As one of the only music schools in the region that is also a development record label, Whole Music nurtures students of all ages from Beginning level, helping and coaching them every step of the way, to releasing original material. Select recordings by musicians are produced by Creative Director and Whole Music Co-Owner E.J. Ouellette, who is also a multi-instrumentalist, performer and voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammys). Ouellette has been doing Artist Development for 30 years and has been instrumental in many of his client’s music careers. This program offers an opportunity for artists to learn and develop rapidly, and to create professional quality recordings without being signed to a major label.
“Our Artist Development program is way more than just music lessons,” said Ouellette. “We help individuals who want to enhance their artistic selves. Because it is an accelerated program, our students who do the work progress very quickly.”
Focusing on vocal and instrumental development, songwriting, arrangement, recording and production, performance, image and marketing/promotion, Artist Development is offered for musicians who are passionate about their craft and interested in exploring career possibilities in the new music industry. Each program is customized to fit the needs of the individual artist and/or group. Depending on the client’s preferences, the music covers a wide variety of genres, from roots music to pop and rock, from Irish sea shanties to transcendental chant, from classical to jazz, and more. “We are getting more and more inquiries from teens and adults for Artist Development, so we are having a lot of success with this program. It is what a lot of people want,” said Ouellette. “For many, it is a dream come true.”
“Before I started with Whole Music’s Artist Development, I was taking piano lessons and was an aspiring singer/songwriter. The AD program has truly changed me into an artist and shown me perspectives I had never seen before. I’ve been very inspired,” said Forrest Finn. Finn, a student at Ipswich High School in Ipswich, MA, just released his second song on Whole Records, and is in development on a third.
Karin Hovey, an adult Whole Music client from Manchester, NH, said that the Artist Development program has exceeded her expectations in every way. “I am so pleased with my progress. My voice has improved greatly since I have been working with EJ, and the recording process has been very educational. EJ is incredibly knowledgeable and has a wonderful way of teaching and encouraging with his gentle persistence and patience,” she said, adding, “I am having so much fun, too! “
The eight new releases now available include:
1.) Sam Allen, “Give Blood” – Sam, 19, adapted this song by EJ Ouellette to showcase a hard-driving rock sound. Sam is from Newburyport, MA, and now studies Music Education at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
2.) Michelle Cheney, “Never Alone” – Michelle attends Newburyport High School. Although she has performed with Whole Music Artist Revue publicly, this is her first commercial release. itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/
3.) David Corson, “Like I Did” – David attends Exeter High School in New Hampshire. This folk/rock song is the solo artist’s first single. itunes:
4.) Forrest Finn, “Switch” – A singer and talented keyboard player, Forrest goes to Ipswich High School. This is his second release. itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/
5.) Karin Hovey, “North Star”– Karin’s sweet clear tone includes lovely harmonies and slight folk/ country vibes in her first commercial release. Karin, a New Hampshire native, wrote the song and lyrics. itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/
6.) Kat Marinelli, “Dear Father” – A Lawrence resident and student at Central Catholic, Kat tells a story of empowerment and change through gripping lyrics and pop style. itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/
7.) Megan Starrak, “Grey Eyed Maiden” – Megan, from Newburyport, MA, draws upon her Irish roots and her love for traditional songs of the sea. She is an emerging vocalist with a gentle presence. itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/
8.) Frankie Weeks, “So Serious” – Frankie’s second release on Whole Records combines her fresh sound with a playful call to action. Frankie attends Essex Agricultural and Technical High School. itunes:
“Our goal is to help each artist discover joy and embrace his or her innate talent. We are focused on growing the music community on the North Shore, in the Merrimack Valley and in New Hampshire, whether it is individual or group lessons, jamshops or artist development,”
All the Whole Music releases are available on CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/
About Whole Music
Whole Music provides quality music instruction and development to students of all ages and ability levels. Our approach to music education is based on the philosophy that all of us possess innate musical talent that can be developed with the right, holistic approach. We offer private lessons, semi-private lessons, group classes and jamming workshops -- Jamshops™ -- six days a week at Whole Music’s locations in Byfield and Amesbury, MA. Formerly known as Pine Island Music, Whole Music is co-owned and operated by Mimi Sparrow and Creative Director E.J. Ouellette, an experienced multi-instrumental professional musician with a long-standing reputation for inspiring confidence and success in his students. Ouellette is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammys). For more information about our services, please visit www.wholemusic.com and join the online community at www.facebook.com/
High resolution artist photos and CD single covers available on request.