The Neuroscience of Singing

The Neuroscience of Singing
Singing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and strengthen human connection. Science can now tell us why.

The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified.

The science is in. Singing is really, really good for you and the most recent research suggests that group singing is the most exhilarating and transformative of all.

The good feelings we get from singing in a group are a kind of evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively.

The research suggests that creating music together evolved as a tool of social living. Groups and tribes sang and danced together to build loyalty, transmit vital information and ward off enemies.

Alt text hereSinging in a group has been a part of tribal traditions for thousands of years.

Science Supports Singing

What has not been understood until recently is that singing in groups triggers the communal release of serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and even synchronises our heart beats.

Group singing literally incentivised community over an “each cave dweller for themselves” approach. Those who sang together were strongly bonded and survived.

In her book Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn calls singing:

An infusion of the perfect tranquiliser – the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirit.

Alt text hereGroup singing not only brings happiness but deeply connects people.

Singing Makes You Happy

For a decade, science has been hard at work trying to explain why singing has such a calming yet energising effect on people. Numerous studies demonstrate that singing releases endorphins and oxytocin – which in turn relieve anxiety and stress and which are linked to feelings of trust and bonding.

Singing helps people with depression and reduces feelings of loneliness, leaving people feeling relaxed, happy and connected. What’s more, the benefits of singing regularly are cumulative. People who sing have reduced levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.

UK singer, singing teacher and choir leader Sophia Efthimiou describes singing as a process of consciously controlling our breath and larynx to create and sustain certain pitches and we blend that with rhythm and poetry to create songs.

In a group setting, each group member feels the musical vibrations moving through their body simultaneously. Our heartbeats become synchronised. Sophia explains:

We literally form one unified heart beat.

Alt text hereSinging together synchronises heartbeats so that they beat as one.

Anybody Can Sing

One of the great things about singing is that you can receive the wellbeing benefits even if you aren’t any good. One study showed that:

Group singing can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.

Tania de Jong, singer and founder of Creativity Australia, has effectively harnessed this ability of group singing to lift every member of the group up, no matter their singing ability.

The organisation’s project With One Voice puts a diversity of people together regularly to sing. The group euphoria is harnessed allowing people’s natural creativity, triggered by the group singing session, to generate new levels of community support, connection, and opportunities. Tania says:

One of the great things about singing is that is connects you to the right side of your brain. This is the side responsible for intuition, imagination and all our creative functions. It connects us to a world of possibilities. In modern life we are constantly bombarded with so much information that we process and analyse. We tend to get stuck in the left, processing side of our brain. So it becomes fundamentally important to nurture the attributes of human beings that set us apart from machines. The best way to do that is singing.

Alt text hereIf you have a voice then nothing can stop you from singing your heart out.

Sing Anywhere, Anytime

These benefits are free and accessible to all. We all have a voice. We can all sing, even if we don’t think we can.

There was a time when we all used to sing. We sang at church, around campfires, at school. While group singing is experiencing a resurgence, not so many of us sing anymore. At some stage, someone told us to be quiet or judged our imperfect singing voice. Sophia Efthimiou suggests that singing is very personal, an expression of sound coming from within us, so we cannot help but take this criticism very personally and it sticks.

Yet, people who claim they cannot sing because they are tone deaf are more likely to be very unfamiliar with finding and using their singing voice.

Tone deafness is comparatively rare and means that you would be unable to recognise a song. If you can recognise a song you are not tone deaf, you are just unpractised. Sophia clarifies:

When our voice makes the wrong note we can feel terrible as though it is a reflection of our self worth. But – if you can talk, you can sing.

Alt text hereEverybody can sing so let the songs flow out wherever you are.

Raise Your Voice

US opera singer Katie Kat wishes to encourage all of us to sing far more often regardless of our perceived skill.

Singing increases self-awareness, self-confidence and our ability to communicate with others. It decreases stress, comforts us and helps us to forge our identity and influence our world.

When you sing, musical vibration moves through you, altering your physical and emotional state. Singing is as old as the hills. It is innate, ancient and within all of us. It really is one of the most uplifting therapeutic things we can do. Katie continues:

However, society has skewed views on the value of singing. Singing has become something reserved for elite talent or highly produced stars with producers, management, concert dates – leaving the rest of us with destructive criticism of our own voices.

