who have paved the way on Australian TV singing competitions (New faces, Star search, X factor, The Voice, The Voice kids)  over the decades.

Lillian Delos Reyes – 1982 1st place winner of Channel 10’s “You’re a Star”

Rod Dingle, Roanne Monte, Phinemm Nelson – New faces contestants

 Kathleen De Leon – 3rd place in New faces and original member of Hi 5

Now comes all the footages thanks to social media……

Chelsea Castillo – 2009 top 5 in Australia’s got Talent

Abigail Adriano – 2014 The Voice kids

 Jerson Trinidad – New faces and 1st place for Star Search and recently the battles on the Voice 2013

 Anthony Dellamarta (who is my cousin, by the way) – 2013 The Voice battles

Fely Irvine -2014 The Voice – she was also on Hi-5.

Jhoanna Aguila – 2014 The Voice

In this is the clip Will.I.am says “You were sent here and I’m supposed to work with you for the Filipino people…….”  Will.i.am…..planted a seed!!!

Trill – 2014 X factor

Now 15 year old Marlissa Punzalan 2014 winner of X factor!

Congratulations Marlisa! We are so proud of you!

Marlisa's new Single

Marlisa’s new Single

X-factor strategically ran with the Filipino theme this year – showcasing a huge amount of talented Filipinos from the very beginning and eventually casting the talented young singer Marlisa!

Wow…what a journey they put us on! They knew all along how Filos get behind each other….just like what Will.i.am said would happen!

No matter what show or how far you made it ……You all make the Aussie-Filipino community proud! 

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Singing Higher and Higher

 

I was lucky enough to work with Bernadette, Mikee, Chelsea and Marlisa organise a tune for the Sharon Cuneta Concert in 2012

I was lucky enough to help Bernadette, Mikee,Chelsea and Marlisa with a tune for the Sharon Cuneta Concert in 2012 Photo Credit: Timeline Photography

It’s amazing how far these reality show have come. What would we do without our social media and mobile phones!

WHO WILL BE NEXT???

Have I missed any names? Let me know….

10 ways to integrate Music into your child’s life

When Christian was 4 years old he would hold out his palm so I could sing a traditional Filipino nursery rhyme that is very similar to “Round and round the garden.”  I had introduced it to him when he was one month of age.

Even at this age the anticipation of the tickle always brings a big smile to our faces.  The big old tickle giggle never disappoints!  That night he asked his Lola (Grandma in Tagalog) to teach him the song.  Moments such as these melt my heart.

“I remember your Lola’s dad singing it to me when I was your age.”  I tell Christian.   Then I reminisce my childhood memories with him.  Which led to questions like “Where is Lola’s dad now? “ and “What does heaven look like?”

All these thoughts, feelings, emotions, analysis, disciplined thinking and attending all from a simple song.  Even at this young age a song can touch our deepest emotion and extend a range of feelings.

From this simple song we share a bond, a sense of community.

Not only does it help emotionally, cognitively but also physically.  As he circles his pointer finger on my palm he is developing his fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and at the same time he is learning patterns in language.

Many people ask me “When is a good time for my child to learn music?”

I always say that even while your child is in the womb and from birth surround yourself and your baby with music.

Hans Christian Andersen sums it all up “Where words fail, music speaks”

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For example – Tap and rock your baby to the steady beat so they learn to internalize it within their bodies.  This will in turn help with the ability to walk, bounce balls, cut with scissors.

Here are some other ways to help integrate music into your child’s life.

  1.          Join a structured musical learning class with your child
  2.          Listen to a variety of quality recorded music at home and while running errands in the car
  3.          Sing familiar songs or make up your own songs while you play or when working around the house.
  4.          Take time to listen to all the interesting sounds in your environment – imitate nature sounds while out for a walk.
  5.          Explore sounds with homemade instruments like pots and pans, spoons, and shakers
  6.          Create family music making opportunities in which everyone plays along. Include all your talents from playing the spoons to folk      instruments to gathering around the piano.
  7.          Dance to music from the radio, television, or any other source you enjoy.
  8.          Use simple props such as scarves, balls and hoops to play movement games.  Add a favourite song.
  9.          Make music part of your child’s bedtime routine or any routine (bathing, cooking, cleaning) – lullabies are particularly
  10.          Soothing and calming and provide a time for parent and child bonding.

The bottom line is music and dance – within a fun, loving and nurturing environment – can bring a life long happiness and warm memories in your child’s life.  What a wonderful start to life!

In the meantime,  Check out Carlo Tapia’s daughter who has been surrounded with music all her life. Carlo Tapia is a professional bassist in Sydney who says that his children are surrounded by people who can either sing, play an instrument or dance.

My favourite part of the clip is the surprised proud look that Carlo has when she hits one note and creates a vocal tone that is obviously beyond her years. What a precious bond between father and daughter.

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APL and the Black Eyed Peas shout out from One Voice

One Voice kids are mainly of Filipino background and live in the Blacktown area. We live in the highest Australian – Filipino community in the whole of Australia.

This is our new generation of young Filipino-Australian kids (with some other kids from other awesome backgrounds)

We feel pretty blessed to grow up here in Australia.  That’s why we call it the lucky country!

