Voice teacher Renee Grant-Williams' clientele includes the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt, Christina Aguilera, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, -Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), Chicago, Jessica Andrews, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Huey Lewis, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Bryan White, Scott Stapp (Creed), Rachael Lampa, Kenny Chesney and more. She's also worked with attorneys, public speakers and politicians, including U.S. Senator Trent Lott.
She's been a consultant to nearly every major record label and recording studio in Nashville. Her satisfaction comes from hearing the difference she's made in so many artists' careers.
Whole careers are built around two little muscles in a person's throat. The success of an entire entertainment empire can depend on how well these muscles work and vocal coach Grant-Williams makes sure they operate at peak performance. Like a piano tuner, she knows how to make the vocal instrument sound its best.
"When I hear my students implement what I have taught them, it's wonderful," she exclaims. "It's like performing at long distance, or playing a very large instrument, because I can really hear the results of my involvement. The tools I give these people in a private voice lesson allows them to develop their own individual style. I'm not the end, but I'm the means to an end."
As a voice teacher she makes a vital contribution, not only to the vocal quality of the record, but also to the protection of the person driving the sound. Like an insurance policy, she's there to protect against future wear and tear.
"Some artists play 200 to 300 dates a year," Grant-Williams says. "They are like athletes running a race. Singers need voice training and they need the right tools in order to keep up with the demands placed on them physically and vocally."
Grant-Williams is able to share her singing techniques on a broader scale through a network of specially-trained Associate Voice Teachers, her Vocal Master Class on DVD is a great place to begin if you want to take singing lessons. And a book for the speaking voice titled Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention, published by AMACOM Books, NY, and endorsed by Paul Harvey.