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Gordon Grody

Brooklyn, NY (map)

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About Gordon Grody

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Rock/R&B/Pop experienced voice coach 4 LADY GAGA, ALICIA KEYS and many others/also work on Skype too
HI. My name is Gordon Grody, I'm a skilled, dedicated and focused voice/songwriting/performance coach. I coached Ms. Keys on her previous J album. Most notably on the Grammy winning hit song "If I A'int Got You". Vocal coached and collaborated for about a year with current superstar and sensational talent and social activist Lady Gaga whose singles "Just Dance" #1 "Poker Face" #1 "Bad Romance" #1 "Born This Way" #1 were huge hits as you know (she's on Interscope and has had a lot more smash hits as well). Work as a vocal coach and vocal co-producer for various artists with my super talented friends Dan and Brandon whose production company is called Robopop. They just had a worldwide smash hit as co-writers and co-producers of Gym Class Heroes' song "Stereo Hearts" featuring Adam Levine. They're incredibly talented and great guys as well and I always love working with them and for them with any artist they're working with. Thrilled for 2 of my artists who recently signed real good major label recording contracts. Moxie (Laura) Raia got signed by Capitol July-ish 2013. I've worked with Laura since she was 13 or 14. She wrote her first song with me, recorded for the first time with me. All vocal training with me including teaching her piano first and guitar second. She's been living in L.A. for a while now and is around 21 or 22. She has worked so very hard at this and deserves it so much. She's very talented and beautiful and her first single should be out very soon. Go Moxie!!! The 2nd student/artist of mine who just signed a major recording contract is 20year old Manny Vocalz. Check him out on his YouTube pages (Manny Vocalz). He has 2 million views and you will see and hear a huge superstar in the making. I am not saying which major label he's signed with because I'm a bit superstitious about these things and the ink has barely dried on his slammin' contract. Been coaching emerging incredibly talented superstar Andrea Rosario whose single "We Own The Night" went all the way to #7 on Billboard's top 25 dance chart and is looking like it's going to be a smash and is being played on lots of stations all over the U.S. I introduced her to her current producers the Berman Brothers (music biz veteran producers "Who Let The Dogs Out" and several other big hits. The song is all over the clubs and soon will be everywhere. Just had a total blast working for old friend Paul Schaffer (Dave Letterman's side kick) singing and performing background vocals during Elvis week on Letterman. If you wanna watch me perform on Letterman just go to YouTube and enter in the search box (Dave Letterman Show 2/8/13 Ben Portsmouth Elvis) and click on the first box which says pretty much what you entered in the search box. If you are an Elvis fan or not you can't miss this amazing live TV production number. Just so you will know which of the 4 male singers is me, When the four of us male BG singers make our vocal entrance, I am the 2nd guy and I'm wearing a Black Real Deal Cowboy Shirt hand stitched and embroidered in white and I'm also seen a lot in this segment ( FYI that as of 4/26/13 has 470,000 hits/plays on YouTube and could go viral) I'm right behind and slightly to the left of Ben P. (the amazing Elvis impersonator). I've also worked for Paul Shaffer many times: Singing lead and background vocals on the Strangers With Candy movie soundtrack a few years ago as well as performing a number of times singing BG vocs on Letterman for Paul with Fat Boy Slim, Willie Nelson and others. Have Coached Patti Scialfa Springsteen (Bruce's wife). She has a Columbia album out and has been touring worldwide with the E Street Band. I worked with her while she was doing TV gigs promoting her new album (Play It As It Lays) Performing on Conan, The View, Letterman, Today, etc. Just finished co-producing 2 tracks and vocal producing 4 other tracks for Matt Johnson who had been filming in LA for Disney. He was one of the 5 finalists for Disney's "The Next Big Thing" contest 2010. His 9 or 10 day segment aired on the Disney channel and Disney radio in late November 2010. I co-produced, arranged, co-wrote, sang background vocals, played some guitar on what looks like the main song. If you'd like to hear some of the work I've done with this amazingly talented 13 year old (then) you can visit his website mattjmusic.com or go to myspace.com/mcjentertainment. I also had been vocal coaching and guitar coaching/teaching Matt for about 2 years. Just sang and arranged BG vocals on Keli Price (of the Naked Brothers) new tracks produced by Kiyanu Kim (formerly band member and co-writer with Gwen Stefani) and have completed all vocal production/singing BGs with Michael Lombardi (co-star of FXs hit series Rescue Me) for his band Apache Stone were featured in the show last season. The album has been released and you can check them out on their Myspace page. I've been vocal producing/ coaching and collaborating with contemporary rock/pop/dance recording artist Freddy Wexler who is completing his LP for a large Swedish Record Label and has a huge European deal with a release date set. If you'd like to check him out go to his websiteoperationfreddy.com and you can hear some of our recorded work together. Freddy had been involved in a media blitz through Kidd Kraddick a huge rock radio DJ at his website (check Freddy out at (Kiddlive.com) in Dallas where he is still being billed as the greatest unsigned artist (left Virgin due to creative differences) who deserves a second chance. Because of all this attention he had been #1 and sometimes #2 on Sirius radio Hits Hit Bound list beating Coldplay (Viva La Vida), Rhianna, Fergie etc. #1 and #2 for 7 weeks exploding with a song we collaborated on called "Defying Gravity". Recently finished producing all vocals and singing BG vocs. with a rock band called Apache Stone whose lead singer, Michael