You can’t even imagine how proud we are to see APL on our Aussie screens…especially Will. I .am,  whom we automatically claim as our adopted son or Kuya!

The kids and I just wanted to let you know that you all inspire us and we wanted to say thank you by singing a snippet of your songs –

APL song and Bebot!

Sending you big hugs from over the seas!

Love the One Voice Kids & Tina

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One Voice Performing with Confidence – Ramos Workshop

Every now and then you come across people who just give so much of themselves and inspire so many people they come into contact with. Ramos is one of those people.

Armed with props and a huge personality, Ramos gave the One voice kids confidence building ideas.

The message for the day was to share YOU!

One Voice with Ramos and Tina Bangel

One Voice with Ramos and Tina Bangel

It’s something that I love to reinforce with the students I teach…the world does need to hear what you have to say.

Here are Ramos’ top tips on how to build your confidence:

  • Imagine people in the audience that will bring out the confidence in you. Suggestions from students were their Mum, family members, Beyonce and other stars.
  •  Nourish yourself with good food and drink so you can perform and be at your best at all times and look after your health.
  •  Breathing exercises before your performance
  • The use of props to take your performance level higher. To capture the attention of the audience.
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You then become more than just a singer… you become a performer!

In one exercise the kids were asked to draw symbols, words and shapes that represent who they are. This was a powerful exercise.

Fierce, Infinite and love were just some of the words. “Love” stood out for me, 7 year old Marijanna suggested it. It captured what singing was all about for her.  Singing is shared with loved ones and she feels love when she sings.

Another one that stood out was a happy and sad face. It was represented by this symbol :(: Angelica suggested it’s about perspective!

Lorenz mentioned that we have our “bad days and happy days.”  The kids had a blast guessing who’s logo belong to who.

So much creativity and soul searching!

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Ramos! You make this world a better place.

Thank you for sharing your music knowledge with the One Voice kids.

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You can find Ramos on Facebook  and YouTube .

Check out his latest Film clip “I thought I told ya” with former One Voice student Miss Earth winner/model/singer Anne-Maree Bolder

 

Don’t forget to purchase tickets to our mid year concert which falls on the 6th of July, Castle Grand.  Purchase tickets and details click here.

Tell us how you build up your confidence! If you were one of the One Voice students that attended the workshop go ahead and tell Ramos how much you enjoyed it…I’m sure he would love to hear your comments below!

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One Voice can change the world! Your world and Mine! Tina xo

Creative ways to thank your fans

Jennifer Paige is one clever one lady! She was able to fit over 100 fan names in a song. She celebrated 30,000 likes on her facebook fan page and this original song called “30,000 beautiful people” was her gift to her fans.

It was worth the wait to hear her sing “The One Voice school, Tina Bangel and her crew” at 1.38sec. Check it out…

If you missed my interview with Jen a few months back you can catch here: http://tinabangel.com/tag/jennifer-paige/

Fan engagement is the only way to go these days. It’s not only about the likes on a facebook post but it’s all about the interaction and authentic fan engagement.

Another clever artist who is amazing with authentic fan engagement is Jayden Rodrigues and his NeWest group. I have had the pleasure of performing with Jayden during our Cabaret shows- Eye of the Tiger and Manila by Night.

Their clip has had over 11 million views and Jason Derulo has even retweeted their clip.

‘Talk Dirty’ Routine hits over 11 Million views.


How cute are their fans! They even having fans of the week and fans posting up their own versions of Jayden’s choreography, many from the Philippines.

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So what does this mean? So many likes and views? It means that as an artist you are SEEN and hopefully people will start trusting you. If you are creating videos, posts on facebook, tweets etc keep at it.  If someone likes it or comments,  reply back and engage with your fans. Take care of your fans and you will see your fan base grow.

This is part of Music Business! Check out my interview with Multi award winning singer/songwriter Mr. David Pomeranz.  He shares valuable Music Business tips.

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If you liked this post like it, share it and tell us how you engage with your fans …you can even share a link to your clip!

Musically yours

Tina xo

 

 

The One Voice of Mr. David Pomeranz

I’m so thrilled to have Mr. David Pomeranz as my guest on my first ever Vlog! What a perfect first guest to have! David Pomeranz is one of the most successful and prolific songwriters and performing artists on the scene today. His songs and recordings have sold over 40 million copies worldwide, earning him a total of 18 Gold and 22 Platinum records, and his live concerts have delighted and inspired millions all over the world.

David Pomeranz and Tina Bangel. Editing the clip down to less than 15mins was so hard because David was so entertaining!

David Pomeranz and Tina Bangel. Editing the clip down to less than 15mins was so hard because David was so entertaining!

I love David’s generous nature, kindness and wisdom.  His beautiful nature is so contagious and inspiring.

I had the honour of singing with David during his Sydney concert back in 2012, thanks to Carol Manoloto of Oz-Pinoy Entertainment (who believes highly on giving kids a great head start with music by giving them amazing performance opportunities).

It was such an honour to sing  “If you walked away ” with him. A song he originally sung with Filipino megastar Sharon Cuneta .

