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Angela Kelman

Farewell Peak Performance Project British Columbia

November 16th, 2015

AK_BookCover_FINAL_LowRez 2For the last four years I have had the privilege of being the vocal coach on faculty for the Peak Performance Project in BC. It is with bittersweet emotion I say farewell to this amazing program for up and coming bands as this was the last year of seven. The Peak Performance Project was the brainchild of creative team, Bob D’eith, Tamara Stanners and Quinn Best. After the application process, those chosen were put through the rigours of what they would be judged on: performances, raising money for charity, making a business plan and excelling at Boot Camp in Princeton, to name a few. It quickly grew to be the most coveted contest in British Columbia, if not Canada with top prize exceeding $100,000.00. Thank you to Pattison Broadcasting for financially supporting this project.

The finale concert is this Thursday, Nov. 19th at the iconic Commodore Ballroom in downtown Vancouver. All three finalists are bands who have already been through the contest having a major advantage going in by using what they learned the first time. This will be an exciting night for everyone who has been a part of seven great years of supporting Canada’s brightest musical stars.

Best of luck to the contenders. Check them out :



Bed Of Stars

Van Damsel

JP Maurice

Until Next Time… Breathe and Happy Singing!

How To Sing Beatles Vocal Parts

February 2nd, 2015

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Quote Of The Day:

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” John Lennon
Who doesn’t love The Beatles? At some point in our musical life we will discover them even if we weren’t there when they debuted in the 60’s. It is inevitable, if you love music, somewhere along your musical path, you will “discover” them.

At the beginning of every new teaching term I always look for songs with great harmonies to teach my group classes. Needless to say, The Beatles repetoire is one I draw from often. I also look for new tools to help my students learn their parts. Often I will record the parts myself, isolate them or highlight them over the melody and email them out. Recently, I have found an amazing Italian musician named, Galeazzo Frudua who is an Italian luthier, Beatles expert, bass, guitar and amplifier builder and guitar making teacher. He breaks down all the vocals for many Beatles tunes and does a great job of video recording them to explain them and how they work with each other. I really enjoy this way of learning and hope that when you are ready to learn your next Beatles song, you’ll check him out and maybe even donate to his website so he can continue to do more. I pay for each one I use and it feels good to contribute to someone who makes my job so much easier and helps my students learn their parts faster.

Until next time,

Breathe… and Happy (Beatles) Singing


New Year’s Resolutions – Get Singing!

January 16th, 2015

AK_BookCover_FINAL_LowRez 2It’s that time of year again. The beginning of a new year and the frustration of trying to maintain the unrealistic resolutions we set for ourselves. BUT, this one could be easy.

I look at vocalizing like going to the gym. If you can find 20 minutes three times a week you will definitely see gains. Start slowly. Really concentrate on your breathing, direction and depth. You will be singing Rock Star and Diva notes in no time. Here’s a vocal warm-up video I did a little while ago.

Until next time… Breathe and Happy Singing!

Happy Holiday Songs

December 25th, 2014


AK_BookCover_FINAL_LowRez 2One of my greatest joys is teaching children to sing. Here are some great Holiday songs to sing with kids. It’s so easy to find great tracks on youtube and you can read the words as the song plays… how much easier can it be to get the whole family singing this Christmas?

Have a great day of family, love, laughter and music!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer –

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas –

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town –

We Wish You A Merry Christmas –

Merry Christmas Everyone! Happy Singing!


Pentatonix Rocks

November 24th, 2014

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I’m not the biggest fan of a lot of a capella singing, HOWEVER, in the last few years my students have enlightened me to some amazingly cool groups. I was blown away with this evolution of music vignette from the group, PENTATONIX. This group is a testament to great pop vocal technique. Breathing, blending, pitch, all awesome. Enjoy this piece of brilliance and Happy Singing.



Aretha The Great Covers Other Great Singers

September 30th, 2014

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Quote of the Day

“R.E.S.P.E.C.T – find out what it means to me” Aretha Franklin

Good news for anyone who loves the “Queen Of Soul”. It’s been a long time comin’ but Miss Aretha is putting out a new album. AND the surprise for me is that she is covering other great singers. At 72, I am sure she still is singing her ass off like always. After the Grammy’s the year she stepped in for an ailing Pavorotti and sang Nessun Dorma, I believe the Queen can handle anything. Check out that clip here:

Can’t wait to hear the new album.

Until next time,

Breathe…and Happy Singing!


