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Vicki delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
October 1976

I am a classically trained vocalist with a degree from Catholic University in Vocal Music Education. I started playing the violin at 8 and played it for 8 years in school and city orchestras. Being from Washington, D.C., our city youth orchestra performed at the White House multiple years for the lighting of the national Christmas tree. It was always so cold. I was also in the school and city choruses and my love for singing won out. I went to high school as a vocal music major and I had the privilege of performing at places like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. I continued on the vocal path through college.
I moved to Los Angeles with the intent of becoming a studio vocalist for commercials and film, however, my first job was as a music transcriber (someone who listens to music and writes it as sheet music) for Jobete Music, one of many Motown publishing companies. I was contracted by several record companies and independent producers as an arranger/copyist, project coordinator/music librarian, or demo and background vocalist. Because of my background as a violinist and orchestra member, it was very easy for me to work efficiently writing orchestra arrangements for the studio. I have had the privilege to work with artists like Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Benny Medina (JLo's manager), Tina Marie, Randy Jackson, Ronnie Laws, Sylvester, The Supremes, The BarKays and many, many more.

Technology was putting the acoustic musician out of business and live orchestras were only being used for large budget projects, so a change of focus was required. I functioned as an independent producer, vocal and instrumental arranger, songwriter, background and lead vocalist, vocal instructor and artist developer for aspiring new talent in the Los Angeles area.

I relocated to Atlanta, where the industry trend was more towards electronic than acoustic music. With fewer professional musicians using acoustic arrangements, I chose to use my knowledge of production and artist development I received in Los Angeles along with my degree in voice, to tailor comprehensive voice lessons to help students at any skill set, get to the next level. For the last 25+ years, I have worked with many major and independent record labels, producers, songwriters, aspiring artists seeking to be signed and various music schools, private schools and churches in the Atlanta area.

I have a vocal client/student list that has representation in major films, national tours of Broadway musicals, recording companies, voice-over and radio personalities, producers, music teachers, TV performers and more.

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Experience

Vocal consultant
Jan 1996 - Aug 2005
World Changers International

Developed vocal exercises for choir
Prepared a workshop series to prepare choir for recording
Developed vocal criteria for auditions into the music ministry

Voice Teacher
Sep 2001 - May 2005
East Cobb Music Academy

Private Voice Teacher for people of all ages (6-75), with any skillset, studying all styles of music.

Panelist for Vocal Tech Convention
May 1998 - May 1998
NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)

Member of a panel of voice teachers for the 3 day annual Vocal Tech Convention held by NARAS in the Atlanta area

Panalist for Vocal Tech Convention
May 1994 - May 1994
NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)

Member of a panel of voice teachers for the 3 day annual Vocal Tech Convention held by NARAS (the Grammy people) in the Atlanta area

Demo vocalist
Oct 1976 - Apr 1977
Motown/Jobete Music

Sing songs written by publishing company writers so they can be presented to recording artists with the possibility of being recorded on their album

Music Transcriber
Sep 1976 - Mar 1977
Jobete Music, Motown Records

Listen to recorded music and transcribe it into sheet music

Education

Bachelors of Music/vocal education
Sep 1971 - May 1975
Catholic University

Affiliations

SESAC
May 2010

SESAC currently licenses the public performances of more than 400,000 songs on behalf of its 30,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, which include such familiar names as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Charli XCX (PRS), Disclosure (PRS), Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons (PRS), Lady Antebellum, The Avett Brothers, Shirley Caesar, Paul Shaffer and Thompson Square. SESAC has long represented the music on some of TV’s biggest shows including Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Dateline NBC, Dr. Phil, Seinfeld, and The Doctors among many others and is the PRO of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers including Christophe Beck, Danny Lux, Jon Ehrlich, Dennis C. Brown, Bruce Miller and Paul Shaffer among many others.

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Photos & Videos

Vicki Gray with Atlantis Band  
Lead and Background Vocals 
Keyboard

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Lead and Background Vocals with Atlantis Band, Atlanta GA

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Lead Vocals with Atlantis Band, Atlanta GA
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8 Reviews

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Will Preston Dec 4, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Vicki is an exceptional vocal coach. Her techniques challenged and expanded my vocal abilities. Whether you’re a professional or a novice, Vicki will add value to your gift. She has extensive experience in the music industry and is always willing to share pearls of wisdom. She’s even gone on the road with me as I traveled to perform. Five stars are really not enough. I highly recommend Vicki without reservation.

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Nori Dec 1, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Vicki has a way of explaining techniques that makes the student explore and learn to understand how to use their body to better hit notes and reach ranges that you once thought was completely out of reach. I’ve never received this type of training from any other vocal coach I’ve had. I recommend her to all of the other artists I meet because Vicki is super knowledgeable and easy to work with. She is very passionate about ensuring that her vocal students improve their craft and I’m thankful that I was referred to work with her. Her training helped me to gain more confidence in my vocal abilities and because of that I landed more gigs and opportunities to share my voice with others.

Thanks Vicki!

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Dina Andrews Management Nov 18, 2018
Vocal Training · In home

Ms. Vicki has been coaching my clients for years. She is one of the best Vocal Coaches in her field. She is well educated in the field, and has worked with artist in studio and out. Some of the new artists I signed had raw talent, but never recorded professionally. Ms. Vicki worked with them to build confidence, sing properly, on key, with the music, and how to make songs their own. They needed her skill set, and the ability to push them hard in all the right ways. All of the clients became 100 times better after working with her on a regular on-going basis, and learned to master their gift.

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Tori Nov 9, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

Vicki Gray is a phenomenal teacher, both in the studio and online. She is able to break down the concepts of the way the muscles work in such a way that is easily comprehensible by everyone I have seen come in contact with her as a teacher. She is also very patient with her students, and is able to quickly distinguish between a person who has practiced and who has not.
She gives manageable exercises, and weekly homework in order to allow the students every opportunity to hone their talent.

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Rod Nov 3, 2018
Singing · Online

I have worked with Ms. Vicki for many years training and honing my vocal skills. We have had lessons in person as well as Online. She has incorporated classical techniques with unorthodox strategies to get me from point A to point B. I have seen much growth from working with her and will continue to do so in the future!

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Susan Nov 2, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

For the past five years, I have worked with Vicki there has been great improvement ! She has talent and a lot of patience She is a great instructor

Derrick Nov 1, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

I have had the pleasure of taking vocal lessons off and on with Vicki over the last 20 years. She has assisted me with using my diaphragm, increasing my vocal range, & just being an overall better performer. She has a unique and personal coaching style that you want to embrace to better your craft.

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Kenyetta Oct 31, 2018
Jazz Voice · In studio

Vicki individualizes your lessons to maximize the results for your voice type and learning style! Definitely do yourself a favor and book her for sessions!

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