She claims that singing is instinctual and necessary for our existence. You do not have to be an amazing singer to benefit from the basic biological benefits and with practice the benefits increase.

Alt text hereSinging in a group brings joy to people of every age.

Singing Creates Connection

I have fond memories of hearing my grandmother singing throughout the day and of large group singing sessions with her friends.

One of my favourite memories of group singing is the old Scots tradition on New Year’s Eve of singing Auld Lang Syne. My grandmother and all her friends would stand in a big circle just before midnight.

Everyone would hold hands, and then at the beginning of the final verse we would cross our arms across our bodies so that our left hand was holding the hand of the person on our right, and the right hand holds that of the person on the left. When the song ended, everyone would rush to the middle, still holding hands. It was beautiful fun and as a young girl, I felt so safe, included and loved within that singing circle.

The phrase “auld lang syne” roughly translates as “for old times’ sake”, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

A tradition worth resurrecting, considering the benefits of singing in a group.

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Katrina Schleisman
Katrina Schleisman
4 years ago

This article should NOT be titled “The Neuroscience of Singing” It both lacks any discussion of neuroscience research (the link “numerous studies” takes you to another uplift article that’s also completely void of research) and propagates the myth of right brain=creativity left brain=analytical thinking. As a cognitive neuroscientist myself I’m tired of reading this kind of fluff that uses the word “neuroscience” as click bait. There’s a ton of easily available and interesting research on music that could have been included, if the author had taken more than 10 minutes to write this article.

Dee Pierson
Dee Pierson
4 years ago

I agree that the neuroscience is absent in this article, rendering it mostly – as you say – clickbait. Would you care to share links to a few of the articles on this topic that you find most useful? The topics is fascinating from many different perspectives.

Chris Baratt
Chris Baratt
4 years ago

The tittle is attractive, but, I agree with you, there is a lack of references. I would have been happy to share it with my community of singers, choir directors, solists, … but as it is, it’s not serious enough

bignosia
bignosia
4 years ago

so hardened, so left brained – maybe sing a song or two to loosen up – whaddyasay?

Alan Brunton
Alan Brunton
4 years ago

Katrina, agreed. Would you care to take a few moments to see what we are doing at Cymatrax, both the web site and the Facebook page, where we are funding clinical trials to be written by the chief pediatric neurologist at the major children’s hospital here in Dallas? 99.5% of people are attached to music because of emotions, not the science of energy transmission through the central nervous system with cellular transduction and signaling the brain. Real neuroscience comes from trials and clinical testings like this one from the Morgan Freeman hosted show, Through the Wormhole.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az9BxFu5VIE

Cristina Seabra
Cristina Seabra
4 years ago

…agree…I also would like to read about the actual research…

angie497
angie497
4 years ago

Gee, maybe there are a couple of reasons to care. Maybe we care because we’re interested in the neuroscience and the research, and it’s an annoying waste of our time to have been lured into an article that doesn’t deliver either. And maybe we care because there are enough ill-informed people in the world without rewarding people who write inaccurate articles under unsubstantiated headlines.

Resist_Tyranny
Resist_Tyranny
4 years ago

Yup, he could have shortened it to “Sing if you like to.”

The Sage named Folly
The Sage named Folly
3 years ago

Agreed, this is a classic (if pernicious) example of citogenesis.

https://xkcd.com/978/

At any rate, you would not believe how many other articles out there reference this one as a definitive source for saying that the brain’s chemistry is reshaped by singing…

Judi Klinefelter
Judi Klinefelter
2 years ago

I agree, Gai!!!!

MelT
MelT
2 years ago

Haha! Yes!

Helen
Helen
1 year ago

That’s right Ms.Gai, let us UPLIFT one another and stop with the negativity, we have enough of that going on in this world we live in. and yes sing if you feel like singing, it is calming and soothing to the soul!!!

Cass
Cass
1 year ago
Reply to  Helen

I think the idea of singing being uplifting and good for the soul is wonderful. And an article about all the different reasons is wonderful, but alas it is not the scientific article it presented itself to be. If you put yourself in their shoes they aren’t wrong.

