DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 18

November 18, 2014

Heya, friends! I’m looking forward to introducing you to Laura Duggan who is a client of both Missy and me.  Laura and I have been working together for a little over a year on her singing technique, and recently she and Missy began digging into the process of songwriting. Laura has an incredibly unique instrument, and journals full of writing… so I can’t wait to hear the songs that she comes up with. Let’s learn a bit more about her process.

Davin: Helllloooo, Laura! Can you tell us a little about yourself? What you do during the days? Where you’re from? Any other fun bits of info?

Laura: Hi Davin. I’m Laura and I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in this lovely city of Chicago. Currently, I spend my days working as a NICU nurse and I absolutely love working with babies. When I’m not at work, I spend my days with family, friends, doing homework (I am advancing my degree), playing guitar, etc. I loved to sing ever since I could talk. When I was little, I’d sing at the top of my lungs all throughout the house. I’d sing so loud the neighbors could heard me. They’d tell my parents I had a beautiful voice, which in turn made me a bit nervous to know I had an “audience” out there. But I kept on singing anyway!   I didn’t start to really explore singing and playing guitar until I was in my early 20’s. I started taking guitar lessons at Guitar Chicago, and soon had the opportunity to perform in student concerts at the House of Blues

Davin: Since you started with guitar lessons first, what made you want to pursue voice lessons as well? 

Laura: I wanted to explore my singing voice more. I wanted to make it stronger and widen my vocal range a bit. My voice was good, but I thought it could be better. I feel that my singing has much improved since starting lessons at Davin Youngs Voice. 

Davin: Where are you now with your singing and playing? I know you’ve done a couple of sessions with Missy as well. Are there some new goals arising?

Laura: I continue to take voice and guitar lessons as time permits in my busy life schedule. I enjoy going to open mic nights and any opportunity to show off my talent. Recently, I began taking lessons with Missy Wise. She is helping me to explore the world of songwriting, which has been both challenging and exciting! I hope to start recording my own music, then I will look into performing it live for audiences at open mics. 

Davin: Any parting words for someone considering giving voice lessons a try?

Laura: Just try it! If you have a passion for singing, or even a slight interest, you should schedule a lesson at Davin Youngs Voice. Singing can be such a powerful physical and emotional experience. There is a lot more that goes into performing than just singing. It isrewarding too! I advise anyone to take risks, push yourself a bit, and you will find out exactly what your voice can do.

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