What is your Singing Story. Why Do You Sing?
This week I received this comment from Avlok, one of my YouTube subscribers. He said: “While lying in bed something came to my mind about singing. It’s not about the exercises or the problems…it’s about the motivation to beginning singers.”
Inside this video I’ll share his story and mine. Towards the end of the video I’ll discuss something that will have a huge impact on your singing.
Hi I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing.
Here’s what Avlok (not a native English speaker) said about his own singing experience.
“It’s about the motivation to beginner singers. I remember when I first try to sing… from throat get squeezed and it hurts alot. I had that feeling of pain…that’s the reason why the normal people gave up so easily.
So why don’t you give some motivational example of a singer who didn’t give up. Obviously every singer didn’t give up, but there are singers who had to struggle a lot in their life like Michael Jackson.”
Avlok said he heard Michael say in an interview that his father beat him a lot…but he didn’t give up on his dream about being rich and being a singer who can heal the world…and he did it.
Why do we persist? Why do we sing when often we face great challenges? Why do we keep trying?
When I was in high school I discovered I loved to sing and perform, especially on stage in theater. There are many highlights I experienced. What I loved the most was the deep emotional connection I felt with the audience and with my cast members.
But I had some major limitations to my voice. The main limitation was I could not sing higher than E above middle C without breaking or extreme strain.
As a result, over time I lost my confidence in my voice. Especially being at the university as a music major and surrounded by singers who seemed to have a gift to sing any notes they wanted.
When I was 19 years old, I was asked to sing in a Christmas program at church. I experienced a major fail that made me think I would never be able to sing like I wanted to. I was embarrassed and I felt I’d embarrassed everyone who heard me. I didn’t sing another solo for almost 20 years.
When I attended a musical theater show, instead of enjoying it, my heart ached because I wanted to be doing that…not just watching it.
Years later I attended a vocal workshop put on by Seth Riggs and began studying with one of his teachers. Within 6 weeks I was singing the F above middle C and going much higher in the exercises…all without straining or breaking. It was like a miracle to me. It was something I never dreamed was possible.
I knew I couldn’t sing any higher. My teachers told me I was a bass. I never had vibrato. My voice teacher had told me if I wasn’t born with it I didn’t have it. I was wrong and my teacher was wrong.
Learning how to sing through the bridge (break) in my voice has completely revolutionized my life. With renewed hope and growing confidence in my voice I began auditioning for musical theater again. In the last 20 years I’ve been in over 35 shows with many lead singing roles.
I’ve experienced the supreme joy of singing and performing. I’ve had people tell me they love my voice. I’ve connected with made friends with 1000’s of people. My family has had the joy of music in their lives. And I’ve loved it so much and I’m so grateful for what I’ve learned to do, I’m teaching others how to do what I’ve done with my voice.
It’s transformed my life. It’s my life’s work now… transforming singers lives. I want to share the message that you can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power and I want to help you to do it!
What is your Singing Story Why Do You Sing?
Here’s what’ll have a huge impact on your singing.
Deep inside your heart, can you answer this question? What is your WHY? Why do you want to sing? What is the very basic reason, the basic motivation, the basic desire that almost compels you to sing?
What is your why? The answer to this question will be what keeps you trying. It’s what get’s you up when you’re knocked down. It’s what keeps you, practicing, reaching, and growing when faced with opposition, temporary setbacks, or catastrophic failures.
Your why will give you the strength to keep singing, keep growing, keep improving.
I’m sure you have your own story about your singing?
Please share it. Whatever it is share it. No matter whether you’re young or old. No matter whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been on your journey for a long time. You’ll help others by sharing your story.
Please share it….and please share your “Why”. You’ll inspire and help fellow singers traveling the same road.
Put your story and your why in the comment section below. I’ll read everyone of them. I’m not looking for the best story. I’m looking for the only one that really matters…your story.
If you liked this video, give it a thumbs up, subscribe and please share your story and your “why” in the comments section below!
I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power to Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.
I’ll see you inside the next video.
Thanks for sharing your story Christian!
I believe singing is a spiritual gift. I always feel like am holding back something when I sing. I love to sing and dance, this is where I feel at home. It was in 2004-2009 when I started studying Music, my teacher told me that he never met this kind of voice. He said you have a unique voice. To me it didn’t matter much because I was just thinking about what I felt in my heart. There were some students who could sing with ease and I thought may be I was wrong about myself. Few years later, my teacher said be proud of yourself because you have it. One day when I felt sick and he wanted me to perform in the auditorium. I heard him sarcastically saying in front of audience. Some are are sick. Unreliable species. Singing is in my heart and it is not easy to give up your own heart.When I was still a student, I wrote a song and performed it. Someone said such a performance for free. I said I feel free when I sing not for money.
I enjoyed this video
Hi Al! Thanks for sharing your story. It’s amazing what a powerful “healer” singing is. Thanks for sharing about your father.
I really enjoyed this video on “What is Your Singing Story” and it means a lot to me.
I’ve been a trumpet player since age 12, so I always had a pretty good ear…… I’m 61 now and hadn’t played the instrument in over 15 years.
About 9 years ago, my dad was very sick and I was with some friends at a bar and they had Karaoke……I went up and tried “What is Hip? by the band Tower of Power (nice song to try if you’ve never sung a note before!) and totally tanked it……………….but something happened.
Something cathartic occured and I was hooked. I pursued a couple of video lessons and learned
some of the basic stuff and from just practicing a few times a week, I got a bit better.
Not to delve too much into my dad’s illness but he went through hell before he passed and singing is what got me through it and still does today and when I know somebody has gone through a recent tough time, I’ll do “Ooh Child” by The Five Stairsteps to cheer them up and does so for me also.
I’m thankful for your site and again thanks for your asking the question……BTW, I do The Bratty Nay’s daily-lol………….Singing is truly good for the soul.