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Hosted by world renowned vocal coach John Henny, The Intelligent Vocalist delves into all things singing - from anatomy and vocal science, to performance, lessons, health, artist development and inside industry practices, Join John as he opens the door to the world of singing and gives insights gleaned from his many decades of teaching everyone from beginners to superstars, as well as training other leading voice teachers.
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The Rock Your Voice Podcast is where you will find vocal coaching tips that will transform your voice, interviews to inspire, industry guidance and more. Whether you are a beginner or professional singer looking to develop your vocal skills, be inspired by platinum selling artists and special guest interviews or learn more about the industry as an emerging artist, this podcast is the ultimate resource for singers of all levels. Join the Weekly Vocal Workout and get access to unique voice tra ...
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The Voice Coach Podcast is for people who work with the spoken voice - speakers, podcasters, voiceover artists and presenters. Nic Redman, leading voice coach and voice director, shares how to improve your speaking voice and vocal health, whether you are presenting on stage, recording on microphone or presenting on camera. Vocal care impacts your performance, your vocal clarity and your presentation delivery. Learn how to go beyond a basic warm up to stand out vocally and look after your voi ...
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This quote from Moneyball blew my mind, as it is SO true when it comes to the music business as well as in sports. For signed artists this one can really hit home, for anyone wanting more confidence in their voice whether it be for speaking or singing, this quote got me really fired up to share the first step in truly opening up to your genuine sou…
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In this episode, John Henny discusses the importance of emotional support for singers. He emphasizes that singing is different from learning any other instrument. Singers expose themselves in a way that other instruments don't because the average listener focuses on the singer more than any other aspect of music. Singers also face emotional challen…
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In this episode we look at proper mic technique for a gig or speaking at a public event. There are a few very basic things that you can take into your own hands immediately that will give you confidence on stage, help you make friends with the sound crew and get your audience on side immediately! Follow these tips for a successful show or speech th…
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In this episode, John Henny interviews Kenneth Bozeman about the concept of the chiaroscuro whisper. Ken explains that the chiaroscuro whisper is a technique used to identify the resonances of the vocal tract by introducing a white noise into the vocal tract. This technique allows singers to tune their vocal tract and hear the pitches of each reson…
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OK this is a fun one! Thank you Carrie for this epic vocal delivery and Thank you Wendell Mobley for writing such a beautiful song. Here's some breath work for you that you can immediately apply to a really challenging vocal part and also use it towards looking at flips and breaks that add a stunning quality and tone to any vocal delivery. Check it…
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In this episode, John Henny discusses the experience of failure and setbacks in the context of pursuing one's goals. He shares personal stories of failure and how he dealt with them, emphasizing the importance of allowing oneself to feel the emotions that come with failure and not judging or trying to fix them immediately. Episode Highlights Failur…
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Have you tried my Bill Withers Breathing Challenge? Everyone loves this song, and just recently I noticed some EXTRAAAAA long notes at the end! So here are some breathing techniques and an immediately actionable way to put them to good use thanks to the amazing music, skills and talent of the late great Bill Withers. Let me know how you get on, and…
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In this episode, John Henny discusses the desire for simplicity and easy answers in singing. He emphasizes the complexity of the voice and the need for a nuanced approach. John explores the challenges of finding solutions for vocal issues and the ever-changing nature of the voice. He also highlights the importance of embracing the complexity of sin…
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In this episode, John talks with Tracee Theisen-Henny about her role as an accountability coach for creatives, particularly singers. Tracee emphasizes the importance of setting realistic goals, prioritizing tasks, and staying organized to maintain positive momentum. Her approach to accountability coaching is focused on providing truthful and realis…
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In this episode, John discusses the challenges that singers face as they progress in their vocal journey. He highlights the necessary shift in mindset, the need to let go of technical exaggerations, and the importance of developing a vocal identity. Episode highlights: The technical exaggerations that helped you as a beginner will need to become mo…
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In this episode, John discusses the essential steps to developing vocal power. Vocal power is achieved by creating a more intense sound wave and filtering it through the vocal tract. He also explains the importance of activating the vocal tract and using semi-occluded vocal tract exercises to increase baseline pressure. Episode highlights: The clos…
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Join us on this episode as we look at why attending a songwriting and singing retreat can entirely change your trajectory as an artist. Whether you're an aspiring musician or a seasoned songwriter, attending a retreat offers an immersive experience like no other. We explore the invaluable lessons and transformative experiences that attendees gain f…
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In this episode, John discusses the process of being productive and completing projects. He shares his experience of writing and publishing books to help others, emphasizing the importance of deadlines and accountability. Episode highlights: Setting deadlines and having accountability are crucial for being productive and completing projects. The pr…
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This comes up a LOT with clients I work with, and sadly more with females than males. For some reason there is a feeling that JUST being the singer isn't enough to cut it as a musician, and that it is necessary to be playing an instrument as well as the front person. Don't get me wrong, learning an instrument, understanding musicality and being abl…
