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As the front-person of a band, you are the first and primary connection the audience makes with the music. A big part of your job is to engage them, make sure they understand you, and respond to their feedback. Think of the music you’re making as a big house that you’re inviting the listeners into. The front-person is the doorway to the house. You’re going to turn strangers into fans and draw them into your universe.
Here’s an unfortunate, and not so uncommon, scenario. You walk into the club 15 minutes late for your show. When you finally start your set you’re not really feeling it, but you plow on. Three songs in, your voice is beginning to warm up. You open your eyes for [...]
New Vocal Coach in Residence
Originally published in Voice Council Magazine.Lis Lewis went to Brittany Spears’ house to give her voice lessons, went to the Grammy’s to warm up Rihanna, and worked with Miguel for his Saturday Night Live performance.
We invited this true coach-to-the-stars to be our first Vocal Coach in Residence of 2017.
Vocalists who inspire:
Aretha, Ray Charles, Beyoncé, Steven Tyler, Miguel (not because I’m biased).
Your first music teacher:
Mr. Gorbetz, my choir teacher in school. We had a big choir, a small choir, an a cappella choir and madrigals. He was busy.
A favorite nerves remedy:
Meditating, stretching, vocalizing, makeup, clothes, equipment in the car then listen to great performances.
I'm so grateful to CBS Los Angeles for naming The Singers Workshop 'Best Voice Lessons' in Los Angeles. It's been my pleasure to provide voice lessons and vocal training to incredibly talented artists for over 30 years.
I don't like to say 'no'. I just cleared my entire calendar for the whole week in order to get on a flight that just landed (12:00 AM EST). I'm here in New York City to work with Miguel for his performance this weekend on SNL. I didn't actually know I was going until just three days ago.
I watched this year's Grammy Awards twice through, if you can believe it - all three and a half hours of it. Here are my favorite moments.
Watch the beginning of one fan's emotional journey, starting with a stop at a vocal coach at The Singers Workshop ... Lis' segment starts at 3 minutes.
An insider's view of the 2011 Grammy Awards with Lis Lewis backstage with Rihanna.
Come with me backstage with Rihanna at The American Music Awards 2010.
I have had one of the most exhilarating and exhausting summers of my life. I haven't seen the sun, my family or friends since June because I've been the vocal coach for the CBS TV show Rock Star: Supernova. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it is a reality show with the job of finding a lead singer for the new rock band Supernova.