Thanks to all of my clients who have allowed me to help them develop their talents.
Jim is one of those people you’d be lucky to meet once in your life. He single handedly has saved my vocal career. Thank God I found him. And thank God for Ana Guigui for introducing me to him. I’ve been on the road touring for the last 12 years and if I hadn’t found Jim, I’d probably be asking you what kind of sauce you wanted with your McNugget’s! There’ve been times I’ve called him from Japan, and he was able to talk me through losing my voice and my gig. Beside the fact that he’s the kind of guy you feel like you’ve known your whole life, he’s passing on to every one of his students a lost art of singing. To me this is a very historic event. The method is so easy and natural to learn, that you won’t even realize you’re working. Studying with Jim is like studying with the Jedi Master “Yoda” to learn the force. He’s just taller and not green. —Tommy “Pipes” Mc Donnell, singer with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul; the original Blues Brothers Band; and Blood Sweat and Tears
Everyone asks me “How do you do that with your voice?” or “How do you never get tired?” My ONLY answer is: JIM CARSON! Thanks to Jim I landed the role of Janis Joplin in the off Broadway hit, “Love, Janis,” in which I had to sing 19 Janis songs a night, 4-5 times a week (while still keeping my own band working). I then went on to land a leading role in the upcoming Julie Taymor musical “Across The Universe” with a grueling rehearsal/filming schedule and my voice never once gave out. (To Julie and the crew’s amazement.) I found Jim through an amazing singer who was touring with David Bowie at the time (and now has a solo career — Catherine Russell) who told me, “Jim will bring your voice back from the grave.” Jim did more than bring my voice back from the grave, he gave me a range and endurance that I would have never believed possible. I send EVERY serious singer I know to Jim Carson. As Catherine said, “He’s NYC’s best kept secret.” Well, not for long. —Dana Fuchs, singer, songwriter, actress
When I walked into Jim Carson’s studio three years ago, I was 74 years old and had not done any singing since sixth grade. I was, and am, studying the piano and believed that if I could sing, I would be able to hear better what I was playing. That first lesson showed that I could not match a vocal sound to the note that was being played on the piano. Despite that miserable performance and my concern that age was an impossible barrier, Jim agreed to take me on and see what could be done. Three years later I am singing German, Italian and Russian lieder as well as some popular standards, and I am hitting the right notes (most of the time). My vocal range has expanded from one octave to two, and most surprising to me is that it has been great fun. Jim is a truly wonderful teacher, taking you from wherever you are, and making you better than you could ever have imagined. Beyond that Jim has become a true friend. –Lloyd Morrisett, retired President of the Markle Foundation and Chairman Emiritus and Cofounder of Sesame Workshop (producers of Sesame Street).
Within one hour of study with Jim, I knew that my life would change dramatically if I would make the effort to study in earnest. I did, my life did and I will never be able to properly thank Jim for teaching me not only what I needed to know but how to learn it. I had enjoyed some serious performance experiences but was prepared to leave singing altogether when a pianist introduced me to Jim Carson. Being in the limelight doesn’t make one a master; mastery makes the master. Jim is a master, a direct descendant of nineteenth century Italian masters, a student and disciple of truth. It is an honor to call him teacher and friend. –Franco Spoto, artist and teacher
I was introduced to Jim more than 10 years ago and he has been my voice teacher ever since. Before working with Jim, I did not recognize the tension in my body working against me while I was performing. Jim’s training enabled me to visualize how the body muscles and vocal cords work in unison to produce a natural sound. This knowledge has instilled a tremendous focus on my vocal technique. My vocal stamina and agility have been markedly improved with Jim’s training. I am able to perform in musical theatre without vocal problems or weaknesses. One show required me to sing twelve songs a performance and two shows a night. It was never a problem. I am indebted to Jim for helping me to find my voice. — Gloria Best
I am just a beginner. I participated in high school musicals and community theatre, but I had never been to a private voice teacher. I was immediately put at-ease by Jim’s considerate style and magnetic personality. He helped me to learn how to use my instrument in the way that nature intended — I never strain or “belt” and lose my voice anymore. Even though singing is more a hobby for me than a profession, he never treats me any differently than his Grammy-Award winning clients. I recommend him to anyone interested in developing their vocal capabilities. –Stephanie Hay, Director of Digital Strategies, Tellenger
Jim Carson is the best teacher I’ve ever had, vocal or otherwise. His understanding of the voice is unmatched and remarkable in itself, but it’s his ability to combine that vast knowledge with a deep passion to impart that knowledge that makes him so extraordinary. He manages to inspire me with how fascinating the voice is while grounding me with an incredibly accessible technique. My voice has completely turned around since I started working with Jim six years ago. I am currently in COMPANY, my third Broadway show. I owe all to Jim. I feel incredibly lucky to have discovered this vocal studio. I wish all singers the same good fortune. –Bradley Dean, artist
I began my performing career in NYC as a “guitar player who sings.” I had heard about the miraculous Jim Carson from just about every great gigging singer around town. Each had a story of how he helped them with either their tone, vocal strength, or ability to sing through a cold. After going through a patch of persistant hoarseness, I decided to give this Jim Carson a try. Well, I’ve never looked back. He’s brought me so far along that I can comfortably call myself a “singer who play’s guitar” in addition to a “guitar player who sings.” A nice option to have, especially in a town where versatility can make the difference between getting a gig or not. My vocal range has increased dramatically as well as my strength and stamina. –Rich Greenfield, bandleader, New York Edge Orchestra