Daniel’s path to vocal awakening was arduous. After more than a decade of navigating the conventional paths of “classical” vocal training and numerous choirs leading up to and through college, Daniel left McGill University’s Marvin Duchow School of Music hating his own voice. Conventional lessons had made his relationship with his voice deteriorate. Thinking perhaps the problem was that his voice was too “proper” for most styles, he tried bad habits like forcing unnatural colors, but that just led to damage and more limitations. What he did not like about his voice was the over-compressed sound quality that comes from “conventional training” which emphasizes excessively the diaphragm and its role in singing.
After many years of frustration, Daniel discovered there was another approach to vocal training that all his favorite vocalists used, from Michael Jackson, to Stevie Wonder, and found it was everything he had ever dreamed a voice lesson could be; instant and REAL results! Cause and Effect vocal training exists, and one does not have to wait months or years for improvement, but rather a handful of lessons. Conventional modes of vocal training aren’t “proper” they are just plain misinformed and have been hotly argued over for centuries. Science backed vocal knowledge is relatively new in the past 70 years and surprisingly uncommon in the field of singing. With this new form of training, Daniel’s own voice became everything he always knew it could be, but could not figure out on his own. Daniel became certified to teach this technique and share its gift, training in the same rooms that M.J., Stevie, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and many others had trained in with the same teacher. Bridgetown Vocal was born.
Several years later, Daniel wanted to discover more and went on a hiatus to explore his own voice more deeply. He started focusing on the more emotional, and energetic aspects of the voice, as well as the production of atypical vocal sounds used in various cultures (sometimes called “throat singing”). He has taken the knowledge from his former network of science based voice teachers and boiled it down even further to produce accelerated vocal advancement in his students with his new discoveries. Daniel is also very empathetic towards the psychological wounds we carry, specifically surrounding our voices, and firmly believes (and proves) that ANYONE can sing well. He fluidly develops voices that felt they were “tone-deaf,” as well as guides seasoned or professional vocalists to the next level. He wants true vocal knowledge to be taught to the general population, because everyone deserves a direct relationship with their voice. Not everyone needs to be a performing singer, but everyone is vocalist by birth who should learn to use their instrument!