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September 29, 2013

MUSIC NOTES

Tonawanda News — Recently, I purchased an Ariana Grande CD as a birthday present for a young lady’s 16th birthday. I had never heard of the singer, but this young lady went to a sold-out performance of Grande’s in Toronto before her debut album came out.

Grande first entered the spotlight as a teen actor on a number of Nickelodeon shows. The 20 year-old television star turned pop singer released the single “The Way,” back in March of this year, and released her first solo album, “Yours Truly,” earlier this month. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Just when it looked like Grande was going to be able to capitalize on her success, it was reported that she suffered a vocal chord hemorrhage at her album release party. It looks like a temporary setback for the young singer who has been touted as “the anti-Miley Cyrus” and the next Mariah Carey. Neither label is a bad one.

Nevertheless, this isn’t an examination of the next pop sensation, or another examination of Miley’s transformation from role model to every parents nightmare, it is about those precious vocal chords.

Even in my amateur career singing at happy hours and in bar bands, I have experienced the toll of vocal chord strains. After a day of lecturing high school kids, belting out AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” was not easy, and on one occasion I blew out my voice for three days when I tried to finish a set while my throat was killing me.

Over the years I have seen many artists deal with some form of vocal issues. The most memorable being when Tea Party singer Jeff Martin had nothing left of his voice for the band’s encore at a Lockport show a few years back. It was a reunion tour, and I speculate Martin got caught up in the emotion of the event, and he was singing material he hadn’t sang in awhile.

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