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You may be struggling to balance your life and a career in music. Are you curious about how other singers "make it" or how they've dealt with success — and failure? Do you wonder what their biggest challenges have been? Or how about what they’ve learned on their journey and what’s important to them today?
Welcome to the Living A Vocal Life Podcast where I interview singers who have succeeded in creating a life in music. You’ll hear from vocalists of all genres, in different stages of their careers, including singers who’ve been on the Billboard charts and those who are teaching the next generation. What do they have in common? They're all performers with amazing stories to tell and experiences to share.
In our conversations, you’ll learn what inspired them to become a singer, the kinds of challenges they’ve encountered, and how they've overcome them. I'll also share what I've learned on my own journey as a singer and educator — practical tools and insights that will help you to live your best, most authentic vocal life.
My name's Valerie Day. My journey as a musician and educator began more than 30 years ago and has taken me from smokey little clubs to packed arenas, from performing in obscurity to making hit records. I spent many years in the trenches as a performer in the 80s band Nu Shooz, and later as a jazz singer in the Pacific NW. I also made a living as a teacher — working with students of all levels of singing experience with different dreams and goals. This has given me a front-row seat to the kinds of struggles that singers, like you, wrestle with every day and at every stage of your career.
What have all these experiences taught me? That with the right information, tools, and some perseverance, anyone can get better at the skills needed to become a professional singer, but it's the cultivation of your inner life that will enable you to survive and thrive as an artist.
I hope that the conversations here will empower you to create your own unique version of success as a singer.