David James Productions

Elverta, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

When it comes to vocal coaching, I don't only teach, I am VERY active in the music industry, performing, touring, recording, etc. It is best when receiving instruction from someone who actively does what they teach. Once the singers' technique and range are decent, I begin to work on performance more and more. I currently have students competing on the voice, getting leads in local musical theater, to releasing their own albums on iTunes and touring.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

There is nothing more satisfying than giving to others. When you see vocal breakthroughs on a daily basis, it can even be hard to not get a little teary eyed! I genuinely love seeing my singers improve and knock down barriers. As far as I am concerned, we are in this together and you WILL improve.

Location

Elverta, CA 95626

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

64

Reviews

24 Reviews
  • Kevin S. Feb 23, 2017
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Sacramento's best!
    David is an excellent vocal coach! He has helped me expand my vocal range and power. He has even helped me with songwriting. He is active in the music industry and shares his experience with his students. A great value!
  • De'von W. Dec 6, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    way cool dude
    awesome!
  • Samantha J. May 20, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    David is very very good at what he does. He is an amazing coach and I have learned so much from him in a little time. Very happy to be his student!
  • Donna W. Mar 11, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Professional, personable, quick response time, answered ?'s I had. Lessons booked!
  • Nina T. Mar 5, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
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  • Erin M. Jan 4, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    My fiancé loved working with him and will for sure go back.
  • Thomas C. Nov 3, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I had no prior singing experience before meeting David. I couldn't even remotely find the pitch or key that was being played in a song with my voice when trying to match it. After two months of one on ones for an hour every week, I've seen massive gains and improvements. Not just in my confidence, but in my ability to match pitch, widen my range and become a more flexible singer overall. A big part of success is practicing on your own after the lessons, however, David really does do a great job of zoning in on your weaknesses and helping you through them step by step. I highly recommend him for any singing lessons you're interested in pursuing. I know I'll continue to go to him for all of my vocal needs. Keep up the great work David! -T
  • Linda D. Sep 28, 2015
    Singing Lessons
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  • Aaron H. Sep 1, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very professional and knowledgable. David practices what he preaches and is a great singer to back it up. His work environment is very professional as well. He provides you with more confidence in yourself which money can't buy!
  • Rachel G. Jul 8, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Natasha H. Jun 9, 2015
    Singing Lessons
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  • Darryl J. Jun 8, 2015
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    David is an amazing vocal coach! He has helped me sound better as a singer.
  • Sonia F. Apr 14, 2015
    Singing Lessons
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  • Austin W. Apr 8, 2015
    Singing Lessons
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  • Rosan A. Dec 8, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    This Saturday was only my second lesson with David, but I can already tell that I am in for a very big positive and rewarding change in my voice and how I conduct myself when I’m singing in front of a crowd. Been singing for a while now since high school, been singing for the past few years at our church, but never had a one-on-one vocal coach, always with a group with my music teachers in middle and high-schools. Wow! with just 2 lessons with David, I have heard and learned so much that I never even knew before. He was able to spot my weaknesses right away and shown me why I have difficulties singing some of the notes – things that no one had ever explained to me, he just did. David knows his stuff whatever style of singing or type of songs you want to do, he can help you a great deal to improve or perfect your skills. He is super nice and made me feel so comfortable instantly from our very first meeting. If you are looking for an experienced, with so much expertise in this field, I highly recommend David.
  • Noel S. Aug 27, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    All around great experience. Not only a great vocal coach, but David is one of those people who radiates positivety and I leave my sessions feeling much more energetic and optimistic about life.
  • Tarry T. Aug 12, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    David James is an above average vocal coach teacher amd mentor. He more than encourages and inspires his student s I'd recommend him and have to anyone who will hear me out
  • Ashley B. Apr 6, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I have gone through vocal coaches Like toilet paper, due to the fact they really don't have the proper education and music background. David does not stick to one style of singing and that's all you learn. He is very diversified with many singing styles. Example you want to sing pop music. He will teach you all the techniques of different styles of singing to help you be a well rounded singer. Yes he will let you sing what you want, but his vocal warm up techniques are very unique and effective. I have had 4 lessons so far and from the 1st lesson to my most recent, my singing is like day and night. He is the best, most knowledgeable coach I have ever had. This review is coming from an advanced singer, so I know what I'm talking about!
  • Igor C. Apr 6, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Working with James is great! He's engaging and very passionate about what he does. Looking forward to working with him in the future!
  • Malaina H. Sep 7, 2013
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had a trial lesson with David a month ago and I have to say he is an awesome vocal coach! And I look forward to working with him again soon! :)
  • Steven L. Sep 4, 2013
    David has helped me out immensely with singing in the last year. I was always afraid to sing, but with David's help, I have now sang confidently in front of hundreds of people. Lessons take place in a comfortable, professional environment, and I've enjoyed everything I've learned so far. With David's help, my voice and range have greatly improved!
  • Tamara S. Aug 29, 2013
    David is probably one of the best vocal coach in Sacramento. He's been working with my sister for a while and I just recently started. He's great at making you feel comfortable singing. David definitely makes the singing lessons a lot of fun. I definitely suggest making an appointment with him.
  • Miya S. Jul 31, 2013
    I absolutely love working with David. He's the first vocal coach/vocal lessons I've EVER had, and I couldn't ask for a better one. It's only been my 5th lesson and so much has improved. He makes vocal lessons fun and something you look forward to. I DEFINITELY recommend David if you are looking into taking lessons. You wont regret it!
  • Brittany T. May 5, 2013
    David is AMAZING!! I have worked with a few really great vocal coaches over the last year and a half and I have to say that David really brings out something in me that I didn't know I had. I started out very shy and from my first lesson with him he had me doing things I had never done before and more importantly feeling more confident about myself and my voice. You can tell he cares about his students on so many levels and truly gives everything he has to help you get better. He makes me feel so comfortable even when I am uncomfortable, and that was exactly what I needed! ;) In a very short amount of time, I have gone from being so embarrassed to sing in front of anyone I would only practice in my car, to singing and dancing on stage in front of 100+ people. I would recommend David to anybody from a shy beginner like me to the most experienced singer...this guy definitely knows what he is talking about! I am blessed to have found him.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
San Francisco State University Bachelors in Broadcast Electronic Communication Audio Production(TV Radio) Berklee Music
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Simple pricing system. Typically keep a credit card on file and you get the receipt emailed to you. Online, mobile friendly calendar for rescheduling and reminders. We set a weekly or biweekly time that works. Billing occurs at the beginning of the month.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It sort of found me. Working on my own voice with Lis Lewis (Rihanna's Vocal Coach), I began learning, learning and learning, then teaching teaching teaching. It is sort of the perfect day job for me because I love it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Ages 5-75. Male and female.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are good vocal coaches out there, but many do not know what they are doing and don't have proper or current training methods in place. I suggest you try out more than one coach to see who is the best fit!