Ilana Martin | Vocal Coach to the Stars
“I try to be that teacher that really gets into the crevices of someone’s voice and helps them sing with more freedom, openness, and honesty. I absolutely love seeing the transformation in the tone.”
Our Founder. Our Inspiration.
ILana Martin’s unique vocal style is evocative of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Alicia Keys, while her characteristic hold of phrasing and lyric delivery is singular. A master of soul vocal performance, Martin is also an accomplished pianist. She wows audiences with her powerful tone and storytelling.
Performing and having written songs for both stage and film, Martin was signed with Polygram Records and toured extensively as a solo voice and jazz piano artist.
Having begun her craft as a flourishing professional singer, Martin’s passion, drive and talent for the human voice led to the creation of her pioneering Vocal Workout Method for radio-ready artists and the establishment of The Vocal Workout Singing School.
ILana Martin: A Voice of One’s Own
Native to Los Angeles, California, Martin began performing as a child. She went on to thrive in Boston at the esteemed Berklee College of Music with the first full-scholarship offered purely for vocalists.
After Berklee, Martin was catapulted onto the stage, touring the world as a professional singer. She was the founder of the ILana Martin Jazz Quintet and as a supporting vocalist for Barry White, Patti LaBelle, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Norman Brown, and Rafael Martos to name a few.
Vocal Workout Singing Method: Engineering Excellence
Martin’s inimitable VW singing method, a proven, specialized approach to singing instruction, has been developed exclusively for students of The Vocal Workout Singing School.
The Vocal Workout Singing Method teaches rigorous vocal technique combined with professional artistry. It instructs soul singing, R&B, hip hop, pop, gospel and jazz, be-bop sounds.
Its effectiveness is unrivaled.
At its core, the method’s dynamic voice instruction is compassionate and loving, fostering a vital connection between students and their vocal power. Through its implementation, The Vocal Workout Method enhances students’ natural vocal gifts with unique focus on mouth placement, dynamics, holistic vocal principles, and acoustic science-based formulation. Added is the unique empowerment of patented song selection coaching.
You can find out more about The Vocal Workout Method here.
An Acoustic Journey: A Calling
Martin loves the human voice and lives for singing. Her skill lies in mentoring others to achieve their finest, most authentic performance. Through master training and vocal instruction, vocalists are inspired to share their unique life imprint by the way of the human voice instrument.
We understand that the path to becoming a soul vocal artist is very different from that of a classical vocalist; the distinction in the journey is important. While classical voice is an art unto its own, soulful and modern vocals are the voice of the people.
Martin utilizes, and develops, the beautiful sound that resonates from the unique voiceprint of a singer. The journey helps artists to discover a true sound; their original voice.
Realizing The Dream: Inspiring Others
Today, Martin is a master voice teacher, a songwriting coach, and an R&B and gospel voice mentor who inspires singers internationally with the discipline of vocal excellence.
As the founder and director of New York City’s highly favoured vocal facility, The Vocal Workout Singing School, ILana Martin is sharing her gift with others and thriving. She employs, and trains, a cadre of world-class teachers and, together, they work to actualize one dream: leading singers to achieve their best, most acclaimed, ‘me singing’ voice.