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I'm a White R&B Singer -- Should I Even Bother?

Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her; confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

Dear Fan,

I'm a Brooklyn based Soul/Pop singer songwriter. I took a break this year from performing because I grew tired of constantly inundating my social media sites with "PLZ COME TO MAH SHOW" spam and I wanted to write fresh material to showcase. I want to make sure that I enter the new year right as far as hitting my target with all the new content. I obviously want to reach a larger audience and make them believers too. I am reminded, when visiting Pitchfork and other hip music blogs, that the odds are against being a white r&b singer in an industry where r&b is dead. So, how do I keep pushing this boulder up hill and making strides so that I show my talent in the right way? I know Russel Simmons isn't gonna show up on my doorstep and sign me, but I surely want blogs and real music lovers to recognize what I'm about. 

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Jessica Hopper
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