Briana has studied various vocal genres under a wide variety of coaches: classical, chamber, and pop voice; musical theatre voice and jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel technique at McGill University in Montreal. Briana also spent 10 years studying the classical Suzuki method of piano under Phyllis Kranz (Dover, NH), which helped to develop her ear.
Briana is also a successful singer-songwriter. She developed the craft of songwriting while attending Phillips Exeter Academy, McGill University, and the University of New Hampshire, where Briana earned her Masters degree in English Literature. With a unique blend of blues, pop and soul, her immensely popular debut album GRANITE STATE (2009) led to a series of packed shows on the stages of the Sunset Strip, including House of Blues, Key Club, and the Whiskey a Go Go. Her follow-up album, "Armor" was released in 2011 to successful sales on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody
Briana has worked as a session singer for numerous producers and lends her voice to various recording projects. She can be heard in commercials including David LaChapelle's Smirnoff spot starring Amber Rose, the 2011 Fanta "Vision" campaign, and national advertisements for "Living Social." She also works frequently in film and television as a soundtrack contributor on numerous projects, including Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) (TV), Image's horror anthology Chillerama (2011) and the science fiction film Devolution: Reckoning (2011). .
Briana has performed with many Los Angeles artists and bands including her own: Briana N. Band (lead singer and manager - pop/r&b/soul), The Marches (lead singer -- electro jazz), Susie Suh (back-up singer -- folk/soul), Sabrina Vargas (back-up singer -- R&B), West 79th Street (lead singer -- jazz/funk); and she has been the featured guest performer at a number of prestigious private events: Dodger Stadium (anthem singer), The Molson Centre (anthem singer), The Whittemore Center (anthem singer), various Gubernatorial Galas and more.
*** Lesson Details ***
Briana has experience teaching beginner vocalists and advanced singers, and welcomes students at any and all levels! She is easygoing, friendly, and fun, and will always push her students to be the best singers they can be. Briana can help prepare you for a gig, audition, or showcase, and can offer valuable information about the Los Angeles music performance scene. She also enjoys teaching music enthusiasts who just want to learn a little bit about singing, and can adjust her lesson plans to any level and any interest. She teaches primarily pop, R&B, rock, and musical theatre, but incorporates classical technique into her voice lessons.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a designated music studio has computer, keyboard and microphones
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching R&B, soul, pop, and rock voice. I have years and years of experience performing, recording, and learning all about this kind of music. I also have about 10 years of musical theatre experience and have studied acting my whole life, so I would be comfortable teaching these as well. I use various breathing exercises and many different vocal warm-ups (classical, musical theatre, and pop). I also specialize in teaching songwriting workshops. I feel that I'm most qualified to teach songwriting, as I have an extensive background in writing and creating my own music as well as helping other artists write.
I sing for various projects like television commercials, television shows, and movies.
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