Special Viral Considerations for Singers

Special Viral Considerations for Singers

You’re getting a lot of viral advice right now. 

But did you know that SINGERS need to take special considerations during viral outbreaks that other people don’t?

BEFORE YOU CANCEL an opportunity to sing, read the steps you need to take to measure your risk and boost your immunity.



I’ve had the ‘opportunity’ to be traveling and performing during every major viral outbreak in my lifetime, so I get how scary it can be to be wondering just how ‘safe’ you are sometimes.

I’ve also had the ‘opportunity’ to have been a severely immuno-compromised person many times during my recoveries from nearly fatal septic shock.

(I actually wanted to make a video for you on this but…I’ve caught something weird that’s kept me in bed for days.  No worries…it’s not Covid19.)


I have to say, I’m a lot more of a ‘germaphobe’ than I ever was before,

But all of that has given me the opportunity to ask medical specialist and medically certified holistic medical professionals the inside questions about how to keep my immune system as healthy as possible and still be able to do what I love…”get out there and…sing!”

And that’s what I’m going to share with you now.



It’s not viruses.

It’s not even dirty hands (believe it or not).

And, chances are, you’re probably ignoring most, if not all four right now.


On the whole, singers are pretty good at doing the list of things you’re hearing about ten times a day now.

But there are FOUR we tend to forget about that really put our anatomy at RISK, even after all that ‘distancing’ and ‘hand-washing’. 


1. Dehydration

This is the MOST ESSENTIAL body need that singers don’t think about.


Water is to the body what gas is to your car.

If you’re going to drive through a storm, one of the first things you check before you leave is if you have enough gas to make it.



So take that ‘8 glasses a day’ guideline (which, by the way has been revised in recent years to up to 12), and consider your increased hydration needs for every rehearsal, run-through or performance you have coming up.



But it can take the body up to TWO WEEKS to get hydrated. 

And with the exception of training athletes or people who heavily work out, the rest of us tend to be dehydrated all the time.




Consider how much moisture your skin loses every time you use an ALCOLHOL WIPE.

Add to that the fact that when we are feeling stressed our bodies need even MORE water to function properly.

Then add on the hydration needs of SINGING…


You get the picture.



THE best thing you can do starting right now is to drink water constantly.

TIP: *add a little lemon juice (which neutralizes once ingested) to help acid reflux and ‘throat gunk’.


2. Stress

These are stressful times.

But if you’re honest, you were probably stressed before you found out there was a pandemic, right?

So, now your body is SUPER stressed.


If you’re preparing to sing, you’ve got the natural added stress that comes with that. 

In fact, singers rarely consider just how much stress their bodies are under just from memorizing, performing deadlines, nerves and the rest of the physical challenges singing brings.

DON’T IGNORE the compounding effect that each source of stress has on your immune system.

Lucky for you, SINGING has acutally been proven to reduce stress….so singing more when you don’t HAVE too is really a good thing!




3. Lack of self-care


If you weren’t thinking about your health before, you are now.


General self-care is the difference between singers who can handle touring and those who…can’t.

Misusing their vocal anatomy is the #1 reason their voice dies prematurely… but ignoring simple self-care WILL cause you to sound worse than you really are.

We have to ‘feed the machine’ if we expect it to work for us.


In order to sound it’s best, your voice and your body need:

  • REST (more is always better)
  • CALM (which singing for fun is proven to enhance)
  • NUTRITION (now is a great time to revisit how you fuel your body)




Just like alcohol wipes dry the body’s outside (the epidermis) leaving it at risk for more damage and infection, alcohol on the inside of the body strips essential body systems of moisture; including the vocal anatomy.

If you’re currently under stress (&, if you’re watching the news, you are), and if you’re already naturally dehydrated (chances are high that you are). then adding ANY amount of alcohol right now is going to give your immune system an even harder mountain to climb.


As a rule, drinking alcohol within 24hrs of singing will keep your body (& your voice) from being able to do your best.

Plus, in times of increased stress, if your self-care is not at a maximum, any amount of alcohol puts your voice at increased risk for DAMAGE.


If I were even a casual singer and I planned to sing at all during this viral outbreak I would take all alcohol off the menu for the time being.

This is also my guideline for touring singers and heavy use voices (musical theater, upcoming concerts, worship singers).


