The Most Unique Musical Instrument Is Your Voice

The power of the singing voice to inspire, encourage, enlighten, and engage so often takes a back seat to the power of packaging, marketing, musicianship, technological advances, staging – the list is endless. That’s not to say that all of these other elements of a rich musical experience aren’t important. Each in its own way can be an art form that ideally works to support and enhance the voice. But it is that profound power of the human voice as a standalone musical instrument that drives a singer.

I’m still haunted by Maura O’Connell’s final words in the liner notes from Naked With Friends. She said, the joy of singing for its own sake is what makes you a singer. Her words set me out on a mission to find singer-related, voice-specific resources to help supplement the training and encouragement you receive through Brett Manning’s Singing Success. is a website that provides virtually everything you ever needed to know, hear, see, and grab a hold of in celebrating the human voice whether its engaged in harmony or played as a solo musical instrument. The site is home to Primarily A Cappella, a business established in 1993 as a mail order catalog company. Its web presence was first registered in 1996. The company is based in Marin County, CA, and along with its affiliate company, Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, has been involved in promoting and celebrating the singing voice for 25 years and counting.

At its host site ( you can sign up for an information-rich newsletter. You also gain access to an incredibly extensive catalogue of music that explores a wide variety of a cappella styles. Those styles include choral, vocal jazz, world music, children’s music, Christmas music, doo wop, and even barbershop, among others.

CD Reviews And Opportunities To Submit

You will find CD reviews, news on upcoming events, and you can listen to music via Real Audio while searching and browsing the site. Check out the instructional area of the site, which has an amazing selection of materials that offer practical advice for anyone interested in the music industry. You’ll find a number of books, CD’s, and DVD’s on topics like breaking into the music business, building your career, survival in the industry, along with a number of training resources.

The site offers contact information for regional a cappella events and networking. Those regions are New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Chicago, the Washington,DC-Mid Atlantic area, and the United Kingdom.

If you already have a CD that is strictly a cappella harmony vocals or solo vocals, you can send it to them for review. Check out their website for further information.

For The Love of Singing

Remember that your joy and success as a singer begins with and grows from your unique voice. You need to find ways to sing for the pure love of singing. A cappella is an art form that celebrates and encourages that pure joy.

“When I was growing up, it was the most natural thing in the world to just sing whatever I wanted,” Maura O’Connell said (from Naked With Friends). “I didn’t need a backing band. I always found that if the song was worth its salt, it could stand on its own.” provides one more opportunity to sing for the sake of singing as you widen your circles of connection, feed your spirit, strengthen your voice, and work to secure your singing success.

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