Why Is Technique Important?

I realize this may seem like a rhetorical question to most disciplined singers. But many singers out there, often the most talented ones, lack any semblance of warm ups, drills, or practicing routines. As talented as some singers are, I want this to surprise me. But often pride or contentment get in the way. Can you imagine if you are …

Your Unique Treasure

by Giuseppe Lopizzo I keep seeing way too many students coming to my studio hating their own voice. How is that possible? You are hating something that is absolutely unique, distinctive, personal, it is different from any other sound in nature, you are the only one in the world with that particular voice and you don’t recognize it as a …

Keeping Your Technique Fresh

Sometimes, even in the peak of summer, I crawl into bed totally frozen. The coldest part of me? My feet. In the winter, I end up putting socks on because I literally can’t sleep if my feet are cold. Here’s the problem though…I start the night like a fridge but end up like an oven. I think I create the …

The Busy-ness of a Singer

This is for all the mommy singers out there. And daddy singers too. I don’t discriminate. As I type this, I’m watching my 7 month old daughter bounce and jump in absolute delight in her little hanging jumper thing. I really have no idea what it’s called. My life has been forever changed. And changed for the better. I love …

Practice Makes Permanent

Sometimes hard work is just that: Hard. Nothing valuable seems to come easy. But so much is learned in that process –so much wisdom and personal growth in every area. Your voice is often like that. You reap what you sew. If you sew diligence of practice into your voice, you will absolutely reap excellence in your artistry. See, practice …

Breaking Your Voice

I was thinking recently about horses. I didn’t grow up around such magnificent creatures, but I’m awestruck by them. They’ve got to be the most ripped animals on the planet. I think they know how strong they are, otherwise they might not be as wild and stubborn. Did you know that in order to use a horse for recreational riding, …

Immerse

I recently had the honor of serving as a judge at the Gospel Music Association’s annual “Immerse Conference.” Every year, the most talented up-and-coming gospel and CCM writers, singers, and artists converge on Nashville for this conference. My role was to offer critique for those who were competing and to help decide the competition’s winners. This was my second year …

Lessons From a Baby

I find that singers constantly must walk the tight rope of balancing between technical growth and awareness, and not over thinking the process and just being free. I personally think that, for most people, you need to gain a technical understanding and build good technique first and then let it all go secondly. Obviously no singer WANTS to be mentally …

What I Learned About Music By Having A Baby

So I’ve been away for a few months on maternity leave, since my husband and I welcomed our beautiful daughter into our world on January 6th. The last three months have been amazing, hard, exciting, exhausting, and a lot of fun. And, although I love to sing to my little one, I haven’t been (until just recently) properly vocalizing since …

Finding Your Sound

Artists are always trying to find their sound and trying to write the perfect song. And there’s no debate; great songs are necessary. But it’s a mistake to think that writing one will automatically make you a great artist. Great artists can make any song sound good, and can use any great song to create a truly magical experience. But …