  • Singing is safe during a virus as long as:
    • You are healthy (no fever)
    • You boost your immunity through vigilant self-care,
    • You are informed about what to look out for & how to protect yourself


  • Cleaning products marked by the FDA as ‘affective against flu’ have elements that have been known to interrupt a virus’ life cycle & keep it from replicating.  They don’t actually kill it.  Only use products recommended by your doctor or well-known medical institutions.


  • Your best defense is a good offense:
    • REST (listening to music is a great way to reduce stress by keeping your brain busy & is medically proven to
    • CALM (singing is proven to release the ‘chill’ hormone)
    • EXTRA HYDRATION (anything without caffeine or sodium counts but water is the best) AVOID SODIUM (even in nasal sprays unless used minimally)
    • GOOD NUTRITION (soups are a great way to get in more fluids + essential nutrients)


      • Voice cracking more? Suspect dehydration & lack of self-care
      • Don’t feel like getting up to sing? Suspect anxiety and lack of rest (boost self-care)
      • Voice unusually tired? Suspect lack of self-care.


    • Feel ‘germaphobic’? Suspect your anxiety AND your skin: don’t forget to moisturize every time you use alcohol wipes!
    • Feeling unusually tired even though you’re healthy? Suspect STRESS and lack of self-care.



Singing is a Health Booster

  • Singing is an anti-anxiety drug:  It releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for relieving anxiety and depression
  • Singing is a happy drug: It releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone
  • Singing lowers stress: It releases cortisol, the hormone that lowers stress
  • Singing boost immunity: it increases brain chemicals that help the body be more resilient
  • Singing improves sleep: the combined physiological effects singing has on multiple body systems enables sleep to be more restful and more reparative to the body.


Singing to Others Helps Them Too

  • It’s the oldest ‘tribe-connecting’ activity in history for a reason: we thrive on knowing we’re in this together
  • It’s a great way to help others to literally feel better (see medical benefits above)
  • You can help reduce other people’s stress & maybe even make them laugh (on purpose, right?)

Don’t stop singing!


How to Sing God Bless America – avoiding voice cracks and bad notes

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Learn to sing this old classic, initially revived by Celine Dion after 9/11 and make it the most powerful national anthem ever.
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How can a guy sing 3+ octaves?

How can a guy sing 3+ octaves?


  • It IS possible for guys to access those high notes you thought were gone after puberty
  • I’ll show you the only 2 ways that have ever been proven to do it
  • And after the video, read below to continue the training

You’re not the only one who lost up to half of your vocal range

Both boys and girls tend to lose access to some notes during and after puberty.  But the guys have always had it the worst.

But what if you didn’t have to lose all those high notes?


There are 2 ways for any guy to KEEP them

(You’re really not gonna like the 1st one)


What’s the 2nd way?

It’s by becoming the vocal equivalent of an athlete.

It has NOTHING to do with your vocal cords

Ever since we first discovered that we had vocal cords we think everything we sing is because of them.

But the real work – the engine behind the machine, is vocal muscle.

And vocal muscle functions no differently than any other muscle you go to the gym to train.


Just one tiny, itty-bitty problem.


Unlike the number of gyms nearby, until the past few years NO ONE had access to a real, proven ‘vocal-gym’: what medical science has known for decades the voice needs to recapture those lost notes.


So are they everywhere now?


If they were, I wouldn’t be doing what I do.


Less than 8% of the entire body of vocal education includes a proven scientific process to put the voice back where it was before stopped accessing those notes.

And….let’s just say that, even as a professional singer…it ain’t easy to come by

…or afford.


How the 2nd way works

Let’s take it from what medical specialists who study the singing voice have proven:

When a male or female voice sings 3+ octaves, two groups of vocal muscles trade off like a bicep and tricep.

Vocal surgeons who specialize in work with singers call this a ‘natural voice’…literally because it’s the capability 98% of us are born with.

(& you’d have a doctors note if you weren’t)


If all of the vocal muscles are strong, flexible and coordinated the result is minimum of 3 octaves.

We’re talking about being able to sing soft OR strong without pain or strain on EVERY SINGLE NOTE for 3 octaves!


But just like if you went to the gym and only trained parts of muscle groups, inadequate vocal training just can’t cut it.

So to make up for what can’t happen, they all teach a mix of man-made rules that manipulate the voice to try to add something to it.

