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A Voice and Beyond is a podcast hosted by Marisa Lee Naismith, PhD. It has been inspired by Marisa’s own personal and professional journey within the music industry as an award-winning singer, voice teacher, voice researcher, and music industry mentor. It is focused on the singing voice community and it takes a holistic approach to the singing voice. The podcast will be focused on topics related to personal growth, self-care, and personal development.

“We all know that as singers, our whole body is our instrument. And our instrument echoes everything that we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. I am going to help you learn how to optimize your ‘instrument’, take care of your ‘instrument’, and take charge of it, and help you become your best every day!” Dr Marisa Lee Naismith.

Episode #21 – Part II with Nancy Bos: It’s Menopause, Not Vocal Death!

This is part II of my interview with the inspirational Nancy Bos. Nancy is an international speaker and clinician on singing and speech, as well as the acclaimed author of a number of best-selling books, including The Teen Girl’s Singing Guide. She is also co-author of the book Singing Through Change: Women's Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond which has [...]

Episode #20 – Part I with Nancy Bos: You Have a Right to Use Your Voice!

Nancy Bos, is an acclaimed author, international speaker, and owner of StudioBos Media, who has taught voice for over twenty years. As a globally recognized voice expert, Nancy truly believes that everyone has a right to sing and to use their voice. In this episode, Nancy explains that voice teachers are incredibly lucky people, because they have the opportunity [...]

Episode #19 – Five Ways to Step up your Courage

Over the past twelve months, all of us have had our lives thrown into chaos and every day brings with it the unknown. Now more than ever, on any given day, we all have a moment where we struggle with our fears and this struggle is real as we come to terms with the new normal. In this episode, [...]

Episode #18 – Part II with Dr Wendy LeBorgne – Your Authentic Voice & Unique Brand

Today we welcome back Dr Wendy LeBorgne in part II of her amazing interview, in which Wendy shares with us her nerve racking Ted Talk experience, when she spoke on the topic of "Vocal Branding and How Your Voice Shapes Your Communication Image". In this episode, Wendy describes the elements of the voice which impact authentic and engaged communication. [...]

Episode #16 – How To Quit Self-Inflicted Overwhelm

How to Quit Self-Inflicted Overwhelm Do you go through each day constantly feeling overwhelmed and you don’t know why? Overwhelm in your life can be caused by external factors, such as traumatic life experiences that you cannot predict or prevent. However, your overwhelm may be coming from behaviours that are absolutely within your control and by making some [...]

Episode #15 – Chris Johnson: Voice Training for Sustainability

In this episode, Chris shares his journey as he transitioned from a successful performance career to becoming a leading vocal coach working with numerous major recording artists as well as leading Westend performers. As a singer who experienced vocal issues himself, Chris has a solid understanding of today’s industry demands. He discusses the strategies he employs for assisting others [...]

Episode #14 – Let’s Get Physical: The Benefits of Being Active

Motion is lotion and the message in this episode is that overall health, fitness, strength and posture are important to longevity and quality of life. Functional limitations will occur when you are not at optimal fitness and health, and your vocal health will flow on from that. In order to achieve long term success, happiness, good health and well-being [...]

Episode #13 – Dr Elizabeth Benson: A Voice for Social Justice

In this episode, Dr Elizabeth Benson offers us a rare insight into her professional career highlights as a singer who performed across multi genres from classical art song to musical theatre and pop/rock. She describes the training regime that helped her manage the vocal demands of each style, how she built vocal stamina and created the requisite style elements [...]

Episode #12 – Alignment: Singing with Authentic Self

The use of the word alignment is subjective and can mean different things to different people. As voice teachers, we usually refer to alignment in the context of postural alignment. We understand that alignment is a necessary component for promoting healthy and efficient singing. However, to be in true alignment with authentic self means that we are balanced from [...]


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