Vocal Coach Emergency BluesI knew my regular vocal approach was not going to work, because it wasn’t working. I could feel it and I could hear it. What was I going to do? Where to begin? What if I couldn’t pull this together? What if it wasn’t there? Had I been kidding myself this whole time? Am I delusional, thinking I can do this? What am I doing? I had been writing and singing for years, but this was new territory and I was in the beginning stages of recording an album! I wasn’t exactly thrilled about enlisting a Nashville vocal coach. That prospect sounded very expensive and I had real concerns about a “Nashville” approach to what I was creating…not to mention inviting someone into my fragile state at that time. I knew I needed some help with my singing, but I didn’t know where to turn. My friend Casey Wood, who engineered and produced the album, suggested I contact Jaime. He had worked with her on several projects and I trusted Casey immensely, so…I called Jaime.
Vocal Coach Emergency Rescue. Whew!Jamie immediately proved to be incredibly kind, insightful, supportive and helpful. Plus, Jaime is a HUGE Bob Dylan fan like me, so we hit it off right away. Jaime didn’t try to change my voice, she helped me develop and strengthen a new part of my voice. Being a songwriter herself, she had an understanding and empathy to the process and the place I was exploring artistically and vocally. Jaime quickly gained my trust because I was experiencing positive shifts in my singing and my overall mindset and approach. I was writing this new material quickly, and we were recording the songs very quickly. She really helped me key into articulation, phrasing, tone and delivery that could only come from someone that understood the songs. Jaime was a quick study and paid attention to things at a deep level. She got it. This really allowed me to relax and feel confident in this new aspect of my writing, singing, recording and performing live.
Eventually, we all need helpThis time and process with Jaime really helped me to record and perform those new songs, and it gave me a new confidence at a time when I felt pretty doubtful about what I was doing. I believed in the songs but they were requiring something new and different from me. Jaime helped me figure out how to embrace this and then deliver. Jaime also sang harmony vocals on that cd, and the next two as well… Better Here and Together, We’ll Get Through. I really don’t like to think about making that first cd without her assistance. She really set me on a new course. Jaime has always come through for me when I have written a song and I am trying to figure out how to approach it vocally, or when I just need a trustworthy ear and an insightful opinion. If you are looking for a vocal coach, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Jaime is it! You can read an article by Jaime called “I’m Too (insert criticism) to Sing Pro,” and you can contact Jaime here for more information regarding voice lessons. Until next time, happy guitar-ing, and singing! Shane
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