It’s like having one weak leg, but trying to balance out your body weight by walking with your opposite arm out holding a barbell all day.

You’d get closer to balanced, but it would cause more problems than it solves in the long run.


Unfortunately that’s what happens to the vast majority of singers.

Why did so many guys in 70’s bands hit notes almost no one can now?

Great question!

When one singer charts with a sound that’s new or different, the mad rush is on to sound just like them.

But just like inadequate vocal training, singers who try to copy another sound have to manipulate their voices to even get close.

And any kind of manipulation in the vocal anatomy is just like a loose wrench in the machine.

Even when it results in a similar sound, it usually comes at the cost of new strain, missing notes, loss of some ability or, most often with singing high: losing your gorgeous booming bottom notes.

But don’t some singers just ‘do it’ naturally?


And guess what vocal surgeons find when they look into the vocal process in singers who DO:

…nobody screwed up their natural voice!


And with so many of us wanting to not just reach more notes but actually sound just like someone with a different set of vocal cords, that is becoming more and more rare.

How to keep it if you got it – & get it if you don’t

If you currently sing 3+ octaves and every note feels good – LOOK OUT!

Never forget that guessing at how to do anything with the voice is never any more successful than the 1st guy who tried to deadlift without being in shape or having a spotter.


If you don’t know how to KEEP that range, you’ll go the way of so many singers who find it gone and have no clue why.

In our upcoming training series I’m going deep into how to be your own vocal advocate – how to know what to believe for yourself, and how to protect that golden voice. (Get on the waitlist to get dates/times once we announce them)


Don’t have that kind of range yet?

The best thing you can do is to stop listening to ALL singing advice until you know how to tell the good from the bad.

Knowing that is the most important thing singers need to know.


In the upcoming training GAME CHANGER I’m going to show you what my extremely rare vocal education taught me that no one else knows – why no one is telling you – and how to be put back in charge of protecting and perfecting your own voice.

Get on the waitlist for free webinar and training here.


if any note you sing is ‘balanced’


When the vocal muscles are able to do what they were created to do this will happen on all 3+ octaves of your natural range.

(It’s in there!) 


The first step is to get familiar with what it FEELS like when the vocal machine is doing it right.

If a note is ALL THREE of these:

  • EASY – free of any strain, pain or overt effort (feels effortless)
  • SOLID – you can go soft to strong without any change in the ease of the feel (feels stable), and
  • FLEXIBLE – you can hold a note – go into vibrato (or any styling tool) and back without any change in the ease or solidity of the note (feels like it wants to party)

THAT’S what true ‘vocal balance’ feels like!



Can you imagine feeling THAT on 3+ octaves?!

It’s not a pipe dream. 

You just need to know someone who really knows how to show you the way back & will give you the tools to own it for yourself.


Ready for a GAME CHANGER? Click below to find out when this training is available. 

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Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks


  • Learn how to avoid the soul-crushing boomerang
  • Discover new ways to ‘get out there and sing’
  • Hear our super-unique solution to every possible argument you’ve probably ever had for NOT singing.
  • Find out how to move from wishing you were singing to DOing it NOW!

Singing tips no one tells you for when your confidence is tanking

It never feels like it, but every singer feels like quitting if they do it long enough. 

It doesn’t matter how many singing lessons, tips, training, even performing you do.

The truth is that the more we THINK, PRACTICE, DREAM about singing….and if we do that considerable more than we actually SING, will wear on your confidence.

It’s easy for me to tell you to ‘get out there and sing’.  But sometimes, fear and insecurity can KEEP us from seeing the amazing amount of opportunities that are just waiting.

And the more you take, the more you get to experience the JOY of singing.

Sure you’ll still think about what you want to improve.  But that little voice in your head will shrink back into the tiny nag it should be.



STOP asking “am I good enough”!

Think of it this way:

Will I ever be the best singer in the world?


But you CAN do something that literally NO other singer on the planet can do:

Sing with your uniquely created set of vocal cords to make notes with the kind of timber, tone and texture that literally only you can!

So QUIT trying to sound like other singers!

Can some singers sound like other singers?

YES….but….(BIG BUTT)….

  • Why would you want to settle for being a cheap knock-off of someone else?


  • In order to make your unique voice sound like someone else’s unique voice, you have to manipulate, many times causing bad habits that lead to vocal damage


  • And even if you succeed…what you LOSE in the process is the ability to recognize and develop YOUR unique sound.

