We had the good fortune of connecting with Ree Boado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ree, what matters most to you?
Authenticity and honesty are the most important values to me as a human and as a creative artist. If a person truly expresses themselves from a place of realness and vulnerability, that opens the door for true connection, no matter what our differences in life may be. This is a big focal point in my work as a vocal coach. I want my singers to take the risk of laying their heart out on the stage for every single song. Showing up and letting people see who they truly are, imperfections and all. That’s what bonds us as humans. I believe that’s the reason we originally resonated with music. We heard a song and the emotion connected with us at a deep level and it all began with courageous authenticity.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I teach one-on-one, in-person vocal coaching to teens and adults in the greater Phoenix area and all over the world via online lessons. I love that I get to be a guide and coach for a wide variety of personalities, all wanting to express who they are in the world through the beautiful gift of singing. It’s my absolute joy to share all that I’ve learned as a performing artist over the last 25 years and through continued learning in the fascinating field of vocal science.
Creating a safe space for students to explore the capabilities of their voice is one of the things I do best. I often attract students with stage fright, since I am open about that being a part of my story as well. It can feel very vulnerable for people to sing in front of another person, let alone a voice coach. Helping people learn to feel comfortable expressing themselves through song has a ripple effect into other parts of their lives, bringing growth in their overall confidence as well. Of course we focus on improving vocal technique, but you have to be willing to be ok sounding bad first before you get to the better sounds! It’s an exciting process that I’m allowed to witness. The unfolding of a person and singer.
Running a business has not always been easy for me since my strengths are more creative than administrative, but I stuck with it. I’ve pursued more training along the way to help me grow in my weaker areas and that has made a huge difference. I took a course under Lisa Haupert in Nashville who has trained with one of the leading vocal scientists of our time, Ingo Tietze, and I became a part of The Nashville Vocal Coach Collective when I lived out there. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from other incredible vocal coaches of different traditions and to be a part of music city.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to persevere through fear. It may always be lurking nearby, trying to stop you in your tracks, but you can learn to drown out its critical voice through taking action. Small steps towards your goals every day really do add up to big steps. It’s all about consistency in the face of fear and doubt.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I just moved back to Phoenix, so I’m still looking for my new “fun spots”, but I would definitely recommend hiking Camelback Mountain during sunset. The evening sky is one of Phoenix’s most beautiful things to witness. I love grabbing an allergy friendly dinner at Green Vegetarian and occasionally going downtown to the rotating Compass Room on the 24th floor of the Hyatt Regency hotel for some dessert. On a mountaintop or at the Compass, you will surely see some of the best views of the city by far!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shout out to the SpeakUp Conference for women. They encourage and train faith based authors and speakers to share their story and message fearlessly. I attended a couple years ago and was tremendously encouraged by what I learned and by all the wonderful, humble people I met who are now guiding me on my path to writing my first book, an inspirational grief memoir that I’ve almost completed. Book writing was a new creative endeavor for me and I knew I couldn’t do it without the wisdom and help from others ahead of me.
Shelby Cook, David Boado, Bill Goodman