Tuesday, April 12, 2005

‘American Idol’ Strikes A Chord And A Touchdown With Vocal Coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you think Simon Cowell is unusually harsh this season on American Idol, just think of him as the modern day Vince Lombardi.

In fact, Nashville, Tenn., vocal expert Renee Grant-Williams claims American Idol is the Super Bowl for teen singers and Cowell is like a football coach.

Grant-Williams says AI “is for the kids who didn’t play sports in school because they were busy practicing or playing in the marching band.”

Cowell, she says, is similar to a pro coach in the way that he’s tough but expects “hard work, professionalism, and realism.”

That’s why Grant-Williams believes American Idol should be required viewing for anyone wanting to become a professional singer.

She says, “Young singers can get a sense of what real- world professionals are looking for and what the American public responds to.”

She should know: She’s coached the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Christina Aguilera and Faith Hill.

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