The Search For Authenticity – Finding Your Voice & Living Your Passion with Erin Dickins

This is a fun, enlightening conversation with an Industry veteran and co-founder of Manhattan Transfer.


  • The amazing story of how she got started in the business and met the other founders of Manhattan Transfer.
  • What it was like to be an  in-demand studio singer in New York.
  • The well-known stars of the 80s that she worked with in the studio in New York in the 70s
  • The success of Manhattan Transfer and her feelings about not being in the group during their greatest success.
  • How she re-connected with the original group and recorded the CD “Java Jive”.
  • Finding herself after leaving the pressure of the New York studio scene
  • The call of the muse of music always draws us back to our passion.
  • How spiritual work helped her look at “quitting” as a new chapter and a chance to grow.
  • Not allowing fear to keep you from taking chances that could lead you to finding your voice and your true passion
  • How working with a group in her early career provided her with mentors and support.
  • How Leonard Cohen taught her about authenticity.
  • Amazing studio story about Valerie Simpson and the  oppressive environment that crushed individuality, creativity and uniquness.
  • How Erin chooses her music and only sings what truly speaks to her and reveals her heart and soul.
  • You have the ability as a musician to transform your audience by being a vehicle for joy.
  • Getting out of the “self talk” that happens on stage that tries to steal our focus.
  • Hanging out with Jim Croce and James Taylor before opening for James Taylor.
  • Performing on Saturday Night Live with Dr. John where she met Linda Ronstadt.
  • Her new project that combines cooking and music – “Sizzle And Swing” inspired by tunes on her “Java Jive” CD.
  • How her new project solved her problem with lack of bookings in the US.
  • How her new project brought her a new audience.
  • Her own excitement about her projects is usually her best promotion.
  • How she uses social media to connect with and grow her audience.
  • The role of traditional media, especially radio, in promoting her shows.
  • The value of Podcasting in promotion.
  • Promotion using fabulous images on Instagram.
  • How Facebook is limiting our connection with fans.
  • The role and power of Twitter in connecting and promoting.
  • Erin takes a selfie during our interview for Instagram.
  • Why she LOVES her accompanist.
  • Authenticity - selfie

    Erin took this selfie during the show.

Book Recommendations

Musicianship for the Jazz Vocalist
Voice and the Alexander Technique

The Cookbook

Sizzle & Swing: Jazzin’ Up Food

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Erin on Twitter


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Music by Stella Ronson


Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists at Connect with Bree on Twitter@BreeNoble or on Facebook