Songs at the Center TV

Eric Gnezda & Jess Baldwin on NBC4 News in Columbus

Last year's Songs at the Center performance with Todd Burge, Bob Thompson, me, and host Eric Gnezda will air this summer! The 4th season premieres in just a few days on WOSU and around the country. Eric and Jess went on Columbus' NBC4 segment Columbus Music Makers this morning to talk about it.

WOSU airs Songs at the Center on Saturday nights at 11, right before Austin City Limits. WOUB just added it to their programming, so my Marietta fam can catch it, too!

Here's a direct link if the embed doesn't work for you.

Songs at the Center Taping Pics

The taping of Songs at the Center was such a great experience! What a fantastic opportunity. Congrats to Eric Gnezda, Todd Burge, and Bob Thompson on their great performances. What a trip to share the stage with people of their caliber. Thanks to Eric Gnezda, Jack Fitzgerald, Karen Claborn, and the rest of the wonderful crew at both Songs at the Center and Peoples Bank Theatre for their hard work in making this show happen.   

I'm not sure when or on what stations the taping will be aired, but I'll let you all know as soon as I do!

Finally, thanks to Dan Mitchell (Mitchell Multimedia) for these fantastic photos! Dan specializes in live music photography and is based in Columbus.

This Week: TV Show Taping, Jess in the News

 

new #original on deck for @songsatthecenter.tv taping Apr 22 at @peoplesbanktheatre #singersongwriter

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It's a big week. This Saturday is the (FREE!) taping of Songs at the Center TV. It's broadcast to over 150 public television stations, and it's being taped at Marietta's beautiful Peoples Bank Theatre. I'm so honored to share the stage with WV jazz legend and Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson, WV's favorite troubadour Todd Burge, and singer-songwriter host Eric Gnezda. I've worked up two new originals just for the occasion. Here's a sneak peek at one:

You can reserve a seat in advance here.

We just had a broadcast of Mountain Stage recorded here, too. I never imagined I'd get to walk a few blocks down from my small-town house to experience stuff like this. I get to end the weekend watching Kurt Elling and Branford Marsalis on the SAME STAGE the very next day. Front row. Is this real life?

 

I was also honored to be part of a series our local papers are doing on artists in the area. Here's the Parkersburg version. And here's the Marietta one.

 

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Hope you've all had a great week! See you Saturday!

Spring and Summer Preview

Here's what's on the docket so far for spring and summer:

Gigs

Apr 22: Songs at the Center TV Taping

I'm so honored to be sharing the stage with Todd Burge, Bob Thompson, and Eric Gnezda for a taping of Songs at the Center, which is viewed on over 150 American Public Television stations. We'll be sharing originals in the round. This performance is free and open to the public, thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, and is part of the new Brick Street Arts Bash that's happening that weekend in Marietta. More info here.

May 20: Soloist with River Cities Symphony Orchestra

I'll be the guest soloist for the River Cities Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, singing some hits from mid-century musical theatre.  

Aug 23: Jess Baldwin Quintet at Lakeside Chautauqua 

My quintet will be performing at lovely Lakeside Chautauqua! I'm excited to be performing again with Sean Parsons, Ryan Kennedy, Andy Hall, and our newest addition, John Inghram.

Teaching

Columbus Sessions

I'll be in Columbus the second weekend of each month. If you're a gigging singer in the Columbus area, click here to schedule a spot.

May 16: 1 Year Anniversary of Commercial Voice Resources Launch

May 16 will mark a year since the launch of my website Commercial Voice Resources, which is for teachers who work with singers in commercial and popular styles. I'm excited about the great master teachers slated to write guest blogs and do interviews for the coming year. 

June 4: Presenting at Voice Foundation Symposium

The Voice Foundation is an international organization made up of voice scientists, doctors, therapists, teachers, and other professionals. At its annual Symposium, I'm presenting the results of two surveys I'm conducting with Kat Reinhert and Matt Edwards. Through this research, we hope to....

  • encourage the study and performance of popular genres of music.
  • help high school and private music educators better understand the programs when advising college-bound music students.
  • help post-secondary institutions better prepare future educators (particularly voice teachers) to teach in the programs.

June 14-17: Presenting at Association for Popular Music Education Conference

APME exists to empower music educators who include popular music in their curriculums. I'll present the two popular music program studies at this conference, and I'll also be giving a vocal technique workshop.

July 15-20: Teaching Assistant at The New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

The CCM Institute provides a foundation of instruction for people who sing and teach voice in contemporary commercial genres of music (non-classical music). Most college programs only teach classical singing, and the CCM Institute is one of the few programs where the science and voice function behind other genres is taught. I've studied at this institute since 2009, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it this year.