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JL: Do you have other ground rules you make sure to cover for newbie singers?
RA: Yes, especially if it's a non-singer who has never sung before, there are a lot of ground rules that we'll cover. We'll cover diet, we'll cover basically everything — how much sleep, what has to be done, what the chances will be to be successful. I mean, I'm not going to beat around the bush, I'm going to tell them the truth.
JL: You've worked with countless stars. Does any one experience stand out to you as a highlight of your career?
RA: I'll name a couple; Axl Rose and Chris Cornell. Axel came first, and he studied with me for 12 years. And then Chris Cornell was sent to me by Axl, when Axl discovered him up in Seattle with Soundgarden.
JL: How do you think reality shows like American Idol and The Voice and have impacted the music industry?
RA: I've worked with American Idol for five years. I prepared the final 10 for the tour. I think it's a really, really good program, both American Idol and The Voice, and actually all of the singing programs, because it's really bringing this industry to the forefront. People who really want to sing are now really looking into singing — and singing well.