Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin gravely ill

One of the most influential singers of all time, the great Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill with close friends and family keeping a bedside vigil at the singer’s Detroit home. Franklin underwent cancer surgery in 2014 and has been in poor health ever since. As news that the 76-year-old’s condition had deteriorated became public this week, […]

‘I lived and breathed music at VocalizeU Artist Intensive’

Every year singers and songwriters from around the world make the pilgrimage to a picturesque Santa Monica mountain retreat for 10 days of learning. They’re guests at VocalizeU Artist Intensive (VUAI), where the best vocal, performance and songwriting coaches in the business are on hand to share their knowledge and experience and provide inspiration and constructive feedback. […]

The myth of natural talent

We love to think stars are born not made but the truth, writes AMY BOX, is that “natural talent” alone won’t get you to the top. It takes hard work and dedication to succeed in the music business – and it’s time we recognised it. “You’re so lucky, being born with that voice!” Well-intentioned comments […]