Hi! I’m Madeleine Harvey, a voice teacher located in the Nashville, TN. Just like you, I started with a dream to sing. I could see myself strutting my stuff at the Grand Ole Opry like Reba McEntire! Even as a little girl as I sang into my hairbrush, I was sure we were going to great friends! The problem was, I hadn’t quite learned how to use my voice with confidence. So, I did what any kid on a mission would do; I listened to the radio and tried to mimic my favorite artists. If they could get to the top with a sound like that, so could I…right? It seems like the more I tried, the more frustrated I became.
I took voice lessons and studied and studied and studied. Years later, I wasn’t any closer to that voice I knew was inside of me. All those lessons just made my singing voice “pretty”. (That's music biz slang for lacking personality and power.) I always thought that the best way to practice singing is to mimic the sounds of other artists or my voice teacher. No wonder I felt like I was singing with someone else’s voice...it was! I had never learned how to find my own true voice. I was too busy mimicking the sounds heard from others. And that’s loony; considering everyone’s voice is so different.
After all those years of private voice lessons and lots of fancy schooling in NYC, I decided to forget everything I had ever learned and start over. This time I would find that roaring, powerful, confident, sassy voice that I knew was inside. I got to thinking about why so many people become frustrated with the results of their years of study. My mission was clear - to develop a vocal system that would help anyone find their unique singing voice. It was then that the Total Voice Method™ was born.