Judy Van Hagen
Judy Van Hagen
1 year ago

Agree!!

ISABELLA LAING
ISABELLA LAING
4 years ago

I totally agree that singing is good for you. I think I am a good example
i have sung all my life I cant remember ever not singing.. My biggest draw back when I was young was shyness. I sung at my grandmothers farm every Sunday we would sit round the fire and sing I cant remember how I started to sing but I just sang. Church;s junior choir, school choir, just around the house. Gave away choir when I had my children but still sang around the house and at parties. I took up singing in a choir when my husband took ill and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s This was.on the advice of a Physiologist. The best advice anyone has ever given me. My husband died over 10 years ago after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, he was diagnosed in the early 1990’s so it was a long journey. I put my good health and sanity down to my singing it has given me so much enjoyment. I wouldn’t have a clue if it is Neuroscience of Singing I’m not that clever. However I’m still singing loving it and still learning. I agree anyone can sing, for some it may take a bit more time but eventually they will be able to hold a tune.
You make friends with people from all walks of life, you bond , you laugh and you cry when things go wrong but you pick yourself up put a smile on your face and get ready for the next rehearsal or concert.

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4 years ago

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4 years ago
Reply to  dsmith

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4 years ago

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1 year ago

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Kostas Anestis
Kostas Anestis
4 years ago

Absolutely correct!
the (un)described emotions and feelings we get
participating in a chorus or a band or just singing all together in a party or sited around a table
make us feel better at the end of thw day.
So,
let ‘s keep singing!

John Parry
John Parry
2 years ago
Reply to  Kostas Anestis

🙂

Judy Van Hagen
Judy Van Hagen
1 year ago
Reply to  Kostas Anestis

Totally agree! Keep on singing!

Liz Afif Fisher
Liz Afif Fisher
4 years ago

When I was scared walking in the city at night I would sing, when my daughter was a newborn and cried so much I didn’t know what to do I would sing, and last night as I was getting my kids ready for bed I became frustrated and wanted to yell I sang instead. The effect was transformative on all of us. Yes! I love this article! thank you!

Steve Smith
Steve Smith
4 years ago

One way that your heart beat gets in synch when you are singing the same song, is that you tend to breathe at the end of a line, so you all breathe in the same place, you are singing the words at the same speed, and your hearts fall into the same rhythm. Also, if you have perfect pitch, and you are near someone singing the same part, who also has perfect pitch, the exhilaration and enjoyment is multiplied! This has happened to me on several occasions, and you just want to keep singing; it feels really great. I think that might have to do with wave theory. If you and someone else are on the exact same pitch, then you are technically emitting the same wave lengths (I think), and the harmonics just naturally feel good!
I haven’t read through all the other comments yet, so if someone has already brought this up, sorry!

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4 years ago

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Steven Sauvé
Steven Sauvé
4 years ago

I like the gist of the article, but I’d sure like to see a citation to the research that shows heartbeats become synchronized.

Anthony Romano
Anthony Romano
4 years ago

No citations will ever come about. Miguel Indurain had a heart rate of around 30 or 40 while some people with fybromialgia can have heart rates over 100. Age, heart size physical conditon rested or not rested effect the heart rate. Its not possible. There is no research. This all BS

Neil Phelps
Neil Phelps
4 years ago

So encouraging – wonderfully inspiring. I now live alone – is singing alone beneficial to me, or must it be in groups like your article says?

Paula
Paula
3 years ago
Reply to  Neil Phelps

Yes Neil, Singing alone is very beneficial,

Barbara Pryor-Smith
Barbara Pryor-Smith
4 years ago

I love this. I was expecting more scientific reference that would have been interesting to learn, but the anecdotal stories of its effect, particularly with group singing are a motivator for me. I will look for ways to do that!

Sally Walker
Sally Walker
3 years ago

Well my Mum wouldn’t have called it this but she was always singing – in the church choir, in The Brentwood Operatic Society, choral societies in her younger days and most of all at home! She was always bursting into song, this is how I remember her the most. And with Auntie Vera from a few doors down, practising for the operatic societies next production, sometimes in full costume! Great times Mum, although maybe a bit embarrassing as I got older! Not really, love and miss you loads xxx

Suzanne Reynolds
Suzanne Reynolds
3 years ago

Fascinating article about the singing! I love to sing!

