The Boston Globe has an article on singer Dorian Holley, who has sung for James Taylor. Dorian serves as the associate music director and vocal coach for “American Idol”*. James is briefly interviewed about Dorian.
James Taylor says that Holley’s character and personality are as much a factor as his vocal skills. “You can say ‘less vibrato’ or ‘more crescendo’ but in many cases you’re asking a singer to understand something about a song, and that’s a high-level discussion,” Taylor says. “Dorian is mature and intelligent, and that comes through in an ineffable way when he sings. That said, he can also put it on hold and be one-dimensional and shallow if he has to. Dorian is a real utility player.”
*Uh oh. That’s 2 references to American Idol I’ve had here in a week.