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In this episode, John shares 10 things he wishes he knew before he started singing. He discusses the unique nature of the voice compared to other instruments, highlights the changing nature of the voice, and encourages us to apply the knowledge we gain. Episode highlights: The voice is different from other instruments and requires patience and unde…
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In this episode, John talks with Mike Massé, a musician known for his popular YouTube covers, about his journey from being a lawyer to a full-time musician. Mike explains his approach to choosing songs and how he strives to recreate them faithfully while adding his own touch. He also discusses the challenges of staying healthy as a vocalist and the…
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In today’s episode I’m joined by Kurt Dahl aka The Lawyer Drummer. We talk about the legal side of the business as well as learn about his experience in the industry as a successful musician. Whether you are just starting out, or have established your career in the world of music, this podcast episode has a ton of valuable information about what st…
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In this episode, John Henny introduces the HEROES system, a method to keep your voice healthy and flexible. Each element of the system is essential for maintaining vocal health and longevity. Episode highlights: The HEROES system (hydration, exercise, range, optimization, energy, and sing) is a comprehensive approach to maintaining vocal health and…
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Sometimes I'm asked, is there a quick cheat for warming up, are there ways to get my voice ready quickly?? Well, because you should never skip a warm up, I wanted to make sure the impatient singers (LIKE ME! ) have something to use instead of skipping a warm up altogether! Welcome to 'The Fastest Vocal Warm Up Ever'! In this episode we get your voi…
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In this episode, John discusses breaking through self-imposed limitations in singing. He explores the power of memories and stories in shaping our beliefs about our voice and potential, and encourages singers to embrace their unique voice and let go of negative self-talk. Episode highlights: Past experiences and memories shape our beliefs about our…
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In this episode I'm joined by world-class voice coach Mindy Pack. In the latest episode of the Rock Your Voice Podcast, join me as I delve into the world of voice coaching with the exceptional Mindy Pack. As one of my personal favorite coaches, Mindy's expertise extends far beyond conventional training. With a roster of chart-topping artists under …
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In this episode, John Henny discusses the lessons he learned from writing and publishing his latest book, 'The Mature Singer's Guidebook.' He talks about the challenges he faced during the writing process, how he overcame self-doubt and resistance, and offers valuable advice for anyone embarking on a big project. Episode highlights: Imposter syndro…
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In this episode, John Henny discusses the importance of singing from the vocal tract. He shares his inspiration for writing his book, The Mature Singer's Guidebook, and how his work with Kerrie Obert helped him understand the significance of the vocal tract in maintaining a healthy voice. Episode highlights: The vocal tract plays a crucial role in …
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In this episode, John talks with Susan Lowell de Solórzano about the concept of biotensegrity and its application to singing. Susan shares her personal experience with biotensegrity and how it changed her approach to singing. She emphasizes the importance of balancing tension and relaxation in singing, and explores the use of metaphors and imagery …
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In this episode I'm joined by my amazing friends Mike Nash & Mat Cardinal of The Prairie States. The Prairie States was born out of a desire to put a fresh touch on a classic design. As eleven time Country Music Alberta Award recipients including the 2018 Rising Star, 2020 Songwriters of the Year, and 2023 Group/Duo Of The Year as well as recent no…
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In this episode, John discusses the importance of vocal values and how they can shape your success as a singer. He emphasizes the difference between what is within your control and what is not, and encourages focus on the things that are within your control as defined by your values. Episode highlights: Focus on what is within your control and acce…
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Today on the Rock Your Voice Podcast I’m joined by Grammy nominated, Nashville based songwriter, Bonnie Baker. Baker has songs with artists as diverse as Rachel Platten, Zella Day, Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, Chely Wright, Reba, Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Emerson Drive, Tenille Arts, Megan Davies and Raquel Cole. The top five titles from Baker’s…
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In this episode, John talks with tenor, pedagogue and researcher Nicholas Perna about the topic of voice issues and the stigma surrounding them in the singing community. They discuss the concept of technique shaming, how singers often blame themselves for vocal struggles, and highlight the complexity of singing and the various factors that can affe…
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Today we continue a look into the world of voice health and performance. It's so important to keep your voice strong, confident and powerful, with the help of a regular vocal maintenance routine. In this episode, we have a fascinating interview with Aaron, the innovative creator behind the Vocal Mist Nebulizer. Join us as we explore the science beh…
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In this episode, John discusses his top strategies for optimizing the voice. He emphasizes the importance of simplifying the singing process and breaking it down to first principles. Episode highlights: Simplify the singing process by focusing on air, cord, and vowel (ACV). Practice efficient breathing and maintain a tall posture. Use narrow vowels…
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In this episode, John talks with top voice-over artist Liz Hill as she discusses her experience with freelance work and how it has changed her life. Liz highlights the advantages that singers have in voiceover work, as their vocal training and skills are easily transferable. She shares her journey of starting out in freelancing, the potential for i…
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In this episode I talk with the wonderful ⁠Jason Catron⁠, Vocal Coach, founder of The Vocal Lab Collective, and incredible performer with experience on stages worldwide from Vancouver to the Vatican. We talk about the learning journey as a singer and / or a voice coach, and how building your network is key for growth as well as why it's so importan…
