Young Warrior (14) got herself a record contract

42 replies
  • OFF TOPIC
  • |
Hi guys

A while back my daughter, Zoe was struggling with what to do with her spare time. She joined the Warrior Forum as a possible way to make a bit of pocket money... but she got distracted, after all she's 14 and fourteen year olds aren't best known for their attention span!

Her distraction was to pick up a ukulele and start writing her own songs. At her request we got her a few local gigs, all unpaid but great experience. She hadn't played half a dozen of them when the owner of a record label offered her a contract!!!

From the moment she picked up the ukulele to getting signed it was barely 7 months!

Her first single is out in April. She's already shot her promo video for it and she is, as you'd expect, overjoyed.

I've not got a video of her studio recorded stuff to show you, but here's a couple of her performances we've stuck up on YouTube.

Take a listen and when you're done, do us a favour and go 'Like' her facebook fanpage.

Zoë Bestel - Singer/Songwriter | Facebook

Cheers

This is an 'early' performance of one of her songs


And this is a more recent of a cover she's done


And if you would, remember to go Like her page

Zoë Bestel - Singer/Songwriter | Facebook

Thanks guys

Peter
#zoe bestel
  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    That's awesome!

    She plays and sings really well! Instant success and rightly so!

    Iris is a favourite of mine together with Slide!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5615093].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author ShanaRN
      Your daughter is very talented. I know you are one proud dad! Congrats on her quick success.
      Signature

      Shana C. Bates, RN ND Nursepreneur

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5615255].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Wow, I'm impressed
      Her playing in the first song sounded like a harp to me, right up to when she started strumming chords.
      The second song I listened for mistakes with my music ear, didn't really hear any.
      For just 7 months on the Uke, well like I said, I'm impressed.
      Signature

      Life: Nature's way of keeping meat fresh
      Getting old ain't for sissy's
      As you are I was, as I am you will be
      You can't fix stupid, but you can always out smart it.

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5615297].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Great daughter, great music. You and her both should be very proud.
    Here's to her future success.
    And yes,Im going now to like her page.
    Signature

    Read A Post.
    Subscribe to a Newsletter
    KimWinfrey.Com

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5615468].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Thanks for your comments guys (and Shana)

      Thom, I know what you mean about the harp sound, it was noticeable in the studio too. And if you're interested in this kind of thing, there's not much added to the production for the recorded tracks. The producer didn't want to detract from Zoe's voice and uke - he just added a very subtle double bass and cello.

      It's exciting times, I must say... for Zoe too I guess (ha ha)

      Oh yeah, and Kim, I hope that new body part you got recently is behaving itself. I notice you're a little more active on facebook so I'm guessing you're feeling a wee bit better.

      Take care.

      P.S. And thanks for the FB likes too, much appreciated
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5615743].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    She has a lovely voice, you must be very proud. What a great achievement for someone of her age!
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5615938].message }}
  • Kudos mate!

    Hey - Adele won all the Grammys last night for keeping it real - raw, pure -
    Foo Fighters same thing - strictly garage production -

    It's the trend to shoot for...(and, she seems to have picked up the uke pretty fast...did she play anything before?)
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5616123].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Now that's what I call talent.
    Signature
    I offer CPA coaching and investment opportunities for those SERIOUSLY interested in making money directly or indirectly with affiliate marketing. PM me for details.


    Read More about CPA/Affiliate Marketing on my Blog
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5616469].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author riaanvdl
    She is very good! Kind of sounds like Adele...
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5616806].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      How magnificent! And inspiring too.

      She has a beautiful voice and I'm so elated for you both!

      Off to click the like button.

      Terra
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5617050].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Wow Very Beautifully spell binding talent... You're so lucky... She's sounding like a big STAR already...
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5617475].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Congratulations, Zoe!

    I didn't know a ukelele could sound like that. And she has a beautiful voice.
    Signature
    .
    Stop by Paul's Pub - my little hangout on Facebook.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5617883].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Wow. That is great. It looks like she has really had a lot of success! Congrats to both of you. You seem like you might be a pretty good father. That is unfortunately sometimes hard to find it seems like.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5618132].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Zoe Bestel
    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments, this is such a supportive community, really should come back on here more often.
    Thank you again!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5619149].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by Zoe Bestel View Post

      Thanks everyone for the lovely comments, this is such a supportive community, really should come back on here more often.
      Thank you again!
      No thank you Zoe for sharing your talent with us (maybe thank your father also for that).
      Signature

      Life: Nature's way of keeping meat fresh
      Getting old ain't for sissy's
      As you are I was, as I am you will be
      You can't fix stupid, but you can always out smart it.

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5620355].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Awesome news. Zoey - you certainly have earned that contract. Much success to you.

