The difficulties and hardships of being a vocalist are highlighted in a new book showcasing some of music’s most significant artists. The Singers Talk – The Greatest Singers of Our Time Discuss the One Thing They’re Never Asked About: Their Voices, which will be released on September 5th by Permuted Press, comprises more than 70 revealing talks with musicians centered on their individual approaches to singing. Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Ozzy Osbourne, Mavis Staples, Joan Jett, Patty Griffin, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, The Cure’s Robert Smith, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and many more were among the artists interviewed by author and musician Jason Thomas Gordon. Gordon also enlisted the help of a number of artists and music business heavyweights to discuss the vocal abilities of earlier performers. Intimate conversations with Clive Davis on Whitney Houston, Nile Rodgers about David Bowie, Tom Morello about Chris Cornell, Marky Ramone about Joey Ramone, Butch Vig about Kurt Cobain, Jimmy Iovine about Tom Petty, and Wendy Melvoin about Prince are included in The Singers Talk.
Each interview and conversation focuses on each artist’s artistic processes as well as the strategies they employ to maintain their voices strong and healthy. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke says in the linked interview, “This is the most geeked out I’ve ever talked about my voice!” “Singing is so much more than just hitting the right note,” Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs explains to Gordon. “It’s about connecting with the audience, connecting with something divine, connecting to your most primitive and deepest intuition, and connecting to your nature as a human being on this planet.” Book sales royalties will assist Gordon’s charitable fund, Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, which helps children and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Danny Thomas, an actor and musician, founded the hospital in 1962, Gordon’s grandfather.