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Vendera Vocal Academy Student Success Stories
Hey Jaime and Ben, just thought of writing in to tell you a BIG THANK YOU! I’m on the cusp of a dream come true. (YES, while a BIG DREAM has always been to play the biggest arenas across the world, this one is something I’d call a little more realistic for now)
Ever since moving to the US from Bombay, India a few years ago, one of my immediate dreams was to either get my band from the east to the west to tour, or vice versa. I’m really happy to let you know that my band from Bombay, OVERHUNG, has been selected to play at the Indie Week Festival in Toronto this year! And we’ll be doing a few more dates around the festival as well.
Now, why am I thanking you??
It’s because I do not forget anyone who has helped me in any way along my path.
In my short time of around 6-8 months in the Vendera Vocal Academy, I learned a lot. NO, I haven’t been Jaime’s best student, and I didn’t follow all of his methods like he said to. BUT, I chose and picked my lesson and my BIGGEST LEARNING was from seeing both of your dedication to teaching.
Ben’s motivational talks every now and then in the hangouts were SUPER VALUABLE. Jaime, your patience when dealing with even the most basic questions is another thing I learned from.
Another great learning was when I saw other young students and their dedication and passion.. While everyone wanted to sing as high as possible and break glasses like Jaime does, I was here just to learn and YES, LEARN I DID...
I put it as the 3 D’s.
Discipline, Dedication and Destruction (of your voice if you don't take care of the first 2 Ds)!
Overall, A BIG THANK YOU to both of you, Jaime and Ben ..
Hope to meet you guys personally sometime for a BIG HUG !!
Sujit Kumar - Singer for Markujitsu and OVERHUNG
Tiago CostA - Portugal
Singer for Eoten and Firemage
Guitarist for Xeque-Mate
Vendera Vocal Academy was a game changer for me. Not only did I gain notes, I also learned how to make them sound good. Singing Power Metal was a distant dream and now it became a reality.
SCOTT CREWS - USA
There are way too many great things that have come from studying with Jaime, Ben and Vendera Vocal Academy. Aside from the technical learning, just being a part of this great community has kept me pushing forward towards the dream of being a pro singer despite many of the challenges life has thrown my way. Thank you Jaime and Ben for all you do!
SCOTT ISBELL - USA
Scott Isbell Music
I love that in Vendera Vocal Academy I am able to work at my own pace, but also have the reminders and feedback from other members via the facebook group, etc. I learn new things each time from every single lesson.
Cheryl Ostor - France
Singer/Songwriter for CherieO
Since I've joined the VVA program with Jaime Vendera and Ben Valen, six months ago, I have increased my range in both the high and low registers. I have also strengthened my vocal muscles, so I can last past 3 hour practices without tiring or straining my voice. The lessons and exercises are fun because the program keeps evolving and the coaches are very positive and encouraging.
Simran Jain - India
For me, Vendera Vocal Academy has been a lot more than an academy helping me sing better. I would have never imagined an online medium of a music school to be so helpful to me. And it's funny how my result came to me very unexpectedly. I had committed to practice every single day for at least an hour, and before I knew it I gained two notes. I did struggle hitting them in the first few days but on that particular day I could breeze through them. I do realize that a lot of factors go into helping one gain range and I've understood them better only because of the lessons at VVA. I'm super motivated to continue with the exercise routine everyday and see how it surprises me going further! What I really love about VVA is how you guys really push limits to motivate a vocalist. I feel that has been very helpful for me. Cheers to Jaime, Ben, and the rest of VVA.
Frode STRøM - Norway
I gained four notes almost immediately the first time I went through Jaime’s training. Over time, I have now gained a total of one and a half octaves. It amazes me, and I’m so grateful for Jaime and what he teaches.
Emer Garcia - Colombia
Singer, Vocal Coach
In under four months, I am able to sing four octaves! Because of what Jaime taught me, I can sing for two hours without getting tired.
Bartek Kulczycki - Poland
Singer for Hypnosaur, Tarbøk
Before I found Jaime’s training, my voice would be dried up and sore after an hour and a half of rehearsal with my band. I wouldn’t be able to sing for the rest of the day, and my voice was tired and worn out the whole next day. After using Jaime’s method, I never experience hoarseness or vocal fatigue anymore. The top notes of my voice are stronger than ever now!
Priyantha Fernando - USA
Singer, Piano Teacher
Before finding Jaime, I could sing G4. One of Jaime’s exercises has me singing Bb4, three notes higher! Now, I can sing A5 all day long, which is over an octave higher than before. Jaime has done wonders for me.
Andrew Bryan - UK
Singer for Hypnosaur, Tarbøk
Before I found Jaime’s training, I could only sing two octaves. Now, I can sing three octaves with control, and I can sing four octaves all together. It’s rare for me to find a song that I can’t at least match the pitch of the singer, and for many songs, I can sing along effectively and well. Thanks Jaime!
Luke Kent - Australia
Singer, Vocal Coach
I’ve added at least an octave to my range. I can sing my favorite songs in the original key now, where before I had to lower the songs. Before when I tried to sing high notes, I had to work for it and push the notes up there. Now the notes almost float out, and it’s very easy to do.
