Music Career Services Gulfport MS

The music industry is extremely diverse and there are many different job opportunities for people interested in music careers. The possibilities are endless. The best part is you don’t have to be a vocalist or play an instrument because there are many other music related jobs such as DJ’s, music manager, sound technicians, music agents, publicists, journalists, producers and more. All you need is a creative passion and appreciation for music. Listed below you will find local music resources and career services around Gulfport that can help you get your foot in the door. There will always be a need for singers, keyboardists, guitarists, bass players, drummers, music teachers and other music jobs. Take advantage of the available resources and do something about it.

Mississippi Ame
(228) 868-1397
1140 Pass Rd
Gulfport, MS
 
Career Chargers
(228) 868-9331
2111 22nd St
Gulfport, MS
 
I B E W Local 1211
(228) 863-4705
2411 32nd St
Gulfport, MS
 
Coast Staffing
(228) 896-4432
520 E Pass Rd Ste M
Gulfport, MS
 
K Riley Safety Consultant
(228) 831-3120
11232 Hendry Dr
Gulfport, MS
 
IBEW Local Union 903
(228) 863-9881
2417 32nd St
Gulfport, MS
 
International Longshoremen Local 1303
(228) 863-5144
2223 29th Ave
Gulfport, MS
 
Training U
(228) 868-6839
2402 28th St
Gulfport, MS
 
Gulfport WIN Job Center
(228) 539-6800
12121 Highway 49 N.
Gulfport, MS
 
Hutchins Vocational Services
(228) 896-2909
27 Pembrook Cir
Gulfport, MS
 

Tracy Martin: Know Your Keys to Launch Your Career

When you see Tracy Martin, it’s easy to be struck by her stunning beauty and funky style. But when you hear her play, you’ll know that behind that beautiful smile lies a monster musician with the chops and talent to do whatever she sets her mind to. Her first gig was with Christian group Soulace in 2007, and since April 2009, she’s been playing keys with R&B superstar Musiq Soulchild. Growing up, Martin honed her prodigious musical skills through gospel music, playing drums and keyboards in and out of church in her native Atlanta, and playing trombone with her high school marching band. Though she learned to read music, she developed her ear as well, the combination of the two proving invaluable.

“I’ve always had a good work ethic when it came to learning songs,” says Martin. “Moreover, I’ve always been a stickler for learning the record as-is. I think the most important thing was making sure I was on top of all my keys. I never wanted to be handicapped by the transpose button, and had too much pride to use it. In return, having learned my keys fluently prepared me to go into more demanding situations, such as the artist wanting to change the original key to one more comfortable to their voice and me not having to fumble through the key of their choosing. Also, it just sounded good that this teenage girl could play in all her keys.”

As her Soulace gig ran its course, she began touring with other wellknown gospel artists such as Sonya McGuire and Friends, Ricky Dillard and Wanda Nero Butler. Her networking around Atlanta led her to a friendship with drummer Stanley Ingram, who was the first to inform her that Musiq was looking for an all-female band. Eager to reach out, Martin wrote to Musiq via his MySpace page and got an immediate response from his assistant Donnita Hathaway (who happens to be the daughter of legendary soul keyboardist artist Donny Hathaway). Martin got to audition, but didn’t get the gig right away. She did keep in touch and after a few casual hangs, invited the band to one of her own gigs where they could see her in her element. “I believe that’s what sealed the deal for me,” says Martin. “The ladies had a chance to assess me on a general level, and onstage, all in a matter of two weeks.”

In April 2009, Martin got the call to join Musiq on the Playing It Cool tour with Anthony Hamilton. Though they were promoting Musiq’s On My Radio album, Martin began working in the recording studio on newer material. “Along the way I’ve had several opportunities to go into the studio with Musiq and be creative for his artists, for other famous artists, and even for him on his latest album, which is huge,” says Martin. But learning the parts from previous albums was where her earlier preparation came into play and gave her a comfort level on the job.

“To my advantage is a highly trained ear and my almost fetishistic discipline to learn the record as it is,” says Martin. “It hasn’t been hard to learn different parts to the song...

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