Allison Russell put on vocal rest due to vocal hemorrhage – Billboard

In an effort to avoid “permanent and irrevocable damage” to her voice, Allison Russell canceled her performance at this weekend’s Water Is Life Festival in Duluth, Minnesota, on doctor’s orders.

American singer-songwriter, who released the solo album outdoor child last year and a reimagining of Our Native Daughters’ song “You’re Not Alone” featuring Brandi Carlile in August, was scheduled to appear at the music festival on Sunday September 4, sharing the lineup with artists like Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls .



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“I am beyond devastated and sorry to tell you that I will not be able to perform my set at @waterislifefestival in Duluth today,” Russell wrote on Instagram Sunday afternoon. “I have been vocally fighting on and off since March. At the urgent request of @brandicarlile (and many other brilliant singers) vocal coach extraordinaire @robertraab (who generously helped us all on the road with Queen Brandi), I finally went to see a specialist here in Los Angeles. I was afraid to go there because I felt something was very wrong and I was afraid to hear that confirmed.

“I was put on vocal rest and rehabilitation by my new otolaryngologist, @drshawnnasseri,” she said. “Apparently I suffered from a vocal hemorrhage about 2 weeks ago and I have vocal nodes that are inflamed and about to bleed again.”

“Dr. Nasseri tells me that if I play back-to-back shows this weekend I could cause permanent and irrevocable damage. He gave me a steroid to get me through my set last night but wants me to shut up apart vocal rehabilitation for the next week,” explained Russell, who was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 2022 ceremony, including Best Americana Album.

“This has been a particularly stressful, tense and heartbreaking time in my world and I believe the relentless flood of cortisol has taken its toll on my voice, body and mind,” she added in her update. day to the fans. “Dr. Nasseri told me that I ran a marathon with a broken ankle and if I continue as I am it will destroy my voice and it will be the end of my career. The images of my damaged vocal cords were deeply overwhelming and terrifying. I have a dangerously high pain threshold, this has been such a constant companion in my life, it feels familiar and normal. I hadn’t realized how much I was hurting myself.

“The good news is that with some voice rest and physical therapy under the guidance of voice whisperer Raab, I should make a full recovery,” Russell said.

The singer apologized to “the festival and anyone who works with me or cares about me” for her absence. “I’m going to improve and do better every day,” Russell said. “If you see me and I’m not talking, please understand that I’m just following doctor’s orders!” I’ll have my trusty new dry-erase board by my side and I’ll write you loving notes until I get the green light!”

Check out his full update below and stay tuned for his upcoming tour dates. here.

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