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Thank you for visiting my website.

I have been contemplating about starting this website and blog for quite a long time now. I must say that fear took the upper hand for some time. But not anymore! I am very happy to have launched this website and blog which will serve as a platform to share my personal experiences, thoughts, tips and discuss with you all.

My passion in life is singing and music. Those who know me closely, know that I started singing way back in 2002 with the encouragement of my music teacher at the time and help and support of my parents. I have gained extensive experience from then on and I felt that it is now time that I share what I know, learn from your discussions and feedback so that we can grow in our careers, together. I am a singer but also an accountant (we need a stable income to finance our singing career, right?). But I am hoping that someday singing and music will become a more dominant feature in my life. This blog is also a steppingstone towards that goal.

I really hope that you join me in this journey, by adding your email address to my mailing list and contact me if you have any queries and feedback that you would like to share. In the meantime, feel free to follow my social media for more updates and stay on the lookout for the next blog post.

Until then,

Yours Truly,

Jessica

Hey there,

Welcome back to my blog. Hope you are having a great week so far.

For this blog post I wanted to address singers’ fears and how to overcome them. I have been singing for the past 14 years and I still get so nervous before setting foot on stage. So, I have developed my own routine, especially before a performance.

Fear 1 Solution 1

My worst fear is that of forgetting the lyrics whilst singing. This fear has haunted me from the very beginning and it has turned into a phobia, but there is always a solution for everything. When I have an upcoming performance, I choose my set list way before-hand, burn a CD with all the songs (Yes, I am still an “old fashioned” gal), and whilst driving, working or doing anything, I listen only to the songs in the set list to the point where I start dreaming about them. This way I know that the lyrics have become ingrained in my mind and come naturally whilst singing.

Fear 2 Solution 2

This is going to be a bit TMI but it’s a reality. I fear that I am going to burp whilst I am singing! It may sound funny but it is a common occurrence. Solution, do not eat or drink a lot right before going on stage. I solved this by going on detox mode the day of the performance, and drink only water and eat a light salad 6 to 7 hours before. Then, of course, I reward myself with a nice chicken burger and some fries.

Fear 3 Solution 3

The next fear has become a reality many times, and it frustrates me so much; getting sick the week of or the day of the performance. After all the hard work, practicing, rehearsals and preparation the last thing on your mind is getting sick, and this often happens because the stress weakens our immune system. So, I invest in a lot of citrus fruit and drink a glass of freshly squeezed oranges every day. This helps a lot in lowering the chance of getting the flu and also it’s good for you! To relieve a congested nose, I use ‘Eucalyptus Oil’. I put 10 drops on a tissue paper and inhale it as deeply as I can throughout the day. I also put some under my pillow so that I inhale it whilst sleeping. It has been a life saver!

Fear 4 Solution 4

The last fear I wanted to talk about is voice cracking whilst singing. This is usually a result of not warming up well before singing, which should be an absolute must for any singer. When I was younger I had this bad habit of not doing a proper warm up and my voice did crack sometimes. In reality, warming up the voice doesn’t need to be an endless list of exercises, but by humming from the bottom to the top of your range and stretching your voice is already a start.

I hope you found this post helpful. We have to keep in mind that we do not control everything and sometimes things do not go as we plan them, but we have to always think positive and be confident that everything will turn out great!

Do you have any other fears that I did not mention? Let me know in the comments together with your solutions.

Until next time,

Yours Truly,

Jessica

Hey there,

Welcome back to my blog!

As all singers know, warming up the voice is a crucial step in the daily routine of a singer, not just before a performance but also for daily voice usage. When I was younger I used to skip this step and oftentimes ended up straining my voice. Nowadays, I scour the internet to find the best warming up exercises that I actually like doing and that are effective. So, in this blog post, I am going to list great warming up exercises that I found work, according to their intensity.

1) High-intensity

During last year’s annual ‘Vocal Booth’ concert I decided to sing ‘Never Enough’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’. I was terrified to sing this song due to its numerous high notes. So, I set a personal challenge to go on stage and sing my heart out. But to do this, I needed the right warming up exercises. I searched for ‘Never Enough warm-up’ and this video came up which I have used ever since. The video includes 3 intensive vocal exercises that warm-up and stretch the voice in the best way possible.

2) Medium-intensity

My voice has a natural high range and usually it is hard for me to sing in a low larynx position. So, I found this 5-minute vocal warm-up that helps me to warm-up my lower range and prepares my voice to sing in a low larynx position.

3) Low-intensity

Nowadays everyone has a busy schedule. So, this 3-minute vocal warm-up video is perfect for warming up on the go or right before setting foot on stage. I find that it is also great for those daily voice users for example teachers. A good habit to adopt in your daily routine is to include these exercises in your playlist and warm up your voice whilst driving. This is great especially for those who frequently get stuck in traffic. It includes 3 exercises that are great to warm up the voice and also perfect for beginners.

Sometimes I dedicate a couple of hours for full-on exercise mode. So, combining these three warm-up exercises together is perfect for such days. Do you use a preferred warm-up structure? Would love to know what they are.

Until next time

Yours Truly

Jessica