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On Friday 21st November, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) was privileged to be able to welcome vocal coach to the stars, Annabel Williams, to deliver two brilliant vocal masterclasses.

Taking place in Guildford’s Electric Theatre, Williams showcased her quite extraordinary vocal range and detailed her route into industry. Williams highlighted the challenges of the various circumstances she finds herself working in and her way of handling these situations. Whether it’s gigging solo or coaching on the X-Factor, and the difference in coaching celebrities compared with new aspiring artists. When coaching high profile artists Annabel’s role is more focussed towards managing relationships and how she can help facilitate/preserve the voice of the artist, whereas developing vocal technique is geared towards new artists maximising the potential of their voice.

Williams stressed the importance of certain vocal techniques including breathing and the often overlooked warm-up. As with any aspiring musician, learning an instrument takes time and effort, and singing is no different. Your voice is an instrument. Learning and harnessing its true power should NOT be rushed. Annabel also discussed how exploring a plethora of genres can not only improve vocal range but will develop a broader musical knowledge and awareness.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with vocalists expressing their appreciation for Annabel’s sessions. It’s clear to see why she’s been so successful as both a vocal coach and singer – she knows her stuff! On top of this though, she demonstrated wisdom and insight that is rarely seen from people in her position. Our students came away with so many gold nuggets, their pockets were bursting!”
Jono McNeil ACM Fellow and Vocal Tutor

“Thanks for having me! Loved it and was blown away by the standard of your students!”
Annabel Williams

ACM students were able to showcase themselves and gain constructive feedback from Annabel, who has worked with the likes of Rumer, Katy Perry and Amy Winehouse to name but a few. Here are a few key points of feedback that our vocalists received from the sessions:

  • Enunciation and articulation.
  • Every singer has something special. Bring out what is unique to your voice. It’s easy to imitate when singing someone else’s song.
  • To really feel the song and express it’s deeper meaning. Relate it to yourself in some way.
  • Learn and become more proficient in an instrument. It will develop your overall understanding of music (and act a handy accompaniment!).

Check back soon for EXCLUSIVE video footage from the ACM masterclass!

About Annabel Williams

Annabel Williams is a vocal coach with over 15 years of experience in the music industry. Throughout her extensive career, Williams has provided backing vocals to major artists, from Al Jarreau to CeeLo Green; Nicole Scherzinger to Dame Cleo Laine and Rumer to Michael Bolton. Her rich experience and vocal stamina has caused her to become one of the most in demand vocal coaches in the country. Her celebrity artist clients have included Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse, Ellie Goulding, Stooshe and Alison Moyet. In 2012 she became the official vocal coach for the X Factor, continuing then as official vocal coach for Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.

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