Vocal improvisation: How to take your first steps into the unknown

Vocal coach and jazz virtuoso ANTONIO DE LILLIS explains how singers can get started with the practice of improvisation. Improvisation benefits a singer in many ways: it develops technical skills, intonation, timing and phrasing and stimulates creativity and problem-solving abilities (read my article on why singers should improvise HERE). Last but not least it has a […]

Breathing with freedom

Internationally renowned Swiss vocal coach Robin De Haas is an expert on breathing for singing. He spoke to iSing about the important role breathing coordination plays in preventing vocal strain and achieving optimum performance. Robin De Haas is a man on a mission: he wants to educate singers and vocal coaches on the importance of […]

Five top tips from songwriter Sarah McQuaid

Honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah McQuaid is a Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter. She shares her top five songwriting tips. 1 Put yourself under pressure I had been touring a lot ahead of Walking Into White (2015) and so I had all these ideas and […]

The gospel way with Bazil Meade

The gospel community will tomorrow celebrate the achievements of Reverend Bazil Meade, co-founder of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC). A black-tie event will be held in East London to honour Meade, who has just received an MBE from HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace for services to music especially the development of British Gospel […]

One more time with feeling

“One more time, with feeling!” Stravinsky was known to say. He’s certainly not the only one to have barked that order: all top directors and producers want the same thing, for their artists to deliver straight from the heart. The world’s greatest singers and songwriters have something in common: they express their authentic selves without […]

The Country Way

What’s so special about country music? Singer-songwriter Lisa Redford explains what makes this genre unique. The late, great country singer Glen Campbell summed it up: “There’s a longing in country music that can soften even the rockiest heart.”This longing is a defining aspect of country music, alongside a long history of storytelling and emotional, expressive, […]

Beating performance anxiety

Performance anxiety (PA) can be a career crippling condition. Just ask Barbra Streisand who gave up live performing for 27 years and NKOTB’s Jonathan Knight who became a virtual recluse. Even at its mildest, PA can prevent you from enjoying your performance experience and hamper your ability to deliver to the best of your potential. […]