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In this episode, I revamp my most poplular episode on the podcast, Episode 35, the Easy And Effective Vocal Warm Up. For those who use the previous episode regularly, I felt it was time to mix it up a bit for you! You can also watch this episode on my Patreon page for free. This warm up includes gently waking up the voice, accessing different areas…
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In this episode, John discusses how to deal with changing information in the field of singing. Information needs to change and evolve, but it’s important to start with simpler and bigger chunks of information in the beginning of one's singing journey. Episode highlights: Don't fall for the advertising trope that claims everything you know about sin…
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In this episode I'm joined by the amazingly talented, Canadian singer / songwriter, and platinum selling artist Robyn Ottolini. Robyn's writing is genuine, honest and raw and her journey in music has been very much an exciting rollercoaster that has lead her to where she is now. We talk about being prepared for exciting opportunities and honing you…
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In this episode, John interviews Karin Titze Cox and Ingo Titze about their book 'Voices Free After SOVT.' They discuss the groundbreaking approach to voice and the importance of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVTs). Episode highlights: Having that back pressure helps the vocal folds maintain a more stable and a more efficient posture for vi…
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Welcome to The 100th Episode of the Rock Your Voice Podcast - A Singers Unique Journey. I decided that for this episode it would be really fun to invite some of my clients to share their vocal journeys and to talk very honestly about their experiences as they transitioned from students, to singers, songwriters and performers. The guests that joined…
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In this episode, John talks with Dani Elliott as she shares her journey as a backup vocalist and provides insights into the challenges and rewards of touring. Episode highlights: Building a community and making connections is crucial for success as a backup vocalist. Taking care of mental and physical health is essential while on tour. Preparation,…
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Join me in this episode as we unravel the secrets behind why being prepared is an absolute game-changer for singers. We'll dive deep into personal experiences and stories that highlight the pivotal role preparation plays in seizing those golden opportunities that can skyrocket your singing career. From mastering vocal techniques to cultivating a st…
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In this episode, John talks about what he would say to his younger self, inspired by Ian Howell’s book “Advice for Young Musicians.” Episode highlights: It’s ok to no longer want what you thought you did before. Permanence is an illusion. Don’t let the need of others’ approval take you off the path. Be present. To learn more about John Henny, his b…
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In this episode I look at a few things that can drastically affect your voice health and help you to maintain a strong and consistent singing voice throughout the year. We look at a few factors such as: Location. Where you are and the environment you are in can definitely affect your instrument. Stress Levels. The voice is the first thing to show s…
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In this episode, John shares his New Year’s resolutions and his approach to make sure he follows through with them. Episode highlights: Making resolutions just once at the beginning of the year isn’t enough. You need strategies to build a habit, which then becomes a routine. Having accountability is crucial. To learn more about John Henny, his best…
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In this episode, John highlights the Top 10 podcast episodes from 2023, based on the number of listens and feedback from listeners. Episode highlights: You should be using your voice all the time. Singing is not easy, but if you’re struggling with your voice, you can’t quit. John’s personal vocal “setback” has been transformative. To learn more abo…
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In this episode, you'll warm up your voice specifically to train towards hitting the big note in the Christmas classic O Holy Night. Singing Christmas songs can be notoriously challenging! They are often written with lots of key changes and fast paced melodies and lyrics, so be patient when working on these types of pieces! in this episode, I'll wa…
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In this episode, John discusses the new information we’re getting about how the voice works, and how these new findings don’t necessarily discount the old ways of learning the voice. Episode highlights: The feedback we get from the voice tends to lie to us. There is not just one way of doing things. Be open to all the valuable information available…
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In this episode, John talks about how everything in the body is interconnected, and how having a better sense of this connection can greatly affect your singing. Episode highlights: One thing moves; everything moves. We are biotensegrity models. Imagery is a very powerful way to get better control of the body. To learn more about John Henny, his be…
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In this episode, John explains the four levels of competency, and what it really means to reach your highest level of singing. Episode highlights: There is bliss in the first level, unconscious incompetence, but that disables us from growth. We may experience frustrations as we progress through the levels of competency. All the work we put in durin…
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In this episode, John talks with drummer, singer, and author Jason Thomas Gordon about his book, The Singers Talk. Jason spent nearly a decade interviewing some of the greatest vocalists in modern music to compile this wonderful resource guide for singers. Episode highlights: Singers don’t seem to have many resources compared to other musical instr…
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In this episode, John talks about the three terrible Cs that can affect your singing growth. Episode Highlights: Our own human nature can trap us in the three Cs. Your journey is to uncover and express the best, most honest version of you. Singing and the voice provide continuous learning. To learn more about John Henny, his best-selling books, on-…
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In this episode, John talks with Kerrie Obert, a Speech-Language Pathologist, Singing Voice Specialist, and Voice Teacher, about vocal tremors that can develop in aging voices, and the current treatments available to help find stability in the voice again. Episode Highlights: There is unfortunately still not a lot that is known about what can cause…
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