More Reflections from a Vocal Coach on The Voice Blind Auditions
There is no way around it. Great tone and cool licks with no confidence won’t make the chairs turn. You must sing with confidence, have something to say and like the way you say it. If you don’t like your singing, then no one else will either. Pharrell said Monday night, “Sing for yourself first.” It does not mean you must be perfect. You don’t have to sing every style well or be the best. But there are a few things you need to turn those chairs.
Vocal Coaching Thoughts on The Voice Premiere
My friend Kirk sent me some observations about The Voice and what the judges were looking for. He said,
1. Use All of Your Registers
2. Love Your Voice
3. Make the Song Your Own
I totally agree. His text inspired me to expand on those points. So, here’s my take on how to make the chairs turn.
We have had a secret for so long. Our son, Jordy Searcy, auditioned for The Voice! The “Blinds” premiere on Monday, September 22, 2014. We hope you will tune in to see Jordy’s audition. We are so proud of him and all the work he has done. Jordy is a tremendous songwriter (Can I say that? I am his mom.) His lyrics are inspiring and often filled with wisdom beyond his years. He’s been into music as long as he has been alive. I think he has known since elementary school that this is what he was born to do. He sounds a little like John Mayer meets Jon Foreman, with some Ed Sheeran and Mat Kearney. It’s kind of a bluesy, folky, pop sound. He has been singing around our town for years. We are so happy that now you guys will get to hear him too!
It was never my desire to become a classical singer or to sing in an opera, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to study with some wonderful classical teachers and star in an opera once in college.
When I was 15 my mom found a voice teacher for me at the local college.
Dr. Sharon Mabry was a wonderful singer and teacher, it was awesome to study with her while still in high school. Later I studied with Marjorie Halbert at Belmont University and learned what it meant to sing with a beautiful expressive tone. Here are 3 important tools that made a lasting effect on my voice:
Here is a clip of Bernard Harris, music director and bass player for Mandisa, at Camp Electric 2014 in Nashville. He shares some tips and secrets on how Mandisa keeps her voice in top shape for her concerts.