Voice Coach Reacts
Voice Coach Reacts to Sia
It is time for a Voice Coach Reacts to Sia’s “Best Live Vocals”! YAY! I chose to react to this video thanks to one of my viewers, Kartik Sharma. Kartik watched my BTS video and asked about breaks when transitioning vocally.
A Great Question
“Are they bad for all singers or only some? Because Sia also has breaks and voice cracks, but to me they seem intentional and good.”
This got me motivated to do a reaction video that has been a popular request: Sia’s Best Live Vocals. However, I realized rather quickly once I started recording, that I had never really watched Sia sing live before. With her back turned to the audience or long wigs covering her face, I realized quickly that I had never noticed her technique…or lack thereof. Oh boy.
How NOT to Sing Like Sia
Guys, I really want to be as positive a coach as possible, whether I work with clients in person, online or via ScaleAbout (coming soon! I’m so excited that I finally qualify thanks to gaining 5000 subscribers on YouTube this week). Yet, once I saw how Sia creates her sound, it became clear quickly that I needed to do damage control on this reaction video.
You see, Sia sings with a tremendous amount of jaw tension and laryngeal tension that could be problematic for somebody trying to emulate her. She shows on this video exactly what NOT to do as far as phonation goes. I want to make it clear: I am not worried about Sia. I am worried about YOU trying to sing like Sia.
When you clamp down on your jaw, it creates tension all the way down into your larynx. Your vocal folds are not free to vibrate like they should and it can create vocal strain. You can hear Sia straining through clenched teeth. I literally felt physical pain watching her do this.
Now listen. Sia is awesome. I love her music and I love her voice. It is just the way she thrashes her voice that as a voice coach I can’t support. She obviously has managed to keep her voice going strong for years and years, so more power to her. My concern is YOU, or your kid sister, or some precious lady down at the Blue Moose trying to karaoke it up like Sia. Please, for the love of your voice, don’t try to sing like Sia! You can get as much power in a belting range as she does without all of that tension, dear ones. I promise you can.
Vocal Transitions Guide
As far as Kartik’s question about breaks and cracks the answer is YES. Sia does use breaks and voice cracks to her advantage. It adds a great deal to her style and unique artistry. She is like none other, which is such a breath of fresh air. YOU too can use breaks and voice cracks as a ‘color’ or style choice as instead of singing smoothly through your register transition from chest to head/falsetto (like what I was addressing in the BTS video).
KEEP IN MIND: If you are wanting a more clear break, it is going to be important that you vocalize in a more defined way to keep that clear delineation. Buzzing or sliding the voice through vocalise exercises will make for a more connected sound. Vocal exercises that SLIDE through the registers are like sandpaper for the voice making it nice and smooth. You will want to avoid those. Instead, flip the voice from one register to another to keep the break more defined. You can flip your voice while singing an octave from low to high with an “Ah-EEE” vowel sound will keep the break more defined. (This exercise sounds like a donkey.) I used the term ‘yodel’ in this video to describe a clearly defined vocal break.
MASSAGE THE JAW
Massage that jaw to keep it nice and open (I wish I had talked more about that in this video as well, darn it.) You need to really make massage part of your daily self-care if you struggle with jaw tension. If you suffer with extreme jaw tension, find a massage therapist who can work on your jaw from inside your mouth. They put on latex gloves and work the muscles, both from the outside on the face, as well as inside the mouth. It is not comfy to have this done (experience talking here), BUT it helps so much! You will be able to drop your jaw more effortlessly for a more free sound. Open your mouth and ‘sang, y’all. Your precious vocal folds will thank you.
In closing, I admit that this video is not one of my better offerings overall. I think it about every video I make, but this one was rushed to production without proper time to really dig in and fix its inconsistencies. I could have said things better or differently or more concisely. In short, it is far from perfect.
However, my goal right now with The Voice Love Co. is to get stuff done. Yes, I am going for quality, but MAINLY I’m going for the imperfectly perfect and DONE on a consistent basis. In order to show up for you every week on YouTube I force myself to stand by this imperfect offering by reciting my manifesto which I include in the description box of EVERY video I produce. It says:
I am allowed to be BOTH a work in progress AND to help others grow at the same time. I refuse to wait until I believe I’m perfect or someone else has deemed me worthy of impacting others. I am unapologetically accepting a life of massive growth and improvement.
