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3: Vocals: Vocal Artistry and Style

Kiley Hill

14:33 · Vocals

Kiley teaches how to bring artistry in singing and how to sing powerfully and personally as a worshipper.

Vocals: Vocal Artistry and Style

Kiley Hill

Kiley explains the difference between singing and worship leading.

  • “The mind and emotions go ahead of the voice” – Before you even make a sound there should be an emotion or thought that your voice knows you’re asking of it. We need to have an emotional connection with what we’re singing. As your practicing and warming up, try to think of these thoughts or emotions that give your voice a focal point so that in the moment you can be completely free because you’ve developed healthy habits.
  • Everyone has their own inclination, color or texture of the voice. Timbre is unique.
  • You need to know the style of the song you’re going to sing. You need to come into alignment with the style of the song.

Articulation and great pronunciation are often necessary, especially if the lyrics move quickly.

Recording yourself can be a great tool. Also getting feedback from other singers/band members.

Think about syncopation and pronunciation when practicing a song.

  • Everyone has natural vibrato, but it should never be forced.
  • Be tasteful with how you let your vibrato into your worship songs.
  • There is a time and place to actually keep your sound smooth.
Become a musician, not just a singer.
  • Learn the theory.
  • Learn the Nashville number system.
  • Learn what key/keys your voice works best in, where you’re most comfortable.

Being a worship leader is a privilege. You are inviting people to worship the Lord. You might be an incredible vocalist but you need to exercise sensitivity when leading a congregation so that it’s simple enough for the people to follow you.

Let your worship be an overflow of your heart.

Dynamics of a song. How do you want to shape a song? Sing through the phrases, not just word to word.