This was a one take recording because I think that if you try to tweak your performance too much, it doesn’t sound natural enough and I can get too in my head. One of my all-time favorite songs (and artists!). The lyrics are phenomenal and I hope to one day be as amazing of a songwriter!
Hello, Tumblr! I’m going to ask for your help. Let me start with a little back story.
For the last five years, I’ve been employed by McDonald’s. I started as a normal, hourly crew member and have since then worked very hard to become an Assistant Manager. It’s an incredibly difficult, high-stress job at times, but there’s so many rewarding aspects of it that have kept me with it. I love my store, my “McFam”, putting smiles on people’s faces, being able to help people in little ways.
While I enjoy my job, my passion has always lied with singing. Music, music, music. Since I can remember, I’ve been in love with music. So wouldn’t it be fitting that my place of employment has a singing competition on a massive, global scale? That’s right! The Voice of McDonalds. In the US alone, 10,000 employees tried out for this competition, and I am very honored to be in the top 25! I was the Midwest winner and am now competing against all the other regional winners for a spot to compete in the global competition against so much talent. This is a step towards my dreams coming true.
In October, I had the chance to fly to Chicago and record a music video to Bette Midler’s timeless Wind Beneath My Wings. I accompanied myself on guitar and piano. It was such an adventure!
Now the US voting is up. I’m honored to have made it this far, but with your vote, I may be able to move on even further in the competition. So this is where I need your help!
Please vote for me if you feel inclined or have a few spare moments. You can vote now, vote again later, and vote often! But most of all, could you please share this? It would mean the world to me. Here’s a couple of ways you can do so.
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Thank you, Tumblr!
Full cover of Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings. Acoustic guitar, piano, vocals, and harmonies by Justine.
I think this is the most I’ve ever done for a single song recording! Wow. It took quite a long time to record, but I’m proud of myself for it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed singing it.
This will be my semi-finalist song for The Voice of Mcdonalds. I’m being flown to Chicago on Tuesday to record this in a studio and make a video for it! Please wish me luck!! Follow my journey at http://justinebenoit-music.tumblr.com.
so… surprise! this is my competition song. I picked it from a short list of possibilities they gave me. obviously this is my amateur at home recording, but I am playing both piano, guitar, and doing the harmony part. I opted to not use a back track and do this instead! I had never played this on the piano, so under pressure, during my session with my vocal coach today I sat down and made up a part. this was the result!
I fly to Chicago next Tuesday to record this in the actual studio.
this is unfinished. the vocals stop after the 2nd verse, but the guitar and piano instrumental that I made keep going.
because I value my followers and your opinions, I thought I’d ask how I was doing on this so far. I AM SO EXCITED TO RECORD THIS FOR REAL THOUGH!!
so, once again (with more instruments and a lower key, as requested by my coach since he likes my throaty sound or something), the Wind Beneath My Wings. :)
wind beneath my wings (acoustic) - preview
just something I’m practicing. how’s it sound so far?
me singing The Wizard and I from Wicked. I found out my mic has much better clarity if I turn the volume down on it. :) I actually find this song arguably more fun and difficult to sing than Defying Gravity, but maybe that’s just me. I just love how adorable Elphaba is in this song, and I really tried to put my own quirks into it. thanks for listening! hopefully you guys like this one too?
me singing Defying Gravity from Wicked! this song is just a little too big for my mic, unfortunately. I wish the quality were better on the big notes, but hopefully you can get the idea (I’ve wanted to be Elphie for ages, ugh). any other Wicked fans on here?? :)
Who You Are - Jessie J cover
this is one of my favorite songs!
Go The Distance - from Hercules
(instrumental track from youtube)