I admit it. I’m very late to the Marcelito Pomoy party. Finally, I’m doing a Voice Coach Reacts video to Marcelito Pomoy’s rendition of “The Prayer”. It has been one of the top most requested videos by my audience. His first single was done in 2011. That is ridiculously long ago for me to just be hearing about him, I realize. So here I am finally, and boy am I glad.
Voice Coach Reacts to Marcelito Pomoy
Marcelito Pomoy is a Filipino vocalist. He spent his early years on the streets after being abandoned by his parents, both biological and adopted. Marcelito did odd jobs to make a living on the streets. He started singing while working on a chicken farm. It was there he discovered he could sing both the male and the female solos of songs. As he grew older he ended up entering competitions, making the cut of Pilipinas Got Talent.
Vocal Ease Through the Registers
The striking thing to me watching Marcelito sing is the tremendous ease with which he navigates his voice. I mean, to jump back and forth in the heavy duet part of The Prayer and not skip a beat vocally, nor lose any of the inherent vocal quality of either part is nothing short of miraculous. It was such a miracle to witness, in fact, I wondered as I watched the video for the first time if he was actually going to be able somehow to sing BOTH parts simultaneously!
Discovering Marcelito Pomoy
My dear audience on YouTube is often aghast that I do not know of these singers that I am discovering. I’m realizing that the phrase “it’s a small world” does NOT apply to the American music industry. I’ve said this before, but I will say it again: They have done us no favors to keep us sheltered from the international music scene. In fact, my listening habits will never be the same after starting this Voice Coach Reacts series. Having just returned from two weeks in Europe, I am realizing myself just how much I love world travel and experiencing other cultures. Who knew you could travel extensively with your Spotify playlist? I’m smitten.
I am also completely smitten by the Filipino vocalists I am discovering. They are all just amazing, consistent, technically correct yet untrained vocalists who make hard things–heck, impossible things!–look easy. Having traveled to Manila myself and seen the poverty and conditions many Filipino children found themselves in, I can imagine Marcelito’s life as a street kid very easily. In fact, he would have been a kid on the streets back when I was there.
Against All Odds
To see where Marcelito has come from, what he has accomplished with persistence and will in the face of tremendous odds, really warms my heart. I am so grateful to have had the chance to ‘discover’ Marcelito for myself. He is a gem and I wish him many more happy days of music making.
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This week I am so happy to introduce my American audience to a true wonder singer through this video and post: Voice Coach Reacts to Dimash Kudaibergen! You’re welcome, America!
Considered by some to be the best male vocalist in the world, Dimash Kudaibergen, a 24-year-old Khazakstani singer, is wowing audiences. He sings with a flawless 6 octave (and then some!) range. This means that he possesses the ability to sing in EVERY vocal range, from Bass to Soprano. 😳What in the world?
He also possesses a tremendous sense of artistry. I was blown away by his performance of “Love is Like a Dream” that I filmed here:
DIMASH is like a dream!
When I see somebody this good at what they do, I immediately think of what it took that person to get them there. I think about how Dimash had to be a beginner as a little boy in Kazakstan 20 years ago in order for us to enjoy him as the master he is today.
There are many who wish to be able to sing like their favorite artists. Yet so few who are willing to take the time and effort required over hours, years and even decades to make their dream a reality.~Christi Bovee, www.voicelove.co
Dimash started his training from an early age. He was born to musical parents, and there is no doubt that some of that talent is innate. However, he has gone on to put hours, years and decades of time and effort to get the training required to become the master musician he is today. And he keeps learning! He is currently getting his Master’s Degree in Composition!
You Have to Start
My point? Dimash had to start.
You also will have to start if you want to be really good at anything. You must start and you must push past that uncomfortable gawky stage that being a beginner requires. Learning is an awkward process. If you are trying to look cool as you are building your skills in whatever it is you are doing, you are NEVER going to make it.
Trying to play it cool all the time could be your downfall. It is one of my biggest pet peeves, especially amongst my high school aged clients. You’ve got to get over the bad habit of trying to fit in if you are ever going to be good at anything.
How about this? Make friends with looking foolish instead. I know, I know. Easier said than done. However, hear me out! Learning to accept and allow yourself to be a beginner will reap untold rewards in the end. Just look at how it is paying off for Dimash.
How to Be Extraordinary
Dimash is extraordinary and people who do extraordinary things are the ones who are not afraid to fail. We see him at his pinnacle, but this kid has spent 20 years building up to the success he is enjoying today. I can guarantee you, with a talent like this? He has failed at some point and failed publicly. That is part of the process of becoming a master! You are never going to get it all exactly right all the time. Especially when you are just starting out!
People who go on to become extraordinary masters like Dimash never worry about what other people think of them or that they might look stupid if they ‘go for it’. They aren’t focused on others. They are focused on the prize of getting better, of being best in the world in their area of expertise.
Accept & Allow
I encourage you to start YOUR journey to being a master in YOUR field. You are going to embarrass yourself as you start to reach for more. This is true for whatever mark you are called to make in the world. Refuse to let the fear of looking foolish control your actions. Refuse to quit so that you may go down the path of mastery like Dimash has.
