The difference between a mediocre performance and one that knocks an audience off it's feet can be something as simple as a good vocal warm-up. "Vocal Warm-Up," a new CD offering by renowned celebrity voice coach Renee Grant-Williams, helps a performer prepare their voice before singing and guides singers through easy-to-follow techniques that get immediate results. "Top recording artists and beginners alike use the star-tested techniques found on 'Vocal Warm-Up' to prepare and protect their voices," says Grant-Williams, who was featured last year in a two-hour special episode of the NBC series "Three Wishes," hosted by Amy Grant. "This CD will enable performers to sing with more power, increase vocal range, build vocal stamina, sing great high notes, and protect their voices." Grant-Williams' one-hour CD is packed with a well balanced combination of instruction and warm-up exercises. Exercises include breathing and support warm-ups, as well as scales for both high voice and low voice. Each technique is carefully explained and then followed by exercises. "My goal was to make this the most thorough vocal warm-up CD available," says Grant-Williams. "It is unique because of the amount of instruction I've included along with the warm-up exercises. This CD can be used alone or as a companion to my Vocal Master Class on DVD." Together these two products provide an excellent way for singers to learn and utilize the very same teaching methods that have brought so much success to Grant-Williams' celebrity students. Although designed for singers, the breathing and support techniques are perfectly suited for speakers as well. "Whether you are a professional public speaker or an occasional presenter at office, community or church functions, you will be more effective if you breathe and support your voice properly," says Grant-Williams. "Speakers stand to benefit from much of the instruction and warm-up techniques shared in 'Vocal Warm-Up.'" Grant-Williams' client list includes Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Linda Ronstadt, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Randy Travis, and Huey Lewis. Record labels, producers and managers rely on her to help fine-tune their artists. She has been quoted by Cosmopolitan, TV Guide, Business Week, Southern Living, US Weekly, the Associated Press, UPI, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has appeared on many broadcast outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Bravo, USA, MTV, GAC, BBC, PBS, and NPR. Grant-Williams is a former instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the former director of the Division of Vocal Music at the University of California, Berkeley.
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