Where are you from? I was born in Ohio, but moved to Dallas, Texas when I was 5. I usually refer to Dallas as my hometown, although Los Angeles, Melbourne, Australia, and Brooklyn were all places I lived in and called home for quite a few years. And now, of course, Chicago is my new home!
Why do you teach singing? One of my greatest joys is helping and witnessing a client find freedom and authentic expression with his/her voice. I love watching the growth a person experiences on their musical journey, and it never ceases to inspire me and teach me as well.
What qualifies you to teach? I have been performing and recording professionally for over 30 years with such artists as Gerry Mulligan, Dianne Reeves and Andy Summers and Theo Bleckmann. I have also been teaching all over the world for over 20 years and am also a Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method Level I teacher. In addition to teaching here in Chicago I am currently an Assistant Professor of voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
What are you strengths as a teacher? I have the ability to relate to each client right where they are and I truly care about each individual’s journey. I am able to help singers discover new areas in both their musicality and their instrument, and also help uncover what is already within that might have been hidden. The music I write and perform is a real hybrid of styles- I have a jazz background, but am also a singer/songwriter, and I delve a lot into the world of improvisation (including scat and other forms), which I love to explore with interested singers.Improvisation can open a lot of doors in a person’s songwriting, expression, and can help conquer anxiety when performing.
What have you been up to professionally as a singer? You can visit alisonwedding.com to check out some of my latest recordings or read more about me over at wikipedia. I am currently writing new material and hoping to record my 4th album in the next year! I am also really enjoying singing jazz standards again.