Why Singers Need Water

Why Singers Need WaterMake sure your voice is reaching its peak performance –says Shelagh Davies

Why Singers Need Water

Bright lights, dry air and hours of singing add up to one thing – the need for singers to drink lots of water.

Shelagh Davies, a Speech-Language Pathologist, urges singers to be “well hydrated” and explains the special circumstances that make singers especially prone to dry vocal folds.

Deep In the Singer’s Throat

Knowledge is power – even knowledge about mucous.

At the center of our singing efforts are the vibrations of our vocal folds; Shelagh describes how the water we drink actually affects this critical part of our voice.

Groundbreaking experiments are teaching us more about handling the stresses of singing for long periods of time.

Insights from Voice Science

Once the vocal folds are too dry to sing efficiently – it takes up to two hours for re-hydration to occur.

Shelagh also explains the relationship between smoke and hydration in this final clip.


Shelagh Davies is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor and researcher in the Graduate School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia. She has over 20 years of clinical experience and is internationally recognized for her work with the voice and its disorders. As a singer and public speaker herself she is familiar with the joys and challenges of performance.

See www.shelaghdavies.com

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  • joelheck

    Good information Shelagh. Thanks for the insight into hydration. Singing in the Florida heat, I learned quite a while ago about the need for water in practice. Your session clears it up.

  • Leslie

    Excellent information, beautifully delivered.  Bravo! 

  • Jo Hadler

    Really interesting and I will now be making a conscious effort to drink more!

  • Cornholiofan

    Excellent insight – thank you!

  • LindaB

    We can’t hear this kind of information too often. Thank you.

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  • Rey David Maldonado

    Thank You! that was very informative!

  • richey

    Good info! Thanks for posting!