    Peter - well if nothing else goes right in your life, you made a good kid.
    Signature

    Sal
    When the Roads and Paths end, learn to guide yourself through the wilderness
    Beyond the Path

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5621091].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    Wow... I feel lucky for getting in on this talent so early! Thanks for sharing Peter.

    Her voice reminds me of "First Aid Kit". 2 sisters that I followed from youtube hit to now big stars. What a great voice your daughter has. Have fun, and get lots of video.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5621347].message }}
  • Good stuff! Great that she does what she loves, and its paying off so quickly!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5622616].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
      Thanks Peter (and Zoe!) for sharing. What a pure voice Zoe has. Peter you must be very proud especially with many kids (sorry Zoe bet you hate being called a kid at 14) at her age seemingly going astray. The next Adele?

      Rich
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5622806].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
    Just a quick update - we've been just a little bit busy with the launch of Zoë's single which has been going great guns on Amazon. It got up to #3 in the folk(?) chart within a couple of days and we're just waiting for it to pop up on iTunes. And we've had a small amount of stock of her CD at home which we've been shipping out to quite a few countries.

    All exciting stuff. For those that follow me, Zoë or her Mum on facebook you'll probably be familiar with this video, but I've only just remembered that I hadn't posted it here.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6218688].message }}
  • Good to hear mate! Best of luck to Zoe and to you in her budding career -
    Cheers!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6218838].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Great song and video!!

      All the best for her future career!

      Daniel
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6220627].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Yeah,she IS nice! You are one of the first, and perhaps THE first, to show his child here where I said such a comment. Nice look, nice attitude/expression, nice voice/expression, she also plays the uke well. It is a shame that it ALONE doesn't really do her justice. It just isn't meant to. She has a good chance of doing well.

    Steve
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6221593].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    BTW if she has any detractors, tell her that she should just IGNORE them!

    Steve
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6221596].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    OK,it doesn't look like my last two messages posted. Let's just say she is cute, has a nice voice and attitude, sings well, and plays the uke well. I am sure she will do well.

    And SEVEN MONTHS? Some people spend their lives chasing fame and never make it even though they are decent. Seven months is pretty good. And the 35 missed calls is a good video.

    Steve
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6221651].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I've been watching her facebook posts since you first told us about her. It's really incredible to watch from over here "across the pond". It's like watching a behind the scenes biography of someone that's about to hit it off really big. You must be a very proud father watching all of it happen.

    You can just sense it all falling into place for her. By the way this blog post she shared on her fan page was incredibly fun to read and watch...

    Zoë sings for Matt Baker | Zoë Bestel

    So much fun to watch... thanks for sharing.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6221758].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
    Thanks again for your comments guys.

    Gary - I love the idea of people watching her/our journey from a distance, that gives me a real buzz.

    We all loved the Matt Baker video too. I know he may not be known outside of the UK but he's quite a celeb here and that meeting was quite a coup. We've heard back from the producers and they want to use the bit of footage they got for the show. Good stuff.

    It's all just so much fun - none of us knows if it will lead to very much more, it's just nice being surprised when newspapers, radio and TV get in touch. I hope we continue to enjoy the attention.

    Most importantly, Zoë's absolutely loving it, which is handy to say the least. lol
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6224298].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    BTW I was thinking of someone else today, since the name is a little unusual. This may be her WORST work, but STILL... Known for singing, etc.. And a similar name!

    http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=fkg4W-k3eUA

    I won't actually show the video here, but SHE is playing a uke too. Your daughter did better though.

    Steve
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6226567].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Congratulation Zoe (and Peter)!

    Fortune has smiled on you. Enjoy the ride.

    I don't know how everyone was watching the first video though, which I click to play it I get a message that it's private.
    Signature

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6228449].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Ashera
    Absolutely beautiful voice and music, you should be very proud. It reminds me of a hybrid of Deb Talan / Norah Jones.
    Signature
    If you don't change direction, you'll end up where you're going.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6228510].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author highhopes
    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    Hi guys

    A while back my daughter, Zoe was struggling with what to do with her spare time. She joined the Warrior Forum as a possible way to make a bit of pocket money... but she got distracted, after all she's 14 and fourteen year olds aren't best known for their attention span!

    Her distraction was to pick up a ukulele and start writing her own songs. At her request we got her a few local gigs, all unpaid but great experience. She hadn't played half a dozen of them when the owner of a record label offered her a contract!!!

    From the moment she picked up the ukulele to getting signed it was barely 7 months!

    Her first single is out in April. She's already shot her promo video for it and she is, as you'd expect, overjoyed.

    I've not got a video of her studio recorded stuff to show you, but here's a couple of her performances we've stuck up on YouTube.

