Introduction to James

AndrewJamesMcGeheeAndrewJamesMcGehee Enrolled Posts: 17
edited July 2012 in INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Full Name:  Andrew James McGehee (I go by James)
Age:  18
Gender:  Male
Hometown:  Jasper, Alabama
Current Home: Nashville, Tennessee
Profession:  Full-time Student 
School:  Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Major:  Commercial Music - Guitar Principle
Started Singing:  Age 5
Started Singing Publicly:  Age 18
Started KTVA:  2 Weeks Ago

Story:  Well, Hey guys! As I've told you above my name is James. My story, I think, is fairly similar to Ken's. I always knew I wanted to do music. Ever since my first Rock concert (Age 6) it was game over, I knew that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a "cool music man" as I called it back then. But, I started out as a guitar player when I was about 13. I had sung since I was very young but nothing very good. So i started practicing to be the BEST guitar player I could ever be, and I learned a lot! Later I auditioned to get into Belmont's School of Music (somewhat comparable to Berklee but a step or two down) and I got in! I am the only guitar player from the state of Alabama to be attending the music school and one of only about 15-20 in the nation! But, deep down I knew I would never be the best... Because how can you? Music isn't a competition. It's an art, a language that speaks to anyone of any ethnic descent. Something beautiful that shouldn't be turned into a rat race. So I changed my goals. From then on I just wanted to play music that people could listen and relate. That is when the songwriter in me was born! I wrote my first song, and just because I didn't have someone else to sing it for me, I started singing it. It was a huge hit with my family so I gained a little confidence (after all they are my family they have to tell me its good). But I decided to start performing it in front of some small groups of people: friends, strangers on the beach, etc. Now, I have played my song for almost 500 different people (I know it's small but if you think small groups of about 5 I have played this song at least 100 times) and EVERYONE - literally EVERYONE has told me they liked it and that I had a great voice and should develop it. So here I am. I am the clay for the molding to develop my voice into, what Ken would say, a MONSTER (: I am extremely excited and seeing/hearing results already. And I am getting lots of compliments to on how my voice has "changed" for the better "overnight" hahaha!! Thanks to Ken for that! 

Anyway, it is now my goal to someday sing like Myles Kennedy's softer side. Not quite his Alter Bridge power vocals. But perhaps something like this.



P.S. Ken, if you read this I also am a Christian and share your belief in Jesus :) Rock on man!! 


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    AndrewJamesMcGeheeAndrewJamesMcGehee Enrolled Posts: 17
    BTW this was Myles and Slash's 5th show in 5 nights. Stamina :)
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    sspatricksspatrick Enrolled Posts: 1,278
    Great to meet you James. I like your philosophy on music, it's hard to not compare or compete with others, but you become "your" best by working at it everyday. I always ask myself if I am a better singer/guitar player than yesterday. If the answer is yes, I know I'm on the right track. All the best!
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    KokonuhtKokonuht Member, Enrolled Posts: 658
    Glad to meet you James! Congrats on getting into Belmont! haha

    I'm pretty sure you can achieve anything you want to as long as you put your mind to it and work for it ;)! I also see that you're from Nashville... haha! Glad that you found KTVA! Stick with it and it'll bring you great results with time! :D

    Oh and if you are stuck / have problems / questions, feel free to post on the forums! We're all here to help each other out! Even Ken drops by sometimes ;D!

    Also, would be awesome if you could let us have a sneak peak to the song you wrote :P you're making me curious! Hahaha~

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    Ken TamplinKen Tamplin Administrator, Moderator Posts: 446

    Hi James.

    Good to have you on board.

    If you feel confortable, post something here and myself and other will help you in your quest to find what you are looking for.


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    AndrewJamesMcGeheeAndrewJamesMcGehee Enrolled Posts: 17
    @kokonuhtz Haha I have actually written 3 and I am working on a 4th. But it would be my pleasure to post them for you all to hear. Perhaps when I get some downtime I can record some acoustic "rough drafts." Maybe I'll post it in off topic haha because I definitely don't qualify that as a demonstration... a demonstration of unhealthy technique perhaps (:
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    jimiwaynejimiwayne Enrolled Posts: 21
    Welcome to KTVA. Glad you joined Ken's program and the forum. You have a pretty cool story man and a fun career ahead of you. You are definitely right about music. Music is an art, a voice that speaks from one soul to another. Which is why it helps to heal the wounded and magically ripens throughout the years as we mature in it. Nonetheless, I'm from you neck of the woods_Panama City, Fl. but now I'm in Denver CO>
    Represent homeboy!! hehehaw!! We use to jam at a place called Floorbama on the mobile/Pensacola line.
    Anyway, It's good to see you younger cats doing well the right way and not falling towards those rougher crowds that stunt the growth process. The forum is great and these folks really help out a lot. Looking forward to seeing your progress, and learning from you as well. Keep posting and Happy singing.

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    mivisonmivison Pro, 2.0 PRO Posts: 191
    good to have you James. Ken will not let you down!!!
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