“Artisan Bio, en Flambé” – The Prima Donut Bake-Off, with Clara Charron and Rachel White

“Artisan Bio, en Flambé” – The Prima Donut Bake-Off, with Clara Charron and Rachel White

“Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to round one of The Prima Donut Bake-Off! We’ve got something really special for you today – the recipe is an Artisan Bio, en Flambé. And creating this confection are none other than Miss’ Clara Charron and Rachel White! Please put your hands together for the two of them, as they bring forward their best skills to this demonstration.”

*Clara enters room from door on Stage Right, waving shyly. Rachel enters from Stage Left, beaming. They walk over to their respective counters, and can barely be seen from behind the mountain of ingredients.*

“Artisans, take your places. You may now flip over the recipe card. On your marks, get set, go!” —-

ENTER CLARA

*starts pulling out all the facts*

– 19 years old

– Canadian in the capital city – writes songs
– has a music business blog – is studying MIA in college – now what?

What am I? Can I call myself an artist-brand consultant? Heck with it, I will.

Clara Charron is an artist-brand consultant from Ottawa, Canada. She is studying Music Industry Arts at college.

In May 2016, the 19-year-old launched her own online publication, Pop of Colour, focusing on teaching business strategies to independent bands and artists.

Clara is also an independent singer-songwriter.

Refined genre is the most specific way to describe your sound that you can use. Naming one genre (or five!) is a bad way to go. Personalize yourself.

She writes sad ballads in the progressive-folk sub-genre, with classic country undercurrents.

Everyone adds their own twist on the recipe, and I see that in my case, I’m going to need to split up the business and the music part of it, but still swirl them into each other, like a marble pattern.

Clara Charron is an artist-brand consultant residing in Ottawa, Canada. In May 2016, the 19-year-old launched her own online publication, Pop of Colour, focusing on teaching business strategies to independent bands and artists. The website is written in an inspiring and easy-to-understand way that allows artists to easily build off of in their own ways.

Studying Music Industry Arts at college, Clara is also an independent singer-songwriter. Her upcoming EP, Chai Tear Lattes, is a small collection of sad ballads in the progressive-folk sub-genre, with classic country undercurrents. The ability to relate to both the artistic and business sides of the music industry is something very apparent in her down-to-earth article writing style.

I need to back up what I say with a quote. Hey, I was called “interesting and unique” by the gentleman from Alpine Drift Records. I’ll throw those adjectives in.

Clara Charron is an artist-brand consultant residing in Ottawa, Canada. In May 2016, the 19-year-old launched her own online publication, Pop of Colour, focusing on teaching

“interesting and unique*” business strategies to independent bands and artists. The website is written in an inspiring and easy-to-understand way that allows artists to easily build off of in their own ways.

And at the end, I’ll put the credit.

This is what I’ve got so far:

Clara Charron is an artist-brand consultant residing in Ottawa, Canada. In May 2016, the 19- year-old launched her own online publication, Pop of Colour, focusing on teaching “interesting and unique*” business strategies to independent bands and artists. The website is written in an inspiring and easy-to-understand way that allows artists to easily build off of in their own ways.

Studying Music Industry Arts at college, Clara is also an independent singer-songwriter. Her upcoming EP, Chai Tear Lattes, is a small collection of sad ballads in the progressive-folk sub- genre, with classic country undercurrents. The ability to relate to both the artistic and business sides of the music industry is something very apparent in her down-to-earth article writing style.

Let’s end on outside activities and stuff, to show another side of me.

When not doing anything music-related, Clara can be found painting her eyelids shimmery colours, knitting in cafés, or reading books on entrepreneurship and interpersonal relations.

Clara Charron is an artist-brand consultant residing in Ottawa, Canada. In May 2016, the 19-year-old launched her own online publication, Pop of Colour, focusing on teaching “interesting and unique*” business strategies to independent bands and artists. The website is written in an inspiring and easy-to-understand way that allows artists to easily build off of in their own ways.

Studying Music Industry Arts at college, Clara is also an independent singer-songwriter. Her upcoming EP, Chai Tear Lattes, is a small collection of sad ballads in the progressive- folk sub-genre, with classic country undercurrents. The ability to relate to both the artistic and business sides of the music industry is something very apparent in her down-to-earth article writing style.

When not doing anything music-related, Clara can be found painting her eyelids shimmery colours, knitting in cafés, or reading books on entrepreneurship and interpersonal relations.

*PAWIT KELLY, ALPINE DRIFT RECORDS

ENTER RACHEL

*Fill your bowl about halfway with facts.”

Rachel is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Does that qualify as a drop of ‘hometown pride’? … maybe a little. Okay.
What are some other facts? Let’s see…. my album being released in June. Being a semifinalist in Nash Next last year. Maybe the song about Tommy and Brook…”

Rachel White is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her debut studio EP, “Destination Sunday,” was released in June 2016 and was produced by music veteran Joel Ferguson (The Verve Pipe, Papa Vegas).

