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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 #24 – Nadine Manion: Practical Approaches to Train & Support Transgender Singers

Today’s guest is Nadine Manion who is an established and highly sought after singing teacher, vocal coach, presenter and researcher. In 2020, Nadine was awarded the Dr. Iain C. Medgitt Churchill Fellowship to investigate vocal technique and care of the transgender singing voice in the applied voice studio. In this episode, Nadine discusses her research work in the field [...]

Episode #23 – Emma Ferris: Breathing: The Power to Survive and Thrive

Today’s guest is Emma Ferris from The Breath Effect. Emma is a trained physiotherapist, acupuncturist, and Pilates, trauma and breathing coach who has made it her life’s mission to help others learn to thrive and reach their full potential. She has had the opportunity to work with thousands of clients over the years, helping them heal their discomfort, chronic [...]

Episode #22 – Procrastination: It’s a Waste of Time

How often do you begin an important task and you suddenly find yourself standing in front of the coffee machine five minutes later? Are you feeling as though you're are going nowhere fast because you simply can’t get started on that one task you keep putting off? Instead of moving forward, it feels like you’re stagnating and could be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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