Having trained the likes of Taiwainese singers Van Ness Wu and Huang Yee-Ling and local artists Narelle Kheng and Miss Lou, Daniel Singh is a veteran in the realm of vocal coaching. I met Daniel at the launch party of Ruark Audio‘s foray into Singapore, for which Daniel is the ambassador.
With music being such an important part of his life, it is interesting to watch Daniel gush about his musical heroes, occasionally peppering our conversation with funny little anecdotes about his past experiences. Daniel’s singing journey began some years ago when he took the leap of faith, flew to New York, and met with Seth Riggs, the man who coached the legend, Michael Jackson, himself. Here’s his relationship with music.
Tell us your name, and how you’d introduce yourself to someone whom you’re meeting for the first time.
Daniel Singh. Vocal Coach who teaches the Speech Level Singing technique.
What are the five tracks of your life?
1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
2. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Ray Charles
4. Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
5. Phantom of the Opera – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Why would you consider this playlist to be significant to you?
I love listening to the legends! These singers influenced the music and artistes of today. The music, the voices, just gets me!
Pick one track and tell me your fondest/most interesting memory of it.
I was 14 and videotaped Michael Jackson’s concert on TV and replayed it back over and over on VHS frame by frame learning how to do the moonwalk! It took a few weeks and I later performed Billie Jean for my school’s Teacher’s Day concert.
Bought the hat, the glove and I was enjoying myself so much moonwalking on stage and then it hit me that my eyes were closed and I needed to gauge when to stop so I opened my eyes, did the spin and the signature stand on the tip-toe, and I was at the edge of the stage! Everyone loved it and clapped and thought I had timed it so well for the performance. Needless to say, I was stunned that I had come close to almost falling off the stage!
If I had asked you this question 10 years ago, what is the one track that your then-self would have picked as your favourite?
Heal The World.
The Dangerous album really had an influence on me. It was my very first cassette tape that I bought!
I remember singing Heal the World over and over just to figure how to do the high head voice parts and that started my journey to discover how to sing without yelling or cracking. It was years later that I read the album credits and found out Seth Riggs was Michael’s voice teacher and I flew out to Los Angeles, trained with him and became a vocal coach teaching the method. Today I work with Seth and Margareta Riggs. Seems so surreal!