My 2019 World Champion Singer, Beth, learned A LOT about the importance of vulnerably and emotionally connecting to her songs prior to her big win.
My best guess in 2018 was that it was what had been keeping her from winning in prior years, frequently coming in 2nd but having difficulty securing 1st, so I decided to tackle our preparation that year much differently than we had before.
She ended up competing in 3 international singing competitions in 2019 where she took 4th in one, 2nd in another, and at last… 1st place in the world. Beth’s voice is phenomenal, but even in the contests she didn’t win, the people there who had heard her before our little experiment came up to her (and me) that year and gushed about how much more incredible her voice was that year.
But we didn’t even touch her vocals.
THAT’S how powerful this work is – she was NOTICEABLY a better singer that year, even though we didn’t work on her voice. We focused solely on developing her ability to relax enough to be vulnerable and connect to the emotions of her songs. And people listening assumed it was her voice that was so much better, but it was actually her ability to vulnerably express herself and the raw emotions she was legitimately feeling in her songs which allowed her audiences to go there with her emotionally, feel moved by her performances, and ultimately see her as the best singer.
Now, she approaches learning her songs differently. Instead of making her prime focus on the vocals and the technique, she works out the technical kinks so she can focus her energy on vulnerably singing from a very real experience she once lived. Is it easy? To understand, yes. To execute, not typically. Does she still fall into her old perfectionist tendencies? On occasion, yes. The difference is that instead of her vocals being the end-all, be-all of her performing (which is the case for soooooo many singers), she now understands that incredible vocals and technique are just the FIRST step to a winning performance, not the ONLY step.
I want to be clear that this was not something she came into naturally or easily, so if this is a struggle for you, know that it’s normal and that you can learn how to do this just like she did. Having my help with it pushed her harder and kept her from giving up on it, relying solely on her amazing voice.
Talk to me so we can get you on the path to having performances that are made of way more than just fantastic vocals.