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NEW! Coach in Residence Justin Stoney

NEW! Coach In Residence Justin Stoney
Justin Stoney is the founder of New York Vocal Coaching, which boasts a large team of voice coaches specializing in singing, acting, speech and teacher training.

His clients have reached #1 on Billboard Charts, have had international radio airplay, and have signed with major record labels including Universal, Sony, EMI, RCA, and Disney Records.

Stoney has appeared on the NBC Today Show, Fox News, Fox 5 New York, and is a frequent guest on Huffington Post Live’s interviews of celebrity singers. His teaching has been featured in Esquire Magazine, Newsweek / The Daily Beast, Medical Daily, and Backstage Magazine.


Childhood ambition?
To be an NBA Basketball Player. When they told me I was too short – I cried.

Favorite Album?
The Beatles’ “White Album”

A favorite nerves remedy?
Easy. Dare yourself to be imperfect.

In today’s industry, YOU have to (and get to) do so much more than ever before to let your voice be heard

Worst singing advice you’ve ever heard?
“Squeeze your butt cheeks for high notes.”

Best advice someone ever gave you about performing?
“It’s okay to fail.”

What’s different about a vocalist vocation today compared to 20 years ago?
Good News and Bad News! In today’s industry, YOU have to (and get to) do so much more than ever before to let your voice be heard.

What you’d never leave home without?
Joy.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever seen happen in a singing performance?
Singer’s performance ruined by their OWN cellphone going off in their pocket.

First singing experience?
Probably dates back to me giving “concerts” to my parents at age 5 by lip syncing Michael Jackson songs with a wooden block microphone and a bed sheet curtain.

The perfect (or a favorite) live mic for you / your students?
The Shure products continue to be as reliable as you can find. (And WAY better than a wooden block).

The perfect recording mic for you / your students?
I mean – it’s gotta be a Neumann. We use one at New York Vocal Coaching’s Recording Studio and we love it.

Top recording tip?
Don’t get stiff in the booth. Move your body, your hands, your face, and your breath.

A secret good luck charm for travelling / performing?
I never travel without bringing my Maine Coon Cat – Manny.

Vocalists who inspire?
David Phelps is a model of vocal excellence that shows what the human voice is capable of when vocal technique goes REALLY well.

Young woman performing in recording studio seen through glass window

“Don’t get stiff in the booth. Move your body, your hands, your face, and your breath”

Your first music teacher & what you remember?
I started piano lessons at a young age with a brilliant woman named Cathy. Great teachers know whether or not you ACTUALLY practiced.

Hero?
Steph Curry.

Villain?
The Soft Palette.

What drains your batteries?
Thinking about myself.

What charges them?
Thinking about others.

Your biggest performance blunder?
Totally forgetting how an opening guitar solo went at the beginning of a song when I was performing a set with a rock band. I was the only instrument playing and so had to stop the show in embarrassment!

Bad thing to say to a venue manager?
“You smell like catfish.”

My life’s calling is to be wholly devoted to serving singers as they grow on their vocal journey and inner journey

Good thing to say to a venue manager?
“It’s an honor to perform here. Thank you for all that you do.”

Favorite quote about singing?
What else could it be? … “Make A Joyful Noise!”

Your life philosophy in 10 words?
God gave His everything so that I might give everything.

The perfect day?
It happens to me everyday. My life’s calling is to be wholly devoted to serving singers as they grow on their vocal journey and inner journey. So, everyday is a blessing.


justin-stoney-bio

Justin Stoney is an internationally recognized Vocal Coach, and is the Founder of New York Vocal Coaching. As one of the leading Voice Teachers in today’s industry, Justin has worked with thousands of singers, including students from over 60 countries, Celebrity Recording Artists, Tony Nominees, and anyone seeking to “Make A Joyful Noise!” 


  • Kathy Coneys Alexander

    Great answers! Justin, your positive attitude and dedication to helping singers is inspiring. You have such a clear vision for your work and you pursue it with humility and gratitude.