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Penny Nichols

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Penny Nichols

Like many musicians in the Sixties, Penny started her career as a folk singer in coffeehouses around Orange County, CA. She shared stages with many legendary artists such as Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies,Jennifer Warnes, Mary McCaslin and others. In 1964 & 65 she sang in a bluegrass band with John, Bill & Alice McEuen (John then took Jackson Browne's place in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the rest is history) and then formed a duo with Kathy Smith called the Greasy Mountain Butterballs which toured Vietnam in the fall of 1966. Upon returning, she opened the show for numerous artists at the Troubadour and Ash Grove in Hollywood.

In the spring of 1967, Penny rode up to San Francisco on the back of a Harley motorcycle and decided to stay in the bay area for a while. She performed in concerts and clubs all over the bay area including: the Fillmore, the Avalon, the Matrix and opened for bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 13th Floor Elevator, Chocolate Watchband, Jefferson Airplane and others. During the "Summer of Love", Penny played at the Big Sur Folk Festival and recorded her first album, "Penny's Arcade", for Buddha Records. (It eventually sold over 50,000 copies) After touring the U.S. promoting her album in the fall, she toured Europe in the winter of 1968, staying with George & Patty Harrison and recording at Apple Studios while in London.

On her return to the U.S., she decided to devote her time exclusively to songwriting for a number of years and studied voice with noted vocal coach, Florence Riggs. In 1975, she began to perform around Los Angeles with her jazz band, the Black Imp, and opened the show for Little Feat in concert. She wrote and performed commercials for Toyota's campaign to plant a tree for every car bought, Carnation Dairies, and produced a public service announcement for the Navajo Nation called "Black Mesa" to protest the misuse of the land around the Four Corners power stations in Arizona.

In 1977, while working with Emitt Rhodes on a record for Elektra, Penny joined Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers. She appeared in the movie FM with the band toured...the U.S. and earned a Platinum Record for her singing on Son of a Son of a Sailor.

In the late 70's & 80's, Penny went back to school and earned degrees in Music & Psychology from Antioch University, and then went on to Harvard University to do research in music & psychology eventually earning a doctorate in Education there. During the same time, she recorded and toured with many performers including: Art Garfunkle (Fate for Breakfast) Suzi Quatro, Danny O'Keefe,Yvonne Elliman, Jennifer Warnes, Albert Brooks, The Credibility Gap, Steve Gillette and earned a Grammy nomination for her work on Arlo Guthrie's album The Power of Love.

In 1990, Penny co-produced her second album, All Life is One. In 1993, she released another record, an album of songs based on the 1000-year-old Buddhist stories, the Jataka Tales. The album is called Songs of the Jataka Tales. In 1997, Penny and Molly Mason collaborated on the song "The Unbroken Thread" which is included on the CD, the Catskill Collection. She currently lives and teaches in the Hudson Valley of New York and is building a small studio in her house. Her most recent ventures include working on a series of Harmony and Background Vocal arranging CD's, a new CD of her own material, teaching at Swannanoa, one of the best music camps in the country, and producing the conference for songwriters: SummerSongs: A Songwriters Summer Camp.

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Penny Nichols : You Can Sing : DVD :  : 073999459258 : 1932964053 : 00641679

Penny Nichols : You Can Sing

Review: Do you think you can't sing? Are you inhibited about singing in front of others? Then this is the DVD for you! Even if you think you have "tin ear," you can train your voice to sing on pitch. Penny Nichols has a deep commitment to music and has devoted her life to encouraging people of all ages to sing. The ability to sing on pitch is one that Penny knows all people can develop, given care, understanding and the right tools. This one-hour DVD is an encouraging and enjoyable lesson that will turn "listeners" into singers. Penny will help break down your inhibitions, teach you about pitch perception and basic music theory, and get you started making wonderful vocal music.

Chapters: Visualizing Sound, Siren Exercises, Matching Tones, Interval of a Second, Relaxation Exercises, Adrenaline Trigger Exercise, Learn To Emote, Musical pitch, Study Tips

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1171dvd | DVD $19.95 Beginning Singing


Penny Nichols : Singing! Basic Vocal Technique : 6 CDs :  : 073999683783 : 0634017020 : 00641466

Penny Nichols : Singing! Basic Vocal Technique

Review: This course will benefit anyone who likes to sing! Whether it's rock and roll, bluegrass, folk, pop or show tunes, these lessons are guaranteed to increase your vocal range, tone, power and stamina Through essential relaxation and warm-up exercises, Penny Nichols helps you to develop breath control, articulation, volume and projection. You'll improve your ear as well as your voice, and "transform your body" so that your singing becomes natural and easy. Learn to summon the energy you need to sing properly; get rid of annoying vocal cracks; develop a strong vibrato; create a "ribbon of sound" to do trills, melismas and other vocal ornaments; add rhythm and phrasing to your vocal performance; work on scales and intervals to reach those "hard to hit" notes, and much more. Penny Nichols is a professional singer, composer, producer and educator. She has performed with Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, Jennifer Warnes and many other folk and pop legends. Penny's powerful vocals earned her a platinum record with Jimmy Buffett, a Grammy nomination record with Arlo Guthrie and a Silver Ami Award for best motivational performance. She has a doctoral degree from Harvard's School of Education and continues her research on pitch perception. Penny also records music for both children and adults, and teaches in a variety of public and private settings.

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1169c | 6 CDs $49.95 Vocal Technique

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