Terri
Terri
3 years ago

As an individual: What I know for certain. Most music, with the exception of certain laments; funeral music; music with violence; degradation, etc., dirge; makes me feel good. To me, as an individual, this translates to having more energy and enjoyment (can be accompanied by the “happy dance”) I also know that there is such a thing as a “gifted listener.” That music is a form of therapy already has been proven and valid research continues. Music has great potential and it’s good to have open discussions about research. Keep the music living.

Len Clark
Len Clark
3 years ago

I have been singing for 85 years and teaching for 40. This is so very true. I am mown92 still singing and engaging with life!

Pat Wilcox
Pat Wilcox
1 year ago
Reply to  Len Clark

I’ve been singing for 81 years! How about that! Still teaching singing – keeps me healthy!

UPLIFT
Editor
UPLIFT
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat Wilcox

Wow! That’s amazing Pat, and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Team UPLIFT

Ruemus
Ruemus
3 years ago

I do not wish to throw cold water on a fire that may be warming some, but the chemicals touted here are not understood sufficiently to give them qualities only magical to some and mis-applied to most. They throw science in a game of scrabble and come up with cures. The comment by Schleisman should be fair warning.

Philip Wijaya
Philip Wijaya
3 years ago

A good reminder, although the Bible already confirmed it for over a thousand years. Many positive effects in singing, even miracles can happen when people sing praises to God. No wonder!

Name
Name
3 years ago

Very interesting article!

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William W. Williams
3 years ago
Reply to  Name

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Name
3 years ago
Reply to  Name

Singing is the best and this is a great article on singing.

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3 years ago

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Geraldine Morrison
Geraldine Morrison
2 years ago

Ummmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmm aaaaahhhhh UMMMMM loving it!

Raymond Lee
Raymond Lee
2 years ago

Why so serious?..nobody is taking anything away… ✌

Bill Murphy
Bill Murphy
2 years ago

A great musician said some eighty years ago, “Sing, Sing, Sing”
To which I might add I never left a choir practice with a frown on my face.

siv
siv
2 years ago

Dont worry, be happy, start singing, it workes!!!!!

Joanne
Joanne
2 years ago

Actually, there’s much info on singing loudly stimulating the vague nerve>>>parasympathetic nervous system>>> rest and repair

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

Sadly, I guess there have to be haters even with an article about something that makes people happy. The article puts together ideas supported by research in a way that the general public might enjoy reading it.

For those who complain there is not enough research listed in this online article, that is what Google search is for. Doing a Google search for ‘The Neuroscience of Singing’ yields about 2,950,000 results. Is that enough?

For me, singing makes me happy, and I love all the people I sing with. That’s all the proof I need.

Cathy DeWitt
Cathy DeWitt
2 years ago

With a day job for twenty years of singing and playing for a diverse population of patients in the hospital, from pediatrics to geriatrics, from waiting rooms to the ICU, I have studied and been asked to participate in numerous research projects. We are constantly striving to validate our practice by doing research. But, here’s the thing: There are so many factors involved in music making that it is quite difficult to measure in specific ways–although of course there is some great research about brain activity, helping with memory disorders, pain management, the value of community, who else is in the room (Will we be having a singalong?)etc. In addition to taking “requests”, I enjoy making up interactive chants, like call and answer, that people can easily respond to and sing with. But when people ask me, “What’s the best kind of music to play in the hospital?” My answer is “what the patient wants to hear.” That may vary according to: their mood, their medication, whether their relationship to a certain song has changed, whether there is a desired outcome (relaxation, energy, distraction) … so many factors. So, I am in agreement that research is valuable, but also that it is worth sharing anecdotally the stories of how music has helped people in various ways, how singing together creates community and erases boundaries, etc. Someone might get something from this information.

