Articles on Singing

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Aretha Franklin performs at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 1989. AP Photo/Mario Suriani

How Aretha Franklin found her voice

When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
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Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
Butner Elementary School students sing patriotic music on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. April 2, 2009. Jessica M. Kuhn / U.S. Army

Stop obsessing over talent—everyone can sing

Children with difficulty singing can be labelled as 'nonmusical' by parents, teachers and pop culture. This toxic idea of 'talent' can deprive people of music's benefits for the rest of their lives.

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