Best Throat Spray for Singers – 5 Effective Vocal Sprays!

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So, picture this: you spend three months writing these amazing songs, then another month polishing them up and getting everything ready for the final stage. You've got an amazing vocalist coming in to record the vocals, and you're pumped.

But then she walks in with a look on her face like she hasn't slept in a week and her throat is killing her.

Now, we all know to keep plenty of tea bags in the studio for just this kind of situation, right? So we make her some tea, but her voice just gets worse. Like seriously worse. And it's not even the vocalist's fault.

The problem is that we never knew that drinking hot tea can actually make things worse, not better.

Anyway, I've learned my lesson, and now I know there are way better solutions out there. So let's talk about some vocal sprays that really do the trick and ditch the old tea method, shall we? Your sessions (and your vocalists) will thank you.

5 Effective Vocal Sprays for Singers

1. Singer's Saving Grace

One of the most important things to look for in any soothing throat spray for singers is the word "non-alcohol". Along with the misinformation regarding tea, many singers in the past have used pharmacy-based throat sprays like Chloraseptic, thinking they could quickly kill the virus because it contains alcohol.

It actually turned out to be a mistake because alcohol is one of the reasons your throat gets dry in the first place. Unfortunately, with all the social pressures of the music business, there is a lot of drinking after shows and before shows, and that doesn't mix well with the singer's throat.

The Singer's Saving Grace spray is an all-natural professional strength mixture of yerba mansa, stone route, and most importantly, echinacea and ginger. While many of us might only recognize ginger, one of the most important ingredients is echinacea.

This important herb is a powerful immune booster. You see, a lot of times sore throats don't even originate from overuse, but because of respiratory and sinus infections.

Another important quality of the spray is that it not only lubricates the throat but also loosens mucus caused by allergies. And that right there is the key to keeping a singer's throat healthy. 

That drip that happens to the back of the throat without any of us even realizing it is extremely dangerous.

So you don't really need to be an herbalist to understand why this spray works. It has echinacea to protect, ginger to soothe and clean, and Osha root, which is essentially wild parsnip, acts as a powerful enhancer for immunity.

Unfortunately, it tastes disgusting, and when I gave this spray to a vocalist recently, she looked at me with utter hatred. The solution for that is to add a lot of honey.


2. CLYOR VOICE37

Alright, Voice37 is a pretty unique spray. It's designed specifically for singers to use before a show to coat and protect their throats. It's not as medicinal as some other sprays, but it sure is practical. And it's not like it doesn't have healing properties too.

I found out about this spray from this incredible neo-soul singer I worked with at the Roxy here in LA. I went backstage to see her show and saw her take a few sprays of this stuff. When I offered her a drink, she said she wasn't gonna have anything for at least two hours before showtime.

Anyway, we got to talking and she suggested I keep the spray at the studio. 

Now, my wife is a vegan chef and she's always got some crazy plant extract or another lying around, so I checked with her about the ingredients in Voice37. She was pretty impressed, to be honest.

Slippery elm bark is one of the ingredients and it's known to help with acid reflux, which happens to be a common problem for singers. When you're belting it out, all that acid in your stomach can come back up and mess with your vocal cords. 

Slippery elm bark helps prevent that.

There's also horseradish root, which is an antiseptic and can help with coughs and respiratory issues. It's kind of like ginger in that it soothes and heals the throat. And, best of all, it doesn't taste nasty like some of those other sprays out there.

My only complaint is that they didn't include echinacea or some other immune booster. Other than that, this spray is pretty solid.


3. Vocal Eze

This next spray has been around since 2001 and is legendary in country music circles. I've had it in my studio for about 10 years now since working with an artist in Nashville.

I also keep a bottle at home because it's really helpful when you're feeling under the weather or have nasty allergies.

Vocal Eze is more of a soothing spray, used once you're already feeling the symptoms and less of a preventative treatment. This one has all the classic tried-and-true, soothing herbal formulas, such as honey, ginger, aloe, echinacea, and marshmallow root.

Sadly, it also contains Osha root, which is pretty gross. But in this formula, the marshmallow root mixed with the honey tames that bitterness down a lot. So this one definitely tastes better than the singers' saving grace spray.

The active ingredient is a byproduct of honey called propolis, which has been used for centuries as the most soothing compound for throats.

There is one issue using propolis, though. Sometimes people can be allergic or sensitive to it. I had a male singer whose mouth swelled to twice the size, and we never knew why. But when he went to the doctor, he found out it was because of the propolis. 

So I always check with artists to see if they're sensitive to honey or any type of substance like that before recommending this. On the plus side, it does have licorice root, which is great for fighting germs.

Vocal Eze is definitely the real deal, and tons of high-level artists in the music industry endorse it. Not only that but it was actually developed with the cooperation of many Sony Music artists as its first testers. So you're in good hands with this one.


4. Clear Voice

Let's talk about Clear Voice throat spray, the tastiest spray around! I have it at home and in the studio, and I use it all the time after Zoom meetings and video conferences.

