For the forthcoming Carnival album (The Ballad Of Lost Hallow Act 2) i need some singers. The most important is a male singer for the part of Raven. This is hands down the lead role of the album, and he has got to be GREAT. I’m including two tracks to demonstrate the type of performances needed, one for Raven (and The Floozy) and one for Tunnel Girl. I would add the way i personally sing the scratch vocals does not have to be the interpretation the final vocalist does, but it does show which direction it should be in.
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Raven is… like the Joker meets a carnival barker/theater MC with some manic depression issues and a likely diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There could even be a New Orleans flair to him, but i’m very open to a range of possibilities. The thing is, the performer has to OWN this part. They have to exude the character. In many cases, when i work with singers, singers simply need to sing the parts well and not be overly theatrical, but this is not such a case. This Opening Song is Raven in a nutshell and shows what i’m looking for. The vocals section begins at 2:20
- I need 2 female singers for two different roles. We’ll start with the easier one: That Opening Track i posted for Raven? Well, at 4:49 you hear that “Raven baby hey, whacha got to say”? This is the part i call The Floozy. It’s a light backup part that comes in and out of several songs for literally a few lines each time.
- The other part is a bit more extensive. The second part, Tunnel Girl, has two entire songs she sings by herself. (although it’s likely the same song twice with different lyrics.) This one… the character is young but weathered. Between 17 and 22, but has lived on the streets and squatted for years. She sings this song (the very first song of the album):
I will likely take out some ads with Casting Call and other such avenues, since i expect finding the male to play Raven especially difficult. The male part is paid. Definitely. I can throw a little cash at Tunnel Girl, and for Floozy… i was hoping since it’s so light maybe someone would want to do it just for the thrill of it. (I will be lucky if i myself, personally start making a profit off the album within 6 months of release.)
If you can sing like a monster, or more likely if you know someone who you think could nail the Raven part, i want to meet them and hear them. Any awesome theater students out there? Young professionals open to a crazy album project? Send me stuff to listen to! Links to YouTube vids of live performances are great too.
As for the rest of you, while these are the first two songs on the album, if i were you, i wouldn’t listen to them unless i was trying to help with the singer issue. If you’re simply looking forward to the new album, i would skip listening to these and just wait for the actual thing. These are demos and not final versions. I mean, i can’t stop you, but i’m just saying. Otherwise, let’s go hunting.