Managers -who needs one?

My career was spent at the Virgin record label but in 2001 I became a manager of Francis Dunnery and then D*Note. Why? Having experience and because they asked me. I had worked with Francis Dunnery and his band It Bites at Virgin in the 80s but the world was changing and he needed help […]

Can anyone sing?

What a question! I actually dread this question and I get asked this ALL this time, and I know that most of my fellow singing teachers do as well. When posed I find that there is a really strong instinct to reply “of course!” and I’ve even heard singing teachers assure people that there really […]

Teaching children and young adults

When it comes to teaching vocal technique for young singers Dr Jenevora Williams is a wealth of knowledge. She has published a book and produced two DVDs on the subject. She spoke to Deborah Winter. Deborah Winter: Some people say that children shouldn’t be taught to sing because it can damage their voices, is this […]

Making the right connections

Music Gateway helps artists connect to other like-minded musicians and bands, and also acts as an A&R vehicle and resource for labels, managers and publishers who are looking for talent, to hire people for session work and licensing music. It allows creative professionals to collaborate and conduct business globally. iSing spoke to Jon Skinner, the […]

Adding chest resonance

This issue I am going to look into how you might approach a voice that hasn’t got a strong chest register. This is the lower region of our range (Below ~G4 in females and below ~D4 in males), often associated with the speaking voice. Assuming that the singer’s speaking voice is balanced we would expect […]

The music industry bible – the unsigned guide

By Gemma Wilson Launching a career in the music business? Need a manager? Want to distribute your latest LP? Look no further, The Unsigned Guide is here. This online directory connects upcoming singers to an array of vital information and tools including managers, creative and branding support, legal documents and much more. Editor Louise Dodgson […]

6 steps to your first cover band marketing plan

If you’re a performing singer, or working in a cover band, you’re going to need marketing plan. Most music marketing advice tells you that you need “exposure”. While not necessarily untrue, you don’t need “exposure” per se, rather, you need to generate actual leads and inquiries from prospective clients that want to book you for […]

Dealing with problem voices

By John Henny If you are a regular reader of this column, you will have been given an arsenal of great teaching tools with which to help singers. However, in your teaching career you will encounter voices that we will politely classify as “difficult.” No matter what you try, these stubborn vocal problems don’t seem […]

Teaching beginner adults

Teaching Beginner Adult Singers Like many singers who graduate with a master’s degree in vocal performance, I stumbled into teaching voice as an alternative to waiting tables. And like many of those singers, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. I began teaching private voice full-time in 2002 and had spent the previous […]

The role of a music lawyer

  So, what does a music lawyer do? The music industry is very complicated: there’s so many sources of income for artists, and even more if you write. Every time that there’s some sort of transaction in music, it involves the concept of intellectual property. Something like a song for example, is quite a nebulous […]

The teaching tools

So in issue 1 we covered doing a self-evaluation to find out where you are right now so you could identify your strengths as well as the areas you need to build on in order to get to the place where you’re ready to teach other singers. Issue 2 we looked into location considerations and the equipment that you need […]

Professional etiquette in session singing

After  35 years  of session singing in  LA, Nashville,  and London,  I’m still gobsmacked at the unprofessional behaviour  I witness from alleged ‘pros’  in my business. I have seen the most outrageous things, including a singer being fired in front of the  group due to poor  professionalism. So unnecessary, as  it’s so easy to get things right! It […]

Dave Stroud Renown vocal coach, entrepreneur & tech nerd

World-renowned vocal coach, Dave Stroud,  generously shared with iSing some  of his career  journey and  wisdoms. In  the following  videos, you’ll learn Dave’s secrets  to  working with  international  artists, his  teaching  philosophy and methodology,  his  big picture  goals  with the  VocalizeU  App technology,  his favourite career moment (this might surprise you!), what still keeps him  excited about […]

Assessing the singer’s voice

So you are ready to get going with your first student! Let’s explore how you might go about assessing their vocal needs before launching into vocal exercises and singing. The spoken voice Your assessment will start with the spoken voice. As soon as the student starts to talk, make sure you are listening out for […]

Interview with Chris Grayston

What Open Mic UK can offer a singer. Interview with Chris Grayston Open mic nights have been fundamental to the entertainment industry for decades. Not only are they a way for music lovers and industry pros to check out local talent, but they’re also a way for performers to show off their skill in an […]

Ask and you shall receive

My name is Erika. I am a DIY artist and I sing for my supper. I have been singing since I was 13. I started off at the tender age of 13, singing with the English National Opera and from there I have dabbled with Musical Theatre, Soul, R’n’B, Dance, Ska, Pop, Rock and Met […]