This week’s success story is from a fantastic client called Michaela. Michaela and I have been working together since she got in touch towards the end of last year, and her story and vocal development is something I think that many aspiring singers need to hear.
Many clients who get in touch already can do a fair bit with their voices, but there are many who never book in because they feel disqualified from working on their voice because they feel they don’t have a good enough voice to even start.
If that sounds like you, then read Michaela’s story and then see where you find yourself.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I attend two churches in Nottingham, one is a family church that meets on certain days and the other is a church I attend myself on other days. I mainly sing in church, but also for my own pleasure, and my love for singing has definitely come from church. It started from mainly listening to amazing gospel singers, who I think are truly inspirational in the way they use their voices and how they sound, and it’s this that was the real seed that was planted to help me develop my own voice.
Why did you want to look for someone to help you train your voice?
The reason I started looking for a voice coach was because New Year was coming up, and I wanted to find some way to develop myself in the next year, and that was the final straw to get booked in. In fact when I found Mark I got booked in in November of the same year, well in advance of the New Year just so we could get started!
What did you feel you struggled with when you were booking in?
In terms of what I’ve struggled with, I’ve found that my pitching wasn’t always brilliant, but that I just didn’t really have a love for the sound of my own voice – the tone just didn’t excite me. Above all, getting training was to develop my own voice first and foremost. As I said, I used to struggle with pitching sometimes, and – to be honest – even just listening really intentionally to music is something I never really had a solid understanding of.
What has change or developed for you the most since working together?
My tone, my range, and my pitching. Even in the relatively little time I’ve been working on my voice there has been real, measurable progress. My voice can now do things it could never do before, and can take a lot more than it ever could have before, more than I ever thought it could!
There’s now an underlying tone to my voice now that I never thought was possible to achieve, and I really love hearing that develop week on week. I was listening to Demi Lovato and some other singers and recognising how having such a solid tone can make such a huge difference, and singing with good pitch and musicality just makes it even better.
It’s definitely an ongoing journey, and I feel like it’s a day by day process, but I’m really pleased with what has happened in the time we’ve been working together.
What might you say to someone who was interested in taking lessons to develop their voice?
I’d definitely recommend anyone thinking of taking lessons to book in with Mark. To anyone thinking of doing so, if you’re serious, if you really want to see those results in your own voice, just go for it, you might surprise yourself… in fact, you WILL surprise yourself!
There you have it!
You might not like the sound of your own voice, you might feel your musicality or pitching isn’t good enough – DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU!
We have the tools to help you develop your voice, let’s work together and show you what we can accomplish together. If you’re serious about it, then I’m serious about working with you. Just click here to get the ball rolling.