Davin Youngs | Founder & Owner
45 Minute Sessions : $100 - $120
In person or via Skype
You can think of Davin as an advocate for the voice. He has spent thousands of hours with individuals and groups helping them sing with more success. In addition to his work in the private voice studio, he co-leads with Alison Wedding, Chicago Circle Singing, a monthly singing gathering. He is also founder and owner of VOXUS, a team building experience using improvised singing. He recently discussed this and his work in the private studio on The Robcast, hosted by New York Times best selling author, Rob Bell.
Davin is mentored by master teacher, Jeanie LoVetri and was a student of the late Richard Miller. He is a Somatic Voicework, The Lovetri Method Level III teacher and has studied improvisation with Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin. He works closely with Otolaryngologist, Steve Sims MD and SLP Jan Potter Reed. He has recently studied myofascial release for voice disorders with Walt Fritz.
From coaching contestants on The Voice, to leading corporate executives at JLL in singing, to producing vocals for artists in the recording studio, to acting as music director at Grace Chicago Church, Davin is committed to creativity, music and most importantly all things SING.
Why do you sing?
It used to be that when people asked me what I "do" I'd say I teach singing. These days I say, "I'm a singer." For me, that's almost like saying "I'm alive." Singing is my spiritual practice, my job and my hobby and it is the source of continued joy and growth.
What does that mean for the work you do with other singers?
It means I have the utmost respect for anyone who is willing to share their voice with me. I am aware of how vulnerable it can be, regardless of your experience and skill. That being said, I am committed to helping others find their most authentic voice because I know from personal experience how transformative it can be!
What do you feel are your strengths as a teacher and coach?
l have thorough understanding of how the voice functionally works and what we can do to help it function more freely. This is the most essential component to one finding their most authentic sound. From there, I understand application as it relates to style and how to integrate the whole person (physical, psychological, spiritual.)
Also, I'm very honest. I'm not afraid to offer my honest opinion with sincere kindness. :)
What excites you in music right now?
I'm currently drawn to indie/alternative R&B and electronic music. I'm a big James Blake fan as well as Solange and Frank Ocean. I love the new Kendrick Lamar album. That being said, Radiohead, Bjork, will always excite me.
What about when you're not doing voice stuff?
Probably hanging out with my partner Scott and our pit bull Neko. There's also a good possibility I'm watching reality television.
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