Today’s wedding musician interview is with Katy of Melodic Expressions, based in West Palm Beach, FL! Enjoy:
Tell us about yourself and how you started playing.
I’m a 24 year old, happily married wife to my husband Jonathan, and a most blessed mommy to my 9 month old daughter, Emma. Originally from Allentown, PA, I have become a true Floridian after living in Fort Myers for a little over ten years. I began singing as a little girl and started piano at age 12. My mom taught me how to sing harmony and introduced me to the keyboard.
See the rest of the interview after the cut!
What do you love about being a musician?
Without a doubt the best part about being a musician, and the thing I love the most, is the opportunity to share my talents with others. I love looking around at my audience enjoying themselves as I entertain.
What’s your favorite song to play?
My favorite song to play is from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “All I Ask of You.”
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The ability to create and perform in real time exactly what a bride and groom have envisioned in their heads, and heard in their own ears; this is the most important part of my job.
What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever played for?
I once sang at a wedding mass that was entirely in French. I sang all of the chants and performed two special songs, all in French. It was especially hard to know at what points I was supposed to come in since the priest was not speaking any English. The Bride and Groom were from Paris and so were all of their guests which they had flown in for their special day. It was a true European wedding. All the ladies had the most extraordinary hats!
Do you have advice for wedding musicians just starting out?
Practice is key! Its not about how long you practice but the ability to rehearse only the things that need fixed and executing those things until success is achieved. This is the best way to ensure preparedness for your gigs, especially those first ones where the nerves try to get the best of you.
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a musician?
Make sure that you either hear the musician in person or hear a sample of their work. Do not proceed just based on their word. Ask for a performance resume to see how experienced the musician is and what venues he has performed.
Thank you Katy! For more about Melodic Expressions, check out her WeddingMusicLove profile, enjoy these listening samples or head straight to her website.
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