Sometimes people hire voice teachers. When your vocal chords land you on American Idol, you definitely need a voice teacher. Since your first task is to make Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj like you, you have to take what you’ve got and make it better.
Yep, even singers who make it onto your TV need help. One American Idol finalist found what he needed on Thumbtack and that makes us happier than we can say.
Introducing Gurpreet Singh Sarin
As everyone knows, competition is fierce on American Idol. I made it to Hollywood week and knew that I had to improve my voice and help my passion for singing come through. So I started looking for a voice teacher who would give me an edge. My background in Indian classical music helped me recognize the similarities between Indian music and jazz, blues and soul – but I needed help improving my vocals for Western music.
When I Googled voice lessons in the DC area, Thumbtack was the first link that showed up. Through Thumbtack I found Sam, a voice teacher near me, Sam Shin. He had won national awards, performed onstage with amazing singers, and had a background in jazz/blues (the genres I wanted to pursue). Add to that his amazing reviews and I was sold.
After my first class, I knew I had made the right decision. After a couple weeks, I saw major improvements in my voice quality, breathing technique, and vocal dynamics. I started to sing with more emotion and connect with songs at a level that I didn’t know existed, all while introducing me to the genres and artists who are now my greatest inspirations. I’m so blessed.
Thanks to Sam, I had a wonderful response from all four judges on American Idol and made it to the semi-final Top 40 round in Las Vegas!
This experience on Idol was one of the best of my life. But it was having a vocal coach who also was able to impart his knowledge about life that truly changed me. Sam uncovered my passion for singing and gave me the techniques that have carried me further. Without Thumbtack, I wouldn’t have met Sam. For that, I am eternally indebted!