Sticking Your Neck Out

It’s natural to think you’re going to have more control over your voice if you use the muscles in your throat to “control it”, when actually the opposite is true. If I’m a little sick and have to perform, many times I notice myself sticking my neck out and trying to “muscle” my way through a song by twisting and …

Conquering Stage Fright

As I’ve written many times before, I struggle with anxiety. Here lately, it’s been a little tougher than usual to get me up on stage. I learned some pretty interesting things last week at a performance in Washington DC I’d love to share with you. The performance was for a charity banquet at a big hotel in DC. I knew …

Musical Inspiration

Over the years a lot of people have asked me how to find their niche. “I can sing, but what am I supposed to do with my voice?” If you know, that’s a blessing and that’s great! If you don’t, it’s okay—you can find it too. Start with what inspires you musically. Listen to music that makes you feel you …

PLEASE Take CAN'T out of Your Vocabulary.

I have had so many students start telling me about their singing goals and we inevitably hit the “I can’t” wall. I don’t want to sound like a “Hang in There” poster with the kitty hanging on the wall or whatever, but come on folks. Singing is such a tender and sweet gift you give yourself and the world. If …

Play with Your Voice

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut with your voice, step outside of what is routine for a while. Put your phone or some kind of recording device in another room and sing in the one you’re in. Then when you go back to listen, you’ll hear a myriad of things you wouldn’t notice with the recorder right next to …

CONQUERING SHYNESS (Or At Least Shushing It)

I was a very shy teenager. I was also on the road 250 days a year at the age of 17. I have some tips to give; hopefully some of them will work for you! ~Stand tall. Keep your shoulders squared and your chin up. It takes courage to get on stage. Remember to be proud of yourself for mustering …