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Drake Credits Vocal Coach for Improving Stage Performance

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Cash Money RecordsUnlike most rappers who rely solely on auto-tune, Drake can actually sing. The “Hold On We’re Going Home” rapper revealed that he’s worked closely with a vocal coach, Dionne Osborne, during his recent North American tour to improve his performances.

“The work I do with Dionne is beyond integral to my career,” says Drake in a statement. “Every tour cycle that we work through, I see massive growth in my vocals, endurance, breathing and overall performance.” 

The rapper notes that “rap concerts have a stereotype,” and adds “Dionne has brought my showmanship to a superior level, giving me the confidence to tour for massive audiences around the world.”

Osborne comments that Drizzy is one of the few rappers who realizes the importance of training his voice. “I think that rappers are starving for information.  It’s a genre that has been under-served for too long.   My hope is for any rapper or singer to recognize that a vocal coach is not just someone to consult after you’ve damaged your voice, but an advocate who can help you from the beginning to become a more effective performer.  I am very happy with the changes Drake has made in his singing, and particularly in his rapping.  His delivery is much more powerful.”

Drake recently wrapped the European leg of his Would You Like a Tour on Wednesday in London.  Up next, he will take stage for this year’s Wireless Festival in the U.K from July 4 through July 6.

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