Rock the Voice: With Candice Ferguson

Candice Furguson is EDGEOUT’s very own Label/ A&R Administrator.

As an Edgeout Team Member, Candice brings over 10 years of experience in Music & Business. She pursued Music as an artist, and has worked with successful Grammy Nominated writers and producers. Candice has also sung the national Anthem for various sports teams such as NASCAR, the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Sparks. She has a wealth of knowledge in Music and over the last few years, she has worked as an A&R Assistant and Assistant to a Music Producer. 

Warming Up the Voice

Your voice is an instrument, and as an artist/performer, you want to make sure you take care of your voice. Just as athletes need to warm-up and stretch their bodies before games, singers should always warm-up and prepare their voices before recording and performing. Vocal warm-ups are very important, and you should do warm-ups daily. Having a warm-up routine is essential and can help protect and improve your singing skills. They help protect your voice from vocal fatigue, release tension in the tongue, jaw and lips, and they reduce the risk of vocal injury. In a nutshell, vocal warm-ups help prepare the upper body before you start singing.

 

Before warming up, make sure you have the correct posture. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and practice breathing, inhaling through your nose and out of your mouth. You’ll want to breathe from your diaphragm. The way the diaphragm works is when you inhale, it brings air to your lungs and when you exhale, your diaphragm goes back to its relaxed state. When inhaling, your neck and shoulders should not move. A good way to practice breathing through your diaphragm is to lay down on the floor on your back and breathe. Laying on the ground forces you to breathe from your diaphragm. 

 

Try the Following Vocal Exercises for Singers! AUDIO EXAMPLE HERE. 

 

  1. Humming Exercise –You can hum in your chest voice or head voice. 

  2. Buzzing Lips Sound – Make a motorboat sound with your lips. 

  3. Solfege ladders (Do, Do, Re, Do) and continue up and down the scale.

  4. Jaw Exercise – Massage the areas of your jaw to release tension

  5. Sirens – Sing Ahhh starting from your lower range and up making a siren sound and back down