Julie Miles featured in Rolling Stone’s ‘At Work’ series
In a given week, Julie Miles can be working with a hundred different voices, instructing singers on how not just to sing, but how to dazzle an audience with stage presence and snag trophies in talent competitions.
But for the last couple of months, the UK-based Miles has been coaching singers — who range from amateur artists to The Voice contestants to established performers — over a screen from her home in Newcastle, England. She’s also busy designing a workshop with Roy Hamilton III, a songwriter and producer who’s worked with Michael Jackson, in addition to running her coaching company, Vocal Ovation. Miles spoke with Rolling Stone about her proudest moments as a vocal coach, her unexpected journey into the role, and how she’s able to work with a mélange of voices over Zoom and Skype.