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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.

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Beyoncé just announced she's doing a world tour. Miguel just returned from one. Some singers tour the country in a van and some fly from city to city; however you travel, touring is essential to a successful music career. But how do you keep your voice in shape during a tour?

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Whether you are trying to get signed to a record label or are creating a career for yourself independently, you need great songs and a great voice but there is another more elusive element, sometimes called charisma.

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I was the vocal coach for two singers who were on a recent season of The Voice and several others from prior seasons. After watching them go through the audition process I have some thoughts about how to survive and endure.

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Why do singers wear earpieces and why do they sometimes pull them out?

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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.

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An insider's view of the 2011 Grammy Awards with Lis Lewis backstage with Rihanna.

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If you read part one of this series, The Charisma Factor, you know that charisma involves being comfortable inside of your personality in front of an audience. Your songs, your voice, your relationship with the band and your relationship with the audience should reflect your point of view, your concept.

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Come with me backstage with Rihanna at The American Music Awards 2010.

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My 15 year old daughter is a talented singer/songwriter but I feel her songs need to be stronger. She's tried writing with a kid from school but she felt he wasn’t as knowledgeable as she is and that he was stubborn about using his own ideas. How can we find someone to write with her.

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