Keep putting forth YOUR imperfectly perfect offerings in life. Take care of yourself and your voice. Until next time…
Work with me! Send me a DM on my Instagram or comment down below (all comments are held until approved) and let’s get rolling this summer. Whether it is one session or many, I’d love to work with you. Blessings and thanks for reading!
Today I am doing a Voice Coach Reacts to Morissette’s, “Rise Up”! So many of you requested that I listen and react to Morissette singing “Rise Up”, so here I go! I am having too much fun with all of these new-to-me vocalists.
Morissette: Asia’s Phoenix
Morissette Amon, nicknamed “Asia’s Phoenix”, is a 22-year-old Filipino vocalist who rose to stardom when she was a runner up of The Voice of the Philippine’s in 2013. In this live rendition of “Rise Up”, Morissette is singing into a microphone at a radio station, Wish 107.5. Wish 107.5 is an all-hits FM radio station based in Quezon City, Philippines.
I am in love with Morissette’s voice! Her technique is on point. I hear an operatic quality in the midst of a tasty contemporary vocal style. I love this particular video of her singing live at a radio station. She is relaxed and open and you can easily see how she navigates her register changes. It is really inspiring to watch her sing! She is one to emulate!
How to Sing Like Morissette
In this video you will learn how to sing like Morissette by doing two things:
•Develop your head voice! You can’t have a mix voice unless you have a head voice. You can hear Morissette navigating her head voice in a very open, round placement that is almost operatic. I personally find tremendous value for my clients in having them sing in a classical style up in the head voice to properly develop it.
•Make it a goal to sing through the scales in the Free Resource Library (one for men, one for women) DAILY. Start to sing through them three ways. Buzzing, Mum, Ahhh. You can see on the video what I’m talking about.
Evidently Morissette also boasts an incredible whistle tone. I’ll have to listen to more of her to find out if this is true! I’m so happy to get to listen to more of this amazing singer!
From Lara with Love
This was a really enjoyable Voice Coach Reacts: Lara Fabian to film. Spoiler alert: I was dazzled by Lara Fabian singing her original composition, ‘Adagio’ during her “From Lara with Love” concert! This concert happened back in late 2000 and was released for television in 2000.
The Artistry of Lara Fabian
Lara credits her influences as Barbara Streisand and Freddie Mercury. I can definitely hear Streisand in her sound, and can see by her theatrical performances, and even her writing how Mercury crept into her aesthetic. Lara is an artist through and through. She sings with such attention to detail with every lyric. Her body language is constantly communicating the emotions she is trying to get across. Sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly. Lara is a joy to watch and a joy to listen to.
How To Sing Like Lara Fabian
What is constantly amazing to me is how Lara has maintained her voice all these years later. It speaks to her impeccable technique in the midst of her passionate artistry. We will be enjoying her voice until SHE decides to retire. NOT when her voice poops out because of misuse. As a vocal coach who sees vocalists day in and day out, I can’t tell you how this warms my heart! I am a geek about such matters, I know.
How do you sing like Lara? In this video…
•I unpack the technique she employs to hold out the very long phrase (15 seconds or so of power singing) without breaking a sweat!
• AND teach YOU a breathing exercise that will strengthen your intercostal diaphragmatic muscles.
Don’t forget to check out my other Voice Coach Reacts videos: Ariana Grande, Lara Fabian, Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper, Adam Lambert, Dimash, and Sohyang. Leave a comment below with YOUR thoughts on this performance of “Adagio” by Lara Fabian! YOU ARE LOVED! ♥️
Dimash Sings: “Sinful Passion”
It is time for another voice coach reacts, dears! 😉 This time this voice coach is reacting to Dimash singing “Sinful Passion”. By far, this was the most requested video from my burgeoning YouTube tribe. I’ve gotten hundreds of comments with the suggestion that THIS was the next song I was to react to. I aim to please.
