Do We Need to Cut Mariah Some Slack?
Mariah's recent performance for Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest is currently one of the top trending videos on YouTube because of the severe technical issues that led to her walking off the stage. It is a truly cringeworthy event to watch unfold. People all over social media have bashed Mariah Carey and placed all the blame for the incident on her. But should we cut her some slack?
Stella Bulochnikov, Mariah's manager, has spoken out about what happened. She affirmed that Carey did in fact show up to sound check and that there was a problem with her in-ears then and that it was not yet resolved by the time she got onstage. One of the men involved with running the show said to Stella, "I just talked to my guys and I confirmed her in-ears didn't work. Couldn't she just wing it?"
As a vocal coach, there is a simple message I want to give about this whole event to singers: many sound technicians, managers, and other people involved in the lives of professional singers are insensitive to a singer's needs and often don't understand the what consequences of a bad monitor mix (among other things) could be, do not let these people control the outcome of your shows. You have the right to cancel a show or demand that they provide an environment more conducive to a great vocal performance. You should not be subservient to management or anyone else "running the show," the nature of your relationship with them should be mutually beneficial, which means you have a say in what happens.
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