Q&A with Carmen
Q: How long have you been using Earthworks products?
A: I’ve been using the Earthworks microphone SR40V, from the moment it arrived in the mail…has that been two years? I still love it so much!
Q: What Earthworks products are you using?
A: SR “FABULOUS” 40V!!!
Q: What is your favorite thing about Earthworks products and their performance?
A: I am obsessed with the SR40V! Haven’t needed anything else!
Q: How has the SR40V helped your sound?
A: You know, this year, I think I’ve worked almost 40 weeks, touring the world…sometimes my voice is tired, and when I tell you, the ease of knowing, no matter how soft I’m going to sing, the sound is right there! Beautiful clarity…I don’t have to have it right in my face either. Just smooth
Q: Best tip for using Earthworks?
A: As I said, no pushing…no eating the microphone…my tone…long tones which I love to do, with vibrato on the end…the sound is so consistent and makes it feel effortless on my part.
Q: Career highlights?
A: Almost every show I’ve done in this year of 2017 was a tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald! Most of my concerts this year were in tribute to her, with the Rochester Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Florida Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Evansville Symphony, Detroit Symphony, I recorded a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on the new Count Basie Orchestra’s album, on Concord Records, performing her “Honey Suckle Rose” arrangement by the great Benny Carter. I just performed at the Jazz Association of Singapore’s Gala in Singapore, performing for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State. The Jen Conference (Jazz Educators Network Conference) with the U.S. Army Big Band, The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Inntone Jazz Festival, in Austria, Birdland Jazz Club in New York, with the Count Basie Orchestra, Savannah Jazz Festival, The Brubeck Institute, a Christmas album with the incredible kids from the University of the Pacific, the Tallahassee Jazz Festival, a concert with the great Students from Appalachian State University…Please don’t make me choose! All of these shows were the highlights of my year!
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: At fifty seven years of age, I can say, I am at my vocal best, and loving that I have an Earthworks microphone to show off with!