When it comes to improving your abilities as a singer, one of the best things you can do is seek some form of professional instruction or tutelage. While raw talent can certainly help to an extent, overextending yourself without proper training can damage your voice and bring your career to a grinding halt.
In this most recent post on MusicThinkTank, Tracy Arbon offers some advice on what budding vocal performers can do to enhance their abilities without risking their vocal cords.
"Take a look at babies. They breathe naturally with their diaphragm and they can toss their powerful voices throughout an area when they cry to get your attention. Exactly how can they project their voice so naturally?
This is due to the fact that nature has actually given us the all-natural singing system to sing well and also powerfully. It is when we adopt bad vocal habits as we got older that the all-natural capabilities to be a great vocalist is lost and needs to be rekindled by great and appropriate vocal exercises as well as singing ideas."