In the spring of 2015, Rachel and her mom wrote and recorded a fun song about STAR 105.7 (Grand Rapids) morning DJ’s Tommy and Brook. They liked the song so much they played it on the air the next morning. Later that summer, Rachel was also a semifinalist in the nationwide NashNext contest put on by Cumulus Media.

“Okay, good so far! Ooh, I think that was more hometown pride sprinkled in there, too. Sweet. Next is a tablespoon of refined genre. Huh. I should probably add that at the beginning.”

Rachel White is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her debut studio EP, “Destination Sunday,” was released in June 2016 and was produced by music veteran Joel Ferguson (The Verve Pipe, Papa Vegas). The album showcases a variety of styles ranging from country to upbeat pop to indie rock. “I primarily consider myself a country-pop artist, but there’s such a variety on this first album that there’s something for everyone! It really shows all the different sides of my music style,” Rachel says.

“Oh perfect, that was a quote, too!
‘Taking caution not to swirl the achievements around too much….’ should I move the NashNext info down into the achievement section? Nah, it’s fine. Not an award or anything like that. Oh wait, it calls for 3 – I guess I could mention the radio airplay.”

Songs from “Destination Sunday” have already received airplay on several different stations across the country, including a country station in Ontario, Canada. The album is also regularly played on local Grand Rapids station 88.1 WYCE.

“Okay, there’s 2 achievements. I’m not sure if I have anything better to add at the moment…

2 tablespoons objectivity, perspective, and self-awareness. What do I have so far?”

Rachel White is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her debut studio EP, “Destination Sunday,” was released in June 2016 and was produced by music veteran Joel Ferguson (The Verve Pipe, Papa Vegas). The album showcases a variety of styles ranging from country to upbeat pop to indie rock. “I primarily consider myself a country-pop artist, but there’s such a variety on this first album that I hope there’s something for everyone! It really shows all the different sides of my music style,” Rachel says.

In the spring of 2015, Rachel and her mom wrote and recorded a fun song about STAR 105.7 (Grand Rapids) morning DJ’s Tommy and Brook. They liked the song so much they played it on the air the next morning. Later that summer, Rachel was also a semifinalist in the nationwide NashNext contest put on by Cumulus Media.

Songs from “Destination Sunday” have already received airplay on several different stations across the country, including a country station in Ontario, Canada. The album is also regularly played on local Grand Rapids station 88.1 WYCE.

“Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban are the artists who inspired my 11-year-old self to want to learn to play guitar. I hope that one day I get the opportunity to tour with one of them. That would be an amazing full-circle.” Outside of music, Rachel is also a fan of soccer, the beach, and photography.

“How’s that? Looks pretty good to me! Oops, almost forgot to add the alcohol.”

—-

*Clara and Rachel both stand up and ring the bell together. The crowd cheers*

“There you have it folks, two fresh artisan bios! As a gift to all the audience members, we’re

offering the recipe to be taken home – so make sure to grab one on your way out.” —-

 

Prep time: one long and stressful night

Ingredients

“artisan bio, en flambé”

1 armful of facts
1 drop of hometown pride
1 tablespoon of refined genre
3 fresh achievements
a sprinkling of quotes
2 tablespoons of objectivity, perspective and self-awareness respectively 1 pinch of hobbies outside of music
sweet frosting, as needed
loads of alcohol

seasoning

Directions

Fill your medium bio-bowl about halfway with facts. Carefully add a single drop of hometown pride. Do not stir; instead, let its essence be absorbed and find itself in minuscule amounts throughout the entire dish.

Next, toss in the tablespoon of refined genre.

Crack three fresh achievements into bio-bowl, taking caution not to swirl them around too much. Follow with with a sprinkling of relevant quotes.

Now, drizzle objectivity, perspective and self-awareness all over the currently added ingredients. Stir thoroughly with a pinch of hobbies, for exotic flavour.

Let the contents of the bio-bowl simmer on your overheated laptop for an hour, or until solid enough to be hand kneaded without breaking.

During the kneading process, you may notice small, unsightly cracks. To mask those flaws, simply cover them in as much sweet frosting as needed.

Now, use the entire bottle of alcohol to burn off anything unneeded and bogging down the flavour, such as overusing names of other, more famous, artists as influences/metadata, name-dropping too many producers, or the phrases “unique sound,” “dream come true,” “future superstar,” or “the next [famous musician here].”

Season to good taste, and serve promptly, to fans and industry professionals alike.

“Rachel White on Destination Sunday, Country Songwriting, And Not Changing For Anyone”

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“On The Importance of Genre – A Blogger’s Perspective” by Greg Jones

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