“Talent Shows”…AREN’T actually TALENT SHOWS

THEY’RE CASTING CALLS to find certain looks, sounds, etc that fill out a ‘cast’ combination that a show needs to better ratings.


Nothing wrong with that.  Really.

As long as you remember (and this is super hard to do) that a rejection is only saying they either already casted a role you’d fit or the’re not casting what you have.

Actors do it every day.  Sure it’s a bummer if you don’t get cast.  And, yes it can feel devastating if you’re sure you were perfect.

But they TELL actors that it’s not the PERSON that isn’t validated, they just weren’t cast for a PART.

It’s time we tell the SINGERS too!


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A Simple White Girl's Guide to Vocal Training Methods


Maybe you’ve been there: classical singing lessons, learning the rock singing method, the broadway belt, speech level, online singing lessons teaching who-knows-what…

Ever wish someone would just make it simple to tell the difference between what different vocal coaches teach?


Little did I know that 2 decades, studying them all & spending tens of thousands of dollars would still only result in me having to figure it out for myself.

It’s super important to understand what’s behind what you’re paying to learn.

So in this quick flyover, I’m going to break it down for you.

Every single type of vocal training out there belongs to one of these camps:

The Classical Singing Approach

This began with the first big singing contest and the desire to copy a sound of some singing monks. 

It has since developed into a long list of rules to copy that sound….which as it turns out, sounds nothing like those monks.  go figure.

Because it’s been around the longest, this approach is the most widely taught around the world today.

Rock & Broadway Belt Approaches

By the time recorded music entered the scene, many singers didn’t want to sound like some old monk….or whatever sound the other camp ended up sounding like.

So they did what they knew to do:

They found a singer they liked and tried to copy the sound. 

Then came up with some rules to try to force the most uniquely different voices to copy the sound too.

Not to be outdone (& losing tuition like mad), the classical camp decided they must embrace the new sound singers wanted. 

So they did what they knew to do:

They found a sound singers wanted and used their previous rules to make a new copy of a new sound.

These are the Broadway belters. 

Same approach. 

More contemporary sound than classical

Just not as hip as the Rock belters.

Speech Level Approach

SLS (the most widely known branch) & the rest of speech level advocates were the very first in history to start not with copying a sound but by looking at the medical science of the time (1950’s).

By then doctors knew that singers in all the other camps were having problems and getting damage. 

They already knew it was because the voice is already ‘plug and play’ at birth: that copying any sound puts strain on a voice, many times ending in vocal damage.

Speech Level coaches teach a core group of exercises initially developed with a vocal surgeon in the 1940’s. 

They also introduced the concept of ‘the mix’.

The Voice Club Method

As a working working singer for nearly my entire life, I’ve had the excuse to study every method out there.

Over 95% of the available training is from one of the approaches above.  But I found that when I gained something I wanted I lost something I didn’t want to lose.

And none of them could answer any of the questions I had.

As a professional voice talent who had done the research to develop a training program for commercial voices I knew that copying a voice (or ‘character voices’ in VO lingo) could be terribly damaging to the voice.

I’d already started adapting my VO training for my vocal work since I went from vocal to VO sessions regularly.  It was surprising how much better I was singing.

That’s how I stumbled upon the Speech Level camp.

I eagerly started training, but was bummed to discover that to have access to any answers I had to spend a hefty amount of coin to become a certified coach.

But I really wanted answers.  So I did.

But in the midst of those highly classified master coach training workshops something became glaringly clear:

No one here was going to answer my questions either.

THEY were there to spout complex pedagogical theories…or trying to nod knowingly when they were as lost as me.

I was just looking to grasp on to anything I could simply understand that would help me sing better by my next gig on Friday.

But then something horribly bizarre happened:


After suffering two separate medically induced voice-ending conditions I discovered for myself the limits of both anatomical vocal instruction and vocal surgery.

What my vocal anatomy taught me through those dark times not only resulted in completely repairing my voice twice & adding an extra half octave, it completely changed everything I’ve ever believed the voice could do.

Ever since then it’s been my personal mission to share all the answers I found to every singer I can; to education and empower them to take back control of their vocal potential…

…& to learn HOW to protect & perfect the only voice they’ll ever have.

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