Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I was in Florida (where I grew up) for the holiday visiting family and doing a whole lot of nothing which was BLISSFULLY perfect. Now I’m back in the swing of things, and it got me thinking about what words of motivation I have for you as you embark on this new year and new decade. And I was reminded of something my meditation wrote which I want to share with you. “trust your awareness. expand your vision. plant your intention and match your actions with it. cultivate discipline, dedication, and love for your artistic path.” I’ve learned that if you cultivate these things, you cannot go wrong. Lean into these things and your singing and artistry will bloom. Embody these things and your career will thrive. Let 2020 be the year you shift your relationship with your singing to bring you less frustration and more joy. If you need a proven strategy and expert guidance to help you, I would be honored to be your guide. Here’s to the start of an amazing year!
If you are a singer who is currently feeling stuck and unhappy with where your singing and your career is… And you’re ready to bust through the blocks, build a foundation and sing in a way that yields much bigger results… And not just any results, but the kind that you’re actually excited about… Then you won’t want to miss what I have to share with you today. Since 1999, I’ve sang with major opera companies around the country, made two pop records, sang opera on movie soundtracks, sang pop in national commercials for major brands and had my voice and my songs licensed by tv shows on every major network…. my voice is even in a singing Barbie doll! One could say that I’ve got that whole “singing” thing down. But what looks like a whole lot of success on the outside, was really just my own limiting beliefs run riot on the inside. See, what you don’t know is: I ran from genre to genre, from one city to another (NY to LA), from one goal to another, achieving a modest amount of success in one place before I’d reach a wall that I couldn’t figure out how to get past
I heard this the other day. . . . “Never fight with a pig. You get dirty, and the pig loves it!” It made me laugh. And then it made me think. We’ve all experienced haters at one time or another on our artistic journey. There are plenty of spiteful, competitive singers and snarky industry professionals out there who want to tear you down to feel better about themselves. They’re so insecure about their own abilities and terrified of failing at their dream that they’ll do whatever they can to feel like they have a leg up. When faced with a hater like this, your gut reaction is probably to want to get in there and defend yourself. Don’t. You want to tell them how wrong they are about you. Don’t. You might even want to give them a taste of their own medicine. Don’t. These kinds of people feed on the drama. When you engage, you’re walking into their pigpen. Your power as a singer – your ability to perform and succeed at the highest level -depends on how well you’re able to move energy in the form of sound and emotion through your body, unimpeded. How well is
I offer this to you today as a simple, mindful gift. A wise man once wrote: You’re neither superior nor inferior to others. You’re unique. You’re rare. Drop the comparisons. There never has been, nor will there ever be another you. And your voice is as singular as you are. Be you. Do you. Take your eyes off everyone else – detach from the demands of comparison and connect to the awareness within. It is there that the truth of you exists at all times. It is there that you will find the fertile soil from which your voice will bloom again and again.