What Others Are Saying About Jaime Vendera
"He’s been a huge help in getting my voice back after my vocal surgery"
I started working with Jaime Vendera in December of 2018 after searching for a vocal coach and finding Jaime on YouTube. After watching some of his videos, I felt like his down to earth style would be a good fit, so I hired him for two Skype lessons.
On our very first lesson I could tell he cared about his students and we instantly clicked. So I flew him to Detroit for a few days if intensive lessons as I was in the studio recording vocals for Trauma, to get me back in shape after vocal surgery for recording the record and touring with I Prevail.
To everybody who has been complimenting my vocals on our new release, and saying congrats for recovering from vocal surgery, I have to give a big thank you to Jaime. He’s been a huge help in getting my voice back after my vocal surgery and a massive reason for helping me get my confidence back so I could get back out on the road. Every time we meet, his positive mindset inspires and motivates me to be my best!
If you need a vocal coach or you need anybody to motivate you and give you a kick in the ass, Jaime is the guy! I highly recommend him. He’s been my rock throughout the last year and I believe he can be yours too!
- I Prevail
"Applying his approach and techniques resulted in a noticeable improvement"
I've never really identified as a "singer" as much as I have the various other elements that go into crafting, recording, and performing songs. I've always worked hard to create the tone and performance necessary to convey as much emotion and meaning as possible, but I wasn't one to wake up and do vocal exercises, read vocal forums, or geek out over the high notes that people sing. I don't even like the Voice. Or any of those shows. (Holy shit are they boring).
Still, I've always tried to give 100% during live performances. And with the relative growth of STARSET I've been confronted with the challenge of playing longer headline sets, more consecutive performances, and with less rest. Given my obsession with improvement and giving the best performance possible, it became necessary to take the vocal aspect more seriously.
I started to focus on the singing, warming up, and increased rehearsals. But this alone wasn't enough. That is where Jaime Vendera came in. A couple years ago he offered to provide me with guidance/lessons to improve my stamina, power, and range. And he did just that. Applying his approach and techniques resulted in a noticeable improvement--one I believe is noticeable even to the untrained ear.
If you've been to a show recently I think you might agree.
I can't speak to whether Jaime can take a non-singer and make them great (he probably can, he's awesome), but he can certainly help to make a singer shine.
Thanks Jaime. (Sorry it took me so long to make this well-deserved post. Like I said, I wanted to make it when I felt conviction.)
Oh, plus he's an awesome, incredibly kind, and supportive guy.
"His approach to vocal coaching has helped me improve my voice."
I’ve been studying with Jaime Vendera for some time now and I can honestly say that he’s shown me things vocally that I never really thought about. His book “Raise Your Voice” is a wealth of vocal knowledge and his approach to vocal coaching has helped me to improve my voice. This tour has been amazing; my voice is better than ever. I value Jaime’s wisdom and friendship.
- Dream Theater
"He really cares about the art of singing."
I have known Jaime Vendera for a few years now. He has become one of the best and most well-respected vocal instructors in the business. What sets him apart from many is the fact that he really cares about the art of singing. He is extremely passionate about what he does. While on tour, he came out to see me perform with Alter Bridge. Unfortunately, I was so sick it was rough making it through the set. It looked as if we were going to have to cancel the next show. Jaime spent some time giving me some tips that helped me regain my voice and by the next night, I was able to perform the show. He is fantastic!
- Alter Bridge
"My vocal range and stamina greatly improved"
I had four Skype lessons with Jaime Vendera during my Thriving Ivory days, then performed on the Carson Daly show before hitting the road again. During the show, I could not believe how easy it was for me to sing. It was like the songs floated out of me. My vocal range and stamina greatly improved once I mastered Jaime’s techniques. I had more lessons while recording for my new band, Midnight Cinema. Now when I sing, I feel like I’ve been sipping on helium! Thanks to Jaime, I’m able to sing night after night and record my best in the studio!
- Thriving Ivory, Midnight Cinema
Jaime Vendera with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge
Jaime Vendera with James LaBrie of Dream Theater
Jaime Vendera with Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail
Jaime Vendera with Dr. Oz and Bill Nye the Science Guy
Creator of the Vendera Vocal Academy
Author of Raise Your Voice
About the Author
"The Glass-Shatterer" Jaime Vendera has shattered glass with his voice on Good Morning America, MythBusters, Superhuman Showdown, The Dr. Oz Show, and on international television in China, Japan, Germany and France.
Jaime is the author of several best-selling books on voice and music, such as Raise Your Voice, Raise Your Voice 2: The Advanced Manual, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, PractiSing, SingFit, Vocal RESET, Mind Over Music (co-written with Dr. Joe Vitale), and many more.
Lots of professional artists and well-known singers come to Jaime for vocal training and vocal health advice. Jaime's students include James Labrie of Dream Theater, Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail, Dustin Bates of Starset, Mixi Demner of Stitched Up Heart, Clayton Stroope of Thriving Ivory and City Wolf, and many others.
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