Hello, below are answers to a number of frequently asked questions (faqs) I get regularly about my background and vocal coaching.
When I was nine – my parents sought out a very unique and brilliant teacher/musician for me. He would become my teacher.
He was a Renaissance Man – an organist, a painter, a portrait artist, an astrologer, a television personality, an adjudicator, an authority on the Welland Ship Canal, a music director.
He taught me how to think as a musician – to ask questions that inspired thought and to be fearless about “doing the right thing” and making choices that lead to greater possibilities.
My uncles toured Canada as professional musicians and my great grandfather performed on vaudeville stages.
I studied at Western University, Rider University (Westminster Choir College), University of Western Michigan and San Diego University. Worked as a choir director, a producer, conductor and organist in many churches. Performed regularly, taught musical theatre, vocal jazz and vocal music in public and private schools.
As Artistic Director of the performance group Revv52 for 24 years, Brian created an imprint that will last a lifetime with concerts spanning from The Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show to Carnegie Hall in New York City.
When you learn more – you know how much there is still to know. I’m inspired by Tony Bennett’s approach to life and his music. His excellence as an artist and musician are reflected in his passion to continue learning.
I’m passionate about music – love to share what I have learned over 42 years of working with music (singers,bands, performers) – over 35,000 hours of music with singers in all styles of music.
I continue to learn about the art of teaching ,the art of vocal coaching, research on “the brain and music”, the physiology of the voice, the art of performance and technique.
I’m inspired by Tony Bennett’s approach to life and his music. His excellence as an artist and musician is reflected in his passion to continue learning. As I learn more – I realize how much more there is still to know.
Voice Lessons primarily focus on vocal technique to increase vocal range, build vocal strength, blend smoothly between head voice and chest voice, achieve mixed voice and belt coordinations, master multiple musical and vocal styles, sing high notes with ease, and eventually achieve technical and artistic mastery.
Vocal Coaching is primarily for singers looking to prepare for auditions, for performances, or for the recording studio. Vocal Coaching sessions focus on performance strategies, stage presence, musical choices, stylistic nuances, microphone technique, and learning how to sing different musical styles. Vocal Coaching also includes accompaniment, recording accompaniment tracks, repertoire book building, audition song selection, acting coaching, and the application of vocal technique to songs.
I can help you to connect to your signature sound – your sound as a singer and performer. I’ll listen to you as a singer and connect to your style of learning – a learning style that excites you to achieve even more that you expect as a singer.
Everyone has their own signature sound – it is important to find it and perform in it – to build consistency, strong performance and technique.
I offer you:
Vocal Coaching Sessions – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi- monthly
With Brian Farrell and Associate Mariya Stokes (singer/songwriter)
Turntable Creative: For performers to “try on their song(s)” in a performance setting that is creative and inspiring and receive feedback by professionals in the industry.
With Brian Farrell and Neil MacGonigill (Manager) and Guests
Once a month on a Monday, 7pm – 9pm
Reboot Lab: For more experienced singers, band members, performers who want to know more about their craft – performance coaching and technique
With Brian Farrell with Ashwin Sood (Producer/Musician)
Workshops: Gospel Music Workshops/Summer Vocal Workshops for singers, choir members, band members.
With Brian Farrell and Guests
I enjoy helping people find “their voice”, eliminating fear and connecting to music and art. I simply love what I do.
As a vocal coach, I work with all styles of singing including pop, rock, country, contemporary, gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz and classical.
I work on and off site with singers. When working with singers/bands in recording sessions, I work with the artist, recording engineer at the session site. At my home studio in Calgary, I help singers establish their signature sound.
The studio is equipped with:
- a variety of microphones (dynamic and condenser)
- Roland Fantom X7 Workstation keyboard
- Korg 88 key weighted keyboard
- Korg Kronos 61 Key workstation
- 7’ 6’’ Yamaha CX7 grand piano
- two acoustic guitars
Singer/songwriters are encouraged to bring their guitars – a DI box is available to use with the system A monitor is set up for singers to view video and their songs with lyrics/chords
It’s a wonderful space – access to an excellent sound system, microphones, stereo with multiple vinyl/CD recordings, keyboards, grand piano, guitar and a creative space that is a window to a spectacular view with wildlife that appears from time to time.
It’s an escape to a very creative and stimulating space for artists, singers, bands.
With singers, I focus on interpreting the song and making it your own, breathing and breath control, connecting through the vocal breaks, microphone technique, and musical style.
Singers I work with have been very successful in achieving their goals as performers whether it be for auditioning, festival performances, public performances, show tours, church worship or mic calls at open mics.
Singers who are keen to learn and approach vocal coaching with a positive approach are supported and invited to be the best singer they can be. I help singers understand the relationship of groove, story and technique to develop their signature sound.
Singers will see immediate improvement with their overall vocal tone, placement, and vocal colour.
It’s important to be consistent in performance with one’s vocal sound which is reinforced with continued vocal coaching.
Professional singers can expect to find their signature sound that is consistent – on tour, in the recording studio and in single performances. My strengths include coaching stage performance and choosing songs sets for performance.
"Brian shows his students the difference between getting through the moment and living in the moment. He teaches students to seek the intent behind any piece of music, and develops a way to help his students communicate that intent through performance. His extensive academic credentials are quite notable; however it is the passion and heart that truly makes this man stand out from the rest. Together, these qualities pose an unbeatable combination that Brian portrays in such a humble and kindred spirit." ~ Lindsay Ell
Current and former singers I have worked with include: Paul Brandt, Kiesza, Raghav, Reuben and The Dark, Lindsay Ell, Ashwin Sood, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden, Jimmy Rankin, Sutton Foster, Reuben Young, Christian Hudson, Corb Lund, Tareya Green, Theo Fleury, Traveling Mabels, Jason Hastie, Dayna Manning, Kalan Porter, Kirby Sewell, Lauren Mayell, Mariya Stokes, Brad Saunders, Tanya Ryan, Meaghan Smith and others who have dedicated their lives to the arts.
I’m founder of Turntable Creative Class, a performance showcase for artists that manager Neil MacGonigill and I offer. Ashwin Sood and I developed The Reboot Lab, a workshop to help musicians navigate the current business of music and hone their musical skills.
Please email or call me to schedule a vocal coaching session.