Music Career Services Johnson City TN

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 Johnson City 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.

United Auto Workers Union Local 2155
(423) 926-3302
506 Twin Oaks Dr
Johnson City, TN
 
Northeast Tennessee Career Center
(423) 610-0222
2515 Wesley St.
Johnson City, TN
 
United Steel Workers Of America
(423) 232-6762
121 1/2 Spring St
Johnson City, TN
 
Iuoe Job Corps
(423) 926-2444
1003 Ridgecrest Rd
Johnson City, TN
 
Stewart And Associates LLC
(423) 239-7995
4612 Fairlane Dr
Kingsport, TN
 
Staffmark Inc
(423) 282-1553
332 E Springbrook Dr
Johnson City, TN
 
Northeast Tennessee Career Center
(423) 610-0222
2515 Wesley St
Johnson City, TN
 
Accuforce Staffing Service
(423) 467-3535
3300 Browns Mill Rd
Johnson City, TN
 
Tennessee Career Center at Elizabethton
(423) 547-7515
386 Highway 91
Elizabethton, TN
 
Alliance For Business & Training Inc
(423) 246-5985
1140 E Center St
Kingsport, TN
 

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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