A lack of rest affects your creativity.

Did you know a lack of sleep affects your vocal beauty and creativity at rehearsals?

Have you been to a rehearsal and your voice refuses to respond with the usual beauty and presence? After a short time of singing vocal fatigue creeps in, your voice sounds hoarse, and you find yourself straining to hit higher notes and you seem to be struggling to produce those jaw dropping notes you’re accustomed to doing with ease.

Whenever, I observe a singer who’s usually energetic, behaving lackluster, my first question is, “Are you getting enough rest?”

You see, singers sometimes don’t fully grasp how negatively exhaustion affects their vocal output! 

I often remind students to be mindful that their voice is a part of the body and whatever state your body is in will affect the vocal organ, the quality of your tone and the ease in which you can sing! 

You should not take your voice for granted. While your voice is built to last you a lifetime and is quite resilient, remember, your voice is your instrument, and with any instrument, it requires consistent care to function optimally and maintain its longevity.

“Protect your voice from damage or injury to ensure you maintain vocal ease and beauty! “ Sleep deprivation is a common culprit that hinders/cripples singers from executing those delightful, captivating performances with energy and enthusiasm.

Singing requires muscular activity, so like any athlete, you must have regular practical training, to build muscle strength and technical skill BUT.... you should refrain from taking risks that may lead to injury by pushing yourself when you’re exhausted.

I am aware life gets hectic, but even so, I highly recommend on those days when you have not had enough rest, you should try to reduce how much you sing and speak.

Be sure to let your singing coach know when you’re exhausted before you begin training so that your rehearsal plan can be adjusted.

Here is a list of ways sleep deprivation directly affect singers vocal quality:

1.   The voice tires quickly

2.   You increase the risk of vocal strain

3.   You’re more susceptible to injury

4.   Your vocal folds can become puffy/swollen

Now, the effects of sleep deprivation are not limited to vocal disruptions.  Sleep is crucial for staying healthy, energized and creative.  Your immune system becomes compromised making you more susceptible to illness.  So, if find yourself ill regularly, go to the doctor BUT…. Begin paying attention to your sleep pattern!

You see, while you sleep, your immune system creates protective substances like cytokines to fight infections.  A lack of sleep reduces the body’s ability to defend its self against and fight illnesses even making your recovery time longer!


A lack of sleep leaves your brain tired, affecting your mood, alertness and reduces your creativity. 

Have you ever been at rehearsal and felt irritated but nobody did anything in particular to annoy you?

Well, singers like anyone else can become irritable as a result of a lack of sleep. 


Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a huge impact on a person’s mood. Retaining harmonies becomes difficult, remembering lyrics hard, and your concentration difficult.

•    More stressed

•    Mentally exhausted

•    Increased anxiety

•    Easily angered

This poses a problem for a singer who has to work with a band or group. An irritable, exhausted singer will not be the most efficient, friendly or easy to work with.

One of my major concerns with singers missing sleep is the risk of Micro Sleep episodes! I’ve seen singers suddenly fall asleep during rehearsals. You don’t have control over micro sleep you suddenly fall asleep for a few seconds even minutes without even realizing it!

 This becomes dangerous if you have to drive home after your rehearsal or band practice.  It's also highly counter productive and can irritate other singers/band members because your inability to function hinders the group's ability to perform at their best during a rehearsal and you rob the team and yourself the value of your creative ideas! 

So to stay in good spirits, good health and to keep your voice sounding its best it is crucial to get sufficient sleep!

I hope this blog has been a useful reminder.

My question to you is, have you been resting adequately?

I love hearing from you all so leave a comment below letting me know how this has served you and what other topics you would like me to address.


24 Hours of Praise!

PRVM Worship Team - Featuring Shane "Rizon" Gibson.

PRVM Worship Team - Featuring Shane "Rizon" Gibson.

It was indeed a great pleasure working with Shane at our PRVM Annual Award Show 2017 held at Queens Hall Auditorium POS.

It always makes my heart smile when ministers come together for the highest purpose of ministry to share the gospel of Christ and focused on giving God our best!

 It's amazing when ministries merge to magnify the marvelous majesty of our God!

Shane delivered a soul-awakening performance injecting a high energy of praise in those present at the Award Show. He reminded us to give the almighty God 24 hours of praise each day and begin again in the morning. If this message is taken seriously it will keep us flourishing and get connected mind, soul, and body to the will and service of the Almighty God!

PRVM Performing Arts Academy thanks, minister Shane”Rizon” Gibson for teaming up with the PRVM Worship Team which comprises of students of said Academy to bless the hearts of all in attendance.

“Shane you're such a talented, focused, impacting and humble soul. Continue being a blessing!”- Shelly

Shane was also, the recipient of the PRVM’s Honorary Award for Ministry 2015

24 hours of praise and yes we'll do it again!

24 hours of praise and yes we'll do it again!

24 hours of praise and yes we'll do it again!

~ Coach Shelly. 

Be SingSational

Vocal Freedom: Muscle & Mindset.

Hey, Savvy Singers!!  




Many of my new students ask what my top two tips for singers are.  

I've been a vocal coach for almost 2 decades, yes it's that long and in my experience, my top two bits of advice may sound simple, but I've found them to be quite useful.  

First, free up the vocal muscles, so they work the way it was created to and don't try to control and create tension because of fear which restricts the vocal organ from functioning optimally eventually hindering the vocal process.    







Secondly, similarly to freeing muscles from the tension, Free your mind from mental blocks that hold you back from believing in yourself and your abilities!  

The famous saying, "If you think you can, you will, and if you think you can't, you won't"  rings true during your vocal enhancement journey very strongly.


A stress-free vocal region and a positive mindset

is a great starting point for Singers.  

Many of my students achieve amazing results overall when these two tips are present!  

Be SingSational!  

~Coach Shelly


The Importance of having a designated rehearsal space.

Singers need a quiet space to focus during rehearsal

Having a safe designated space to rehearse can be useful to a singer when learning new music or lyrics.

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Identify a spot in your home that can be used for rehearsal.

Choose a space that is respected by family members. Also, set a scheduled time which would have been previously discussed and agreed to with other occupants of the space.

It would be useful for your progress to plan your rehearsal time and stick to it.


Create a space specifically for rehearsal that is:

1.  Conducive to learning

2. Has minimal distractions

3. Comfortable, clean & clear of clutter

4. Safe for you to freely sing out loudly if need be

5. Not hindering  or blocking other occupant/s  

Remember, you need to remind your family or roommate of the agreed time that you're going to rehearse and stick to that rehearsal time. Start on time and end on time.

Have your support tools ready:

1. Savvy Singers Rehearsal Guide

2. Savvy singer's Rehearsal Journal

3. Lyrical Script

4. A good pen

5. Highlighters- I recommend three colors

6. Recording device. If you don't have a recorder, your smartphone is a great option.

If all else fails, have a trusted family member or friend you're comfortable with, to give you constructive feedback

Rehearsal spaces are quite beneficial. If you don't have space where you can comfortably rehearse at home, look for band rooms, rehearsal halls or churches that may be available to you. 

Where is your designated rehearsal space? Let us know in the comments below!

~Coach Shelly.