I have learned so much about Dimash from his fans. He calls them his “Dears” and I have discovered that they actually ARE dear! They have told me more than any Wikipedia article ever could. From them I learned that Dimash is 6′ 3″!!! From them I’ve learned of his genuine heart and that he is truly humble and extremely kind. He is good to his fans, too. He is also an extremely serious musician and artist coming from a musical lineage that goes back three generations! Music is in his blood.
Well, that is obvious in this performance. Dimash continues to surprise and stun me with his vocal abilities in this performance of “Sinful Passion”.
Voice Coach Reacts to Dimash!
I hate to gush, but once again, this performance leaves me with mouth agape and no words. Dimash is an innovator, plain and simple. As I sat and listened to Dimash sing “Sinful Passion”, the story of Roger Bannister came to mind.
Roger Bannister was a British Olympic runner who was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes in 1952. Prior to that, it was said that it could not be done. That’s right! Up to that point in history, it was widely believed that nobody could ever run a mile in under four minutes. Yet, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier! His time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. The amazing thing about this story? He kept his title as the fastest man in the world for exactly 46 days before somebody ELSE ran a little bit faster. Then somebody else ran faster. Then somebody else ran even faster. Once it was widely BELIEVED that it could be done, it was done! And done many times
Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You
In this piece, Dimash sings everything from soprano to sounding like some sort of Khazakstani cantor calling all of his fans to prayer. 😍 What?! I’m so intrigued by this vocal technique and TOTALLY want to learn how to do this. I currently sound like a dying goat trying to emulate Dimash, but I will persevere 😂.
As I watched Dimash move through this piece, I wondered how long it would be before other elite singers would be doing what Dimash does? Hold on to your soprano notes after you’ve hit puberty? Piece of cake! Even writing that sentence makes me laugh! But, Dimash has done it, why can’t others?
Dimash is innovating singing like nobody else I’ve seen. It is really cool to witness. I’m looking forward to seeing where this young man’s career takes him in the years to come. He is living out the adage of “Be so good, they can’t ignore you.” I am sincere in saying that I would love to see him in concert. I’m a bit of a ‘Doubting Thomas’, I suppose. I want to see Dimash sing in person and witness his vocal feats for myself. I’m grateful that he is such a serious and accomplished artist. Otherwise, his vocal gymnastics could be cast down to nothing more than a cheap party trick. Perhaps it is also good that he is not American for this reason as well? Hmmm…
How to Sing Like Dimash
Dimash is truly something special! I’m in love with his voice.
In this video, I unpack:
•Dimash’s gorgeous low tones, as well as his tender high tones.
•His mastery over his soprano register. How, though? I’m still in awe of this.
•I attempt to do Mongolian throat singing (worth the price of admission, folks! jk). I want to learn how to do this!
•Why you need to “Be so good they can’t ignore you” just like Dimash. Carve out your own path and be one-of-a-kind!
•A call to action to share Dimash widely. American audiences need to know about him!
Don’t forget to check out my other Voice Coach Reacts videos: Ariana Grande, Lara Fabian, Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper, Adam Lambert, Dimash, and Sohyang. Be sure to comment below your thoughts about Dimash!
I’m back with another Voice Coach Reacts to BTS Boy With Luv! In honor of their sold out US and European tour, give it up for BTS! They are the hottest ticket in the WORLD right now, and for good reason!
I’ve been aware of BTS for a few years through dear friends who truly love them. I’ve watched my friends learn the intricate BTS dance moves, and learn them well! They’ve gotten on planes to travel to their concerts and even their home country of South Korea! They’ve gushed delightedly about how talented they are. Yet, beyond enjoying how enthralled my friends were by BTS, I had not given them much attention myself. That is until this week as I’ve worked on this video content for The Voice Love Co.’s YouTube channel. My personal takeaway? I’m stunned! They ARE absolutely GREAT!
Voice Coach Reacts To BTS
I don’t really know what I was expecting, but they charmed me just like they have charmed audiences around the world. With their U.S. and European tours selling out completely in just a couple of hours (!), I knew this would be a good week to heed the suggestion of my budding YouTube audience that I react to BTS. I decided to react to their SNL performance because it was live and I could actually hear them. Their music videos, while enchanting and so much fun, are too perfect, too clean. I really wanted to hear their voices without all of the studio engineering.