Jennifer Arnold
Jennifer Arnold
1 year ago
Reply to  Cathy DeWitt

Just came back from a visit with Sam Levine – 94 who loves to tell jokes … “The guitar player went to the local hospital to play some music for the sick people. After an hour of entertainment , he said – Well, thats all for today , folks, I hope you get better – they replied – “We hope you get better too ! “

TERRY W Hamilton
TERRY W Hamilton
2 years ago

Start singing with a group and see if you feel better.

Or, visit the website below to learn about how one man made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young people in the turbulent 60s and 70s by combining singing with traveling the world.

John Alexander Murray
John Alexander Murray
2 years ago

Never felt bad after a performance or rehearsal, always upbeat, energized.

Angela Denzer
Angela Denzer
2 years ago

I absolutely love to sing and my dog stares at me with so much love when I sing to her, lol. I love almost all genres of music, thank God I don’t have a horrible voice because my poor neighbors have to hear it pretty much every day and you’re absolutely correct I’m on top of the world when I have my music cranked up and singing just as loud as possible!

Donna Beard
Donna Beard
2 years ago

Singing has been a part of my life since I can remember. I have had some voice training, but just love to sing with or without music and with or without someone else,

Lyelle Palmer
Lyelle Palmer
2 years ago

Strong singing (not crooning) stimulates the Vagus Nerve that is involved in the viscera (abdominal area) by vibrating the neck where the nerve is easily activated. Various cultures use singing for aesthetic and physical stimulation, such as plainsong (chant) in the Catholic monastic traditions, and Tibetan monk solfeg for men. Women ululate with high trills in the Arab cultures. The aesthetic (beauty) sense is felt so intensely that in many people a climax that coincides with the production of oxytocin. The aesthetic senses melody, harmony, tonal color, rhythm and all combinations including the story and emotional moment in opera. Some persons sense individual aspects/facets more or less than most (as some are tone deaf). Just as we are brought to tears with a deep sense of joy, pathos, irony or ecstasy, we are brought to the climax emotional explosion that is physically sensory with motoric responses (reflexive shudders). Singing has many dimensions of understanding and appreciation and is more than a feast or banquet in savoring the many possible aspects when we allow our bodies to feel the full physical acoustical massage.

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Patricia
Patricia
1 year ago

I have been singing in a choir for 31 years now, and I loved this article! Everything it says is true! So sing, sing, sing! Who cares about references? Don’t be so left-boring-brained!

Janet Alexander
Janet Alexander
1 year ago

As a psychologist and a singer, music and singing has to involve our brain. So whether we are conscious that it is mostly right hemisphere of the brain with some left brain when we listen to music or sing. Or that it involves the limbic system our emotional centre. The word identification, the timing, the reading of music notes and translating it into the correct shape of the mouth and tongue and where to pitch the breathe to produce the right note are all complex and done by various parts of the brain. But the amazing thing is that the more you practice the more muscle memory will remember these complex computations and it will seem effortless.
I guess the important thing to remember is to sing, to hum because it makes us feel good or expresses an emotion we feel.

Jennifer Arnold
Jennifer Arnold
1 year ago

I disagree – music goes into the entire brain , it all lights up , there is no split in music – Music is math . Its not logic . its fact .

Jennifer Arnold
Jennifer Arnold
1 year ago

RE :Seratonin and Oxytocin – Many people will not draw or sing because of comments made in a judgemental environment during early development . Dont touch the stove , its hot , Dont draw , your picture looks like a scribble … Words are formative , and caution should be used when using them … when people do not turn to song and singing for artisitic expression , they should be encouraged to perceive music and singing as medicine – they will take their medicine , especially when it is the best medicine in the world . I do not know about Seratonin , except that I do know that music washes through the entire brain , as the breath washed through the entire body , so music and breath , become an energy overhaul. Oxytocin , I do know about , in my independant study – Oxytocin is the hormone of forgetting , and is created by spiraling increase of sensations . The body reaches a limit , and releases oxytocin , which allows the situation to re start . In classic hymn and chants , the melodies are repeated in every expanding spirals , you know how at church , the last verse is usually played really loud by the organist — the song format is actually a replica of a spiral , and this creates the forgetting , and the unity that then arrives – forgetting / forgiveness . I always wanted to experience a three day chant in India , only have ever done three hour session . As a song writer , I take the science of it all very seriously , we live in a world where science IS our religion — as well is should and can be ! Praise god !

