Vocally Speaking - Why Fix it if it ain't Broken?

Being a vocal coach/consultant and non-surgical voice repair specialist, I fixed and restored a lot of voices in my span of 38 years of teaching. Granted, all of these singers and speakers came either with broken voices or with their ordinary voices, which I was able to bring to the new heights. I never in my practice, took a person with an already good voice and natural talent and tried to make him or her anything else, but what the God gave them originally. If it ain't broken, why fix it? However, I see several artists who were discovered on various talent shows and who were absolutely fine, until some vocal coaching took place and then, their voices became unrecognizable. Let's take a look at Susan Boyle's discovery If you compare to how she sounded while singing the famous "I Dream a Dream" song during Britian's Got Talent in 2009 and then watch her on the Oprah show where she outright choked on her own voice, and then, even after the fact, she never regained the beautiful voice she once had. She's even reluctant to show up at the end of the play, which is called "I Dream a Dream" and which I personally watched and liked it very much. The only time I was disappointed was when I expected to see Susan Boyle live, as per promise by the producers, she had to perform with the very song "I Dream a Dream" and I believe a couple of others, and she never showed up. The story behind it was that she did not get served fast enough with her coffee in Burger King and thus, was too frustrated to sing...? When my husband and I came out of the show on the street, we were questioned by outsiders whether or not Susan was there and performing. Somebody commented, "She's never there. We've been seeing several of those musicals about her and she only showed up once." The question is, has she ever gotten served right at the Burger King? (lol) Personally, I think she lost her confidence in her voice, while being intervened with several vocal coaches and their techniques. She's gotten confused and now emotionally disturbed, as she intuitively understands that she is not the same as she once was and she does not know how to get back to what she once was. How sad is that? And now, recently, being tired after my work day, I kind of snoozed on my couch at home in front of the TV set. I woke up out of some familiar singing, which happened to be of Jackie Evancho's, broadcasted by WNED Buffalo station. She apparently had her own concert there to recite. Honestly, I could hardly recognize the once beautiful, wide open, bright and absolutely sensational for the little 10 year old girl, voice. I remember very well her triumph on America's Got Talent. It was almost hard to believe that a 10 year old girl could sound like an accomplished, minimum to say 35 year old, opera singer. For whichever reason, today her voice sounds very dark, very deep and very thick. She's obviously struggling with her voice and especially the high range. She's using her head excessively, trying to extract the sound she was once familiar with and was able to produce absolutely effortlessly. You are welcome to compare the year 2010 and today's in 2012 performances. You have to be deaf not to hear the difference and unfortunately, the difference shows in a negative light. The question is, who "fixed it" and why, if it never had been broken and now, evidently, is?


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