There is something I’ve been meaning to tell you. It’s something you may not tell yourself very often so I’m going to say it to you now. You are a wonderful singer. Truly. May I ask you a question? When you read my compliment just now, did any part of you flinch? Were you able to soak it in or did your inner critic chime in with doubt that the compliment was really meant for you, and go on to remind you of the ways it thinks your singing isn’t really that wonderful? I believe that at its core, singing is an exchange of energy. We use our bodies to create a sound – a form of energy unique to us – which we put out there to be absorbed by those who can hear it. That energy affects those listening and in doing so, their energy transforms in relation to it. For many of you, years spent internalizing the sentiments of your inner critic has created limiting beliefs. And when you have limiting beliefs about your voice and your talent, it negatively effects your ability to fully engage in the energetic exchange of sound in powerful ways. Most fundamentally, limiting beliefs
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! As I take in all the Hallmark sentiments floating around this time of year, I’m reminded that love is much deeper than romance. Love comes in many forms. Your relationship with your voice and with singing is the kind of love that can help you achieve things you never thought you could and take you places you never thought you’d go. . . . . if you only let it. I think we’ve all experienced moments when we just couldn’t get out of our head while singing. Some of us only experience it as a fleeting frustration, while others find it debilitating. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, I’m pretty sure that getting stuck in your head is a universal experience for most artists in some way, shape or form. And the reason why it’s so frustrating is because in that moment, your mind is standing in the way of the full expression of your love. And the feeling sucks! This is why so much of my teaching and the content I bring you centers around the idea of mindfulness as it relates to singers and vocal technique. Without it, your expression – your LOVE
A little bit of business first: TOMORROW (Thurs 1/31) I will be LIVE ON FACEBOOK at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GMT for the very first time! Click HERE to watch live or view the saved video later. Episode 1 Topic: The #1 thing that will up-level your understanding of breath support for singing. This is the MOST fundamental and FIRST thing I teach all of the singers who come to work with me privately, regardless if they’re an advanced singer or relatively new to technique. In my opinion, it’s the foundation that all other good singing technique is built on and I’ve got a whole new perspective on it for you LIVE TOMORROW. If you’ve been coasting along with the same understanding of support for a while, wondering if there’s another layer of ease and consistency in your singing, I hope you will watch. Now, enough business. Getting back to my subject for today. . . . . . My favorite mindfulness teacher posted something on his Instagram a few days ago that I really want to share with you. I always say that when you change your thinking, you change your singing – and this post really made me
Wow, how is it New Years already?!?! The last days of 2018 are upon us. No doubt, some beautiful and wondrous things have happened on your artistic journey over the past twelve months. You’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks, too. Which brings me to the NEW YEARS GIFT I’m giving you today. To celebrate the start of a brand new year, and to give you a tool to realize the potential of your singing in 2019 . . . . . I am giving you my SING WITHOUT TENSION guided meditation. GET MEDITATION My meditation practice has made a huge difference in my singing and I want you to experience it too. There’s such a deep connection between the mind and the body that is incredibly transformative if you know how to tap into it. My goal for you in the coming year is to be able to sing with your most free, healthy, powerful and beautiful voice. This guided meditation will help you deepen your self-awareness to let go of the mindset creating tensions in the body that negatively affect your singing and prevent you from realizing your potential. It’s powerful and SO worth your
There’s so much content out there with tips and tools for how to improve singing performance. Over the years there’s one key thing I’ve learned. It’s the first step a singer needs to take in order to unlock the potential of their voice. I was reminded of it the other day when I heard this quote by poet Nayyirah Waheed: “Listening is one of the only spaces where you can be still and moved at the same time.” I love this quote because it reminds me that when we allow the mind to be still and just listen, we create space for transformation. Most singers think of listening as it relates to sound – listening to the sounds of the instruments accompanying us, the sounds we make when we sing and the sounds we want others to hear us making. This kind of listening is outwardly focused on external sound and our external experience with it. When we are listening this way, we tend to force, manipulate and push our voice as a means of controlling an outcome. But there is another kind of listening. Listening to your body. Listening in this way means quieting the mind so you can
Sometimes the things that improve our singing the most have nothing to do with singing at all. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to the standards we set for ourselves and why I say that perfectionism is the thief of good singing. We all want to sound good but at what point does that tip into perfectionism, and how can you know? Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Do I set standards waaaaay higher and more demanding for myself then the standards I apply to my friends/colleagues/family? Do I ever find that I have all-or-nothing thinking where I feel “almost perfect” as a failure? Do I ever have difficulty taking pride in my accomplishments because I am so focused on tiny perceived mistakes or imperfections in my work that I have trouble acknowledging the larger achievement? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions then you, my friend, just might be a perfectionist. Welcome to the club! Illustrious members include Steve Jobs, Mozart, Flaubert so you are in very good company. The thing is, while perfectionism may work for some people, it is mostly disastrous for singers. When we feel we have to be perfect