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Working With Union J

Working with Union J, British Boy band signed to Epic. I’m getting them ready for an important show at Alexandra Palace which is being televised. The boys have just filmed a new video called Tonight (We live Forever)
and they are very excited and I can see why, It’s wicked.

They’ve come a long way since I worked with them before X-Factor.

Good luck to George, Josh, JJ and Jamie with this new exciting track – keep on rocking lads !!

Congratulations to Becky Hill for Reaching Number 1 With Gecko’s Overdrive

Stevie Lange With Becky HillBecky Hill has been working with me since she appeared on The Voice in 2012. She had a No. 8 in the charts called Afterglow in 2013 and now she’s knocked my other wonderful client, Ella Henderson, off of the No. 1 spot with the new track she wrote for Gecko called Overdrive.

Congrats to my amazing little Rock ‘N’ Roller and that amazing powerhouse voice that you have.

Becky so reminds me of myself when I was her age with her long blonde hair. She’s a feisty, talented singer and songwriter with the spirit of a lioness.
Well done to Crown Entertainment for having two number 1 tracks in the charts, within such close proximity, they are seriously smacking it out of the ball park right now.

Onwards and upwards ROCK & ROLL, love it.

Congratulations To Ella Henderson For Reaching No. 1

Congrats to my beautiful and talented client Ella Henderson for reaching number 1 in the charts, well done sweetie, first single straight in fantastic.
I have been working with Ella for a year and a half watch this space, she is going to take the world by storm fresh, strong creative and stunning original songs makes for an amazing album which I love, every track is better than the next.
Here are some pictures of Ella’s celebration party at the Me Hotel in the Strand wicked evening with a very happy and elated young lady GO GIRL.

Breathing Tips

SVL-Vocalize-Booklet-Cover-MaleMy Vocalize exercise CD male and female versions, are available as a digital download on Bandcamp.

I’m going to go through a few simple but very effective breathing exercises; good breathing technique will massively enhance your voice control. Your lungs control your breathing, and with the help of Abdominal (diaphragmatic) breathing technique  you will be able to take a deeper breath, allowing you to hold longer notes and control your higher range.

To find your diaphragm put you hands on your hips move your hands up until you feel the top bones of your rib cage with your fingers, then make a hissing sound with a TSS sound, that will make your abdominal muscles flex, your diaphragm is just above your abs.

Most of us make the mistake of sucking our tummies in when we inhale but the correct way is to expand your abdominal wall allowing your lungs to take more air in.

Let’s try this together, use the CD as it has a step- by- step instruction from me.

Find a clear floor space, lie down flat on your back, legs straight out relax your shoulders, jaw, neck and your face, and prop a pillow under your head and knees if that’s more comfortable for you.

The  diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle which separates the chest from your abdomen when you breath in the diaphragm tightens, flattens and moves down, sucking air into your lungs. As the diaphragm moves down, it pushes the abdomenal contents down, which forces the abdomen wall out, when you exhale, air passes out from the lungs and the abdominal wall flattens.

Imagine your stomach is like a balloon as you breathe in it expands and as you exhale it deflates and flattens.

Slowly breath in allowing the abdomen to rise, it will help you to put your hands on your tummy so you can feel your hand rise when you inhale, now exhale and feel your abdomen flatten as you breath out.

Now try this whilst standing up. You may feel a little light headed when you stand up, but that will soon dissipate as your brain gets used to the increased intake of oxygen.

Keep practicing your breathing every day, like everything in life, practice makes perfect.