DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 13
October 7, 2014
Ok, first off, let me apologize for the long delay in student spotlight interviews! We let them fall aside for far too long and it’s time to get back introducing you to the amazing people we are working with. Grace Meridan is no exception! I met Grace a few months back and as soon I heard her voice I knew we were in for a fun ride together. Why? Well her sound was so unique and I was anxious to help her understand that better. Further, she is a part of a genre of music that I keep learning more about and find myself fascinated with, but I’m why don’t I let her tell you more…
Davin: Grace! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are ya from? What fills your days? That sort of thing.
Grace: Hi Davin! Well, I’m a Chicago native, but also the first generation child of European immigrants. I’m a Female Fronted Metal artist. My previous band and I released an EP, since then I’ve opened for several majour bands in the genre, participated as a guest vocalist in multiple festivals and events both overseas and domestically. In addition, I’ve participated in Operas in Italy. At the moment, I am working on several projects. But, primarily I am trying to complete my solo album. I’ve had a very hard time trying to find reliable musicians but after many experiences, trials and tribulations - I have come to the realization that I WILL complete my vision no matter what.
Davin: Cool! In light of that, what brought your to voice lessons? Have you taken them in the past? What made you want to dig in further with your voice now?
Grace: Ahh…. Voice lessons. Yes, I have had several in the past. I studied for years with a classical instructor and afterwards I spent a year with a good friend, an operatic/metal female vocalist. I am very fortunate to have worked with these fine ladies. I have been awarded many opportunities through their help. But, because I never finished vocal school – it was difficult to try to understand the fundamentals. After many years of performing, I realized that even though I have had several information sessions and experiences, I realized that I never learned the basics of singing and it left me depressed and lost for a long time. I’ve been categorized as several different voice types, Mezzo-Soprano, Dramatic Soprano and Contralto. What I realized now is to strip myself of any titles and just learn to love my voice, my mind-body connection and just see the capabilities I have and might be able to achieve. To learn to live the music through self-expression.
Davin: Yes! Isn’t it fun to not worry about labels and just let your voice go where it wants to?? Have you goals changed since you began our sessions?
Grace: As we got to work together, I am becoming more and more open/aware to what I can do. I know its gonna be a process but I am determined to turn my voice into the best it can be.
Davin: Hey, being open to the process speeds it up significantly! Any other surprises along the way?
Grace: In terms of voice lessons, I think I finally realized what my head voice feels like. Which was pretty kick ass! In addition, I became aware that the effort put in only works with good guidance, patience and persistence.
Davin: Patience is key! You’re doing a great job. What’s in the future for your voice?
Grace: Well, my expectations are very high! I have always pushed myself to the point of frustration and at times exhaustion. But, I know what I would like to achieve is challenging myself to opening my range to it’s maximum capacity, tone and emotion. But, most of all I want to sing from my heart so I can inspire listeners just like the artists I listened to did the same for me.
Davin: I think you’re doin’ all the right stuff and are making huge strides! Thanks for telling us about it.