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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 #11 – Lisa Popeil: The Power of Resilience, Curiosity, and Transformation for Longevity

Today’s guest is Lisa Popeil, a prominent voice teacher, voice researcher, musician, author and workshop presenter. Lisa shares her music industry experiences as a female recording artist who emerged in the 1980’s and how she has managed to sustain an enduring career in the industry by understanding the significance of resilience, tenacity and reinvention as a performing artist. Lisa describes [...]

Episode #10 – Sleep: The Bliss of Peaceful Slumber

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it’s becoming more and more neglected in our society. And this neglect comes with devastating consequences.  As members of the singing voice community, our lack of sleep can compromise our immune system, energy levels, performance outcomes, stifle creativity and build tension in our [...]

Episode #9 – Ashlie Amber: The Power of the Hustle

Ashlie Amber is a singer, actress and entertainer who is in the midst of an incredible music career as a black recording artist in Nashville, a music culture that historically has not embraced gender equality or diversity. As a child, she discovered the power of music and developed a deep connection to country music. However, as she began to [...]

Episode #8 – 5 Key Steps for Turning Your Goal into a Reality

Nothing in life is easy, or so we believe! Often we set goals and we fail, not because our goals are unrealistic, but we don’t have a plan in how we are going to achieve them. Whether you’re quitting a bad habit or picking up a healthier one, wanting to find a pathway to a better version of you, [...]

Episode #7 – Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher: World Voice Day Celebration of Collegiality, Collaboration & Community (Part 2)

Gillyanne and Jeremy candidly share their philosophies on a “one size fits all” and a “one method” approach to teaching singers. They believe these approaches do not take into consideration the student as a human being who has a spirit, emotions and physicality, and is not just a larynx. They stress the importance of a multi-faceted approach when working [...]

Episode #6 – Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher: World Voice Day Celebration of Collegiality, Collaboration & Community (Part 1)

Together, Gillyanne and Jeremy are known as Vocal Process, the ‘power couple’ who have come to truly understand how collaboration, collegiality and the sharing of information can super charge your teaching and create momentum within your studio business. In this episode, they define their distinct roles within their business model and how the combination of their complimentary skills, along [...]

Episode #5 – Dr Jenevora Williams: Giving a Voice to Vocal Health

Today’s guest is Dr Jenevora Williams, a passionate pedagogue who shares her unique insights into the teaching of singing and the training of singing teachers. Over the years, Jenevora has received international acclaim from the voice community for her pioneering work into the training of young singers. In this episode, Jenevora discusses her keen interest in vocal health and [...]

Episode #4 – Donna Cameron: How to Break Free from Stress and Anxiety

As a society, we’re full of stress and anxiety and these issues can consume us. Often it is our thoughts, our situations, both past and present as well as worrying about the future that can become extremely overwhelming. So how do we recognise when we are feeling stressed or suffering from anxiety? How do we address these issues when [...]

Episode #3 – Master your Mornings & Win Back Your Days

Everyone wants to have successful outcomes each and every day. But how do we do this? First we must set up our days with a morning routine that helps us develop a healthy mindset which will ultimately lead to us achieving our best lives. This episode uncovers the three important habits you can cultivate as part of your morning [...]

Episode #2 – Dr. Elizabeth Blades: My Journey of Self Care

Welcome to this episode in which Dr Elizabeth Blades takes us on an incredible journey as she opens up and gives us an honest account of some highly personal challenges she has been confronted with during her life. Elizabeth describes her regime of self-care and how this program of self-care was crucial to her healing journey in the midst [...]


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