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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.
 
From Cardi B to Shondaland TV, the Gospel #ForTheCulture Podcast provides inspiration through the lens of Black Pop Culture. Every weekday, D. Danyelle Thomas of UnfitChristian.com bends the norms of faith & millennial spirituality by finding the gospel in unexpected places. Pull up a chair and get a Shot of Henny in your communion cup!
 
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We all have likes and dislikes; however, we need to keep our musical minds and options open. Every song is a form of art created by talented people who wish to express themselves in a unique way. In this episode, John discusses the importance of learning from a variety of music and singers and why criticism is a negative force best avoided.…
 
There is only so much we can read and study about a physical skill. At some point, you need to establish the sensations and balances in your nervous system and awareness. In this episode, John discusses the need to experience singing and performance at higher and higher skill levels and establish a path of continuous improvement.…
 
Steve Giles and Chris Johnson of the Naked Vocalist Podcast are two of the world's leading contemporary voice teachers. In Part I of a two-part interview, John talks with Steve and Chris about what they currently find most exciting in the world of voice and how to have successful online lessons. Episode Links: The Naked Vocalist Website…
 
The pandemic has allowed some industries to thrive while nearly wiping out others. Performance has been hit especially hard, creating a long struggle for singers. In this episode, John talks with performance anxiety coach and mental health professional, Ingela Onstad. Ingela discusses the stresses singers have been dealing with and how to stay focu…
 
As you progress in your singing, you will likely start to interact with better musicians. Higher-level musicians will listen to and interact with you differently than novice players. At the same time, you will need to respond to these musicians on a deeper level. In this episode, John discusses how to listen and respond to great players and suggest…
 
Our current world has many of us retreating to us vs. them, binary thinking. This attitude can creep into our views of singing and technique, which can blind us to other helpful methods and views. In this episode, John explores the problems of binary thinking and why the ideas of "one true technique" are misguided and harmful for singers.…
 
In this episode of Gospel #ForTheCulture, Danyelle (@UnfitChristian) talks about the intersection of faith + gender + sexuality by revisiting the story of Ruth, Naomi, & Boaz, unpacking her own experiences in purity culture, and thinking aloud about the ways we can shape healthier narratives around sex as believers. Join us for Final Friday: Black …
 
Kristian Lavercombe has starred in major productions from Urinetown to Jesus Christ Superstar, but he is best known for playing Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Show. Kristian holds the world record at over eighteen hundred performances. In this episode, John and Kristian discuss his successful career and his best advice for singers looking to work in…
 
You can have all the vocal technique in the world, but if you can't conquer your mental fears and roadblocks, you will struggle to perform at your best. Becky Gilhespie, a leading voice teacher in London, and now Australia, has published a new book, Singing for the Self-Conscious, to help singers breakthrough their mental hurdles. In this episode, …
 
In this episode of Gospel #ForTheCulture, Danyelle (@UnfitChristian) talks about the intersection of faith + gender + sexuality through examining the relationship between Black Queer Men + Black Cisgender Women, Black ballroom culture and the high theater of the church, and framing the ills of capitalism as structural sin. Blog Post: CAN’T WE ALL J…
 
In this episode of Gospel #ForTheCulture, Danyelle (@UnfitChristian) talks about the intersection of faith + gender through gendering God, embracing a womanist theology, and asking who benefits from the marginalization of women in our pulpits and sanctuaries. The episode companion guide is available exclusively to UC Patreons. Become a Patreon toda…
 
The current challenges we face have been incredibly disruptive for musicians and creatives. Projects, goals, and livelihoods have been displaced, creating untold amounts of stress and worries of the future. In this episode, John discusses how to navigate these difficult times and how a cable TV show about restoring cabins has helped him find a posi…
 
In the Season 2 opener of Gospel #ForTheCulture, Danyelle (@UnfitChristian) talks about the complicated legacy of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the future of the US Supreme Court, her viral post about Cardi B & Offset [read it here], Auntiechella, nostalgic TV on Netflix, and kissing impostor syndrome goodbye. Become a Patreon today! For a…
 
Singing is full of little interrupters, changes in pitch, vowels, or consonants that can throw you off balance and into vocal tension. By utilizing legato to smooth out your singing, you can diminish these interruptions and stay locked-in to your vocal sweet spots. In this episode, John discusses legato and how to practice and employ this concept i…
 
In her book, The Biggest Bluff, author, and psychologist Maria Konnikova takes a year off from writing to learn poker. In 12 short months, she goes from complete novice to tournament champion. Maria learns that poker is an almost perfect vehicle for learning how to make correct life decisions, and how to deal with the swings of luck we all experien…
 
There are so many decisions that go into a creative project. Knowing when something is good enough without getting stuck in the perfectionist trap can be incredibly hard to discern. In this episode, John discusses his journey to find the right cover for his latest book, and the creative struggles and decisions he dealt with. EPISODE LINKS: Cover Ex…
 
When tackling a larger project, such as writing a song or reaching a vocal goal, it is all too easy to falter just before the finish line. After the initial inspiration wears off, it requires a level of sticktoitiveness to push through and see the goal to completion. In this episode, John discusses the mental roadblocks to finishing large projects …
 
There can be two planes of focus when singing. The inner is on physical adjustments - the breath, vocal fold resistance, etc. Outer focus is on the results - a brighter sound, feeling the tone more forward, etc. In this episode, John discusses the difference between both types of focus and how to balance them in your practice and performance.…
 
