Dear Musician – Making Music in the Streets
By Dendy Jarrett | (edited)
When I was growing up, we were always discouraged from playing in the streets. But sometimes playing music in the streets can net a huge reward.
In Ireland, making music in the streets is known as busking, and in Dublin, Ireland, playing on Grafton Street on any given day you’ll find myriad performers. One of the singers who’s developed her own YouTube channel showcasing her street performances is Allie Sherlock.
Someone recommended I give her a listen, and I was instantly drawn in. Her voice is hauntingly mesmerizing. Her notes roll off in a signature way that sets her voice apart from so many others who perform covers on the street. She also is adept at crafting her own take on songs so that they work well with her vocal style. Allie’s voice is distinct, but that isn’t the only “wow” factor she has going for her. The fact that she was 12 at the time of her discovery is what is really impressive.
It seems that I wasn’t the only person taken with Allie’s performances. Ellen DeGeneres found her on YouTube, as well, and invited her to be on her show. Her YouTube channel quickly passed the one million-subscriber mark, and this all led to her signing a five-year record deal with Ryan Tedder (One Republic). Now, at 13 years of age, she's on her way.
I encourage you to check her out, as I believe you’ll enjoy her whiskey-alto voice. The point of my story is that you simply never know—you may be playing in the streets for tips one moment and in the next find you are on a fast train to stardom. Allie's dad never pushed her to perform or make music; rather, she was encouraged and supported when she wanted to perform.
Be a support to those who want to perform. And I encourage you to make sure performing on the street is legal where you live. If it is…you never know when making better music on the streets will net huge rewards! –HC -
"Shallow" Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper * Allie Sherlock cover*
"Dancing on My Own" Calum Scott (Allie Sherlock cover)
The Ellen Show
Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.
Edited by Dendy Jarrett