|Posted by Mike Collins on March 20, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
Real Singing Telegrams UK are going from strength to strength. Last month saw us establish our manchester office, and add quite a few new characters around the country.
In London, we now have soulGrams, where our new Soul Singer Emil Starr, will travel anywhere in London and the home Counties to surprise your loved one. Not only that but we also have a Stevie Wonder impersonator. Who better to sing "Happy Birthday" than the guy who wrote a song of the same name. Of course, he will also sing the traditional "Happy birthday to you" as well.
Other new Characters are Al The Crooner, in Manchester, think Frank Sinatra, and swing songs, Johnny Conquest (1950s) had his first run out to a 68th birthday in Essex. This adds to The Wandering Minstrel, Miss Minstrel, Abbagram, Blondiegram, 1940s siren a gram, and Billy Mersey (1960s)
The big question I had to address this month was whether to bring in "Choose a song from a list" singagrams. Some of you may already know that in my many years experience as a singing telegram performer, i firmly believe that a fully personalised song all about your loved one is much better than "Choose a song from a list" I believe that it is the singlemost reason why the singing telegrams buiness has declined so much since it's heyday in the 1980s and 1990s. When I returned to this industry a few years ago, there were about 30 searches a month split between about 6 different companies, none of which offered fully personalised songs as standard. Now 4 of those companies have disappeared and this company keeps growing.
Ironically, it is this growth that led to the need to introduce "Choose a song from a list" for some of our new characters.
When I write and record a fully personalised song for someone, as long as I have time to write the lyrics, mix the vocals, produce the CD and the artwork for the covers, and the time to travel to the booking, then I can accept a late notice booking. It all works very well.
However, when another singer is involved at the very least, we have to leave two days notice, just to rely on the Royal Mail, to get the photo laminated lyric sheet, and full band production audio CD to the performer in time.
Around the country, this is not an issue, It seems that people give us plenty of notice, so it is not a problem.
In London, the business is very different, we often get requests with 1 or even no days notice and they have it in their minds that you will just sing a famous song, so you can just turn up and sing with no preparation. Now, I know that this will not have impact of a fully personalised song all about the person. I have also seen videos where the reactions on the person's face were amazing during the entrance, but after the person starts singing, they look bored, embaressed, and can not wait for it to be over. Watch a video of a personalised song all about the person, there's one below, and you will see the reactions on their face, as each funny part of their lives comes out in the song. They are engaged with the performance right up to the end. Then at the end of the song we ask them "What's it like to have a song written and sung all about you"
Their answers are things like "Amazing", "Fantastic" "Wonderful".
So this month I had to decide where to let our tribute acts and genre based acts do "Choose a song from a list"
Well, it is becoming more common, for me to be booked in one end of the country, and a booking comes up in London, Manchester or Hampshire. I can't do it, and it's too late, to send the CD and the phto laminated lyric sheet to another performer, So now we have decided that if you really want it, and in these circumstances you can book "Choose a song from a list" It won't have the impact of a fully personalised song, but they are all great performers so they will all do a fine Job.
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