How To Sing Like Layne Staley [How he REALLY Sang]

Simple Vocal Approach Shows You


Growing up in the 90’s, I was all about Layne Staley.

The phenomenal range.

Killer style.



Grit and gravel.

The vibrato.

The 90’s warble.

The tone.

The control.

The freedom.

So you can probably guess my disappointment and frustration when I started looking for a voice teacher who could show me how to sing like Layne Staley – only to be met with either “that’s bad for your voice” by classical teachers or “I have no idea how he’s doing that” by pop teachers.

It seemed like Layne’s voice was as mysterious as he was – a magic instrument unlike any other.

Until my final vocal coach unlocked the whole thing for me.

For starters, he was an older opera coach – so I really wasn’t expecting much when I brought in Layne, Chris Cornell and Bon Jovi (I think I took in Zeppelin too).

I remember the words so vividly;

“Boy can sing”.

To hear this from a voice coach, especially one who was of the classical persuasion – was a breath of fresh air.

And he proceeded to do two things which just blew my mind:

He sang “Spoonman” like a seasoned rock pro, the high range and everything as though it was absolutely nothing – remember, we’re talking a 120kg Opera singer who was at least 70 years old at the time I first met him.

To see a guy like that absolutely wailing Chris Cornell songs like that was a sight to behold.

Next was Robert Plant.



^ And this is the one that really threw me. The absolute perfect Layne technique, no strain, no yelling. Just effortless, powerful, distorted singing like he’d been singing rock his whole life.

And something dawned on me.

Layne was a REALLY good singer.

He didn’t just “sound good”.

He was a spectacular singer with excellent technique.

So down the rabbit hole we went with every. single. aspect. of. Layne. Staley’s. technique.

“Great onset there”

“Nice vowel”

“Tonal grit – that’s cool”

“Nice release”

“Good compression, nice and balanced”

“Oh man – that upper mid range is fantastic”

I realised that there was an approach to every single sound that Layne made – from consonants, to onsets, to an F4, to a high C, to distortion, grit, rattle and gravel; what an amazing singer.

Since that fateful, life changing day where I discovered that Layne wasn’t just a gifted singer – he was a WELL TRAINED singer; I’ve taken the ball and run with it to develop a vocal approach specifically designed to help you sing like guys like Chris Cornell and Layne Staley.

The Four Vocal Fundamentals.

^ This is how you’re going to learn how to sing like Layne Staley.

But before I show you these simple and powerful fundamentals, let me show you exactly what I’ve personally learned from singing like Layne Staley for over a decade;

Now, let’s talk fundamentals.

If you’ve read this far, and you watched the video above – you must really be serious about this whole singing thing.

So I want to help you along by give you a little something extra to help you get started.

In fact, a whole LOT extra.

Something HUGE.

All my training materials, all in one place – for free.

#1 – Mastering The Art of Singing

This guide is amazing.

Seriously amazing.

There’s more technique, training, insight and knowledge in this one little guide than in many paid training courses – and I’m simply giving it to you for free.

#2 – Vocal Quick Start Guide

I get it, there’s a lot of techniques and concepts to learn all at once in the masters guide, so here’s a footnote summary of everything you need to do to get started today, and how to do it.

If you’re confused about how to get started, or you’re having trouble pulling the trigger on a vocal approach, this guide is now your go-to manual for how to become a better singer.

#3 – Vowel Modification Cheat Sheet

This is what you’ve been waiting for – but noone else is ever going to show you.

Modifying your vowels is the key to extending your range in full voice with no vocal breaks, no flipping to head voice, no weakness and no strain – so it makes sense that most vocal coaches keep this powerful information close to their chest and are quite careful about how and who they share this with.

And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it in this vowel modification cheat sheet – again, completely free.

#4 – Invitation to special Vowel Modification Q&A

Phew! You’re really getting the works here.

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If you’ve got questions about how to sing vowels correctly – this Q&A has the answers.

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