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...

The Art of Forgiveness

“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim.” – C.R. Strahan I once heard that refusing to forgive someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person...

My Experience on American Idol

In my career, I’ve had some truly extraordinary performance experiences. Being on American Idol was no exception. During season six, I was called in to sing backup vocals for Hollywood Week, which brings the top 30 finalists to Los Angeles for seven days of intense...

The Gift of Acceptance

“Who stops us from being free? We blame the government, we blame the weather, we blame our parents, we blame religion, we blame God. Yet who really stops us from being free? We stop ourselves.”  – Miguel Ruiz As I talked about in a previous article, the only way to...

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