When I was just a little girl my family told me so many things that would help shape me into the person I am today. One of those things was the idea that “It’s lonely at the top.”
In my mind that didn’t mean they didn’t want me to reach for the top. In my mind it meant that I needed to take others to the top with me. That lesson has never left me and I try to live by it in everthing I do – especially in my teaching. That’s why whenever I have the chance to help a student go to the next level, I do my very best to help them get there.
That’s what happened with my student Mary Rene Quarles. She is the singer featured in the video above. Last spring I started a project called Fun Sized Concerts in which each student would be able to sing songs written by me just for them and perform them LIVE on Facebook. While I was writing Monday Is Coming for Mary Rene’s concert, she had some pretty good ideas for some of the lyrics. That’s how she came to be one of the co-writers of the song!
From then until now she has released her first single at only 13years old and today is releasing her first music video! I am so happy to be able to be on this journey with her. And just in case you’re wondering – yes, you will be seeing more from me and some of my other students as well! This is only the beginning.
We recently reached a milestone for Dana Rice Music – we did our very first Music Video Shoot! The music video is for vocal student Mary Rene Quarles’ version of “Monday Is Coming”.
We shot at Skate Along USA in Lilburn, GA where skate patrons were able to join us on the set to be part of the video. In keeping with the teen pop theme, Jordan Rice (14yrs old) and Morgan Shaginaw (13yrs old) worked as Director and Assistant Director respectively. Both are students at The Actor’s Scene and study voice with Dana Rice Music. The featured artist, Mary Rene Quarles, also studies at both as well.
VIPs from the teen soap opera In Our Lifetime were in attendance as well as award winning independent filmmaker Akil DuPont. Our exclusive makeup artist for the evening was Brigitte Victoria of UBJ Beauty.
Many thanks to the owners of Skate Along USA for donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to help us complete part 2 of our music video shoot – date TBA.
Special thanks to all the colleagues, parents, friends, and family who helped make the evening a success!
Keep checking back for updates about the next shoot date and when the final music video will be released. Hey- music video release – sounds like a good excuse to have a party! Hmmmm… stay tuned for that as well!
Have you heard about the new teen soap opera In Our Lifetime? The pilot episode is available to watch FREE on youtube and is getting rave reviews from media outlets and fans. The show features several Atlanta teen actors, and I am excited to announce that the show creator is scheduled to attend the Skate Party and Video Shoot for my vocal student Mary Rene Quarles’ cover of Monday Is Coming!
The party is Saturday June 10th from 6:30pm-10:30pm at Skate Along USA 744 Beaver Ruin Rd, Lilburn, GA and is only $10/person. The party is a fundraiser to raise money for more youth music projects.
What happens when you release a new single? Well you need to CELEBRATE and you need to RAISE MONEY to promote it! So, we’re having a Skate Party Fundraiser to celebrate Mary Rene’s Quarles’ cover of “Monday Is Coming”.
Come out to Skate Along USA Saturday June 10th from 6:30pm-10:30pm. It’s only $10 per person and includes skate rental PLUS we’ll be shooting some footage for Mary Rene’s new music video. Everyone who attends, including YOU, will get a chance to be in the video!
Special thanks to Skate Along USA for hosting and donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to support our music projects!