When Gabrielle Roth said to her teacher:
'I want to be able to dance like you'.
Her teacher replied, 'Then dance like you!'
It takes many different voices to tell many different stories.
The singers and songwriters and painters and poets and writers I love have found their voice; their sound and their personal expression. I want to help you find yours.
PJ Harvey, London Grammar, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Maria Callas, Gabrielle Roth, Nina Simone, Sia, Sleaford Mods, Sylvia Plath, Dash Snow, Tracey Emin, John Lennon, Dustin Hoffman, Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen, Cy Twombly, Antony Gormley, Velvet Underground, Nick Cave, Billie Holiday, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Thom Yorke, Roger Waters, Schoenberg, Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Vaughan Williams, Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Billie Holiday, Tori Amos, Eddi Vedder, Francesca Woodman….
Singing and songwriting isn't a competitive sport. It's about story telling (which has a long, historical significance within society). You don't have to have to be brilliant to start, it's a misconception that those who are good at it haven't done any work. I would love to support you on your path, whether its your intended career or something for the love of it.
I have witnessed folks, over time, truly transform and it has taken my breath away. That excites me! I want to be a part of that. I love spending my time with people who inspire me, who are themselves inspired by the arts. Who give themselves to their singing, their songwriting, their self expression.
"A great teacher is a great artist and there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit". John Steinbeck
Great teachers are the biggest students of all, otherwise being a teacher would be very limited and boring. Being a student is limitless. We are all constantly growing and evolving and this growth, change, expansion never stops. Teaching, working in close proximity to others is both a privilege and an exceptional and beautiful challenge.
I have supported singers, 'non-singers' and artists professionally for 15 years. I've worked with clients on all the major labels and many more indies, folks with Kerrang, NME, Brit awards. We're all human beings with the same goals. I'm interested in real people, real stories, brilliant work, imperfect work, shit work. The process. The doing. The conversations.
I don't believe that singing should be over intellectualised, however voice teachers do need to be qualified/trained. I've had extensive training (Estill, SLS, CVT(Dip), SATA, BA(Hons)Mus, Dip(Mus), Voice(Dip), Pro.Perf.Dip(Voice), BANM(Dip)Distinction, Vocalist of the year, London Music School etc etc). Read more here.
"I can't believe the extent to which i've developed my voice and confidence in such a short period of time! Due to Jenny's skill as a teacher and her belief in me I’m now writing and performing my own stuff regularly, something I never thought I could do." Sally, Punk/Rock Singer/Songwriter