The SNL performance is just the right amount of being able to hear them and see them in action. To think they perform this hard for hours in a full-length concert is mind-boggling. Their energy level and ability to continue to sing while navigating their non-stop, aerobic dance moves is awe inspiring. An entire concert must be on par physically with a half marathon for these performers.
Vocal Help for BTS
While the performance got off to a rocky start, with what seemed to be the background vocalists carrying the first two solos, the audio mix got better and better as BTS danced harder and harder and continued to sing well.
For them to have three background vocalists (two men, one woman) singing is appropriate for the amount of physicality their performances require. It is impossible to keep a smooth sound when you are literally jumping up and down. The voice gets jostled when you move like that. You could see Jungkook and the other soloists (gah! I need to learn who these talented gentlemen in BTS are by name! Kindly educate me in the comments below, would you?) modify their dance moves while they had the solo. However, they were STILL dancing hard. With all of that happening, your background vocals PLUS any pre-recorded vocals you may have up your sleeve are necessary helpers! I would never fault them for using either!
How to Sing like BTS
These singers exhibit a tremendous amount of relaxation when they vocalize on stage, even while doing intricate choreography. Plus, they manage to remain relaxed all while holding on to their own styles and personalities. It really is quite winsome to watch. You just feel so good when you watch BTS, don’t you?
In this video I explain:
•How to strengthen your singing voice when you are supposed to dance your heart out at the same time.
•I note the vocal variety in their rapping that makes it sound interesting and makes you want to hear MORE!
•Why live performance and hearing the the REAL human voice is so precious! (yes, I am a geek about this stuff, ha!)
•How to connect the falsetto/head voice down through the ‘passaggio” into the mix voice when singing the melody line of the chorus of “Boy With Luv.” I demonstrate two different exercises that you can implement TODAY to help you transition from one register to the next with ease! EEEEEE!
Be sure to watch the video to learn these BTS singing secrets and MORE! BTS has some wonderful vocal qualities to emulate. Learn how to sing like them HERE!
Don’t miss my other Voice Coach Reacts videos in the series! Lara Fabian, Dimash and Sohyung to name just a few. I’m thoroughly enjoying these international artists! Hope you are too. But I also give some love to Ariana Grande and Adam Lambert. Stay tuned for more to come in this series! If you have any suggestions for me on who you’d like to see me ‘react’ to next, please comment below!
Thanks for reading today. Remember: YOU ARE LOVED!
Welcome to another Voice Coach Reacts! I am having so much fun with this series! This week: Voice Coach Reacts to Sohyang singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
What a beautiful vocalist Sohyang is! This 41-year-old (what?!) South Korean singer has been delighting audiences worldwide, having worked with American artists like David Foster and Michael Bolton. She is a pupil of Michael Jackson’s voice coach, Seth Riggs, which means she employs his ‘Speech Level Singing’ technique of keeping the larynx low and relaxed. This is obvious as you watch her navigate her voice and it’s wonderful flexibility through the registers. She ranks right up there with Mariah, Whitney and MORE.
Voice Coach Reacts
As a voice coach, reacting to this performance was so delightful for me! Sohyang is such a natural and relaxed vocalist and it is easy to see why her fans adore her all over the world. It was so much fun seeing people in the audience just basking in her greatness. And that arrangement is INCREDIBLE! After her performance, I give a few tips in this video on how to sing like Sohyang!
How To Sing Like Sohyang
You will have to watch today’s video to see the two technique’s I share below. In this video you can…
•Learn how to learn to ‘move your resonators’ to get Sohyang’s bright, breathy straight tone at the beginning of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
• Gain a more cohesive performance in your high straight tone sound at a medium volume the way Sohyang does when she sings “and friends just can’t be found” by using my “Rehearsal Protocol”.
Let me know what YOUR favorite Sohyang performance is and anything else you noticed about her singing in this video in the comments below. And don’t miss my other voice coach reacts videos and posts for Dimash and Lara Fabian. Thanks for watching!
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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!