I bring my focused attention, pursuit of excellence, honesty and sense of humor to every minute of working with you. I am direct, challenging, encouraging and optimistic.
Background and Professional work
I am a graduate of Wayland University's Vocal Performance program. I'm a member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing, and I have studied vocal pedagogy with Master Teacher Jeanie LoVetri regularly for 8 years, am fully certified in Somatic Voicework and am part of her selected Associate Faculty. I help train other voice teachers in this method at the yearly Somatic Voicework conference.
I have worked as a professional singer for many years, singing in live bands (country, rock, pop, R&B,) as well as some musical theater. I currently front The Claudettes, a roots based "garage punk-cabaret" as well as the highly versatile rock coverband: The Wiseguys. I've recorded as a lead vocalist and session vocalist.
My students are current industry professionals and hobbyists of many genres. Each process is highly individual.
How I work
I believe that function is the way to freedom. Changing your physical patterns relieves so much stress, insecurity, inaccuracy, and lack of dependability in a voice. It is the first step into finding comfort of expression, and "your" sound.
But I strongly feel that all of the function in the world won't help you communicate to an audience without solid performance and song delivery skills.
I also teach theory, ear training, sight reading (when appropriate), and mic techniques.
I advise on song-writing and album production in an objective way that allows the artist to assess pros and cons and make their own decisions.
I am happy to accompany students to the recording studio or help warm them up backstage for important performances.
My own Voice
It's been a journey. And a great one.
First, let me emphasize that your voice is not my voice. Your experience, music, desires and priorities are different than mine. But I do have extensive training and experience as a vocalist and a musician in this industry. I have done considerable work on my voice, as I've moved through my years as a performer - changing bands and styles. I even presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium in 2021 on "Crossover Singing" with Jeanie LoVetri - demonstrating facility in a classical, musical theater and R&B singing - not only in style, but in the deep functional coordination changes. And I have known what it is to find what an original songs means to me as I record it - taking it from notes written by my songwriter to an emotional, dynamic delivery that I originate. I have had miserable tours and wonderful ones. I've pushed my voice in bad ways and good. I've learned the absolute necessity of listening to my body and mind. And that no amount of "know-how" compensates for the daily work of really conditioning my voice and practicing my music. And I love doing it all.
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I came across Rachel Anne Williams while searching for a commercial vocal coach to train me in the fundamentals of singing rock music. From the start, Rachel has been knowledgable and supportive. She offers a high level of attention and follow-up that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. She has a strong command of Somatic Voicework, the technique she teaches, and her abilities as a teacher enable her to not only present the necessary material but to deliver it in a clear, digestible fashion to each vocalist, customized to fit their needs. I have been singing with Rachel for almost three months now and I have noticed marked improvement in my voice, its capabilities and its strength. My work with Rachel has enabled me to use my voice in ways I was unable to in the past. I would highly recommend Rachel Anne Williams to any vocalist, without hesitation.