Singing, performing, and auditioning can be stressful, filling the mind with doubt and fear. Annie Little is an experienced actress and voice teacher who has been using guided meditations to help her students overcome anxiety and to find a calm mental space in which to learn and sing. EPISODE LINKS Annie's Website…
 
RAab Stevenson is a first call voice teacher for superstars. His client list includes Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, and Pharrell Williams. In this episode, RAab shares his stories of hard work and dedication, and what it takes to be a successful performer. EPISODE LINKS RAab's Website…
 
Wow, we actually recorded this like three months ago! Sorry it took me so long to get to it. I honestly don't remember much at all what we talked about in this episode. I'll get reminded when I listen to it myself. :) In the notes text file I saved, it mentions that we ALSO talked about alternators, phase converters, saline, guns, alternators again…
 
The global pandemic has stopped all live performance and in-person lessons for the time being. How soon can we get back to singing with and for others in a communal setting? Unfortunately, for singers, the news is not encouraging. In this episode, John discusses the latest information regarding COVID-19 and singing and the realities of moving forwa…
 
The voice is a difficult instrument to control. One of the main ways we interact with our voice is through sensation. However, the sensations of singing are often misleading and can differ from singer to singer. In this episode, John discusses how to catalog the varying sensations of singing to help improve consistency and confidence.…
 
Some argue that great performances should never be analyzed, but rather, only enjoyed. While no musician would take this argument seriously, we still need to remember not to lose the joy of listening. In this episode, John discusses how to practice both types of listening, to grow your skills as a musician as well as a communicator of emotion.…
 
Dr. Reena Gupta is one of the premier ear, nose, and throat doctors in Los Angeles. Dr. Gupta is the "go-to" specialist for A-list professional voice users. In this episode, John and Dr. Gupta discuss vocal health during the current pandemic, the importance of science and knowledge for the singer, and her upcoming Voice Forum conference, which will…
 
Sidonie Smith is a leading musical theatre star in Europe. Sidonie not only has a fantastic work ethic, but she also specializes in helping singers with mindset coaching. In this episode, John talks with Sidonie about her journey to musical theatre success and how singers can keep their voices and minds in top shape while dealing with the COVID-19 …
 
Our schedules and habits are a bit out of whack these days. Amid quarantine and confusion, our practice sessions can take a backseat. Consistency is vital in vocal development, and short practice sessions of just a few minutes can still be effective. In this episode, John discusses how to utilize and structure micro practice sessions to help you st…
 
Daniel Formica has 25 years of experience singing with some of the top show and corporate bands in the US. Daniel has to be vocally ready to sing a wide variety of material, including Journey and Whitesnake. Daniel's vocal skills are the result of study and hard work. In this episode, Daniel shares with John what it takes to reach your vocal potent…
 
Stability is something that's missing in all our lives right now, but we can still find stability in our voice. Having a stable voice across your range is not the product of one aspect of singing, but a blending of optimal balance in breath, phonation, and resonance. In this episode, John discusses how all parts of the voice need to come together t…
 
Singers tend to focus on the money notes, the big, high notes usually found in the chorus of a song. But there is a world of musical expression to be found in the verses. Although the verse tends to be lower and less vocally exciting, there is much of a song's story to be found there. In this episode, John discusses how to inject more color and mus…
 
We often like to think of our musical heroes as being more than human, imbued with supernatural talent. This belief is unfair to both our heroes and ourselves, as it ignores a great deal of the hard work and constant learning all singers and musicians must go through. In this episode, John discusses the myth of pure talent and why education and pra…
 
No matter where you live, you have likely heard Gerald White sing. Gerald is a first-call session singer in Los Angeles, whose voice has appeared on numerous TV shows and major motion pictures. Gerald is also a highly skilled voice teacher, and sight-singing instructor. In this episode, Gerald discusses the demanding world of session work and how h…
 
I finally finished editing Episode 43! A special treat this time! We interview the owners of Idaho Magazine, Kitty and Gerry Fleischman. It was great to have them over. Buy their magazine and submit your Idaho-related stories and photos! (There's supposed to be an embedded audio player right here.) (click here to just download the audio manually) A…
 
Sam Johnson is a leading online voice teacher whose YouTube Videos have garnered tens of millions of views. John talks with Sam about his journey to teaching voice, the current state of pop singing, the role of voice science in his teaching, and much more. EPISODE LINKS: Sam's Website Sam's YouTube Channel…
 
We spend so much time depressed about the past or anxious about the future that we often miss the miracle of the present. Every moment you get to spend with your voice should be treasured and experienced fully. In this episode, John discusses the mindset of gratitude and awareness that will bring a new sense of joy to your singing and practicing.…
 
When you get serious about singing, it's not uncommon to go through periods of feeling like you are getting worse instead of improving. The path of learning to sing is not a straight one, and we often need to take detours that can lead to frustration. In this episode, John discusses why we may need to take a step back in our singing before we get b…
 
Body acceptance is a growing trend, freeing us from attempting to fit into narrowly defined concepts of attractiveness. Yet this often doesn't happen with the voice. Singers struggle to make their voice some it's not, often to frustrating results. In this episode, John discusses the concept of vocal acceptance, and why your natural voice is more th…
 
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