VoiceCouncil’s youngest ever competition finalist shares her perspective on beginning to build up a vocal career.
Cinya Khan is a wonderfully talented vocalist who, at the age of 13, is the youngest ever to make it into the final round of VoiceCouncil’s Singing Competition.
As her singing career kicks off, she has already made a few memorable performances for her school, including singing the National Anthem at 8th Grade Graduation, and also playing the character “Gladys” in the musical The Pajama Game. Her experiences with live performance in English and Spanish continue with various events for family, friends and strangers!
Read her interview below.
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you?
Tori Kelly is one of my biggest musical and personal influences because of the rawness of her sound and her relatable lyrics and personality.
Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people?
The fear of negative feedback is the hardest challenge to get past.
Something that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience?
Posting videos on Facebook and YouTube has helped me broaden my audience vastly.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in college, pursuing my music career, hopefully singing at gigs as often as possible, and creating my own original music.
A performance FAIL?
Intense voice crack in front of a good sized crowd.
A performance SUCCESS – and why…?
When I sang the National Anthem, because I was so intensely nervous for it but I tried my best and got a ton of applause and praise for my performance.
Favorite Vocal Gear and why?
My dream piece of equipment is the VoiceSolo FX150! You have everything at the tips of your fingers!
Watch the video that made Cinya a finalist
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Not bringing my guitar amp to a gig because nobody had a backup and I was stuck with bad quality guitar sound!
A vocal-singing lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Not warming up before a performance made my voice crack really hard once. My voice coach, Jeff Stanfill, who is really the person who has brought my voice to where it is today, always greatly encourages warming up before any singing, ever!
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
Warming up and calming down my nerves helped a lot when I sang the National Anthem for my graduation.
How do you deal with nerves before a performance?
I breathe deeply and think of the best case scenario and hope it happens.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media?
Negative critiques are inevitable, but you have to learn to not let it get to you.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
Never over sing! Singing too much or straining your voice never ever ends well!
A question you wished we asked you – and your answer?
“Do you have any hobbies other than music?” – I love to cook and bake!
What’s your signature recipe?
My signature recipe is cream puffs! They’re so delicious and a family favorite!
What is an area of your singing work/career that is a little (or a lot) unique or different that you could elaborate on.
My vocal coach, Jeff Alani Stanfill, avidly uses social media and has many active viewers on his YouTube channel and that has helped broaden the amount of people around the world who know who I am and what I am doing. Essentially, people in Germany and maybe even Japan can know my name and the most recent song I’ve sang and I think that is extremely awesome given my age and the state of my career!
Cinya Khan is 13-years-old and dreams of being a successful recording artist. Her goal is to change the world through the power of music. She is the runner-up of VoiceCouncil’s Winter 2015 Singing Competition.