Peak Performance Boot Camp 2014

September 2nd, 2014

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Peak Performance Boot Camp 2014

Quote Of The Day:

“Either be groovy or leave, man.” -Bob Dylan

I am happy to report that no one had to leave Peak Performance Boot Camp because they weren’t groovy enough. (Thank you Brandon Fletcher for the quote). For the third year in a row, I have had the pleasure of being the vocal coach on faculty for this amazing event. Boot Camp is one of those things that is hard to explain to someone unless they were there. But, you can get a glimpse of the awesomeness of the event and the talent of the bands at There were daily blogs, videos, and photos that helped describe the learning, loving, laughing, creating and not sleeping of this magical week. Working with fellow faculty: Tamara Stanners, Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother, Bob D’Eith, Natasha Duprey, Brian Thompson, Chris Wynters, Scott Johnson, Earl Pereira, and Kahlil Ashanti to name a few, was akin to being on an all star team. It is our joy and utmost pleasure to share our years of experience with these up and coming bands.

To the 12 bands from BC and the 12 from Alberta who won a place at the Boot Camp and a place in my heart, I wish you all the best in your careers. If you, the reader, see any of these artists coming to a venue near you, please get out and support them. You will be so glad you did.

Peak Performance Project 2014 Finalists (who I feel are all my kids now)

Jon Bryant

Samantha Savage Smith

Altered By Mom

The Wet Secrets

The Royal Foundry

Goodwood Atoms

Nuela Charles

Damn Fools

The Wild Romantics

Scenic Route To Alaska

The Tourist Company

Lauren Mann And The Fairly Odd Folk

Jodi Pederson

Boreal Sons

David Newberry



Miss Quincy And The Showdown

Port Juvee

Shred Kelly



Sidney York

Good For Grapes

Until Next Time…Breathe And Happy Singing!



What Makes You Happy?

July 30th, 2014

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Quote Of The Day:
“Clap Along If You Feel Like Happiness Is The Truth”
Pharrell Williams

There is no denying that it is infectious… “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is one of those songs that just puts a smile on your face. Even if you are sick of hearing it, your body will betray your opinion by making you want to move to the groove… even if it is just tapping  your toes. I love this song, but I have always been a self professed “pop bunny”. When you dig a little deeper behind the repetitive chorus and bounce of the groove, you will hear some great vocals. Pharrell has a multi textured voice that I never get tired of hearing. I also love the gospel-like background parts. It’s such a fun song to sing in a group and it will always be a crowd pleaser. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you probably have been living under a rock this last year. Welcome back… check out my favourite song of the summer here:

Recently I had a huge laugh with the version that Weird Al Yankovic released of this song called “Tacky”. The guy really is a genius. He actually has a cool voice  and can sing fairly well (if he is not helped too much in the studio and has fooled me). It’s a fun and entertaining alternative to “Happy” if you need a little reprieve from the original version. You know you’ve really made it when Weird Al does a cover of your song. Enjoy it here:

Have a great summer. I’ll be dancing to this song repeatedly at my cabin on Vancouver Island over the next few weeks. Hope you’ll be dancing too!

Until next time,

Breathe and “Happy” Singing



Best Diaphragm Support Exercise Ever!

June 20th, 2014


AK_BookCover_FINAL_LowRez 2Quote Of The Day

“Billie Jean is not my lover, she’s just a girl who claims that I am the one”

Michael Jackson

If you have read some of my past blogs and know how important diaphragm support is for singers, this is an excellent exercise to find out exactly how your diaphragm works. This video rocks. These men are amazing. They are called The Bottle Boys and are from Denmark. I was intrigued by what they were doing then tried to get a tone out of a beer bottle myself. I then realized how much diaphragm support is needed to make it happen. This is very similar to the movement of your diaphragm when you sing. Enjoy the video, drinking the beer, then trying to make the tones. In case you have forgotten some science, each bottle has different amounts of liquid in it to get varying tones.

Until next time… Breathe (use your diaphragm support) and Happy Singing

Humility, Thy Name is Axl???

May 30th, 2014


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“And when you’re high, you never Ever want to come down”

Axl Rose

Love him or hate him, he is known as one of rock and roll’s bad boys. I found this article interesting in that someone who has been painted to be such an ass by fans and critics alike, was able to be humble about being named the world’ greatest singer. But, he forgot to mention, Marvin Gaye…maybe you have other suggestions as well.

Check out the article

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