Amena talks with vocalist, musical consultant, professional voice coach, and founder of Fruition Organized Music, Ametria Dock. Ametria shares the tough lessons she learned as a solo artist in the music industry and how those lessons propelled the trajectory of her career. Ametria also shares what she’s learned as a business founder and gives a mini master class on how to maintain vocal health. For more information about Ametria and Fruition Organized Music, visit http://www.fruitionorganizedmusic.com/.
It was the president of MCA (Geffen) Records who first noticed Ametria Dock's unique vocal talent as an Atlanta-based high school student. After signing her first record deal, Dock kicked off her music career with the release of a national debut album entitled, "It's Not About Me." By the age of 18, Ametria had already worked with some of the music industry’s heavy-hitters, like Mary J. Blige, Montel Jordan, K-Ci & Jojo, and Boyz II Mens’ Wanya Morris.
In 2003, Ametria was reintroduced to audiences as an impressive part of the vocal backdrop of multi Grammy Award winning artist, India.Arie. Her international attention has earned her an even bigger buzz among live music fans. Ametria's distinct, alto sound consistently stands out across the world on stages in Australia, Japan, London, Paris, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and South Africa. Ametria’s vocal expertise has kept her sharing the stage with super-icons like Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Musiq Soulchild, Laura Izibor, Estelle, Wynonna Judd, and most recently, President Barack Obama. She has also lent her vocal talents to country legend Lyle Lovett (on tour), and has worked with super-producer Shannon Sanders and The Band of Horses.
Over the years, Ametria’s experience as a major artist and backup vocalist for international artists has tucked her in the background on national television programs such as, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Bobby Jones Gospel, Regis and Kelly, The Monique Show, and The Tyra Show. In addition, Dock has earned writing credits on projects for Angie Stone and vocal arrangements for India.Arie. Working with blues singer Jonny Lang and Reggae artist Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Ametria has developed an ear for singing and teaching a broad span of genres ranging from Bluegrass, to Pop, R&B, Country, Rock and Reggae.
As a professional vocal coach, Ametria has served as a reliable musical consultant for several commercial artists, proficiently helping them to continue to develop and maximize their vocal talent. With clients like Janelle Monae, India.Arie, Anthony David, new soul sensation Avery Sunshine, and Reggae artist Gramps Morgan, she continues to use her wide range of musical experience (both on stage and in the studio) to effectively teach various techniques and styles. Her efforts help to increase the stage confidence and overall vocal competence of singers, helping them find and highlight their best voice. Ametria Dock continues to be a trusted source for vocalists on various levels who are seeking guidance and tutelage.
Jesus, You're The Center of My Joy - Richard Smallwood
Jean from Zhané
Killing Me Softly - Lauren Hill
Love - Musiq Soulchild
She Did That Award: Ametria’s mom