Myles Kennedy: How I Keep My Voice in Top Shape at Age 47

"It's certainly something I'm always aware of when I'm on tour, and I tend to stress out about it more than I should," the singer says.

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Myles Kennedy: How I Keep My Voice in Top Shape at Age 47

Myles Kennedy talked about keeping his voice in top shape after being musically active for over 25 years, telling WhatCulture:

"It's certainly something I'm always aware of when I'm on tour, and I tend to stress out about it more than I should.

"For me, keeping it healthy really has to do with how much I warm up and through certain technique things, so that I don't blow it out. Also just not drinking a ton of alcohol, I don't smoke or anything like that. So you just do what you can do and you try not to talk too much.

"That's why I generally don't do a ton of press when I'm actually touring, because that tends to burn my voice out."

The singer continued: "As far as getting old and the years kinda having their way with my voice, the good thing is, I feel like I've done it for so long, I've figured out how to use my voice.

"I feel like it's gotten stronger, but at the same time it's not as resilient as it was when I was in my 20s when I could beat it up one night and it just works fine the next day.

"I know that if I'm gonna beat it up one night, it's gonna take two days for it to bounce back, so that's the difference!"

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    This is complete bullshit! No way this guy is 47!
    No drinking or smoking, healthy lifestyle...     works wonders for your body.
    That's his rock en roll.. This atheist vocalist is giving us good example of good rock en roll.
    I myself find his voice too high and annoying sounding, but I know he has a lot of fans, so I can at least respect his accomplishments both with Alter Bridge and with Slash.
    If you want a guy with a high and annoying voice...
    Power Metal is supposed to be high and ridiculous, if the male singer doesn't sound like a castrato it isn't being done right.
    That is definitely one of the best voices in music.  To still sound as great as he does after all of these years is awesome.
    Big Bang
    I don't really dig his tone, but the guy has insane chops. Definitely one of the top singers in the rock scene from a technical standpoint.
    Amazing dude and singer, the technique he uses is Bel Canto, which is an old opera technique, i have started to learn this now and its hard, but really effective!
    His voice is so shrill, and his phrasing annoying. He accents his vowel sounds artificially, kindof like high pitched yarling.
    Apparently Led Zeppelin and Slash think differently. He was the only one really considered to replace Robert Plant and he tried out a few times. Slash basically chose him out of all the people he collaborated on his first album with.
    Myles was also a frontrunner for vocals in Velvet Revolver, but had quit the music business as a result of depression the first time he was asked, and when asked a second time, declined as he had just joined the Creed guys in Alter Bridge.