Why do you want to sing?

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Subject: Singing » Jazz/ Pop Singing
Last updated: 11/09/2017
Tags: interpretation of material, vocal expression

Today there is so much around us that implies that singing is about image, money and fame. A lot of my younger students want to be singers because of all the glitter and glamour there seems to be around it.

But singing is everything BUT that!! Wanting to learn or develop your singing, to me, should be about learning about yourself and your voice and about how you want to express yourself.

It should be about wanting to find songs that really speaks to you and about finding ways to interpret these songs in a unique way and making the song your own.

Ask yourself what it is that makes you want to sing. When you listen to singers you aspire to sound like or be like, ask yourself what it is that you find so inspiring about them. In my opinion, you can really hear if a singer has thought about these things and if he or she means what they are singing about. To me this is what makes a good singer.

Here are links to three different performances by singers who have developed unique ways of interpreting the material they’ve chosen, and who really use songs as a medium of expressing themselves. Enjoy!

Billie Holliday (singing 'Strange Fruit')

Bjork (singing at the Royal Opera House)

Joni Mitchell (singing 'Both Sides Now')


Emilia Martensson Jazz/ Pop Singing Teacher (East London)

About The Author

A touring and award winning artist (MOBO Award and winner of 'Vocalist of the year-2016' at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards).
I have released 3 albums in my own name. Singing is and has always been my whole life.
I am very passionate about teaching

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