Ariana Grande had to battle a nasty bout of bronchitis for nearly half of the Sweetener World Tour.
The star landed in a musical zone a few years ago when she had a prolific output of new music, resulting in the Edition two new studio albums in a six-month period starting in August 2018.
She would eventually go out on the road for nearly 10 months in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019) in 2019.
But the tour was tough for the singer, who just revealed she was ill for four whole months during the tour.
Sick and singing: Ariana Grande, 28, revealed she had a bout of bronchitis during the 2019 Sweetener World Tour
“I was sick for four out of ten months on the Sweetener Tour, luckily I only had to cancel one or two shows…” Grande confessed during a performance on the Backstage Pass with Eric Vetro podcasting.
Vetro has been Grande’s friend and singing coach for over 13 years.
A persistent cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, low fever, and chest tightness are the most common symptoms of bronchitis.
And to think that Grande had to deal with the limitations of her delicate instrument on a daily basis: her singing voice.
Podcast guest: Grande said she was sick for four of the ten months of the tour, during a guest spot on the Backstage Pass With Eric Vetro podcast
Friend and Coach: The Problem singer shared that Vetro, who has been her vocal coach for 13 years, has been working with her since she was 15 years old
The Sweetener World Tour kicked off on March 18 with a concert at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
She and her team toured the US and Canada until August 4, then took the show to Europe for a stretch that ran through October 16, starting and ending with shows at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The last few months of the tour were again spent zigzagging across the US, until the final show on December 22 at the Forum in Los Angeles.
In total, the 28-year-old singer performed to more than 1.3 million fans in 97 concerts, as cameras captured her performances and the action backstage for her tour film, Excuse Me, I Love You (2020), which she described as a “love letter.” ‘ to her fans.
Supporting two albums: The Sweetener World Tour kicked off with a show in Albany, New York on March 18, 2018; she is seen delivering her performance on opening night
Speaking to Vitro, whose vocal coach for the stars, the 7 Rings star also discussed her vocal range and how Broadway influences her music.
“There’s a huge difference,” Grande said, describing the techniques of show tunes and pop music, before adding, “You use a completely different part of your voice for each.”
She continued, “I would never sing a Broadway number with my pop placement. But you know, I grew up with theatre, so that’s where my heart lies. I wish I could do more of it. I wish I could be on Broadway. I wish I could sing more musical songs.’
The Florida resident went on to say that “the easiest, the most fun, floating, liberating, beautiful feeling ever is singing show tunes. That is my heaven for me.’
‘But of course you can’t use that placement on a pop song, you know what I mean?’ she added, before bursting out with some powerful showtune-style vocal phrases.
Long Way: The Sweetener World Tout went from the US and Canada to Europe and back to the United States until its final performance on December 22, 20-19 at The Forum in Los Angeles
Most Broadway songs have longer sustained notes and higher vocal keys than what is used in typical pop songs. To sing them well, singers need to build up their lung capacity and breath support so they can hold those longer notes
Also, Broadway songs tend to have a wider tonal range, so singers need to do vocal exercises and learn techniques that increase their range.
Vetro has been working with Grande as her vocal coach and boyfriend since she was a teenager.
‘There are no words to describe what a human gift this man is! He was by my side every step of the way, believing in and encouraging me, my voice, my heart, my music, my ideas since I was 15,” she revealed while promoting her guest spot on his podcast on Instagram.
The art of music: Grande also discussed her love for Broadway show tunes and the differences the style of songs has compared to pop music