I am always on the lookout for examples of men using their head voice effectively. A well-developed head voice is one of the biggest keys to a vibrant and healthful TTBB choir sound. Students need to hear and assimilate this vocal technique.
Which is why I’m so happy that Leslie Odom, Jr.’s star has risen alongside Hamilton. As Aaron Burr, and more recently with his two solo albums, he typifies for me the healthful and potent use of head voice. As far as I’m concerned, my students can’t listen to his singing enough – and try to imitate his sweet, smooth sound.
Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, I encourage you to put his brand new Christmas album into regular rotation. It’s a fabulous listen, and it’s educational to boot!