It is crucial that you take the long view! Stop looking through the lens of this failure, that break-up, or the negative opinion from someone who was an ‘expert’ who shut you down. Pick that dream back up and dust it off! Force yourself to take the long view…the 20-year view. Focus on not quitting. Focus on mastery of whatever it is that you are called to do and be in the world.
You are not going to be good at first. That is part of the process. Accept that. Allow yourself room to grow. Try again. And again. And Again. Close your ears to the naysayers and keep going! Keep trying and perfecting your technique until you acquire the skills in your brain and in your physiology to be able to do the thing you feel called to do and do it well.
Quit worrying about how you look and accept that this path means you have to step out and be a beginner. You have to start. No matter what it is. Accept that. Move through it and keep going. Don’t quit!
It is worth it, Beloved. It is worth pushing through the pain, the awkwardness the judgment to be a master. Let Dimash inspire you. Be so good that the world can’t ignore you. Hang up messages like the one below to inspire you and keep you going!
The world is waiting, praying even, for you to get that good!
Due to a death in the family, I will not be posting this week. My family would appreciate your prayers during this difficult time. I will be back next week.
It is maddening when it happens. You are trying sing or speak and every time you hit the same area of your voice, it goes off the rails uncontrollably. You can’t seem to move past the infuriating yodel or break and it is making you crazy.
Here are 7 tips to ease the sitch with your vocal glitch:
Tip 1: Massage your jaw while you are singing or speaking.
When I say massage, I mean really work the muscles in your jaw with your fingers as you are making the sound. It should cause your diction to become interrupted and even muddled, and that is okay. Jaw tension definitely affects your larynx. You may need to do this all the time while you are practicing until you can loosen up. You also might need to sing or speak only in open vowels while doing this, no consonants that require your jaw to bite down.
Tip 2: Shake your head “No” while you sing and speak through the trouble spot.
Then try shaking your head “No” while massaging the jaw to break up the tension. Often you’ll find when you try this that your neck freezes up and you look like the Tin Man trying with great effort to move as you sing or speak. If this happens, it should alert you that your neck tension is a problem that could be the reason the voice isn’t vibrating smoothly.
Tip 3: Sing or speak while bent forward at the waist.
Let your knees be bent slightly, never locked. Head, shoulders, and arms should droop forward like a rag doll. Focus on keeping the top of your head towards the floor. You will find if you are dealing with this sort of tension, you can’t allow your head to just drop. Have someone massage the back of your neck while you are trying this to get the neck to release and drop the head. Additionally, focus on the expansion in the back ribs when you take a breath. Sometimes focusing on something else while you speak or sing from this position will allow the voice to shake free of the glitch. It feels very different to sing and speak from this position of being bent forward.
Tip 4: Lay on the floor and speak or sing from there.
Allow your whole body to relax and sink into the floor. Then take a deep breath and try speaking or singing through the trouble area. See if this diffuses some of your body tension. Again, this position feels strange to sing or speak from. You might find that you feel winded or breathless as gravity pushes down on your chest, and sometimes once you are back to standing upright, you’ll find that it resets your voice and you suddenly have more vocal freedom than you did before.
Tip 5: Get out of your own head!
We are often our own worst enemy when we give in to limiting beliefs about ourselves. It is fake news, folks! Take time to crush the lies that are dogging you and keeping you from your goals vocally. Do all you can to keep your focus on something positive that keeps you moving forward. Take a hot bath. Try doing yoga. Start running. Listening to or reading personal development material will also put you into a different mental state about who you TRULY are and what you are actually capable of. Focus on who you will help when you show up and use your voice and force yourself to look past any limitations in order to stay on the path to being there for that person or people group your gifting is going to help.
Tip 6: Deal with any Trauma.
This tip may surprise you, but trauma can definitely affect your voice’s ability to resonate freely. Have you had any sort of trauma recently that might be causing this glitch to spring up suddenly? Car accident? A fall? A breakup? Stress that might be causing you to grind your teeth? You might consider seeing a counselor to talk through any residual PTSD from trauma. See a chiropractor if your body could be out of alignment. See a massage therapist who can not only do trauma work but actually work on the jaw from inside the mouth as well as outside to break up any tension. They put on rubber gloves and work those muscles. It is painful, but helps so much!
Tip 7: Correct any swelling on your vocal folds.
When in doubt, do some detective work with your health. Often I see clients who suffer from acid reflux but they do not realize it. Acid reflux can cause irritation for the vocal folds as can post nasal drip. See your doctor to rule out these two causes, as well as any environmental or food allergies. Be sure if you are prescribed any medication that it is healthy for your voice and doesn’t dry it out. Tell your doctor that you use your voice for your work and that whatever they give you must be absolutely gentle for your voice and not create more problems.
Vocal inconsistencies can be maddening, but often they will subside as quickly as they popped up. Stay calm, breathe, take excellent care of yourself and be sure not to scream in frustration at them! Keep forging ahead. Finding your voice and making your sound is a lifelong pursuit. Let me know if I can assist you in any way along this journey. If you’ve found any extra tips that have helped you, please leave a comment below! We love learning from each other!