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The precious quality of a singer who takes his time- Cody Wickline on The Voice

By Ariella Vaccarino creator of Voice Lessons To Go


(I have committed myself to watching The Voice this season. I find it extremely inspirational for my blogging. Just like when I do my Vocal Assessments, there is that thrill of hearing a new singer each time. I love hearing what all of them have inside to give to us.

I am going to post about some of the contestants that inspire content out of me. You do not have to watch The Voice to read these posts. I am not reviewing the show as a whole. I am just using the contestants as food for thought. I will supply any links to back up what I am writing about so you will not feel left out if you haven't seen the show.)

The first contestant I would like to speak about is Cody Wickline. I think he is worth listening to. Here is the link:

The Voice 2015 Blind Audition - Cody Wickline: "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

The precious quality of a singer who takes his time- Cody Wickline

I sat there and watched all 4 hours of The Voice in a row last night and Cody Wickline gets the first blog post out of me. He does something so special.

He takes his time, sings gently, takes beats, and he does it from the minute he starts to sing.

It's slow, it is quiet, and there is a hush about it. It kind of reminds me of the book "Goodnight Moon" that I read to my youngest children. Just hushed, easy, and precious. Cody Wickline's voice is one that can calm the soul.

That is incredible to me. It is actually scary and risky to slow down and let things happen organically as a singer, at an audition, under tons of pressure. But he did it beautifully- not many could.

I think Cody's quality fits wonderfully into country music.

But country music is not the only place for it, Sade had a similar quality like that, also Joan Sutherland (the opera singer) pulled that off on her long lyrical arias and runs. Listen below:

03. Sade - Smooth Operator


Casta Diva Norma Vincenzo Bellini Joan Sutherland-

(fast forward to 1:30 for the voice to start heaven starts at 2:30)

As for Cody Wickline, watch and learn this skill from him. It is not right for every song, but it is perfect for the song he did. He has a certain touch to music that is rare and genuine.

I am looking forward to hearing more from him. Honestly, I would just like him to make an album of a lot of the same type of songs so that I could stay in the place his voice puts me for an extended time.

Sing well!

Ariella Vaccarino- creator of Voice Lessons To Go


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