Nicky Spence, a singing mentor, explains how singing is instinctive to all humans. To him, singing is as simple as speaking, just a few steps further.
As reported by Opera Wire, the Scottish tenor, who also sings in Classical Operas, will be playing the role of Steva in the upcoming English National Opera Coliseum in London.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Spence breaks the stereotypes about singing as an inborn talent that not everyone has.
Everybody's Got What it Takes to Be a Singer
"If you can speak, you can sing.", says Spence.
The singer attempts to simplify the rather complicated discourse about learning how to sing. According to Spence, this simple logic allows him to teach even the "roughest of the diamonds" to sing.
Moreover, when you learn to teach your voice how to move a step further from speaking to singing, it is actually "better than sex," according to Spence.
He explains how singing is a second nature to humans who know how to speak.
"It is a real visceral connection to your body that I don't think anybody really feels through their lives," he added.
As a mentor, Spence knows that this mindset will help him and the contestants achieve a level of confidence needed to help bring out the songbird.
To Spence, everybody's got what it takes to be a singer. More than that, everybody has the foundational requirements that it takes to become one.
"Everybody has got a raw instrument," Spence said. "Some people are more raw than others ... a rougher diamond, if you will", he added.
When asked about how he puts this into practice, he says that the first step to greatness is allowing people to simply make some noise.
"It is about rediscovering that primal part of your noise-making mechanism."
Moving forward, he goes on to allow his mentees to focus on breathing. According to Spence, humans only use about a third of lung power. By simply expanding that and learning how to control how it goes with the voice, it could be a breakthrough for singing training.
"Our actual vocal cords are about the size of a thumbnail so as soon as you find out how you make a noise then you can develop that sound," he said.
For Spence, singing has a lot to do with physicality.
He goes on by teaching mentees tips on how to control notes and increase their ranges. For him, enough confidence and the right amount of training is all it takes to bring out the Mariah Carey in anyone.
Written by Nikki A.