VOCAL CONTRACTING & DIRECTING

VOCAL CONTRACTOR

Baraka is a SAG-AFTRA Vocal Contractor for studio sessions and live events. Being one of the most active session singers in LA has given her especially keen insight into the top talent in town, an ability to model and act as a creative liaison between composers and singers, and consult creatively with the team over vocal ranges, styles, and other idiosyncrasies of the human voice. 

 

A unique skill of Baraka's is that she hears "outside of the box" when observing another's voice. Ears always on, Baraka often takes note of understated qualities in her fellow comrades' voices and thus recommends singers who may not be known for a particular sound that she has an insider's scoop on. 

Baraka's contracting work includes SAG choirs of all ages, sizes, styles, and budgets. She contracts large and small ensembles, soloists, children's choirs, and specialty skills (celebrity impressions, languages and accents, whistling, beat-boxing, yodeling, etc...)

With a knack for budgeting, a comprehensive understanding of SAG contracts and rates, and a team mentality in all things, Baraka enjoys strategizing with composers and music supervisors over short and long-term goals to create win/win solutions for the best possible musical outcome within a production's budget. 

VOCAL DIRECTOR

With a resume including one-on-one work with over 2,000 students over nearly two decades, Baraka has a particularly well-honed skill directing singers and actors of all ages, styles, vocal abilities, comfort levels, and experience.

She has a great deal of empathy for vocalists and can feel where their voices are heading as she gives feedback and adjustments in real time, adapting and crafting her directing to the needs of each vocalist. 

 

Among other clients, Baraka is a regular vocal director for Disney Television Animation, where she directs actors in singing and storytelling, often demoing material in advance and giving creative direction, vocal modeling, and musical adjustments on the fly. 

Baraka taught Individual Voice at the collegiate level with the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for 5 years and continues to teach individually to a select number of private students in the industry.  

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CHORAL DIRECTOR

A summa cum laude graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, Baraka has put her Master's Degree in Choral Directing to good use as a sought-after Choral Director in the industry.

 

She has worked extensively with children's choirs throughout LA, including the 9 Elementary choral programs she ran while a full-time choir director with LAUSD, 3 Elementary and Middle School choirs with the Gifted and Talented Education Program's Conservatory of Fine Arts, 2 Junior High choral programs with Larchmont Charter School, and 11 years directing with John Burroughs High School through BUSD. 

Baraka employs these vital skills as a director and conductor in all her contracting work and continues to work with choirs all over LA as a master teacher, guest clinician, and subcontracted director for clients including Kanye West's group, The Samples, Nickelodeon, Willy Wonka Live at The Hollywood Bowl, Zelda in Concert, and The LA Choral Lab. 

ARRANGER & TRANSCRIBER

Baraka began vocal arranging while attending USC. A member of the internationally recognized a cappella group, Reverse Osmosis, Baraka had an ensemble of friends as her guinea pigs. Quickly learning the ropes of Finale, she became an award-winning arranger and has gone on to arrange hundreds of charts for television, films, choirs, and major artists.  

Baraka's laser-sharp ears have lended themselves well to transcription work. Among other clients, she has been a regular transcriber for NBC's The Voice since its early seasons and has transcribed countless pieces every season since, often the night before recording, due to live television filming schedules.

Arranging and Transcribing clients include: TV - The Voice, The Oscars, Home Economics, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Centaurworld, Disney Television Animation - Artists - Jacob Collier, Olivia Rodrigo, The Chainsmokers, Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, John Legend - Films - Falling For Christmas, The Binge 2 

The Voice: Carrie Underwood and John Legend
Academy Awards: Diane Warren
Netflix: The Sex Lives of College Girls
High School Show Choir with full band
The Ellen Degeneres Show: Tone and I
Louis The Child: We All Have Dreams
Contemporary A Cappella
The Voice: Stand Up
Hulu Original: The Binge 2
Contemporary A Cappella
The Voice: Wintersong
The Voice: Celine Dion
Kanye West: The Samples
Disney Radio Commercial: Cinderella on Blu Ray
Piano transcription: video game music
Finnish Live Awards Ceremony
Church choir: Closer
High School Show Choir with full band
The Voice: John Legend
Piano transcription
High School A Cappella
Modern Family
Fox's Fresh Off The Boat
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LOS ANGELES YOUTH STUDIO

Since February, 2019, along with her business partner, Laura Jackman, Baraka has run the Los Angeles Youth Studio. This workshop helps gifted children sharpen the most necessary skills for session singing, including sight-singing, ear-training, mic technique, studio etiquette, shifting vocal tone, and music literacy.

 

Children ages 6-17 are invited to attend this once-a-month workshop via our website at www.layouthstudio.com. Updates are available on our newsletter and social media pages under @layouthstudio.

 

We are thrilled to help the next generation of session singers continue to make LA the mecca of studio work for singers!     

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NEWS

Watch Baraka perform with Danny Elfman in The Nightmare Before Christmas LIVE to Picture HERE

Hear Baraka's wickedly spooky, sinister lead vocals for the new Hearthstone Darkmoon Faire trailer HERE

Hear Baraka's haunting solo in the official champion theme for League of Legends HERE

Hear Baraka's solos in the original soundtrack for Solo: A Star Wars Story HERE

Hear Baraka's featured yodeling in this couch gag for The Simpsons season 32 HERE

Hear Baraka perform "Angel Eyes" in one live, unedited take HERE 

JULY, 2022:

*  Vocal contracting an upcoming 

   film for HBO Max

*  Vocal Directing and contracting child

   soloists for a new animated series

   with Netflix

*  Recording solo kid vocals for a new

   film with Netflix

*  Recording solo vocals for DreamWorks

   Animation 

*  Recording small ensemble vocals for a

   new Disney film

*  Recording VO for an upcoming video

   game with the Nier franchise

*  Vocal Directing and contracting child

   soloists for a new animated series

   with Disney TV Animation

*  Vocal Directing actors for several

   series with Disney TV Animation

JUNE, 2022:

*  Vocal contracting an upcoming horror

   film for Sony Pictures

*  Recording solo kid vocals for a new

   film with Netflix

*  Recording featured vocals for an

   upcoming holiday film with Netflix

*  Vocal contracting for Carnival Row

   on Amazon Prime

*  Directing the LA Choral Lab in concert

   on June 25th. Tickets HERE

*  Vocal Directing and contracting child

   soloists for a new animated series

   with Netflix

*  Recording solo & small ensemble

   vocals for an upcoming musical

   with Matthew Wilder

*  Recording choral vocals for an

   upcoming film with Paramount