A Look At The Past, From Our Director
Welcome! My name is Brandon Brophy I’m the owner here at Singer’s Edge, a place I always wished I had as a youth, but never did. Here’s how our company came to be.
Why Voice Classifications Can Be Problematic
Growing up, I loved singing, and my choral teachers always made me lead the more difficult harmonies with the group. But there was only one problem: I didn’t believe in my singing even though I later received a scholarship from a local conservatory opera teacher. She classified me as a bass baritone and from that, and for many other reasons, I gathered I couldn’t, and would never be able to enjoy singing.
The Great Detour
Upon the advice of my mentors, I put music aside, and in 1995, got accepted into a small group of 30 aspiring actors in the Acting program at Ryerson University in Toronto.
In a bizarre twist of fate, it was there that I started learning Speech Level Singing (SLS), a revolutionary vocal technique at the time which ultimately showed me that I had a whole new range to my voice I never knew existed. Interestingly, if I had of never left music, I would never have found it. Even more bizarre was that the year SLS was taught in our program was the only year to my knowledge that it was ever taught as a course in any post-secondary institution in North America.
The Rise Of Opportunity
After working with the technique for many years, my voice began to grow, however slowly.
- Opportunities later brought me to the UK where on the suggestion of my then coach, I began teaching.
- Soon, I was hired to teach the pop/rock vocal program at Colchester Institute, and affiliated Essex university college and was invited to teach at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM).
- Soon, I began working more closely with the founders of Speech Level Singing in Los Angeles. They had me interviewing some key music industry figures in their circles on a show that I created called The Singer’s Edge. This developed in me a deeper understanding of the voice and also how to forge new relationships in the music industry.
- After becoming a senior instructor of Speech Level Singing, I co-founded and served as Director of Education for Vocology In Practice, an international network of voice experts based in Los Angeles unified in an modern understanding of the voice.
Then I had an epiphany.
All along in my development, it took me years to find the right tools, the right coaches, the right information, or even any encouragement to pursue finding “my voice”. What I realized I was lacking, and what most developing singers are lacking, is a comprehensive path of vocal development to follow for contemporary singing. I knew that I needed such a program not only to help my students but more importantly, to help myself. The Singer’s Instinct, now the foundation of The Singer’s Edge program, began to materialize based on the extensive vocal experience I had accumulated. The book came so naturally to me, it felt like all I had to do was channel it.
The book became a success. It has since become curriculum for many international music departments at universities – even Disney.
Birth Of The Singer’s Edge
Soon after, I began to notice that what was really needed was more than a book. Without a place where singers can go to get reliable help, they may spend unnecessarily endless time living years of their life in misery believing they can’t sing, as I did, simply because they couldn’t get the right information and support. We needed a place:
- With skilled vocal coaches certified in working specifically with the contemporary voice
- With specialization in the niche techniques I had mastered, but with a range of specialities
- Where coaches are certified to teach to a very high level as teaching voice proposes many unique challenges that teachers of other instruments don’t have.
- Where singers can go under one roof and get sound guidance and support, and feel valued.
An Oasis For Singers
So 20 years in the making, we have Singer’s Edge. It’s a home – an oasis – where singers can go to feel safe, feel empowered, and have the right tools and opportunities to discover who they are as human beings, and maximize their vocal abilities as singers. It’s right for teenagers, but it’s even better for adults who, like me at one time may have felt like they have something to contribute, but don’t know how.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. We get you. We can help.
I hope you enjoy our home. Book a lesson with us, then message me and tell me what you think.
Below, you’ll learn more about my personal home BBVS, a division of Singer’s Edge.
See you soon!
– Brandon Brophy
Brandon has been referred to as one of Canada’s top vocal coaches. He is author of The Singer’s Instinct, a vocal development program that has been used as curriculum by Disney, and international universities like Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for The Performing Arts, Academy of Contemporary Music in London, Tokyo School of Music, and South Plains College. His book is an easy-to-understand guide towards developing great, contemporary singing skills. He directs Singer’s Edge and Toronto Arts Academy, two award-winning schools based in Toronto with a track record of excellence.
A sample of some of Brandon’s students have included: The Weeknd (International recording artist; Grammy & Juno Winner, Polaris Prize nominee); Majid Jordan (MMVA winner & rising star); Alyssa Reid (International recording artist; Juno Nominee); Hollerado (Juno Winners), and more.
In 2005, he joined the faculty of the Colchester Institute of Essex as Pop/Rock vocal tutor and was later invited to teach voice at Academy of Contemporary Music in London England. He is also co-founder of Vocology In Practice, boasting some of the most successful voice coaches around the world including many vocal department heads of prominent contemporary music education institutions.
He has also served as a voice coach on panels for the Toronto International Music Summit, Songwriters Association of Canada, as live music programming coordinator for one of Canada’s biggest multicultural festivals helping to book acts such as Deborah Cox, Melanie C, and Kelly Rowland. He also created and hosted Singer’s Edge, a podcast show for singers featuring some of the music industry’s most influential figures including singer songwriter, Daniel Bedingfield.