Have you ever heard this saying: There's the 'money note'? Maybe you have watched one of those singing competition TV shows and seen the judges faces light up when the contestant sings that last long power note on an high sounding pitch?
If yes, then you will be familiar with the 'belt' sound. Listen to Worship Leaders Belt
Many popular worship singers use varying degrees of 'belt': Kim Walker-Smith, David Phelps, Matt Redman. In gospel singing belting is a normal standard technique of the genre. Think Vickie Winans, Tasha Cobbs, Yolanda, Kim Burrell, Keisha Clarke, Tye Tribbett, Donnie, Marvin Winans, Israel Houghton, Micah Stampley. It really is a long list.
There are some simple universal exercises that are used by vocal coaches - regardless of the pedagogy studied -to help prepare a students voice for singing. I list 7 of them below and they are exercises that I use to ground and prepare a vocalist’s voice for singing.
We asked respected high tenor and Joyful Soundz (The Voice, BBC) band member Kelyon Ross,(Gospel Vocalist and Actor) to share his top vocal tips with our subscribers. He created this video especially for us.
We love this video for the following reasons
1. We think the tips are surprisingly good!
2. They are not complicated so you can do them all at home!
3. We asked for 2 mins but he gave us 8!
4. We hope he turns it into a mini series!
With over 20 years as a vocalist under his belt, he definately knows what it takes to
keep the voice in tip top shape.
Click, sit back and enjoy.
[Kelyon has sung with a variety of artists from London Community Gospel Choir, Dionne Warwick, Kylie Minogue to Jahmene Douglas and appeared in numerous films and tv adverts. He is currently a member of Peter Francis' choir, Jabez Family and continues to sing with Joyful Soundz. (The Voice, BBC TV)
London Community Gospel Choir
Dionne is a professional Vocal Coach and Worship Leader and has been tutoring
Voice In Ministry - Lift Your Voice!