I have spent essentially my entire life believing I was terrible at singing. This is the story of how I came to record an EP to begin with, and why it’s called TESSITURA. Thank you to @dianaflaviasava for the suggestion!
In music, “tessitura” can be defined as the most comfortable or frequently used set of pitches for a given singer—i.e., the range of notes in which a voice presents its best-sounding or most characteristic timbre—not necessarily the same as a singer’s technical “range” of capabilities.
I am, and always have been, a natural soprano. Anyone who has heard my speaking voice in person knows that it is very high-pitched. As a kid, I could easily reach the highest notes in the “Phantom of the Opera.” The thing was, it didn’t sound too great. Being able to hit pitches in tune is just one small part of being a great singer. Your emotional delivery and the beauty of your tone are what draws people in, or repels them, as it seemed to be in my case. I felt my high voice was shrill and piercing, so I concluded I couldn’t sing. I still always kept writing songs, but just for myself.
Then I had shoulder surgery in Dec 2017 after my devastating tour accident and was at an all-time low, justifiably worrying that my career as a violinist was over. I definitely wallowed. Then, one night, maybe it was red wine courage, but I just stopped feeling sorry for myself and decided to make a formal song demo since I was stuck at home anyway, unable to drive or play violin, but still could sing and program MIDI, which didn’t require much arm movement. And so “Stars,” now track 1 on the EP, was (re)born. I’d written it a few years back, but had never put together a full electronic background for it. It made sense musically to sing low and quietly over these new, moody instrumentals, and in so doing, I actually discovered a whole new tone to my voice when I wasn’t trying to force the volume or pitch. A producer eventually heard this demo and loved it, especially the vocals, and he convinced me to make a whole record. I actually believed him, lol. So the EP is called “TESSITURA” because I’d finally become comfortable enough with my own voice to let you hear it. 🖤🦋 - 2 hours ago