Peoria singing coach teaches students how to be a star

Former Jordin Sparks' coach teaches in Peoria

There's a woman in Peoria who knows what it takes to have "The Voice."

Does the name Jordin Sparks ring a bell?

That is who singing coach Melissa Black said walked into her studio, Music by Melissa, just before the Valley teen wowed the country on American Idol.

"She had weekly voice and piano lessons," Black said. "When she came into my studio, she was 14-years-old and I had her for a year."

You could say Black has got an ear for talent.

"We knew right then and there that she was born to be a star," Black said.

That is why students like Lesly Gastelum come to her.

"I would like to win a Grammy some day," Gastelum said.

She said she thinks these sessions have helped her tremendously with stage fright.

"I think I've gotten more comfortable with it," Gastelum said. "Before I couldn't even sing in front of my own mom."

Black said she listens for a voice.

"First of all I listen to them sing," Black said.

But Black said hat's equally important is that she wants her students to educate themselves and get out of their comfort zone. She said that will give them that extra edge.

"They get their start here and they move on," Black said.

Perhaps, to a bigger stage like NBC"s "The Voice" which Gastelum says she has auditioned for twice.

"It was brutal. Scary," Gastelum said.

But not enough to scare her off of using those golden pipes with a teacher like Black.

"I only have one rule: you have to have a good time," Black said.

Black said what happens after you leave her studio to get that much closer to your dream, is completely up to you.

You can find out more information about Melissa Black here.


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