We are chuffed to rock n roll bits that legendary vocalist P. J. Proby has become Patron of the college today! He joins West End / Broadway royalty John Owen-Jones and singer-songwriter (and erstwhile Jesus impersonator) Steve Balsamo, along with esteemed author and vocal coach Dena Murray, who are also Patrons.
On joining The Voice College’s ranks of The Great and The Good, P.J. said this:
“I feel it awarding to be a patron to the Voice College, simply because it’s such a wonderful idea and I cannot think of one reason why I never thought of such an obvious plan myself! It fulfils an age-old need that has been sadly overlooked for way too long. I may well need this idea myself one day, so what better time to start than now! Thank you all and Count me in!”
Voice College Principal Ria Keen is a lifelong fan of P.J.’s, considering him one of the greatest voices of all time (an opinion she also holds of John and Steve), and has toured and worked with him extensively since 1991, including a never-to-be-forgotten show at The London Palladium and a fun night at Lincoln Castle, where she was joined by Voice College consultant Alex Weatherhill.
As part of P.J.’s patronage, each year The Voice College will give The P.J. Proby Achievement Award to one outstanding student, along with free entry to one of the college’s highly-respected CPD workshops during the year following the receipt of the award. See P.J.’s Patron Page on our website.
P.J. is very big on voice training, having had extensive training himself in Hollywood in the 1950s with famous coach Lillian Goodman. Ms Goodman helped him to develop the astonishing vocal range, power, stamina and flexibility that he enjoys to this day; his voice is as strong as ever and that’s just as well, as he embarks on a 26-date tour between September 23rd and November 1st this year! P.J. has told Ria that she reminds him of the formidable Ms Goodman in many ways. Now there’s a compliment!
Needless to say, everyone at The Voice College is absolutely delighted to have a rock n roll legend on board and giving us his support. Welcome, P.J., and thank you!