The first time I met David he made me feel so comfortable and at ease. A few of my One Voice senior students I taught were also part of the support act. The way he called us on to the stage was unforgettable.  He made us all feel like we belonged on that stage! Like we owned it.

David Pomeranz and Tina Bangel with Support artists and Senior One Voice students.

David Pomeranz and Tina Bangel with Support artists and Senior One Voice students.

That is what a true star is!  A true leader, who naturally brings out the best in people.

I’m so blessed to call him a mentor and friend and I can’t wait to one day sing with him again.

David Pomeranz and Tina Bangel

David Pomeranz and Tina Bangel

Enjoy watching this amazing man.

PART 1

  1. Secrets to be successful in the music industry.
  2. Early childhood musical memories with his family.
  3. Music Business
  4. Songwriting and how to get your music out there
  5. Dealing setbacks

PART 2

  1. 5 tips to make it in the industry
  2. Typical day of David Pomeranz
  3. Plans for 2014 and the future
  4. Performs the theme song to “Perfect Strangers”

You can follow David Pomeranz on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Pomeranz

Or visit his website http://www.davidpomeranz.com

Here is the link to what David was referring to in the first clip.

24 Qualities That Geniuses Have in Common

If you were inspired by David please tell us your thoughts.  Maybe you are a budding songwriter and performer.  What steps will you take towards your dreams?

Comment, like and share this.

Sing it out!

Tina xo

 

Is it a Happy Mother’s Day?

It’s the day where we celebrate our mums and females who have cared for us.  I’m so happy to see the happy photos of families with their mums and beautiful greetings on Facebook. For some today may not be so happy.  Being a mum is beautiful but it can have it’s challenges. No book, class or person really prepares you for this job!

I was one of those people who used to think “oh I’m never going to put my child on a ‘leash’! ” until I had a very active little boy.

I used to say, “oh I’m going to have a natural birth and it will be all fine” I was induced and had an emergency C section.

I used to think “breast feeding us going to be a breeze!” and I spent weeks in tears because it just wasn’t working.

Judging people! Yes, that’s what I found myself doing…we all do it….

It’s a working progress. I often catch myself in that “don’t judge mode.”  It may be because I am now a mum and also a Kindermusik educator who meet families each week.  Families with newborn babies to families with teenagers.

Last year, I bumped into an old Kindermusik parent.  She had told me the very sad news of another Kindermusik mum passing away unexpectedly.  Both mums became close and had been coming to my Kindermusik classes since their kids were 6 months old until it was time for them to go to BIG school.  This just broke my heart, she left behind 3 little girls and a loving husband.  Each week they would come to class so happy and excited.  That’s how I remember this beautiful and amazing mum.

Next time you see a mum who is having a hard time, give a smile or supportive comment.

If you are the mum struggling that day you don’t need to always be a Superwoman.  It’s ok to ask for help.

Even if you see the “all together” or “happy go lucky” mum ask them if they are ok. They may be hiding some pain behind their smile.

I have spent the day contemplating on whether or not I should share this song with you, I was scared that I was going to be judged on the quality of the song, then I thought that it may bring comfort to a mum or a child out there.

Well, that is my intention – to bring comfort.

This song is called “Tomorrow, it’ll be a better day.” It’s Christian’s favourite song…it’s my lullaby for him…MY WHITE FLAG during our battles.

This is dedicated to Rosemary and her beautiful girls and husband.

I would love to thank Van Sereno for helping me bring my thoughts to life and Byron Mark for helping me record this song.

We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn’t quite right, you’ve got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. Call Beyond Blue – Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1300 22 4636.

Remember you are someone’s reason to smile.  It IS a happy mothers day!

This is my little gift for you! If you would like a free copy of this song just fill out your details below.

Download Tomorrow, it'll be a better day!

I would love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment, like and share this song and post.

Tina xo

Lionel Cole on The Voice Australia

Be sure to watch Lionel Cole on The Voice tonight at 6.30pm channel 9 tonight Sunday 4th of May. I had the pleasure to co-write a song called Be heard with Lionel Cole and Louie Ocampo.  What amazing experience! We are now in the process of recording songs that I co-wrote with my talented friend  Van Sereno.

I can’t thank Lionel enough for all the encouragement and guidance during the recording. This experience has been a major game changer for me.

This is what life is all about.  Making dreams happen. Creating the life you deserve because you only live once!

More photos and Lionel’s interview to come a little later…so keep your eye out for it!  Sign up for my mailing list here: www.tinabangel.com

If you want the confidence to make your/or your child’s singing dreams come true would love to hear from you.

Get your free PDF on Top 10 tips to Cultivate the professional singer in you by visiting www.tinabangel.com.

 

One Voice student Clarissa Bock, Lionel Cole, Tina Bangel

One Voice student Clarissa Bock one of the backing vocalists for Be Heard, Lionel Cole, Tina Bangel

 
Recording Be Heard

Recording Be Heard

 

Sushi break

Sushi break

 

Recording & Van Sereno

Recording with Van Sereno

 

Lionel Cole, Alex, Tina & Van

Lionel , Alex, Tina & Van