She has hit on something that I have heard and disliked from so many singers. Fake vibrato has annoyed me so much that I actually work to avoid it altogether. Now, it seems avoiding isn’t good, either. I wish I had time with a coach.
I sing differently from the balcony of Zion than I do for the podcast. If the song’s range is right, I will open the voice up at Zion and project from a slightly lower register, and it can be heard throughout the whole sanctuary and sound good.
When I try to do that with the podcast and check the pitch with an auto-tuning plug-in, one of two things will happen. Often, the auto-tuner will bend my singing down a half-step from where I intended, which basically means I’m singing flat. The other thing is that if I am singing a pitch or two above middle C, the auto-tuner makes a screeching noise, which I interpret as that I’m stressing.
So the voice you get on Time Out is of a little higher register and softer, one that the auto-tuner doesn’t mark as stressed or flat. I’m also singing into a microphone, so I don’t need to be loud. Your comments on that philosophy are welcome.