Hosted by world renowned vocal coach John Henny, The Intelligent Vocalist delves into all things singing - from anatomy and vocal science, to performance, lessons, health, artist development and inside industry practices, Join John as he opens the door to the world of singing and gives insights gleaned from his many decades of teaching everyone from beginners to superstars, as well as training other leading voice teachers.
The Theatre Life with Kristian Lavercombe
Kristian Lavercombe has starred in major productions from Urinetown to Jesus Christ Superstar, but he is best known for playing Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Show. Kristian holds the world record at over eighteen hundred performances.
In this episode, John and Kristian discuss his successful career and his best advice for singers looking to work in musical theatre. Plus, Kristian tells the best opening night story ever!
Vocal technique is a vital skill, but it can also become a trap, leaving singers frustrated and less connected with their performances.
In this episode, John discusses getting beyond technique to the highest level of singing - selfless communication and connection.
Singing for the Self-Conscious
You can have all the vocal technique in the world, but if you can't conquer your mental fears and roadblocks, you will struggle to perform at your best.
Becky Gilhespie, a leading voice teacher in London, and now Australia, has published a new book, Singing for the Self-Conscious, to help singers breakthrough their mental hurdles.
In this episode, John and Becky discuss the everyday mental struggles singers face and the steps to breakthrough to confident singing.
The Way Forward
The current challenges we face have been incredibly disruptive for musicians and creatives. Projects, goals, and livelihoods have been displaced, creating untold amounts of stress and worries of the future.
In this episode, John discusses how to navigate these difficult times and how a cable TV show about restoring cabins has helped him find a positive mental space.
The Importance of Legato Singing
Singing is full of little interrupters, changes in pitch, vowels, or consonants that can throw you off balance and into vocal tension.
By utilizing legato to smooth out your singing, you can diminish these interruptions and stay locked-in to your vocal sweet spots.
In this episode, John discusses legato and how to practice and employ this concept in your own singing.
No matter your level of experience, it's always a good idea to revisit the fundamentals.
In this episode, John discusses his brand new book, Beginning Singing, and his approach to the fundamentals for beginners as well as advanced singers.