Ava Jean Lawler-Lunn
Ava Jean Lawler-Lunn
1 year ago

The site is called UPLIFT, people. Please don’t be so critical and unkind of others. If this article is not your cup of tea, then go to Google Scholar and look for academic peer reviewed papers on the therapeutic benefits of group singing. BTW, I am a therapist and a singer and I loved this article!

UPLIFT
Editor
UPLIFT
1 year ago

Glad you enjoyed it Ava 🙂

Blessings,
Team UPLIFT

JoRae
JoRae
1 year ago

No comment at this time,but will in the future.

bob guyer
bob guyer
1 year ago

I love to sing, particularly with other people, always have. In the Master and his Emissary, Ian McGilchrist observes that western culture has been shifting from a right brain dominant (holistic) to a left brain dominant (mechanistic) orientation. In the science half of the book he touches on the role singing may have played prior to the localization of vocabulary based speech in the left hemisphere of the brain. Some evidence points to pre homo sapiens, homo habilis, having used singing as communication. This matches how deeply ingrained singing feels to me so I wrote a poem about it.

The Machine can’t Hear Our Song

The machine gone deaf
Now thinks a world apart
Making power
For its own sake
Can’t hear our beating heart

The science now is in
You should surely know
Our singing first
Your words came late
Then they both did grow

A problem you can handle
To you it so must seem
Without our song
The world you make
Is nothing but a dream

Come back to life
And hear our song
Music always in your ear
Without communication
A troubled path is clear

Will you hear an old song?
Is a new one what you need?
To break the spell
Of isolation
Loneliness and greed

We’ve lost some skill in singing
Our songs may not be right
Your strength has grown
Into a thing
Of awesome fright

Our song can’t be a solo
Together it must bring
The song of modern humans
With the songs
Of living things

We live and die together
Two worlds we bring to view
The lead must now be taken
By our singers
Singing true

It used to be this way
The long passage of our time
Is held much more closely
In rhythm
Song and rhyme

Melody and harmony
Sung close and clear, on pitch
Can dance the mind
Machine to heal
Lead by songs deepest wish

The words we live in song
A flowing signing bridge
Find it now
And join us
Just beyond the ridge

Douglas Varney
Douglas Varney
1 year ago

In the tiny towns of Underhill and Jericho Vermont, we have been coming together to sing for years. First with the a gospel group with many people who had to learn to clap off beat 😉 Now we have a community of singers who sing one night a week in a “drop in” chorus. You come when you want. We NEVER ask you why you were not there and the ONLY requirement is that you can “assemble your instrument” – pretty easy for a singer. We have people of ALL types some who have sung their entire lives, some who only sing in the shower, and people who just love to vocalize with a group. (We DO ask that the shower singers remain clothed) — it IS cold in Vermont.

UPLIFT
Editor
UPLIFT
1 year ago
Reply to  Douglas Varney

This is so wonderful and uplifting to read Douglas, thank you so much for sharing! 😀

Blessings to you and your (fully clothed) choir and keep it up!
Team UPLIFT

L. Victor Del Negro
L. Victor Del Negro
1 year ago

Interesting and rings true

Monifa
Monifa
1 year ago

“If you can talk, you can sing.” This is something I tell people all the time this article is so great and I’m sharing with my community. Thank you!

UPLIFT
Editor
UPLIFT
1 year ago
Reply to  Monifa

Thanks you Monica! We are so humbled that our article has resonated wiht you and you feel called to share. Much love, Team UPLIFT.

Alyssa Boyett
Alyssa Boyett
1 year ago

I like to sing some Alanis Morissette songs!

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Alyssa Boyett

If you are deaf you can sing as well. You just can’t hear the sound you are singing. But everyone can sing and it always sounds beautiful!!

العاب تلوين
العاب تلوين
1 year ago

Thank you so much this is very good and beautiful good work.

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Editor
UPLIFT
1 year ago

We are happy you enjoyed it 🙂 And thank you for reading <3

Blessings,
Team UPLIFT

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