I came across this great post on Sam Smith, the problems he has been having with his voice and how vocally tired he was all the time.
It makes so many good points about how we should think of our voice, especially if we make a income from it. The article shows the importance of having proper vocal training, so you know how to use your voice correctly and avoid having problems in the future.
Never underestimate the need for proper vocal rest and exercises. The full article appears on www.jeanniedeva.com
“To get to a point where vocal surgery is required is definitely no joke no matter who you are. But when it means having to cancel numerous concerts part of a full-out tour, undergo surgery and then undergo absolute and complete vocal rest for weeks and carry the weight of uncertainty on just how your voice is going to sound once recovered, well… my heart is heavy.”
“The pressure and work load demand that is put on both major as well as major-artists-in-the-making is more than most know and could imagine. When coaching artists / groups of this level, I often find myself at odds with the frequent disregard of their need for sleep and regularly scheduled voice training that will provide them with the vocal strength, stamina and health essential to their touring and recording schedule. Might it have been possible for Sam to avoid this vocal trauma and surgery that now adds his name to a growing list of famous singers?”
“Are you a singer? You are a vocal athlete. Your voice has needs. Empower yourself: Ensure you get the training your voice needs including the understanding of your instrument and with it, the regular use of properly designed vocal exercises created to keep your voice in shape and your career longevity intact. Vocal hemorrhaging and surgery CAN be avoided. Even if you have a demanding schedule, it is up to you to look out for yourself.”
The main point to take from this article is that we must respect and treat our voices with care. Proper planning, vocal resting and a strong discipline of vocal exercises should keep you from serious injury and damage to your voice.