The ins and outs of breathing for singing

Pupils studying the voice often have glazed eyes when the subject of breathing is raised. Meaningless phrases such as ‘support the voice’ and ‘sing from the diaphragm’ only result in bewildered expressions and feelings of inadequacy. Voice teacher and author of Singing and the Actor, Gillyanne Kayes , describes this experience as the ‘holy grail […]

Developing a performance persona

For many of the artists I coach, developing an alternative version of themselve can enhance both their performance and the experience in many ways. When performing in front  of an audience, whether  it’s your production team,the studio, a crowd  in the local pub,  or a sea of  fans at the O2  Arena, it’soften helpful to consider […]

Back to the future

  Every mainstream singer we hear today has either been influenced by or has mimicked a singer who came before them. So who are you listening to? Which singers influence you? How far back does your singing legacy go? In my experience, singers don’t ‘listen’ closely enough. This means they often miss out on the […]

The First Line

Lyrics are heard, not read. A VERY important distinction! Our brains process information differently through our ears, than through our eyes. When we hear a lyric, each line builds onto the next one. Knowing what to put first, and what to put “next” makes a tremendous difference toonto how your listeners perceive your lyric. I […]

Nurturing the artist within

If you wake up every morning with a calling in your heart to sing, dance, dream, make art, create, inspire, be inspired, or experience something bigger than yourself, it’s highly likely that you have an ‘artist’ within. This artist is a living, breathing seed inside of you. It needs time and the right type of […]

Musical Theatre speak

Once upon a time, most musical theatre scores were written for classically trained singers. These days, musicals are written in every genre, which means talented singers from many different backgrounds are able to find their niche in musical theatre. This is an era when on any given night, theatregoers can choose from an edgy pop-rock […]