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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423454804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423454809
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An incredible book... I've read it twice!" Daniel Levitin, author of "This is Your Brain on Music" and "The World in Six Songs"

"In Jennifer Hamady's extremely thoughtful and commendably helpful how-to guide, she writes... with indisputable common sense, about singing from a different, if not entirely radical, perspective." David Finkle, Back Stage

"It's The Artist's Way, The Four Agreements, and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain all rolled into one. A new book, author, and force to be reckoned with." Don Davis, Variety

"Thank you for writing this book. My heart is leaping with joy that there are other people out there thinking like this. It has given me a sense of belonging and direction for my teaching, and has been a huge help to my students." Liz Johnson, Professor, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

"She's written the singer's version of 'The Secret'. Oprah would be proud!" Clair Reilly-Roe, Singer/Songwriter, NYC

"I came to Jennifer to rediscover how to sing. What she helped me find was my voice. There is no greater gift. This book should be on everyone's list of must-reads." Charles Day, The Lookinglass Consultancy

"Words cannot express how much your book has done for me as a singer and as an aspiring music educator. Thank you..." Mimi Parroco, New York University

"Jennifer's book simply confirms her abilities in discerning the fundamentals of life. Powerfully insightful, her treatment of fear not only has immediate application but revolutionary impact, as she has identified the core problems that undermine the full performance of so many people. There is no doubt in my mind that the book will have enormous positive impact on a wide cross section of people." Dr. Amii-Omara Ottunu, Chair, UNESCO Institute of Human Rights --Various

About the Author

Jennifer Hamady is a voice coach and psychotherapist specializing in technical and emotional issues that interfere with self-expression. Based in New York City, Jennifer works in private practice with musicians and non-musicians alike to discover, develop, and confidently release their best personal, professional, and performance potential. Her clients include Grammy, CMA, Emmy, and Tony award-winners, as well as corporate clients across an array of industries. Jennifer she spent the early part of her career performing with many of music's top names including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Def Leppard, and Cirque du Soleil, as well as on American Idol, The Grammy Awards, Jay Leno, and David Letterman as a background singer. Jennifer conducts workshops and lectures around the world on matters of creative expression and writes regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. jenniferhamady.com

More About the Author

Jennifer Hamady is a voice coach and counselor specializing in emotional issues that interfere with self-expression. Based in New York City, Jennifer works in private practice with musicians and non-musicians alike to discover, develop and confidently release their best personal, professional and creative potential. Her clients include Grammy, CMA, Emmy, and Tony award-winners, as well as corporate clients across an array of industries.

Jennifer spent the early part of her career singing with many of music's top names, including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Wyclef Jean, Jessica Simpson, Def Leppard, Lee Ann Womack, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, and American Idol. She conducted her undergraduate and graduate work in Classical Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, and Psychology, respectively, and holds current, professional affiliations with The American Counseling Association (ACA), Actors' Equity Association (AEA), The International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT), The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP), The Author's Guild (AG), Women In Music (WIM), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and The New York Singing Teacher's Association (NYSTA).

In April 2009, Hal Leonard Publishing released "The Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice", heralded by Back Stage and Variety as a breakthrough in the psychology of personal and musical performance. Exploring the implications of and opportunities in language, conditioning, and fear on the creative and learning processes, The Art of Singing offers musicians and non-musicians alike a clear path toward the fulfillment of their personal potential and joyful self-expression. Jennifer's second book, "Learning To Sing: A Transformative Approach to Vocal Performance and Instruction" was released November 2012, and is a follow-up to The Art of Singing, focusing in more detail on the 'how and why' of her successful teaching approach.

Currently, Jennifer is working on her third book as well as writing regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. To link to her columns, please visit: www.jenniferhamady.com

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I just finished reading "The Art of Singing" and I am BLOWN away.
Katherine Grace
The Art of Singing by Jennifer Hamady is a clear,very insightful, well written book that will help singers of all levels find there natural voice.
Dominick Cicco
Her book is a wonderful source of wisdom, and a guide for any level or any kind of singing.
M. Guttman

