Losing your voice on the road feels like the end of the world – says Jenn Bostic.
For the release of my Faithful album I did a tour across the midwest. I hired a 4 piece band and had been planning for months.
Days before the tour I received some terrible news of a family emergency, and while it was alright to continue on with the tour, my heart was focused on the events that had taken place.
I was overwhelmed by stress and did not get proper rest, rarely took time to center my heart or spend time in prayer as I normally would, and I was singing my heart out, performing longer sets that normal because I was able to escape the pain of real life.
This led to me oversinging, and becoming vocally fatigued.
The biggest show of the tour was an opening slot for Eric Paslay in Minnesota and I was not at my best. I barely got through the set and lost my voice when we were finished. I allowed my emotions to get in the way of my vocal health.
Had I taken the time to follow these 5 vocal tips I may have been in a better place vocally:
Hydration is so important and can be difficult while traveling. Carrying a reusable water bottle serves as a good reminder. If you have the luxury of a rider, request water bottles, rather than just water so you can take them with you and have them on hand.
I know, I know, easier said than done. However, don’t underestimate the power of a catnap, it’s okay to skip “one more drink” after a show, and limit your pre-bed time social media to ensure you’re getting as much shut-eye possible. Fatigue is a monster that creeps up fast and not only makes you sound tired, but can also bring out the wrong kind of diva.
3. Warm Up
Your vocal cords are a muscle and should be warmed up accordingly. Throughout the day make a habit of lightly humming five to eight note scales and sliding up and down your range on an “oo” or “ah” vowel. Warming up your voice will not only wake it up, but help focus the tone.
4. Eat Healthy
Skip the greasy bar food as much possible. Stick to vegetables, lean protein, and whatever else might give your body energy. Getting worn out on the road is an easy way to get sick.
5. Quiet Time
Take time to be still, take time to be quiet. Not only does your voice need to rest, but so does your mind. Try to spend a few moments before and after a gig in silence. Whether you spend that time in prayer, meditation, or just calming your spirit, this practice can help you focus your energy on your performance, your tone, and your mental state. Whether you’re groggy or in tip top shape, a little down time can go a long way.
My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry
Emily Erhardt - Vienna
Emily, I love your voice. It’s interesting and raw, yet commercial. Your playful phrasing and dynamics kept me interested throughout the video. You have great intonation. Even though you were reading the sheet music, you still managed to show personality, however I would have loved to see you make eye contact and communicate with the audience that way, the page turning was slightly distracting, but only because I was so zoned in to your wonderful performance. Especially love the last run when you pop up to that high note. Great job, I look forward to hearing more from you.
Why I chose Emily Erhardt as a Finalist
I am choosing Emily Erhardt to move forward to the next level in VoiceCouncil’s contest because of her unique and captivating tone. I think she has a lot of potential and I look forward to hearing what she does next.
Jenn Bostic is a singer songwriter who’s hit song “Jealous of the Angels” is making an impact worldwide. She won five Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, Best Female Country Artist, Best Musician, Best Songwriter and Country Music Song of the Year. Jenn’s new album “Faithful” is now available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.