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Hi, I'm Laurie White, and
I am very excited to
be your instructor for
the Country Vocal course.
Very glad to be working with you
here on the ArtistWorks platform.
I am a singer.
I started singing when I was four years
old professionally in my home state of
And I have been singing ever since.
I also wear a lot of other
hats in the music business.
I have been a recording artist, but
I have also been a record producer.
I produced most of my own records.
And then I branched out
into producing records for
other artists like Toby Keith and
Shawn Mullins.
I also started a record label,
and I have a publishing company.
So I've worn a lot of different
hats in the music industry and
in a lot of different styles of music.
So I've been on Broadway and
sung jazz and show tunes.
I have Grammy Awards in gospel music.
Those are the only Grammys I've ever
gotten, have been gospel related.
And then I have a gold
record in country music.
And I just love and have always
loved all different styles of music.
And I have really applied and practiced
and studied many different styles.
And I find that all of them working
together just make me a better singer.
Every genre that I tap into
teaches me something else about
what I'm capable of doing, it kind of
challenges me to add to my skills.
So my approach as a vocal coach,
we are gonna sing a lot of country music,
and we're gonna study some fantastic,
iconic country artists.
But we're also gonna listen to other kinds
of music and sing other kinds of music.
So that we can gain skills from other
songs, other ways of approaching singing.
Also, my approach as a vocal coach,
most of my work with singers and
artists as a coach or
a mentor have been in a studio,
producing vocals on artists like Toby
Keith and Shawn Mullins and Mac Davis,
working to help them get the best vocal
performance in a studio situation.
Which is where the stakes are really
high because it's gonna be captured for
all eternity.
Whatever your vocal performance is
in the studio going on a record,
that's the performance that
people know forever and ever.
So you're really getting down into
details about vocal performance.
Like putting them under a microscope and
really trying to create the best
possible performance that you can.
I also work with a lot of young,
developing artists,
who are either about to get record
deals or just starting out on the road.
Helping them learn how to stay healthy,
use their instrument and protect it,
so that when they start playing
those hundred dates out on the road.
They're not ending up having to take a
hiatus for vocal rest because they've been
talking so much out of their register
that they can no longer sing.
So, I've covered a lot of different
kinds of work as a singer and
a vocal coach, but I also try to really
pay attention to just human skills.
Things like being vulnerable and making a
personal connection with your audience and
deepening your own joy and
musical experience as a performer.
So you're gonna be challenged,
you're gonna have a really good time.
And I'm really looking forward to hearing
you sing and working with you and
watching you grow.
There are a couple of things that you're
gonna wanna put your hands on for
some point in level one.
One of them is some kind of piano or
electronic keyboard, even a piano app.
And there are many free piano apps
that you can get for your phone or
iPad or other device.
And if you can put your hands on some
kind of tone generator and tuner.
Again, these are free apps that you can
find pretty ubiquitous on the Internet,
through the iTunes store, or
for many different platforms.
So, put your hands on those if you can,
also, we're gonna be working
in what I call song journals.
So, if you have some kind of diary,
notebook, spiral notebook, binder with
loose notebook sheets, something that
you can keep track of the songs,
the lyrics, and
just your personal experience with songs.
I want you to kind of keep
it almost like a diary.
And by the end of level one,
you will have learned a lot and
will have developed what I think is
the most important foundational tool.
And that is good practice habits.
By the end of level one, you will
demonstrate a personal practice session
that includes a healthy warm up,
some study of some kind of technique,
or music theory, sight singing, sight
reading, something to grow as a musician.
A song study of either a new song that
you're learning or a song you're familiar
with that you're digging a little deeper
into and finding a new experience with.
And then a moment of meditation or
cool down, where you're stabilizing your
instrument and kind of giving yourself
a minute of meditative peace.
That's the goal for level one.
Before we get started though, I wanna
know you, I wanna know who you are.
So please submit a video to me,
where you introduce yourself,
tell me a little bit about yourself,
and sing me something.
You can accompany yourself on an
instrument, or you can just sing acapella.
In fact, I love acapella singing.
Just the human voice by itself,
that's my favorite.
So tell me who you are,
tell me your goals as a student.
What you want to accomplish with
this ArtistWorks vocal course and
sing me a song.
I look forward to hearing you, and
I look forward to working with you.