There’s no shame in taking singing lessons even when you’re a professional singer.
Because in the case of The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, that’s exactly what he did before hitting the studio to record the band’s new album.
“It seemed like the right thing to do,” he said in a recent interview. “I wanted to be better, get better and it’s just helped me. … (My voice teacher) knows what my ambitions are and he knows there’s a certain style and something I’ve already got going on. We’re just trying to fine-tune a few things.”
But even though the 31-year-old singer wanted to learn some techniques, it’s not like The Killers will be drastically changing their sound by adding in some opera.
Flowers, who was heavily influenced by icons Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory growing up, just insists that he wanted to mature as a vocalist.
However, those worried about changes in the core sounds of the band’s earlier singles shouldn’t fret.
Noting that the band is still all about fun, Flowers said, “We try to take a little bit of Las Vegas with us everywhere we go.”
Good for him. There seems to be some sort of stigma in artists who don’t want to admit that they’ve taken singing lessons to improve their techniques.
Singing is a job and it can always be fine-tuned. There’s no shame in wanting to improve!
Nick Jonas, the youngest of the Jonas Brothers, gave impromptu mini-concerts Wednesday at Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland and a flower shop called Mark’s Garden in Los Angeles’s Sherman Oaks, reports E! News.
“All of the fans received roses,” said a representative for Jonas. “One of the songs on Nick’s CD is called ‘Rose Garden,’ so he wanted a great flower shop as one of his stops. Nick is very grateful for his fans and wanted to do something special to give back to them for their love and support.”
“I’m not sure if people are aware of it, but these are probably our last shows for a while,” guitarist Dave Keuning told the Associated Press. “Unless some surprise thing comes up… we’re having a break.”
“We haven’t had a break in quite a while,” he continued. “It’s just been touring and making records on and on and on.”
“There hasn’t been much time where we haven’t been either touring or taking time to make another record.”
The break should give all band members some time to do other things. For singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, that probably means more time with his two sons. Keuning also has a young son.
Hear that? That’s the sound of a million female hearts breaking. Brandon Flowers, the gorgeous lead singer of popular rock group the Killers, has married his long-time girlfriend Tana Munblowsky, an Urban Outfitters retail manager in the band’s hometown of Las Vegas.
Flowers, with his suave style and trademark black eyeliner, has been setting hearts aflutter since the Killers burst onto the scene just two years ago. But fans will now have to settle for Mr. Brightside as a married man.
A spokesperson for the band?s record label, Island Records, announced yesterday that Flowers tied the knot last Tuesday in “a small, intimate wedding” in Hawaii. His bandmates were all present and “helped the couple celebrate” afterward. The surprise wedding was a low-key event; some sources report that even Elton John was denied an invite in order to keep the ceremony as top-secret as possible.
The couple?s honeymoon will be a short one. The band is due to go back out on the road on August 9 with a show in St. Paul, Minn. They?ve also just been added as performers at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, to be held in Miami, Fla. on August 28.