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dominick Cicco on June 12, 2010
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The Art of Singing by Jennifer Hamady is a clear,very insightful, well written book that will help singers of all levels find there natural voice. That may sound strange or overused. Here's the story, I'm a singer. I've been making a living at it for over 20 years. Everything from rock to opera, Cash to Sinatra, Dave Matthews to Beatles. I've had teachers my whole life who confused me more than helped. Fortunately, I have a very resilient voice. I recently purchased this book, read it and got in touch with Jennifer for a vocal session. She is very accessible and a very caring, been through it before, down to earth, knowledgeable and 'easy to get' person. She's had plenty of experience in the entertainment field and is most happy to share. Jennifer has helped me tremendously. I'm singing better now than I have in my whole life as a performer.
I recommend this book to singers who are struggling to make sense of their situation; professional or novice, and to anyone who might be interested in reading a straight forward approach to the wonderful art of singing.
Dominick Cicco, profession singer, musician, writer, actor.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Guttman on July 24, 2009
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Jennifer Hamady is the best voice teacher I have ever had. Period. Her book is a wonderful source of wisdom, and a guide for any level or any kind of singing. In lessons, Jen is a remarkably present woman with a seemingly infinite amount of skill, patience, faith, and compassion. She is consistently able to transport me to a place where my heart is open, my intuition is louder than my fear, and I am singing with a maximum amount of physical and emotional freedom. I have never met anybody quite like her, and I think of her as an angel who has impacted my life on much more than just a musical level. She is also a wonderful writer, who is able to carry her valuable message strongly and clearly through words. The Art of Singing IS a book about technique, but one that often *naturally occurs* the moment that you deeply cherish yourself, honor your uniqueness, and bravely unleash the power that you have possessed *all along* for the benefit of yourself and others. I hope any musician who has lost their way in this world has the opportunity to be exposed to her inspiring truth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nadia Kazmi on July 31, 2009
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This book is so great because Jennifer brings her expertise in teaching singing to the page very well. Her view point is that 'learning' singing is more about learning about the reasons we keep our real voice from coming out. It's very psychological since the natural voice is what wants to come out and everything that keeps it from coming out of our mouths properly has to do with inhibitions that are taught to us. Her exercises are very easy to follow and this is an interesting and new approach to singing that is very enlightening. Everyone CAN sing and everyone SHOULD sing! Jennifer's blog also provides many insights, I love reading it! [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N V-meyer on June 10, 2011
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How refreshing! Having spent much of my adult life in the classical music world as both a singer and a teacher, it is honestly a relief to hear from someone who believes singing to be a natural and innate process. Ms. Hamady delves into the human voice as the powerful center of self-expression that we use instinctively from birth. She guides the singer through a process of re-discovery, addressing and releasing the inhibitions and tensions we acquire through daily living. The ramifications reach well beyond singing, and into the realm of healthy self-identity. And, the result is something genuinely miraculous... a lovely, free, and truly authentic voice.

Let Jennifer Hamady walk with you as you reclaim the voice you always hoped was inside you. And, fall in love with singing all over again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Joe on May 28, 2011
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The Art of Singing is very impressive, because it teaches you how to sing in your natural voice. Much of the book shows you how to unlearn most the vocal gymnastic techniques that have produced strain in your voice. There are also exercises to make you more aware of proper singing in a relaxed manner. I also felt as if Jennifer (the author) was sitting in the same room, as she has a very personable style. Finally, she provides a point of contact at the end of the book to show that she really cares about her pupils. After having read this book I felt a greater freedom and passion in my voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Grace on October 5, 2012
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I just finished reading "The Art of Singing" and I am BLOWN away. I don't think I have ever read something that was simultaneously so to-the-point, comprehensive, eloquent, and emotional... not to mention representative of my entire life! Jennifer, you must have been employing both sides of your brain equally at all times because you hit me on every level. Thank you for taking the time (I can't even begin to imagine the effort this must have taken) to write something so beautiful and insightful. I underlined the entire book because nearly every scenario resonated with me. I suddenly remembered a family member joking around and saying "who killed the cat" when I would sing at the top of my lungs as a little girl, and how uncomfortable this person would become if I laughed too loudly at dinner and, god forbid, upset anyone in the restaurant with my noise. Of course I hold back every time I open my mouth! Your book helped me to identify my hangups and I now look forward to the process of releasing them. I feel energized and recommitted to working through all of this junk so that I can get on with finding my unique voice! Truly, Jennifer, thank you for writing "The Art of Singing" and for being such an intelligent, talented, and inspiring woman!
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