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My Story

I have had a life-long love affair with the human voice. It has changed the course of my life.

I began singing in school at the age of 9. As a shy child, singing was an outlet to express myself. I started performing in choirs, a cappella groups, and musical theatre. I fell in love with harmony and the community singing gave me, particularly a non-denominational gospel choir in which we sang together, shared our hardships, and cried as we shared every week. It was a home away from home for me during a very difficult time and to this day, I cry whenever I hear harmonised singing.

In university, I started taking singing more seriously, pursuing classical lessons and formal training, which gave me  techniques to understand & use my own instrument in healthy & sustainable ways as well as the skills and confidence to seek out performance opportunities.

Then I started traveling. My father passed away when I was 12 years old and his airline employer gave me flight benefits to travel anywhere in the world for free until the age of 25, so I did.

On my travels, I busked, sang at open mic nights, taught singing and performance in outreach, international aid, and disaster relief contexts. I had beautiful experiences connecting with people with whom I did not share the same spoken language; we only shared the language of music. It was humbling to share experiences with people who were going through a great deal of hardship.

In the middle of my travels, I got very sick. I had a staff infection, a yeast infection, piles, fissures, and gastrointestinal issues all at the same time. I had just gotten out of a very bad relationship. I was at a cross-roads. I was in a very bad place and the only thing that could stop me from crying was singing…around the same time a family friend suggested I apply for funds to continue my community service and arts outreach work, so I did. My application was successful.

I received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study jazz in South Africa to combine my passions for cultural exchange, community service, and music. I had the honour and pleasure of studying jazz for 1 year. I loved South Africa so much, I extended my visa and performed as a singer and actor and I began teaching singing to kids and developing my philosophy around singing.

Then I moved to London to classically train as an actor, which deepened my artistry and my understanding of my voice as well as how it connects emotional and physical health.

This training combined with experiences during COVID set me down a mental health journey that has led to a CPTSD and depression diagnosis that I managed for a long time (without realising it) by singing. On the journey to recover my own mental health, I started researching and investigating the ways in which using the breath and the voice can settle the nervous system and reduce stress. The Embodied Voice was born.

Now, as a freelance artist & teacher, I want to share the gifts that I’ve learned over the years with anyone who is interested in learning about the connection between the mechanics of how the breath/voice are capable of calming the nervous system and anyone who is interested in learning about expressing & loving themselves through their breath & voice (whether through song, spoken words, howling, etc.).

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Embodied Voice
The Embodied Voice is a somatic voice & breath session that investigates the link between the mechanics of the breath & voice with the nervous system. This session is for students who want to work with the voice in an explorative way that centres self-care and the relationship with our self & self-expression rather than improving vocal skills. Students are on mute in this online class and are encouraged to use the voice in abstract & experimental ways that emphasises exploration and full embodiment of authentic & primal expression.

The Embodied Voice draws from mindfulness practices as well as many somatic traditions including Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Chi Kung, Gestalt, EMDR, EFT, 5 Rhythms, yoga, and TRE combined with the vocal techniques of classical performance voice & singing techniques.

Singing
My singing sessions are for anyone who wants to learn more about singing. My goal is to move students away from their critical minds and into the instrument itself- the body- and gaining greater confidence and mastery of their unique artistry & instrument. It is taught in a workshop format: I guide breathing exercises and scales, but throughout you are asked to feedback on what you notice about your body, habitual tension, and noticing when you feel you are able to sing from a place of ease; your feedback guides what exercises we pursue as the lesson progresses.

My singing teaching combines classical technique with the philosophy of jazz: I teach you the rules of classical singing technique as I know them to the best of my ability and – as you develop- you experiment with and discover new and interesting ways to play with, bend, and break those rules. We work together to help you find your unique artistry, vocal identity, taste, and style. It is not about moving towards some end goal or idealised notion of a “good voice” bur rather moving closer to yourself and your unique authentic voice & style.

Transitions
This session is curated specifically for members of the LGBTQ+ community who are experiencing a transition in their gender and vocal identity who want guidance in unlocking their new voice that is resonant, supported with the breath, and free of tension.

Audition Prep
This session is for anyone preparing for an audition that want some extra guidance on using the voice to enhance the performance or understanding of an audition piece (whether musical or pure text). I facilitate a series of exercises to help you develop a more detailed understanding of the text and to facilitate your creative decisions about the piece.

Professional Public Speaking
If you are a teacher or a businessperson who is expected to speak extensively in public, this session is to help you learn the basic principles of the voice and storytelling so you can make your lessons, speeches, or presentations as compelling, grounded, and authentic to you as possible.

Prices

Private lessons are typically 60-75 minutes and £40.

I also offer pair lessons and group classes.

Contact me about private lessons on my Contact page

Updates on group classes forthcoming.

Check out the Embodied Voice Youtube Channel for free tutorials.