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MTV Best Job Ever: 'Extreme Vocals Instructor' Helps Screamers Preserve Their Pipes
this review posted on: Wed., February 15, 2006
Story URL: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1524137/20060210/index.jhtml?headlines=true
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Her Story: During the late 1980s, Melissa Cross was onstage at New York

"Most of the guys I work with already knew how to scream. I needed to teach them how to do it without throwing out their vocal cords." Melissa Cross


club CBGB with her punk band Bibi Wa Moto ("woman of fire" in Swahili). With one bloodcurdling scream, she nearly destroyed her voice. Doctors told Cross the damage to her cords wasn't permanent, but they prescribed six months of vocal rest.

Cross, who'd received classical voice training at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England, couldn't believe she'd taken the techniques she had learned and tossed them in the trash with one passionate act of aggression.

The mother of one and lover of all things metal spent those six months away from the stage hitting the books. She learned all she could about the mechanics of screaming, eventually discovering the unique technique she's been teaching to her students for more than a decade now... follow the link for the full interview


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