Allison Russell posts heartfelt message and takes time to heal her voice
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Allison Russell took to social media on Sunday (September 4) to share news of her vocals.
Russell, who rose to fame and popularity with the release of the 2021 album, outdoor childexplained on the social media platform that she is suffering from vocal cord disorder which could be permanently harmful if she does not take a break from her constant touring and performing.
“Dear friends, I’m beyond devastated and sorry to tell you that I won’t be able to play my set at @waterislifefestival in Duluth today,” she wrote on Facebook, “I vocally fight occasionally since March At the urgent request of @brandicarlile (and many other brilliant singers) vocal coach extraordinaire @robertraab (who generously helped us all on the road with Queen Brandi) I finally went to see a specialist here in LA. I was afraid to go there because I felt that something was very wrong and I was afraid to hear confirmation of it…
“I was put on vocal rest and rehabilitation by my new otolaryngologist, @drshawnnasseri. Apparently I suffered from a vocal hemorrhage about 2 weeks ago and I have vocal nodes which are inflamed and about to bleed again Dr Nasseri tells me that if I play back to back shows this weekend I could cause permanent and irrevocable damage He gave me a steroid to get me through my set yesterday evening but wants me to be quiet other than voice rehab for the next week.
“This has been a particularly stressful, tense and heartbreaking time in my world and I believe the relentless flood of cortisol has taken its toll on my voice, body and mind. Dr Nasseri told me that I had ran a marathon with a broken ankle and that if i continued as i am it would destroy my voice and be the end of my career.The images of my damaged vocal cords were deeply upsetting and terrifying.I have a dangerously low pain threshold raised, it’s been such a constant companion in my life, it feels familiar and normal, I didn’t realize how much I was hurting myself.
“The good news is that with some vocal rest and physiotherapy under the guidance of vocal whisperer Raab, I should make a full recovery. I am not a trained musician or singer, I have always followed my ears, my instincts , my intuition. I thought it was enough, but it is no longer sustainable. I will work hard to regain my full powers over the next week and beyond, and I will learn and internalize best practices and techniques of preservation.
Many on Facebook commented, wishing Russell luck and telling him to rest and heal. As she notes, Russell gets help from Brandi Carlile’s vocal coach. Carlile herself has recently suffered from vocal cord problems, which she highlighted in her recent bestseller, broken horses.
While it’s unclear how many shows Russell may have to miss, here’s a link to his tour schedule, which will likely be updated in the coming days.
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