Grace Potter: The Lion That Roared

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Yes, the Nocturnals are a real band.
RO: You do have such a powerful voice. Have you ever had any formal vocal training?

GP: No... (chuckles), much to the chagrin of my parents and many people who see me sing. The only thing I have formally learned how to do is warm up my voice, and I've gone to professionals about vocal maintenance.

But it's doctors -- I don't want to have the same thing happen that happened to Adele or all these amazing singers who really destroyed their voice because they don't realize that they're doing harm to their voice.

I went and saw a doctor in Nashville that's one of the most popular places to go for ear, nose and throat, he sort of assessed my singing style and checked out my whole process of how I sing and what I do with my voice every day, and gave me some very good pointers about warming up and keeping my voice in good shape. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain.

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Honestly, it's the daunting schedule that can kill the voice of a singer more than it is the moment when you're onstage. That's just a tiny piece of the puzzle. The rest of it is what usually causes vocal damage -- the talking over loud music, a kazillion meet-and-greets every day and all that. So we're trying to balance it so I don't ruin my voice.

RO: Have you had to adjust the way that you sing to sing in these giant enormodomes right now?

GP: No, in fact I'm singing quieter because of it. I've got in-ear monitors, which is a technical term for basically earbuds or headphones for the stage, so that I can run around and hear what I'm doing.

They've actually made me internalize my voice a little bit, protect my voice better from damage. So it's been great.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals perform with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jake Owen on the "Brothers of the Sun" tour Saturday at Reliant Stadium, 1 Reliant Park. Show starts at 4:30 p.m.

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NRG Stadium

1 NRG Park, Houston, TX

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The first time I heard Grace on "You & Tequila" I stopped in my tracks & wanted to know who it was. Hearing her short set at the show makes me want to download everything she's ever done to my iPhone. 

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LOVE Grace and the Nocs..But NO FREAKING WAY I'm going to that Redneck Hootenany

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