Backstreet Boys: Voice Therapy onscreen!

Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys became my client in 2013, while a documentary crew was filming the band’s 20th anniversary journey. The movie “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” is now out, and includes a  short scene of our work together. This is a new level of visibility for voice therapy!

I can’t discuss Brian’s diagnosis or therapy, due to medical confidentiality, but here is his own description, from a January 2015 interview at  “I’ve been diagnosed with what’s called vocal tension dysphonia. The muscles around my vocal cords kind of constrict my vocal cords from doing what they should do. It’s kinda like being a body builder and you have muscles that are so large that they don’t allow you to have flexibility, if that makes sense. There’s also another neurological issue called dystonia. … somewhat of a neurological disconnect between my brain and my vocal cords.

If you talked to me probably four or five months ago, I wouldn’t even be able to do the interview because I wouldn’t have a voice to talk. But I’ve come a long way to be able to just have a conversation, much less make a new Backstreet Boys record. I know there’s a lot on my plate as an individual to be Brian from the Backstreet Boys, so that’s a lot of pressure. The dystonia and the dysphonia comes from nerves, from stress, from muscle tension, from kind of the lifestyle that we live.

It’s a balancing act; I have to try to take care of myself. I have to drink the right things, I have to do the right things, I have to do the right work in order to be the best I can be. But here we are, and I’m talking and that’s great! It’s much better than it was. ”


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2 Responses to Backstreet Boys: Voice Therapy onscreen!

  1. Joanna Cazden September 4, 2018 at 1:28 am #

    it was my pleasure!

  2. Nora June 23, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    Thank you for taking care of our boy! 🙂

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