Emerging vocalist, writer and coach shares her recipe for career success.
Janine Le Clair was named “Most Outstanding Vocalist” at MusicFest Canada and was Winner of Western Australia’s “Best Female Vocalist” – GWN Awards.
She works in Nashville with a busy coaching, writing and performance schedule – we asked Janine her insights on what is working best for her singing and career:
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you?
Celine Dion – because of her unbreakable, effortless and ever-relentless commitment to her delivery.
Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience?
Narrowing down only a few social media platforms that can be used well and maintained and then growing the fan base amongst those specifically.
A performance FAIL?
Failing to be vulnerable and let the audience get to know me and focusing more on the ‘show’ and fourth wall is an easy trap in which to fall – my advice is DON’T do that, as it won’t offer up your best performance.
A performance SUCCESS – and why…?
I think you are always sure to succeed on stage when you let the vulnerable story of the song come out, not only in speaking to the audience, but in your delivery.
Favorite Vocal Gear & Why?
In-ear monitors because they allow you to have the proper balance, reducing the strain on your voice.
A vocal-singing lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
I can tell you from first-hand and others’ experience that you do NOT want to get into a habit of clearing your throat as it will definitely do more long-term damage than short-term good.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
I recommend taking your audience on a journey of vocal diversity, with dynamics and textures and explosive endings, and never disconnect with the intent of the lyrics.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media?
I think the most important lesson I have learned about social media is that each outlet has its own purpose and format and you want to use that platform the way for which it was intended.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
I have learned that the vocal folds are delicate and may not take to abuse well and that you should be kind to them; keeping them rested and hydrated.
A question you wished we asked you – and your answer?
What is your favorite part of the performance experience? The chance to connect to others through music, and watch their faces and the impact my songs and hopefully my delivery, has had on them.
What is an area of your career that is a little (or a lot) unique or different?
I don’t know of any other Canadian/Australian in country music, living in Nashville TN, who is also a very successful vocal coach to emerging and established artists. If others forget my name, maybe they’ll remember the girl ‘from two countries’ or the vision of a kangaroo with a hockey stick or a koala drinking maple syrup. Either way, I’m lucky to have a unique story that instantly gives my fans and colleagues an association with me that is easy to remember and certainly stands out. I have represented both of these nations in many different performance situations, for which I am so proud. I have sung both the Australian and American national anthems at government events in California, specifically because Houston TX and Perth WA are sister cities.
Janine Le Clair is a soulful country recording artist, an international award winning vocalist and renowned vocal coach. A published writer in Nashville, TN since 2009, she has had many cuts with American Country Artists and several Top 15 hits in Australia and the UK including her single ‘Bulletproof’, Natalie Howard’s ‘The Girlfriend’ and 3rd Wheel’s ‘Gettin’ Hitched’. In addition to her artistry, Le Clair is the founder of and head vocal coach at MRV (Music Row Voice) in Music City and a sought after judge of talent. She and MRV are proud members of CMA, GRAMMY, ACM, CMAA, ABC of Nashville and CMHOF foundations. Le Clair is a dual citizen of Canada and Australia.