How To Take Care of Your Voice For Singers

How To Put Your Voice FIRST

I've had quite a few questions come in this month about how to handle your voice when you are feeling under the weather. Being the go-getters we are, it can be tough to know when to stop or say no, even in the name of love! The best advice I can give you for a lifetime of healthy singing is to put your needs first! If you eat well, sleep well and exercise every day, the odds... 

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3 Tips To Find Your (mix) Voice

The mark of a pro singer and the most commercially-used part of our voice is our mix. In fact, I believe that when you find out how to access your mix voice, you will find your authentic, unique voice! The mix provides for us ease, power and a multitude of tonal colors to choose from. Without a strong mix voice, it is a struggle to sing up and down our entire range without sudden, uncontrollable, ugly-sounding breaks, flipping or changes in tone quality...

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4 Exact Things You Need To Create Your Dream Voice

Are you struggling to sing and just not loving how you sound? I should know. I spent years trying to sing and write songs about what other superstars were singing and writing about. They were having success, so I figured I'd follow in their footsteps. The problem was that my voice was missing. So yes, you've got to keep it real... 

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6 Essential Ingredients To Vocal Mastery

Are you trying your best to make it BIG, but for some reason just aren't where you want to be at this point in your career? If this feels like you, chances are there is a breakdown in your PROCESS. But first, let's talk about what it takes to sound extraordinary, because here at I Heart My Voice, we keep our hearts set on BIG dreams! And we know that nothing worthwhile happens overnight. To create your dream voice, you'll need more than a few vocal tricks and a good ear. You must have a PROCESS in place that supports real transformation...

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How To Sound Better Instantly!

Do you ever feel like something is just not working with your voice? Are you just not sounding the way you want to sing? For that reason, I'm excited to share with you the exact vocal techniques that the best singers in the industry use to sound better...instantly! Use this vocal technique, originally made famous by the vocal coach for Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder...

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How To Hit Your High Notes (Part 1)

Singers can spend weeks, months and even years trying to learn how to sing high notes with ease, but still reap slow and unreliable results. Usually, the cause for this uphill battle is incorrect vocal technique buried under a mountain of fear. The truth is, with good technique and a fearless mindset, anyone can confidently rock their high notes. It is simpler than you think...

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How To Hit Your High Notes (Part 2)

Want to sing high notes with POWER and EASE?  All of us want to hit that "money" note because it sets us apart from the crowd and sounds incredibly impressive. Hitting our high notes also helps us express maturity in our performance. Only the best of the best know how to steal the show in vocal competitions like the Voice and X-Factor by rockin' their high notes! I know that my ability to sing a high C without straining is the most important vocal skill that had me touring the world as the champion of a number of international singing competitions in my youth. You too can join the small group of elite singers that can access this top secret vocal weapon that will wow your audience every time...

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3 Steps To Breathing For Singing Success!

I want to remind you of how amazing you are. You are here on this beautiful planet to SHARE your amazing voice and story! Maybe you know what story you want to sing...or maybe you just know you are meant for something more. Either way, I'm here to help you expand your singing skills (and breath capacity) so that your dream voice becomes a reality and your story gets heard. It's always good to go back and revisit the basics from time to time. So today, let's discuss the very source of your singing...

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How To Train For Fast Singing Results!

How quickly you start sounding better is directly linked to whether or not you are consistent with your practice. I want you to become a singer who is always getting better, so here is a brief overview of what I know will yield fast, lifetime results. First and foremost, you must maintain a daily vocal check-in and workout. This is really about showing up everyday to activate your breath and get your juices flowing until you feel fully warmed up. Some days this can take 10 minutes. Other days it can take 30 minutes. For example, professional athletes don’t just occasionally show up for practice when they feel like it...

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How To Book Coachella

With Coachella 2016 going down the last 2 weekends, it brings up a good question: "How can I play Coachella?" Often considered the most prestigious US music festival, along with Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, to play Coachella is major validation and one of the best ways to break through to a huge audience, with crowd festivals of 100,000 and global live-streaming of the sets. With so many singers and bands out there, it can seem almost impossible to break through to get noticed for a big festival. And yet, Coachella books many relatively unknown acts...

