“Leonard [Cohen] taught me to rein it in, sing less and let the story tell itself. It’s the greatest bit of advice anyone has given me about my voice.” Anjani

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When singing Leonard’s lyrics, my aim is to not over-emote or under-report. Sometimes it’s tricky because a vocalist’s natural inclination is to milk a great song for all it’s worth. Leonard taught me to rein it in, sing less and let the story tell itself. It’s the greatest bit of advice anyone has given me about my voice. As far as bgs [backgrounds] go, they are a sweetener, not a focal point. My task is to support the lyric and/or the lead vocal as tastefully as I can. Now Leonard loves hearing a female chorus behind his low, deep voice. It’s a mighty big effect but it works well for him. quotedown2

Anjani Thomas

From Interview With Anjani at Dear Heather. Photo by Dominique BOILE.