If you want to sing then stay fit

Eunice Moran singing fitness

Aisling Connolly spoke to Irish country music singer Eunice Moran about her career in music

A growing number of studies link the importance of fitness when it comes to a good strong singing voice. Cardio exercising is the main recommendation for singers due to the breathing focus – when you breathe hard and fast apparently your vocal folds open wider which will then allow more air to inhale and exhale quickly.

Running or cardio exercising of any type will obviously keep one looking in shape, it also strengthens your heart and would allow for a slower pulse rate when dancing around a stage.

One cardio exercise that people underestimate is swimming – it famously worked for Frank Sinatra who would swim a length under water to train his breath control as well as his fitness.

This week I spoke to Irish country singer Eunice Moran who, six years ago, won the 2010 Series of Glór Tíre on Irish language channel TG4 when she was the only representative from the West of Ireland.

I asked her what’s she’s been doing since then.

“The Glór Tíre experience certainly has had a massive impact on where I am at at this time. Obviously any media coverage is always welcomed and can be a massive boost but TV exposure certainly can’t be beaten! With Glór Tíre, the competition was on the TV every Wednesday night over a six month period so it was a great opportunity to showcase myself and let people see my ability. I have had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the best known country music stars here in Ireland as a result.”.

Do you find one needs to keep well and fit when in this industry as the hours can be long, the lungs can be stretched?

“There is no doubt about it but it can be really tough to fit in any time for exercise and keeping fit. Usually you are in the car starting off on yet another long journey and by the time you get home you are fit for nothing only sleeping but personally I think its good to try and find the time to get out for a walk or a run, even just to unwind and relax. Looking after yourself is really important!”

You are live on Midwest hosting a country show a couple of times a week now as well as performing every weekend across the region, are you enjoying yourself as well as working hard?

“I absolutely love what I do. They say if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life and in my case I have to say that is definitely me.

What do you think promoters should be doing to get more female country singers recognised?

The music scene really is a male dominated business, which can be really tough but I do feel that there is lots that promoters can do to help out the up and coming female singers. Sometimes all it takes is someone having enough faith in you to push you forward. Ireland has produced some fantastic female talent down through the years, including the super Philomena Begley, Susan McCann and Louise Morrissey. Those ladies have proven that female artists are just as strong and as popular as the men in the business and definitely with some support Ireland could once again exhibit some of the fabulous female artists who are currently trying to make a break onto the scene.”

Have you got any dreams of performing on any big stages over the next few years?

“I’m excited to be getting some tracks ready to release in the coming few weeks and hopefully an album should be ready to go shortly. I’ve also been in talks with some people in the UK and USA about doing some gigs over there and that’s really exciting too. New venues and places can be daunting but always really enjoyable too.”

Who would be your dream duet partner if you had the choice of any singer in the world?

“Hands down George Strait – his voice is just pure gold. Fingers crossed he is reading your article in the Irish World today.”

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