I saw this and realized it had never been answered.
Ken chose his family over rock stardom.
It was at a time when he was in a tough spot, financially speaking. He needed the work. He was known for his vocals and guitar work and was getting offers from a number of groups.
Among the offers Ken got were Foreigner, Deep Purple, Motley Crue, Peter Frampton, INXS, Journey, and Black Sabbath.
The deal to take any of these jobs was: 5 year contract, 9 months per year on the road, Two months per year in the studio, and one month per year off. Ken grew up as a teen without his father in the home (I use the term "home" loosely, as things were kind of rough, and not too cozy). Ken's son was 13 at the time and his daughter about 15. He did the math and realized that he would be doing to his family what had happened to him. He would be back about the time his son would graduate from high school. Ken said no, and took another, harder, less in-the-spotlight path and stayed to be with his family.
This would be a hard choice for most of us. Ken is a man of integrity, and he made the only choice he could make in that situation.
I've been a drummer in bands since before most of you were born. When I was about 50-something, I decided that I wanted to be something more than just a wanna-be background vocalist. I could sing some, but certainly not good enough to be a lead vocalist in public performances.
I started purchasing just about every singing method that is or has been available on the planet. I've spent THOUSANDS of dollars on vocal methods, done the exercises, read the books, watched the videos, etc...
I learned SOMETHING from just about all of them. Sometimes I learned that I just wasted my money.
I probably spent over ten years with various vocal methods, and over that time I PRACTICED A LOT, and I did improve my voice some. Still, none of those lessons gave me the breakthroughs I was wanting, the breakthroughs that could help me to develop my voice enough to become a competent LEAD SINGER in the bands I was playing in. I wanted to be able to BELT out my favorite Rock Songs, but so far absolutely NONE of the training I had come across could even come close to that. They all claimed they could, but NONE really did ANYTHING to teach you to ROCK OUT!
I read everything I could find on the internet. How the voice works. Classical methods. Anatomy. Physics. Acoustics.
One night I was googling Open Throat Singing, and Belting. This guy I'd never heard of was demonstrating a belting, wailing, 3 1/2 octave siren that sounded like Robert Plant back in the good old days. I listened to some more demos. I realized that this person was singing songs EXACTLY LIKE I WANTED TO LEARN TO DO!!!
It was Ken Tamplin. I listened to his story of how he had spent a fortune on lessons from the best-known vocal teachers on Earth, spending every cent he had and using every ounce of energy to work out, over a thirty-year period.
Right then and there I knew that I had found what I had been looking for myself. This guy was the real deal, and he was going to show me how to do it. Not just show me a few tricks and keep me on the hook. He was going to show how to get the sound I wanted and build my voice so that I could sing like that too. He wasn't going to just talk about it. He was going to show me how. I would have to do the work. He had learned the pathway to great singing and was going to lead me, and anyone else that cared enough to come along, on a wonderful journey towards a powerful, versatile voice.
I am here to tell you that Ken's methods WORK. Plain and Simple, it WORKS. It's not overnight, although you will immediately notice changes and growth in your voice that are just a hint of what will eventually happen. He shows you how to do it, and you have to put in the work to build your voice... and it WILL GROW. Your progress will be directly proportional to the time, effort, and focus you apply to Ken's methods.
Ken's methods are not just applicable to Belting and Wailing, but there is NOBODY OUT THERE teaching belting and wailing like KEN. KTVA methods are also applicable to Jazz, R n' B, Musical Theater, Country AND Western, Soul, and You Name It!
My only regret about KTVA is that I waited so long to find it, and then to purchase his program. I was struggling with monthly finances and waited to save the money. Common disasters like car trouble would drain my savings. I kept putting off purchasing because I felt that I couldn't "afford" to spend "that much money". I finally just bought it, and guess what? I still had the same money issues, but NOW I had KTVA and my voice began to GROW! I cheated myself out of several month's vocal growth by procrastinating for a wealthier day that would never arrive. I only wish now that I had gone ahead and purchased Ken's program the day I found it. No magical money tree has appeared in my backyard, so there was no point in waiting. I would be that much further down the road on my vocal journey if I had just jumped in as soon as I found Ken's program!
I'm about 3 years into KTVA now, and I thank myself for finally jumping in and beginning a journey that is gong to last the rest of my singing life. Yes, I am STILL GROWING, even after three years, and as long as I continue doing Ken's exercises, workouts, warmups, and programs, there will be no end. KTVA is the BEST PRESENT I'VE EVER BOUGHT FOR MYSELF. I deserved it. I thank myself for taking the plunge every day. I'm thankful that Ken took his 30-year personal struggle to become a great singer and made it available to the public.
I'm more excited about KTVA now than EVER. Ken has continued to update and improve his methods. He continues to produce more teaching videos, and never ceases to amaze.
You can't go wrong with KTVA. It's what you've been searching for. Don't delay. Start Today.