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16 Tips To Fast-Track Your Singing Success In 2016

Hello, 2016 (as Adele would say)! Isn't it time for you to take the next step? You're on the same road, doing the same thing...day after day... You're not satisfied with where you are at today and you know there has to be a better way. You're done playing small and you're ready to take a leap. I know this is your year for huge expansion. With the start of a new year comes the very real opportunity to launch your voice and singing career onto an unstoppable trajectory towards success...

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The Secret To Winning

Just a couple months back, I can remember watching Season 15 American Idol winner Trent Harmon nearly cave in to the pressure when he was diagnosed with Mono during Hollywood Week. Hollywood Week at American Idol is known to be wickedly grueling! Sleepless nights are jammed up against some of the world's most competitive vocalists in a do-or-die atmosphere. Encouraged by doctors to go home, Trent was restricted from interacting with other contestants during the group performance round. "I was so exasperated to a degree. I was kind of quarantined to the bathroom for four of five days." He remembers, "They told me, man you can quit!" Harmon labored over making a decision as he was lying sick and discombobulated on the bathroom floor. But he did not quit! Trent found a way to compete... 

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Superstar Mentality: Transforming Your Mindset

March has been an exciting month for me, as my new album released under my label Sakura Sun has landed on the official US college TOP 200 radio charts for 4 weeks alongside Lukas Graham! One of the things that makes this so special for me is the fact that just a short while ago, this wouldn't have been possible. The truth is, a short while ago, everything was different. I tried to do everything on a zero budget because I didn't think I had the money to pay for it.  So I recorded songs without the support of a vocal coach, and I released recordings that my producer and I recorded, mixed and mastered all by ourselves! We then tried to single-handedly promote our music...

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3 Tips For Raving Fans!

You've seen certain unknown singers (including a few of my clients!) break out into fame and super-successful careers, seemingly overnight. That is the power of marketing. In addition to marketing, I have found that what it takes for a singer to go from being "just OK" to becoming a standout in the crowd comes from inner transformation: maintaining your highest vibration, unwavering self-confidence, willingness to be visible and having ZERO reservations around allowing your biggest, boldest desires and an abundance of fame and fortune to manifest in your life! This is where the real magic happened for my superstar clients: check out my client Vic Mensa...

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Are You A Fame Monster?

Are you a fame monster? Do you want your voice to be heard and adored by your family, friends and fans worldwide? Do you want to go from an unknown singer to fully visible superstar? If you are saying YES, then you are in the right place, because nothing inspires me more than singers who are on a mission to share their voice and message with the world! Thanks to technology, extraordinary levels of visibility are available to each of us and the chances of your talent becoming highly known have never been better. How exactly do you put yourself in the fame game...

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Your WOW Factor vs. Resistance

What is your "WOW factor" as a singer? Your "WOW factor" is your most powerful, impressive and inspiring qualities, abilities and artistry that make you stand out in a crowd, help you break through blocks to success, and express your authentic voice so you can confidently break into the industry. To truly gift the world with all you've got, we must also bring awareness to the Resistance within you: the self-doubt, inner critic, procrastination, lack of support and fear of being judged--all of which serve to block your success by any and all means--whether it be directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously...

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3 Steps To Discover Your Signature Sound

Whether you love to sing pop, r&b or rock songs, the truth is, you can develop your signature sound in any genre of music, but you have to decide, commit and connect to a style first. Did you know that Katy Perry started her career as a gospel singer?  Growing up in a strict evangelical family, the only music she was allowed to sing was gospel. She said this about her successful transition from releasing her first gospel album in 2001 to her hit pop album a few years later: "I didn't know there was another world that existed beyond that"...

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The Struggling & Settling Ends Today!

