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The voice of Sara Bareilles is quite beautiful and powerfully emotive. And also... I could be wrong... but her technique is so good I don't think we'll hear about her having to cancel a tour from vocal abuse! I find her a very worthy voice to study.
I've admired Sara Bareilles from the first time I heard her sing her “King Of Anything” smash. She writes award-winning songs about life and love from a woman's point of view, heavily influenced by her skills as pianist. Her DVD/CD "Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore" should in my opinion be in every singer's music collection.
1. Well-developed head voice can be belt voice's (upper chest voice's) best friend.
2. Middle voice can be more interesting when varied and multi-colored.
3. Don't be afraid to play with vibrato and straight tone.
4. If you write with piano, let your fingers and your voice collaborate.
5. Watch where you place a piano mic stand.
6. If you have a great feel for rhythm, carefully consider scat singing in your performance.
7. Watch your pitch when out of your most usual position.
8. It's ok to write the whole song yourself.
9. It's ok to have a name people have to spell check and hear pronounced."Bareilles" hasn't hurt her a bit - in fact, it adds to her uniqueness!
10. Everything you've ever done informs the music you make.