I’ve been a theatre kid since I was nine, so it’s no surprise that the first album that inspired me to sing was The Lion King Original Broadway Cast album. However, it wasn’t until high school that I seriously considered singing as a profession. I began studying classical voice, but I still wanted to sing musical theatre. The problem I found was that that many of my favorite songs were for tenors, or were out of my voice range. I was frustrated, but my intuition told me to keep studying voice so that I could eventually sing the songs that I wanted.
When I started my undergrad I felt at a loss because I wasn’t sure if pursuing classical music was what I really wanted. As I added my theatre degree I found that both music and theatre weren’t always independent of one another. I understood that the foundations of music helped me improve my theatrical skills and vice-versa. By pursuing voice I was able to sing classical and musical theatre repertoire, but I soon moved on to exploring jazz. My theatre degree also helped me be a versatile performer as I became more confident in telling a story through song. So how would I say my life has changed through song? Because it pushed me to be more open minded and allowed me to be a better performer. Now that I’m at Heartland, the sky's the limit!
- Ian Williams, Bass Heartland Vocal Artist