Shakira: "I do not know why people like my voice"

February 28, 2022

Shakira reveals that she gained self-confidence for her voice thanks to the support of her parents.

The Colombian singer was hosted by TikTok personality Holly H in the first episode of the "Planet Weirdo" podcast on Amazon Music.

In each episode, Holly H and co-presenter Gi, delve into the wonderful world of idiosyncrasy with a special guest, knowing their inner strangeness. In the first episode, Shakira talks about her latest single, "Don't Wait Up", and explains why she was not allowed to join the school choir.

Shakira claimed that "Don't Wait Up", which was released in July 2021, was the song she "wanted to do for a long time".

For "Don't Wait Up", we really had the opportunity to work on the song with two amazing people, Ian Kirkpatrick and Emily Warren. "And there was just pure chemistry between the three of us and we started writing this song," he said.

"And at the end of the first day we had the song and I was flying in the clouds, because it's the song I wanted to do for a long time. "I wanted to make a song that was electronic, but with a vintage atmosphere from the '90s," he explained.

Shakira has been loved by millions of fans around the world for her unique tone of voice, but the singer admits that she "had a hard time" when she was a student, because neither her classmates nor her music teacher liked her characteristic voice.

"Well, I do not know why people really like my voice. "I have the best and most amazing fans, but they are so patient and supportive and dedicated and they have accepted me as I am," he said.

"But when I was growing up, I had a hard time because I wanted to be a member of the school choir and the music teacher was against it. He would tell me: “No, no, no, you can not join the school choir because your voice is very loud. Your vibrato is very intense. "I used to say, 'Oh,'" he recalled.

"And my friends were making fun of my voice and saying I was singing like a goat," he revealed.

The 45-year-old singer gained confidence in her voice thanks to the support of her parents and especially her father, who encouraged her to maintain the character of her voice.

"Thank God, my dad used to say, 'Never lose your vibrato, because that's the best you have.' This is the best quality of your voice. You do not have to have a meaningless voice. It's not a voice. " "He was very supportive and I think that made me accept it in a way."

"I was lucky that my parents were very supportive and I had a very close relationship with them. So whenever I felt insecure, it was the people I was addressing, I always shared those insecurities with them. "I think that helped me a lot because otherwise, I would probably believe my friends," said Shakira.