When Gabrielle Roth said to her teacher: 'I want to be able to dance like you'. Her teacher replied, 'Then dance like you!'
For me, singing and songwriting is about story telling. Connecting. Speaking your truth so that others can relate. For me, it's not a competitive sport, in fact I think all that stuff is bullshit. It takes many different voices to tell many different stories. You don't have to be anything other than yourself. That’s hard enough!
The more you sing the more you explore all the different areas of your voice and the more awareness you gain. I have witnessed folks, over time, experience huge evolution with their voices and actually their lives. It takes my breath away.
We learn, we 'find' our voices, we allow them, through doing, through trying, through failing, through exploring, through playing, through letting go, through doing the work. No 'teacher' can make that journey disappear, no matter what you're told. It's your heroes journey. Every person is different. Every day is different. A butterfly flaps it's wings and you learn to respond in the moment through practise, repetition, self awareness.
A great teacher is a great catalyst, a guide, encouraging and supporting your growth. Sharing inspiration, energy and passion. There's nothing I like doing more than spending my time with people who inspire me with their passion.
Everyone has the ability to open their hearts and minds to the world. To sing out their song and tell their story.
Some of my favourite singers/artists/writers/musicians/thinkers (it's all the same to me): Sinead O'Connor, Nick Cave, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Sam cooke, Roger Waters, Art Blakey, Jeff Buckley, Billie Holiday, Eminem, John Coltrane, Maria Callas, Gabrielle Roth, Nina Simone, London Grammar, Miles Davis, Sia, Sleaford Mods, Sylvia Plath, Dash Snow, Tracey Emin, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Kate Tempest, Dustin Hoffman, Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen, Martin Luther King, Jesus, Buddha, Cy Twombly, Roberta Flack, Antony Gormley, Velvet Underground, Anne Sexton, Lady Gaga, Thom Yorke, Schoenberg, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Tori Amos, Eddi Vedder, Francesca Woodman….you...
Great teachers are the biggest students of all, otherwise being a teacher would be profoundly limited. 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. It requires huge resilience, breadth of knowledge and humility. I've had so many amazing teachers in my life, in the form of friends, other artists, students, 'teachers', facilitators. I believe like Steinbeck that '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
I have supported singers, 'non-singers' and artists professionally for over 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. The questions. The journey. Your journey.
Jennifer May (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). Much 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