NEW Vocal Coach in Residence – Jaime Vendera

Jaime Vendera
Come and meet our new vocal coach in residence!

Jaime Vendera is the first singer documented on film to shatter a wineglass by voice alone as seen on the television show, MythBusters.

He’s since traveled the world appearing on dozens of shows in the US, Europe, Japan and China. AND he’s found time to author of fifteen books and train some of the world’s top rock singers including James Labrie (Dream Theater) and Terry Ilous (Great White).

Best advice someone ever gave you about performing?
Quit trying to be a perfectionist, just have FUN! (Thanks Jim)

What you’d never leave home without?
My water jug.

Worst singing advice you ever heard?
Scream until the veins in your neck bulge and you can taste blood.

Vocalists who inspire?
Jim Gillette, Prince, Tony Harnell, Steve Perry and Ann Wilson to name 5 of a thousand.

The perfect live mic for you?
Varies; I need to get back to wireless, but I often jump between the TC-Helicon MP-70 and Blue EnCore 200.

Just sing your heart and the emotions will lead the way.The perfect recording mic for you?
Studio projects CS1- it can handle my 120 dB screams.

Top recording tip?
Don’t worry about perfection on every note, just sing your heart and the emotions will lead the way.

Your first music teacher and what you remember?
Shirley Crothers: she told me I was a bass and would never sing higher than an E above middle C – HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Favorite Album?
Too many to pick one, but the album that got me to want to sing high was OFR by Nitro.

That I am not good enough ….oh, and clowns.

A secret good luck charm for travelling/performing?
I pray a LOT, because if not, those glasses are tough to break ;)

Weirdest thing to happen in a performance?
A roomful of Chinese teens singing part of my song, “Slave” back to me after a show in China, a particular part that has me doing a lip bubbles roll into a scream on a Soprano A :)

Where most singers mess up with vocal health?
Ignoring vocal health together, by limiting water intake, choosing bad foods for their voice (caffeine, dairy, etc.)

What’s different about a vocalist vocation today compared to 20 years ago?
Range – haha. No one seems to use range anymore.

Bad thing to say to a sound engineer?
That’s not how it is supposed to sound.

Good thing to say to a sound engineer?
That’s an awesome mix, but could you give me just a bit more [insert word here].

Live, love, create, work hard, struggle, find yourself, become perfection.Your life philosophy in 10 words?
Live, love, create, work hard, struggle, find yourself, become perfection.

The perfect day?
Wake up, run, perform vocal exercises, rehearse with band, record our music, work on a new book, teach a few aspiring singers, have a great evening with my wife. :)

My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids

Antonia Susan ‬- Diary of Jane (Cover)

Really nice voice Antonia. Way to make this song your own.Now, I got an assignment for you, and you won’t like it, haha, but you WILL thank me. Sing this song 50 more times over the next week, but sing this song with hurt, with a little pain (think of a personal memory) and just let go as you play. On the 51st time, rerecord it and post it. I guarantee you’ll sense a stronger connection to the passion I hear yearning to come out in your voice:)

Samuel Davies – Asleep in the Light (Cover)

Samuel, I would literally buy your music. Loved your style and tone, very unique and such a gift to find your own voice. If I’d offer any advice it would be to stay true to this style because it fits you and (not that this was a real issue) but make sure you don’t raise your shoulders for those big breaths. Think “breathe into the belly” for better tonal control and support.

Lauren Mascio – This Boy (Cover)

Hey ladies, cool job. Lauren, I felt like you were channeling a little Fiona Apple which is pretty cool. What I’d like to see to make this thing melt my mind is you two combining your wonderful tone via some serious harmonization. As well, put a little more passion into it. Tighten your stomach like when a baby cries to put a little passionate wailing behind it. I hear the vibe, now make me feel it;)

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Jaime Vendera Jaime Vendera is a Vocal Coach, world-renowned for his wineglass-shattering voice as seen on shows like MythBusters, Dr. Oz, and Super Human Showdown. Many of his books, including Raise Your Voice 1 & 2, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and the Sing Out Loud series have been read by… READ MORE

  • Jeannie Deva

    HI Jaime! Great to see you giving your advise and expertise here!
    All the Best, Jeannie Deva