A professional singer is a professional athlete. They need to train like one and they need to take care of their voice like one. That’s the philosophy of former opera soloist and renowned voice coach Yvie Burnett, whose career has involved coaching scores of successful performers, from Sam Smith to Susan Boyle to Nicole Scherzinger.
“When you are a singer of any sort, you realise how precarious your voice is,” she says. “Other people can get ill and lose their voice, but for you it can mean the difference between performing a show or cancelling a show, between getting a gig and not getting it. So it’s all about looking after your voice properly.”
Burnett initially trained at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama before performing as a mezzo-soprano with operas across Europe – Welsh National Opera, Opera North, the Dutch National Opera, Glyndebourne, and more.
She then turned to voice coaching, earning a diploma from the Royal College of Music and working with the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell on TV shows including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Superstar and The Voice. In 2017, she published a book – Yes, You Can Sing – that outlined her technical approach to training.
“Your voice is a muscle just like anything else,” she says. “And if you don’t look after it and train it in the same way, it won’t improve and it won’t survive. The only reason people can run marathons is because of the time they have spent training and improving their technique and looking after their legs, and it is the same with singing. You’ve got to look after your voice.”
For Burnett, it is a question of attitude as much as anything else. It’s about constantly thinking of yourself as a professional singer, wherever you are, and acting accordingly. That means always warming up your voice with humming and vocal exercises, and cooling it down with yawns and stretches. That means staying away from alcohol, cigarettes, vaping and foods that might damage your voice. That means drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are fully hydrated.
And, Burnett continues, that means making sure you always have a product on hand to help you keep in good voice. A product like GeloRevoice®, the uniquely formulated lozenges used across Europe to help prevent and relieve all sorts of throat and voice conditions, which are now available in the UK in two different flavours – Cherry and Blackcurrant.
“You have to think like a singer,” Burnett says. “As a singer, you wouldn’t go out in the cold without a scarf around your neck. As a singer, you wouldn’t go into a rehearsal without a bottle of water. And as a singer, you need something in your bag that you can rely on. Something that keeps everything lubricated, that keeps your throat and mouth hydrated. I personally like to use GeloRevoice® Throat Lozenges.”
GeloRevoice® Throat Lozenges, which can be taken as needed up to six times a day, work by dissolving and releasing gel-forming agents – xanthan gum, carbomer and hyaluronic acid – that combine with saliva to create a unique Hydrogel Complex, which coats the sensitive mouth and throat linings with a soothing, moisturising film.
The result: effective and long-lasting relief and protection for the voice and the throat. Relief from common conditions like hoarseness, dryness and irritation, and protection from problems like dusty theatres and long performances – issues familiar to all professional singers, wherever they perform. They are available on Amazon and at Sainsbury’s as well – always there when you need them.
“Nothing can take the place of adequate hydration, but it is always good to have something up your sleeve if you feel a little under the weather, or your throat is feeling a bit croaky, or you haven’t drunk enough water throughout the day to make sure you stay hydrated,” says Burnett. “That’s when, as a professional singer, you can rely on GeloRevoice®.”
“Being a professional singer is all about having a routine that takes care of you and your voice, and using GeloRevoice® to protect and provide relief can be an essential part of that routine.”