    Take a listen and when you're done, do us a favour and go 'Like' her facebook fanpage.

    Zoë Bestel - Singer/Songwriter | Facebook

    Cheers

    This is an 'early' performance of one of her songs

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    And this is a more recent of a cover she's done

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    And if you would, remember to go Like her page

    Zoë Bestel - Singer/Songwriter | Facebook

    Thanks guys

    Peter

    Very nice Pete, she has talent and I wish her all the best in the world of music.
    Seems that Scotland and Wales are producing some talented youngsters right now ( Britain`s got talent show)

    My daughter had a very good singing voice at school, but she would not sing solo when asked by her teacher.... ( too shy)around the house no fears! She won a prize televised on Channel 4
    with her class mates at the welsh eisteddfod. The choir from her school. ( they sang in the welsh language) It made us all as parents very proud.
    So this is really exciting times for you, hope she gets that golden disc soon mate!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6228718].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
    Good Luck to you and Zoe. Thanks for sharing her cool vids. Be sure and have a reputable entertainment attorney look over any record contract. Sometimes an artist unknowingly signs their life away and does not wind up getting paid if they break out big because the label will state that you owe them 5 records or all the money off the top goes into marketing and you get paid down the road. Lots if poison pills in the recording industry.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6228820].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    GforceSage has a GREAT point! I WISH I remembered the name of the guy, etc... But one guy in the US ran a kind of airline limosine service. As you can imagine, most of his clients were FILTHY rich and well known, or business men. It would be a kin to having bill gates fly. They didn't have to tell him much.

    Soon, he found that young kids were flying, etc... He was SHOCKED! He did some research, and found out that they were MUSIC GROUPS! So he decided to become his own client. He would find kids, audition them, etc... become their manager, and then use his service to fly them all over. He had a LOT of stuff hidden in those contracts.

    eventually, he became rather well known because several BIG groups started suing him to get out of the contracts. BTW I found the guy... Lou Pearlman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Steve
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6229305].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool
    Hey,
    She plays really awesome and cute.
    Signature
    Download Good Morning Images Here
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6229327].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Ok, Jane's Addiction CD on hold... let me check the video...

    First video is "Private" Second video on... and... !!! Beautiful voice, with a strong personality/attitude in it!!! Awesome!! And that CD's video... OMG

    Edit: How awesome is that look in her face when she opens up her first CD? Can you imagine ?????
    Signature
    People make good money selling to the rich. But the rich got rich selling to the masses.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6229710].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
    Thanks for the comments and well wishes.

    The original videos were made private so as not to dilute the 'official' one. That was by request of the record company. I've made them public again because I don't think it matters that much really. She's got nearly 4000 views in 3 weeks, that's not too bad!

    When it comes to legalities, we have had the contract looked over by a music lawyer and we're very happy with it - but thanks for your concerns and it's definitely a good point.

    Peter
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235298].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

      Thanks for the comments and well wishes.

      The original videos were made private so as not to dilute the 'official' one. That was by request of the record company. I've made them public again because I don't think it matters that much really. She's got nearly 4000 views in 3 weeks, that's not too bad!

      When it comes to legalities, we have had the contract looked over by a music lawyer and we're very happy with it - but thanks for your concerns and it's definitely a good point.

      Peter
      No offense, but I don't think anyone here is willing to lie for you. If we raised the stats significantly, it would likely mean that you should publicize better.

      Disney actually has historically had THREE main businesses.

      1. Animation.
      2. Family Entertainmnt
      3. Creating and exploiting stars.

      I already told you about that other guy. Disney makes a lot of money taking veritable unknowns, and making them famous. If not for the publicity, fame would likely not be so rare. Your daughter definitely only needs the publicity. She has everything else down. I wish I read this this morning.

      I bought a little tape at a store that had a young and cute danish performer with talent. I bought it ONLY because the danish songs seemed simple, and I knew I would likely like the music. I know some danish, and figured it would helpmy studies. I wonder where SHE is today. Did her career take off, or die in obscurity?

      Steve
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235887].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        No offense, but I don't think anyone here is willing to lie for you. If we raised the stats significantly, it would likely mean that you should publicize better.
        Sorry Steve, not sure what you mean here :confused:
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235971].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author seasoned
          Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

          Sorry Steve, not sure what you mean here :confused:
          Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have gone THAT far, etc... Forget I said it.

          Steve
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235995].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author bhola badshah
    awesome! and congrats for such a talented daughter. )

    wish her great success!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235364].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Congats - Zoe has incredible talent!

    Now, just wait until she meets Justin Bieber
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235702].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author brotherdaniel
    `Congrats, she got talent, lots of it. most musicians struggle their whole life to get signed and never make it..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6235747].message }}

Trending Topics