Sophie Shear is "The Excavator"

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Sophie Shear is The Excavator

February 15th, 2022
Episode 02: Sophie Shear, The Excavator

Sophie Shear is a longtime Nashville vocal coach who's been singing professionally since childhood. She's helped tens of thousands of singers through in-person and online coaching go beyond their instrument to excavate who they really are. This is an energetic episode that gives a peek behind the curtain of what even the most well-known singers must overcome: themselves. 

This episode is for you if: 
-You LOVE to sing (Sophie breaks into song A LOT in this episode)
-You love fast talkers (like Sophie and Host Lauren Lowrey)
-You're captivated by her work of bringing out someone's true voice
-You resonate with a story of personal transformation
-You love a Christian message

What's in this episode?
Sophie Shear grew up the daughter of a Christian recording artist who was big in the 1980s and 1990s. She began singing professionally at 8 years old, so music and singing has always been connected to her purpose, but her own struggles prevented her from embracing her sound. She now helps other singers excavate and overcome their own personal issues so they can truly find their voice.

Sophie describes she sees a person's voice like a plant with three parts: the plant, the soil and the bedrock. The plant is the voice that everyone hears. The soil is the emotional stories, lies or truths that a person tells themselves. The bedrock is who a person really is. All of those things impacts the sound of someone's voice. Sophie helps singers excavate their true selves to find their voice and share their message. 

 Sophie also describes how she addresses voice-work with clients and sings some some hilarious examples in this episode. 

📝 Show Notes & Mentions 📝
Whitney Houston, I wanna dance with somebody 

Lauren Daigle “You say” 

The Pharynx

Connect with Sophie Shear
Her website
Her Youtube channel

0:00 - Intro
1:09 - Best Time/Worst Time
1:36 - Sophie’s worst time
5:10 - "God saved me"
11:41 - Sophie’s purpose
13:12 - How Sophie got into music
16:22 - The voice is like a plant
23:39 - Working with celebrity singers
27:32 - Singers need a safe space to experiment
28:24 - Anxiety and the voice
29:42 - What monkey sounds and Whitney Houston have in common
38:30 - When clients cry 
44:03 - Why you MUST tell your story

[Episode transcript]

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