Today I’m listening to Diana Ankudinova for the very first time. Keep watching. Hi everybody! It’s Christi Bovee
with The Voice Love Company. Please be sure to LIKE, subscribe, and don’t forget
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details are in the description box below. Now let’s get started! One of my
commenters, Al Fogle, writes: “Please react to a female vocalist performing ‘River’
Diana Ankudinova. She is 14 years old. With the most unique, amazing, mesmerizing,
memorable, recognizable, atavistic, tribal, primordial voice and vocal technique on the
planet of any age.” Wow! With that recommendation, I HAD to check this kid
out! 14 years old?! Let’s dig in. 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my
gosh! I have never watched anything where I’ve
literally had chills the entire video! That…okay…we’ve got to…let’s talk about it. I
just feel like we need to take a moment of silence. That truly was a spiritual experience. It touched me on a spiritual level, and my little
spirit man inside is going, “Ahhh!”. I don’t know if it did the same for you, but I’m ‘shook’! I am shook right now. She reminds me a
little bit of Lourde. I know that they’re not the same other than having
such a sense of themselves as artists at such early ages! That is really not the
norm. The norm is for kids this age to start to hide who they really are. To be able to see
her really owning who she is; to be able to see her shining her light…There’s
just so much there! She is just like an old soul, you know? And I
think that’s really what Al was trying to say. I could literally listen to an
entire album of that all day. It’s so relaxing, and so inspiring to my spirit.
Let’s just talk briefly about how this 14 year old has outrageous vocal control! 🎶 There’s so much in her sound. I mean I’m
thinking, ‘oh my gosh, 14 years old and she’s already singing like this?’. I’m just
totally in love with her sound. It’s very lush. Very unique. Wow, Wow, wow!
One of the things I want to show you that she’s doing that would be a really
good thing for YOU to start doing too is the way she slides into her pitches. She
does it here: Glorious! She does it again here: It’s mesmerizing! When she’s sliding like
that, she’s connecting her vocal registers. One thing that I want you to be mindful of
as you’re singing this week is adding slides into your vocalizing. Add them to
your vocal workout, because what it does is, it keeps your voice cohesive and
comprehensive. It keeps it as one connected unit. To do slides:You can hum. You can do
open vowel sounds. You try to go as low as you can, up to as high as you can, but be gentle. You don’t want to stress your voice out, especially if you’re just
warming up and you’re just getting going vocally for the day. Nice and easy does it.
Singing gently will help you connect your slides. Then of course you can add your lip trills–
or buzzes, as I call them. All of these sliding exercises get your voice connecting through the
registers nicely. Diana also is a really beautiful example of what we talked
about in the SIA video of a really distinctive break. This is a singer
who brings such vocal ease into her performance. Here’s another singer who
has such a handle on her voice. Oh my goodness, that was absolutely glorious! Al,
thank you so much for making this suggestion. Seriously, I still have
chills. I’m undone I need to take a break and…Actually, what I really want
to do is go binge watch everything she’s in because I just want to see what
she’s doing. She’s incredible! Well, that’s it for me today. Like if you liked it,
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Well I am still shaking from this performance. I am thinking about the fact
that there are adults who cannot do what Diana Ankudinova did–not just as a
singer–but just showing up and showing out, and giving all of themselves in the
moment. You need to take this as a lesson to inform your spirit to get out
and do something amazing today! Keep finding your voice, keep making your
sound in the world today. The world is waiting… literally someone is praying for
YOU to show up! And remember you are Loved.