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Our mission is to inspire, enlighten, and provide the very best in content, resources, and professional advice on topics related to vocal performance to a global audience.

The Singer’s Newsletter is a vocal tip monthly email publication, geared towards vocalists, performers, musicians, speakers, presenters, and those who work closely with them. It features articles, guest tips from artists and industry, vocal health tips, performance opportunities, resources and recommendations for products and services, and updates on student successes and projects.

Free to subscribers, The Singer’s Newsletter started as a simple email in 2002 by recording artist and vocal coach, Teri Danz. It began as a give back to students to keep them up on technique, performance, and recording issues as well as industry/local events, resources, and performing opportunities. Over the last decade, The Singer’s Newsletter has grown dramatically to encompass a large national and international email audience. Our sponsors include Casio, Sennheiser and The Modern Vocalist.

Thank you to Casio for renewing as a Singer’s Newsletter 2018 sponsor! Yay! We are honored to have you onboard! Your continued support is very much appreciated.


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Issue #194 – Available 8/28/18

Aretha Franklin Style – How to put “Soul” into your Vocals

In this issue:

*Aretha Frankin Style – How to put “Soul” into your vocals
*Teri Danz quoted in Engadget Article on vocals
*The Famous Company website – Teri Danz Article
*Lesson Specials & Vocal Workshop
*Sponsor Updates & Opportunities

Here’s a sample:

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away recently, but the impact of her groundbreaking style lives on through generations of singers coming after her. From Whitney to Mariah and on, Aretha was always the bar that everyone compared themselves to. Her big sound, genuine spirit and booming voice moved people around the world. Her roots were deeply gospel, yet she could transition effortlessly from pop to R&B and more! She even sang a classical song for the Pope, no less! Most significantly, she was identified as a soulful singer, something all great singers aspire to. So how can you put that sense of soulfulness into your performance?

Here are some tips from the stylings of the Queen herself:

  1. Keep your mouth open and sing through vowels – If you notice when Aretha sings, “You Make Me Feel” (Natural Woman) at the Kennedy Center Honors, she hardly moves her mouth but keeps it open to move from vowel to vowel (especially on high pitches).
  2. Fully sing the vowel dead on and then move from it – Her licks start dead on the pitch and then go up or down.

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Teri Danz was named one of the Top Vocal Coaches in Backstage Magazine “Sing Out Stronger” article, 6-25-15 Issue (page 21). Danz was also a 2014 Reader’Choice Finalist. 

*Teri Danz quoted in Engadget Article on vocals

*New Teri Danz Article on The Famous Company website 

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Sponsor Update – Casio, Sennheiser, The Modern Vocalist World


ct-x700-header-bgNew at Winter NAMM 2018!

Casio – New CTX Series & Celviano AP-470 digital piano

Casio America, Inc, showcased its extensive lineup of digital keyboards and pianos at Winter NAMM 2018, including its brand-new CT-X series of portable keyboards, and Celviano AP-470 digital piano. “Casio is known for consistently raising the bar for digital instruments in an ever-evolving industry, and we’ve continued that tradition with our latest product introductions,” said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division.

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CTX Series

The brand-new CT-X line of portable keyboards boasts AiX (Acoustic & Intelligent multi-Expression), Casio’s next-generation sound source, which is eight times more powerful than Casio’s current portables. (The difference is amazing!) Some features from the new series include: 600 tones, 195 rhythms and a new System Delay DSP in the CT-X700 while the CT-X3000 and CT-X5000 are equipped with 800 tones, 235 rhythms, 64 note polyphony, tone editing and a phrase recorder with four pads.  Casio’s latest portable keyboards are outfitted with Casio’s Step-up Lesson System, enabling beginners to learn built-in songs, phase-by-phase, at their own individual pace.

Casio in the Community!
Casio America, Inc. teamed up with national non-profit Little Kids Rock and Disney/Own star Roshon Fegan to surprise over 500 students from Magnolia Science Academy 8-Bell in Los Angeles for Music In Our Schools Month.

Billed as a “routine” school assembly, the unsuspecting students got the thrill of a lifetime when “Shake It Up”, “Camp Rock” and “Greenleaf” star Roshon Fegan snuck on stage to give a live performance and gift enough Casio CT-X700 Series keyboards to give all of the school’s 170 “Modern Band” music program students access to an instrument.

“Giving back to the next generation of musicians is so important to Casio,” said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division. Awesome!!


Congrats to Sennheiser on receiving 2 Prestigious NAMM TEC Award Awards! Outstanding Technical Achievement awards in the categories of ‘Headphone/Earpiece Technology’ and ‘Audio Education Technology’ at the 33rd Annual TEC Awards.

Sennheiser G4 Evolution Wireless Microphone Systems

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Sennheiser debuted their new G4 Evolution Wireless System in a press conference at NAMM 2018. If you are an evolution wireless user, you have come to expect an ever-evolving feature set with each new microphone generation. Enter the G4. With a sleek new user interface, a generously expanded switching bandwidth and higher RF output power for the 300 and 500 series, new multi-channel functionality for the 100 series and brand-new on-camera systems, G4 delivers high-quality, reliable audio for musical performances, houses of worship, business and educational purposes.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sennheiser’s evolution microphone series.

As a vocalist, a microphone is part of your arsenal to deliver the best performance and sound possible. Their new wireless mic systems offer the same exceptional Sennheiser quality at a very affordable price.

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Try this out at a lesson or at the Vocal Workshop!

Evolution wireless D1 -digital wireless system “We are pleased that the TEC Foundation has once again recognized Sennheiser’s innovations in the Wireless Technology category.” 


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Click below for past issues:

Singer’s Newsletter #119: NARM 2012

Singer’s Newsletter #111: Singing Technique

Singer’s Newsletter #93: Breathing Tips



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