We Are Our Voices

In my work, I’ve found that many people feel that using the voice is an activity, a hobby. . .  a ‘thing we do.’ That our voices are merely a facet or aspect of who we are. But that is not the case. Our voices are not only within us, they ARE us. We...

Why I Sing

As a therapist and voice coach, I belong to a number of professional organizations. On the music side, our focus ranges from the science of voice production to the art and heart of creativity and self-expression. A recent discussion by a voice teacher in South...

Stop Playing it Safe… Be Brave!

Recently, a singer emailed over some songs for me to hear prior to our first meeting. They were good… other than some standard, easy-to-resolve tensions, there was nothing in his voice that was concerning or problematic.   What I did hear though, was...

Preparing to Sing Onstage and in the Studio

On one level, singers are master preparers. We spend tremendous amounts of time training and practicing, and for many of us, songwriting as well. In fact, we’re so focused on our instruments and material that we can be virtually non-stop in our physical and mental...

How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety is an elephant-in-the-room sized issue for everyone who spends time on any kind of a stage. Managing it is the subject of a thousand books, workshops, and programs that teach how to deal with its effects… how to ride the wave rather than have...

First, Do The Work!

A while back, I was chatting with a bartender at one of my favorite jazz clubs. Like so many New Yorkers, he’s a trained actor and singer working in the restaurant industry to pay his bills while focusing on his dream. And like so many in New York and beyond, he feels...

You Are Not Your Talent

Any performance can be nerve-wracking, but there is something about competitions– especially televised ones!– that really ups the ante. I sang backup on American Idol a few years ago and vividly remember how crazy things can get for those young men and women. So much...

Finding Vocal Freedom

Janelle Laarakker, voice coach from Ontario Canada, interviews Jennifer about how to find vocal strength, ease, and freedom.    Can you please define “vocal freedom” for us? What do you consider to be the first important step singers must take to discover true...

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