Lombardi (who I voice coached for as well) is one of the stars of FXs hit series Rescue Me. They're signed to MySpace's new label and record release is set for July 7th. Check them out at their MySpace page for ApacheStone amd watch them perform on Rescue Me. Worked with Alexa Ray Joel (Billy's daughter) as producer/arranger/co-writer and had been her voice coach for over a year. (thankfully had nothing to do with her EP sold at Target) She is currently on tour with her band and is being shopped. You can check her out at myspace.com alexarayjoel. Worked for a couple of years coaching Reni Lane who's album is out now on Motown/Custard produced by Linda Perry who's produced and co-written huge hits for Pink (I'm Coming Out) and Christina Aguilerra (Beautiful). and David Patillo. For B'way singers who need assistance in the auditioning with contemporary material process I can really help you folks and have done so. Coached Jamie Linn Sigler (Meadow on the Sopranos) for her Broadway debut in Beauty and the Beast and John Tartaglia of Avenue Q. as well as folks in Passing Strange, Caroline Or Change and Grey Gardens. If you'd like to take a look at some of my credits as a NY. L.A. London session singer, enter Gordon Grody (artist) on allmusic.com and after my name comes up then click on "credits" which are above and to the right and a new page and long list will appear or just do a Google search on me. I've sung live and on records for David Bowie, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, John and Yoko, Peabo Bryson, George Benson, Sting, Debbie Harry, Gene Simmons (Kiss) Phil Collins, Bebel Gilberto, Lea Lorien, Cyndi Lauper, LMNT, Carly Simon, Bonham and many, many more. I also performed a character named Riot on a well known TV cartoon show called Jem and the Holograms. I was trained vocally by Julliard's best classical teachers and have a serious bel canto background. I play guitar and piano and offer varied services to suit the artists' specific needs. I'm looking for serious students who want or have recording deals and need someone to help them achieve any creative aspect of their goals. My extensive time in recording studios as an artist myself (made albums on RCA, SBK and Arista) gives me a real edge over other voice coaches especially in Rock, R&B and Pop. If you'd like to hear some of my past recorded and released lead vocals in several vocal styles go to You Tube and enter Gordon Grody and my pages will come up and you can listen to me singing lead on a lot of released albums mostly on Major Labels 1) Zinc "This Is Where The Love Is". I was the lead vocalist and the band Zinc was released on Arista. 2) You'll see a pop/rock song from a Euro band called Silence 2 where again I was the lead vocalist called "The Beast In Me" 3) Also on my YouTube pages there's a ballad called "For You Gordon Grody" I sang all the vocals including the lead voc, co-wrote, co-produced and arranged the song in 1994. It was the theme for a huge Brazilian Soap Opera. 4) Enter Starcruiser "Holding Back" which I co-wrote and I was the lead singer of this band as well 5) Enter The Rock Gazers "I Believe In Love" I was also the lead singer of this Disco band and there's lots of other lead vocs of mine from different albums on Youtube including several lead vocs I sang as the character Riot in the huge hit animation TV series call Jem And The Hollograms. I'm also still a working singer in the pop music field (lead and backing vocals on numerous TV and radio jingles (Maybe It's Maybelline) and records). Just sang and arranged BG vocals on Keli Price (of the Naked Brothers) new tracks produced by Kiyanu Kim (formerly band member and co-writer with Gwen Stefani) . I was also a member of David Bowie's Band for a short but amazing time playing keyboards and singing background vocs. This Superstar, Icon is a brilliant man and way cool. David really wanted me to do his next world tour with him back then. The tour was called "Serious Moonlight" following his huge #1 pop hit "Let's Dance". I so much wanted to tour the world with Bowie but a lot was happening in my career in NYC including the fact that Tommy Mottola was my manager, so I really did not and really could not do his year long tour. Bummer. If you'd like to watch me performing in Bowie's Band playing keys and singing BG vocals; go to YouTube and enter in the search box (David Bowie 1980 The Tonight Show) and you'll see and hear me working it and David looks and sounds awesome. I strongly believe that vocal excersizes, of which I have plenty are not really useful unless they can be directly integrated into the artist's material and performance. Unlike other coaches, I don't do the same thing with each and every student. I don't believe in that and make sure I give each student tools that they and I agree are what's needed to achieve genuine results. It takes more work and concentration but it I think it yields better results. I really focus with nearly every one I work with on vowel consistency and voice placement (the right and best spots). When it comes to singing, I believe that effort and struggle are two very different things. Let's increase effort and reduce struggle together. I have recently relocated in Brooklyn but I continue to work and teach in Manhattan as well. Also I have been teaching students from all over using the internet and Skype which is an online video phone. It really looks and sounds great.

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Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Because I have worked with, vocal coached and sung with many Superstars in Pop, Rock and R&B. Gaga, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, John and Yoko, Steely Dan and so many more. Have been a signed recording artist on several occasions and have made an excellent living in the Recording Industry since 1976 and also was one of the most successful sessions singers ever (sang on way more than 1,000 commercials/Jingles and records). How many vocal coaches can say that and have it verified on the Net? And there is so much more but that's all in my ad. Thanks. Gordon

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