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Don’t Take Your Breathing for Granted

Mary Carewe sang on the soundtracks for The Hobbit, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Disney’s Beauty And The Beast and performed backing vocals for Westlife and Joe Cocker.

We are delighted to introduce her as August’s Vocal Coach in Residence! But first, a quickfire round of questions:

First record bought

ABBA The Album.

Last record bought

Sadly work related, Vera Lynn Remembers.

Most embarrassing moment on stage

Forgot the lyric to an unaccompanied solo song and had to stop as no one was able to help me! (Usually something comes because of the music!!)

Worst stage costume you’ve ever worn

I was dressed as a performing seal for a corporate gig.

Worst piece of advice you’ve ever heard about singing

‘Don’t worry about breathing– it’s a natural process’.

Most underrated aspect of vocal technique

The total exhalation of air and relaxation of lower abdomen.

Favourite vocal health remedy

Honey and steam.

Biggest crowd performed to

28,000 in Darley Park.

Favourite microphone

Neumann 149.

Childhood ambition

To be a ballet dancer.

4 features of an incredible vocal performance

Rhythmic energy, distinctive tone, musical phrasing and story telling

If you had to have someone else’s voice for a day who’s would it be?

Ella, of course.

Mary has long been established as one of the UK’s most in demand and versatile vocalists. Her experience includes work as an international concert soloist as well as a highly regarded session singer. Her vocals feature on the classical chart-topping ADIEMUS recordings and she is sampled on the Aphex Twin track XTAL. She has sung BVs for artists including Steps, Westlife, Pulp and Joe Cocker, on numerous Hollywood film soundtracks such as Dr Strange, The Hobbit, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, TV shows like Pop Idol, Stars In Their Eyes, French And Saunders and Benidorm, and many TV and radio jingles most notably ‘Autoglass’ for which she apologises! As a soloist, Mary has recorded film music, theatre songs and classic pop repertoire for releases by EMI, Universal and Readers Digest and she performs around the world with orchestras in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Find out more at: www.marycarewe.com