I definitely do not have the greatest voice with the best range, but it’s mine and I own it –says AUDRA.
Audra writes and performs epic and moody rock tunes that are starting to get radio play and catching the attention of the Industry.
Audra and her group Chaser Eight have even worked with Rolling Stones’ iconic former manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, on the production and arrangement of her songs.
We asked her about her unique voice, her favorite gear and getting her career off the ground.
How would you describe your voice and your vocal style?
I definitely do not have the greatest voice with the best range, but it’s mine and I own it. It’s very distinct. When you hear me sing there is no mistaking it for anyone else, it’s *AUDRA*.
If you could encourage other singers, what would you say?
Put everything you got behind it and leave it all out on stage. Don’t concern yourself with being perfect. Concern yourself with making a lasting impact/impression on the people you are entertaining and trying to reach.
So, it’s about relating rather than technique?
True rock fans will connect with the heart you are conveying in your music more than the perfection.
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you?
Freddie Mercury: his magical voice and his ability to captive a stadium full of people.
Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people?
Getting them to actually listen and pay attention; so many people ignore local artists.
Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience?
Persistence and consistency in putting out a good, quality product for people to enjoy.
A performance FAIL?
A poorly ordered set list and not having enough control to not blow my voice out in the first 4 songs.
A performance SUCCESS – and why…?
When you look out into the crowd and see people singing your song back to you because you know you’ve touched them enough to remember the words and have them make it their own.
Favorite vocal gear and why…?
My Shure wireless microphone because it has a great sound and has allowed me to have so much more mobility on stage. I also love my TC-Helicon Harmony Singer.
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
This is a business and you have to learn the business in order to have a shot at making it.
A vocal-singing lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Your voice is an instrument and a muscle that needs to be worked out, if you don’t do it, it will suffer.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
I love when I have an idea of notes I want to hit and I go after them and get them live while doing some improv; I know my voice is in my control then.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media?
You have to learn the different platforms and how to use them because it is a great way to connect to fans, but it’s also not the only way.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
Only when you think you’ve lost it, do you take better care of it; just take care of it all the time!
A question you wished we asked you – and your answer?
Who is the person that got you into singing? My mother; she has a great voice.
*AUDRA* is the lead singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock band Chaser Eight. As a performer, she is known for her exuberant stage presence and vocal craftsmanship. As a songwriter, she brings a passion and excitement to her music through her personal experiences.