Last month I hosted the Summer Spotlight, an annual workshop and showcase here at the I Heart My Voice headquarters. This event was jam-packed with tools to help vocalists sing better and dream bigger! We focused on how to embrace your truest desires, set specific singing goals, overcome limiting beliefs, build confidence that attracts magic opportunities, and--most importantly--how to take the action steps you NEED to create your dream to sing! The theme that kept came up was: "How good are you willing to let your singing career get?"

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Follow The Footsteps Of Your Heart

As a singer, it is absolutely essential to focus on finding your purpose and your voice. This search for ourselves is truly challenging; in fact, in movies, books and myths, this is known as the hero's journey! I think the reason it can be so hard for us as singers to find our true calling is because we are trained from a young age to listen to other people's voices more than the true one inside us, even when it's screaming at us to do what we are called to do in life: SING!... 

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How To Handle Haters

In the past week, I have been surrounded by amazing people, artists, singers and clients who are committed to living a life of purpose and pursuing their passions. I am grateful to have spent an afternoon at the spa with my best friend, an international recording artist who has traveled the world singing. I had a session with a producer who creates music for some of the most popular shows on television. I had daily meetings with my co-director, who has not only performed with top musicians in the business such as John Legend and Stevie Wonder, but is also certified in project management. It is so important to surround yourself by high-vibrational people...

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Give Yourself Permission To Be A Superstar

Have you ever wondered who gave that singer you've been watching on social media the right to show up online like a rockstar and dare to label themselves as one of the best singers in the universe? They did. Have you given yourself the same right? I used to be the one watching other singers in the spotlight instead of living my own dreams. Now I know that I can give myself permission to be the best singer I can be and to share my gift with the world--instead of waiting for a manager or label to do it for me. The mental block of "not having permission" is still the #1 reason that...

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When There's No Such Thing As Too Much

Many of us have been taught not to desire "too much"; to not allow ourselves to have more, now! We are conditioned to not give ourselves what we desire today, whether in our singing, our careers, or our lives. The superstar mentality, the skills, the products, the extraordinary life and the freedom that comes with more time, money and music always just seems to be slightly out of reach  or in the near future. What I know for sure is that suppressing our truest desires and keeping a limiting mindset is the fastest way to block our success...

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How To Eliminate Vocal Tension

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now upon us, the holiday stress that often comes with it can take a toll on our voices. Singing is very physical--if our bodies are holding unnecessary tension, this will affect our tone and our ability to express ourselves freely. Today I want to share with you some of the best tips I know of that help to eliminate tension so you can boldly and freely create your dream voice! First things first: so how do you know if or when you are straining when you sing? The most obvious way to tell is if you feel any pain or soreness after you sing...

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7 Worst Drinks For Singers To Avoid

Singing is a labor of love. When singers express themselves with total freedom and no struggle, their message can resonate in the hearts of millions. But no matter your level of singing mastery, you can still occasionally experience a tense and dry throat that makes it difficult for you to get in your zone! I can remember my very first jazz gig in Hollywood. One of my fans had given me a salt-rimmed strawberry cocktail right before my time to shine. I gratefully had a tiny sip and thought, "Now I'm ready to sing!" When the band started, I followed with: "...!" Translation: "my voice cracked!" And this got me thinking...

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7 Worst Foods For Singers To Avoid

There isn't one magic trick or pill that I credit my healthy vocal cords to, but I am happy to share what works and maybe more importantly here, what doesn't work. I am highly conscious about which foods I eat and which foods I avoid. Even when your body breaks down, there are a number of actions you can take to maintain your vocal health. To help inspire more healthy singing days, here are the 7 worst foods for singers to avoid...

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Nutrition Tips For Singers

There are those singers that can eat and do whatever they want and it never affects their voice. And then there are singers like Taylor Swift, who, according to vocal coach Brett Manning, "...has a fantastic work ethic, and she's very careful about what she puts in her body." It can be difficult to know what to eat, but you have to eat well in order to sing well! Each of our bodies are unique, and with a little investigation I know you will figure out what works best for you! Eating a balanced diet before rehearsals and performances is absolutely crucial... 

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