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Celebrity Voice Issues

Adele says “Hello” after Vocal Surgery

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Adele released “Hello” to universally rave reviews, which were understandable given the beauty and vocal quality demonstrated on the track. Many in the voice world listened carefully, as well, to determine if she was truly back or if her vocal surgery had negatively affected her. Those who were looking for something negative to say were […]

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Meghan Trainor: Hemorrhages and the Professional Singer

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Meghan Trainor, talented songwriter and singer, has had to stop performing and cancel the remainder of her tour due to a second vocal hemorrhage. Singers, vocal coaches, and fans have been scratching their heads over this injury, as hemorrhages have not been discussed much in the vocal community. Nodules, thick vocal fold callouses, are the […]

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The Injured Acting Voice: Jon Hamm and Vocal Polyps

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  With so many stories about singers with vocal injuries, it may not be obvious that actors and other professional voice users are at risk too.  Indeed, anyone who uses their voice excessively and does not care for it properly is at risk for a vocal injury.  With the news that Mad Men actor, Jon […]

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Linda Ronstadt Unable to sing: Singers and Parkinson’s Disease

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  Music icon Linda Ronstadt recently announced that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease. Although the diagnosis came as a surprise to her during a recent consultation with a neurologist, she states that multiple warning signs were evident long before.  The most difficult and shocking admission was that the longtime singer declared that […]

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Opera Singer Wendy White’s Career-Ending Fall: How Physical Injury Affects the Voice

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  The opera world was saddened to hear that famed mezzo-soprano, Wendy White, would no longer be able to perform opera.  After more than 20 years on the Metropolitan Opera stage, Ms. White’s career was ended after a fall on that very stage.  During a performance, a platform upon which Ms. White stood collapsed.  She […]

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Drugs and the Voice: Does Cocaine affect the Voice?

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  The tragic passing of Cory Monteith once again shed the spotlight on the prevalence of drug use. It is not restricted to the acting and singing community but these groups are probably around drugs and alcohol more often than others. Whether in a social or professional environment, nearly every professional voice user has had to […]

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Frank Ocean Cancels Tour: What is a Vocal Tear?

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  There is another performer to add to the list of those who have had to cancel a tour for a vocal injury.  Frank Ocean recently suffered a “tear” of his vocal cord, which mandated cancellation of his Australian tour. How do vocal tears occur? Are they the same as nodules? The vocal cords are […]

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Fragile Vocal Cords: Lauren Conrad’s Raspy Voice

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  Reality star turned entrepreneur, Lauren Conrad, recently discussed how her voice has changed over the years. Conrad’s pre-MTV reality show voice is less raspy than the voice she currently uses, a fact which she blames on moving to Los Angeles. “I destroyed my voice when I moved to L.A.  There are polyps all over […]

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Beyonce Cancels Shows: Dehydration and the Voice

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  Beyonce announced the cancellation of a show in Belgium.  The May 14, 2013 show was cancelled under doctor’s orders, reportedly due to “exhaustion and dehydration.”  But the rumor mill churned out tales of pregnancy, and speculation began as to whether or not this was the real reason for the cancellation. Can dehydration and exhaustion affect […]

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Stevie Nicks Voice Changes: Can a Perforated Septum Affect Your Voice?

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Stevie Nicks has come back onto the stage in a big way. The current Fleetwood Mac tour has shed the spotlight on her once again, and among other topics, she is opening up about her struggles with drug addiction. Among the most prominent tales in Nicks’s lore is that of the hole in her septum. […]

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Nathan Sykes Has Vocal Surgery: Vocal Hemorrhages and Masses

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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  Add to the ever-growing list of singers who need vocal surgery the lead singer of The Wanted, Nathan Sykes.  Already on the road to recovery, Sykes is now in a period of voice rest and rehabilitation after having surgery. Reports state the surgery was an emergency and that he had suffered a hemorrhage. Given […]

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