Choose Your Vocal Coach

Brett Manning is one of the most sought out vocal coaches in Nashville and the world. Due to his heavy client list and demand to teach lectures and masterclasses worldwide, Brett saw the need to pass along his method to the hand-selected coaches listed below. 

While Brett’s availability is limited, he is always taking on new clients when his schedule permits. His high demand is due to the fact that he can “see with his ears” into the vocal cords. Essentially accessing parts of the voice that singers never even knew they had! Brett’s client list includes countless Grammy, DOVE, ACM, GMA, and CMA award winners. Many of his artists have also gone on to be top finalists on American Idol, The Voice, The X-Factor, Can You Duet (Brett was a Coach and Judge), America’s Got Talent and countless international televised singing competitions. 

Chanelle Guyton is Brett’s most seasoned associate currently working at our Nashville Studio. Chanelle is best known for helping singers transition from a classically trained voice into a more commercial sound. She thrives working with students singing country, pop, worship and musical theatre targeting and diagnosing difficult vocal struggles. Chanelle is known in Nashville as the ‘Girl who fixes voices’ (and does it rapidly).

** Some of Chanelle’s students include: Chris Lane, Mat Kearney, Mason Ramsey, Riley Clark**

Benny Meza started studying Brett’s Singing Success method over 10 years ago. His passion for Brett’s method drove him to Nashville to become a certified instructor and has quickly become one of the most booked associates to date. Benny excels at explaining Brett’s methods in a way that simplifies the process, quickly moving singers into free and recognizable tone qualities that make them commercially viable, while maintaining drastically better vocal health. 

** Some of Benny’s students include: Hayden Panettiere, Sam Palladio, Kane Brown, Scott Underwood of Train**

Years ago, Ben Waites was tone deaf. Singing was a struggle for him until his first lesson with Brett Manning where he began hitting high c’s and above with almost no effort. Since then, Ben has become one of Brett’s most epic students. Ben has the exceptional ability to duplicate the same process that he had in his first lesson with Brett. Ben is not only a vocal coach for Singing Success but also, a seasoned gospel Artist that is often touring with the award-winning, legendary Gaither Vocal Band. 

**Ben specializes in coaching gospel, jazz, diva and divo vocal types**

Claude McKnight, 10x Grammy winner and founding member of ‘Take 6’ has studied vocal technique under Brett Manning for the better part of 20 years. Due to Claude’s undeniable success, Brett Manning asked Claude to join his team. Claude specializes in instructing Style, Harmony and Studio singing. 

Partial list of people Claude has worked with over the years: Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, John Legend, NeYo, Babyface, Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, and David Foster 


  • The Grammy’s, (10 wins, 23 nominations)
  • The Oscars, (performed)
  • Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. (2014)

Madison Sariah first began studying with Brett when she was 9 years old and by age 14 had one of the most explosive teenage voices Brett has ever coached. Because Madison has never been exposed to poor teaching methods, she has experienced a coveted consistency in her voice that singers crave. Madison brings 14 years of saturation and experience to her students by understanding how to speed up the learning process, finding exceptional power, range and freedom. 

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