Long before performing in front of a national audience every week on American Idol‘s ninth season as a top-ten finalist and appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Didi Benami had spent years refining her craft as a vocalist and performer with top vocal coaches in Nashville and Los Angeles. After her experience on Idol, she felt compelled to step out of the spotlight for a while to continue to cultivate her vocal skills.
Didi has worked closely with world-renowned vocal coaches Ron Anderson, Roger Love, Liz Lewis, Dorian Holley, and Debra Byrd who have coached many top artists including Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Toto, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Rob Thomas, LeAnn Rimes, Mary J. Blige and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few.
While in the studio recording “Terrified,” a song that gained huge popularity after Didi performed it on Idol, Grammy-winning producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz) was so impressed with how dramatically her voice had improved since he last worked with her four years prior, he asked her to become his main vocal coach for his current young artists in development.
Through her extensive studies, Didi has developed a wider, more powerful range and is excited to help others do the same. One of her main focuses is to teach proper technique to stop singers from damaging their vocal cords.
Didi‘s musical influences include legendary artists like The Beatles, Jimmy Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Mazzy Star, and contemporary singers such as Demi Lovato, Sara Bareilles, Sheryl Crow, and Ingrid Michaelson.
Didi’s outgoing and encouraging personality ensures that each lesson is not only educational but a whole lot of fun!
I get such joy out of seeing the singers I work with understand the concept that singing should be easy and effortless. I love watching them develop proper technique because it opens new doors for them vocally. So it feels effortless. So they can float effortlessly, and they won't hurt themselves. It's important to learn to sing properly so you won't burn out in four or five years and ruin your voice from squeezing or pinching your vocal cords together. That can come from improper technique.
I want you to be able to rely on your voice until you're 90, or however old you live until. That is possible, too.
Didi is amazing. I’ve learned so much about not only technique, but performance from her. She has always been very flexible and kind as well! I would definitely recommend her to others, she has been so phenomenal! She also has amazing jokes!
Did is so knowledgeable, fun, and patient! It's obvious she cares deeply for her students and their personal growth as a vocalist. She pays extra attention to the technique used. Didi ensures that I can sing with as high of quality as possible, and to protect the health of my voice as much as possible. She worked at my pace and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone. I've worked with other voice teachers before, and Didi is head and shoulders above them! She's the best!!! Absolutely adore working with her!
Didi really knows her craft and understands the nuances of how to work with kids to bring out the best in them. She is skilled in the technical aspects of singing, but also brings a warm, upbeat attitude that makes my daughter very comfortable. Didi has helped build my daughter's confidence and and her belief in her potential as a singer. She always has a smile and is very kind while also having high expectations of her student. My daughter loves her!!!
We are in love with Didi and her teaching. We are taking her classes for about a year and she is great! She is very professional and has the best personality that makes it easier for my girl to learn new things quicker. My daughter is 6, soon to be 7, and she learned so much in the last year. I would definitely recommend Didi to everyone.
(refining craft as a vocalist and performer with coaches + LA circuit and Los Angeles live shows)
Studied under vocal coaches
Roger Love , Kira Fontana, Lis Lewis, Mary Grover
American Idol‘s ninth season top-ten finalist
Vocal coaches: Debra Byrd, Dorian Holley
Tour Vocal coach: 10+ years Studied "Voixtek" method by Ron Anderson, vocal coach to many Grammy-Award winning artists.
Worked with Musical Director Rickey Minor
The Late Show with David Letterman
The Today Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Revolver Studios Vocal Voach
Didi Benami Music Lessons Inc.
Been teaching voice for long enough for my teaching to make a difference and that's all a person or at least a teacher could ask for.