It's like a massage for your throat, and the honey-lemon taste is so refreshing. It does have a bit of Osha root, but it's super minimal and well-balanced, so you hardly notice it.

I also bring it to the NAMM show because all the networking can make my voice hoarse the next day. Between the recycled air of convention centers and the constant transition from air-conditioned spaces to the humid and hot California weather, your sinuses can take a beating.

The best thing about this spray is that it's gentle enough for sensitive vocalists. You can even give it to them while they're singing in the booth without worrying about side effects.

It's great for soothing dryness, which helps avoid the dreaded "dry lip smack" that we producers and engineers know all too well. You know that feeling when you're recording a vocalist, and every time they open their mouth, there's an annoying smack? That's dry mouth, and Clear Voice can prevent it.

One thing to keep in mind is that when you use this spray, aim for the very back of your throat to coat as much as possible.

The only downside to Clear Voice is that it's not a germ killer. It's more like a lip balm for your throat. So, you might need to use a separate immune-boosting spray along with this one for extra protection.


5. Superior Vocal Health

Finally, there is the Superior Vocal Health Throat Saver, also known as the Bentley of throat sprays. This product is the go-to choice for big names like Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes, as well as vocal coaches and producers like David Foster. It's even earned the nickname "Hollywood Throat Spray."

Let me tell you, this spray really works wonders. It's a bit pricey, so we recommend saving it for those crucial sessions, such as when you're working with a huge client or a famous artist, or when there are financial penalties for not delivering top-notch vocals.

This is the hard-core pro spray that major label artists swear by. They keep their blend a little hush-hush, but we do know it's a proprietary blend with a ton of ingredients, from slippery elm bark to ginger root and echinacea. 

Honestly, it doesn't taste great, but with that many ingredients, what do you expect? But hey, if it's saving superstars' throats, who cares?

One of the key ingredients is peppermint oil, which is a total stress and pain reliever. So not only does this spray coat  and protect your throat from viruses and coughing, but it also relaxes your throat muscles and acts as both an analgesic and antiseptic. Talk about a two-for-one deal. Pretty clever, right?

That could also explain why this is known to be the #1 best-selling throat spray in the world, and of course, it isn't cheap. But it's definitely worth it.


Choosing the Best Throat Spray for Singers

Living in LA, people often stereotype Angelinos as new-age, hippie snake oil peddlers. I get it, there's some over-the-top scamming going on in the herbal health industry - I've seen it myself. 

But these throat sprays are tried and true, and they really do help singers overcome a range of potentially crippling issues when it comes to overusing their throat. 

So, if several of these throat sprays have similar ingredients, what actually tips the scale to choose one over the other? Here are the two most important factors that I think might help you come to a conclusion:

Preventive vs. Soothing

So, here's the thing: those five sprays can be divided into two categories. On one side, we've got sprays that prevent throat issues, coughs, and over-straining of the throat muscles. On the other side, we've got cures and soothing sprays that are meant to help you recover once the prevention didn’t work.

Basically, we're talking about immune-boosting, strengthening, or medicinal remedies. It would be great if you could have all five sprays, but let's be real, they can be costly. 

Plus, if you use too much spray, it could cause problems like over-lubrication, coughs, and esophagus irritation.

Here's the deal: some of these sprays strike a balance between prevention and cure. The question is, which one works best for you?

Like choosing a great instrument, it's best to try them out for yourself.

Live Performance vs Studio

So, as you can see from the descriptions, some of these are meant to be used before a show. There are two issues that could potentially go wrong during a show: acid reflux and throat straining or dryness.

Acid reflux can happen from overstraining the muscles in your diaphragm from powerful singing, and that reflux can irritate your throat. So, if you do a lot of live performing, I would definitely recommend picking up a spray like Superior Vocal Health or Voice 37.

The studio can be a little bit more forgiving, and you can actually take breaks if you feel like your throat is overstrained. I think in the studio, taste is a bigger issue. 

It can be a total vibe killer for the singer to coat their throat and then be tasting that for hours while they’re trying to sing.

I know I’ve hated it when the taste lingers, and some of these can be pretty gross. To avoid bad tastes, try to steer clear of Osha root if you’re going to be performing for a long time in the studio.

Final Thoughts

Take it from someone who barely sees the light of day (that would be me): the recording studio is like a minefield of vocal hazards just waiting to mess you up.

From blasting the AC at Arctic levels to slamming back caffeine like it's going out of style, most singers don't even realize they're setting themselves up for a sinus infection before they even start laying down tracks.

And let's not forget about the hazards of performing live, such as smoking, drinking, and overexerting your voice by yelling over the loud music, both before and after the show.

That's why it's crucial for vocalists to take good care of their bodies.

I'm talking about using a natural throat spray, warming up those cords before hitting the stage, and paying attention to your body's signals that you're pushing yourself too hard.

Do all that, and you'll be able to keep slaying those high notes for days on end.

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About Tomas Morton

Tomas is a record producer, engineer, and synthesizer enthusiast based in Pasadena, CA. He received training at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. When not in his studio, he can often be found scouring garage sales or Craigslist ads for vintage gear treasures.

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