I have always been interested in the voice and the textures created by this incredible instrument.
My own journey started in Perth (Australia) at 8 years of age. I sang lead in many musicals at school and in church ensembles, won a singing scholarship and a drama scholarship as well as performing on TV, in duo’s, trio’s, bands and with DJ’s. I did a lot of session work. After completing my degree (Bachelor Arts of Media Studies, majoring in Film & Television), I moved to the east coast of Australia to Sydney, where I lived the life of a full-time gigging musician, 6/7 nights per week, sessions during the day – you name it!
Whilst gigging, a friend introduced me to the concept of ‘Mixing’. I took lessons in this technique and my own voice blossomed.
I remember clearly a year after I began working on my voice in this new way – someone at a gig who hadn’t heard me sing for a while said, ‘You sound awesome! Even better than before! What have you been doing?’ I knew it was because of my new technique. Next thing I knew, people at gigs kept coming up to me and asking if I taught. Well, I took this as a sign and became a teacher; and I have never looked back!
I am now a full-time International Teacher of Mix, IVTOM Area Co-ordinator for Australia-Sydney and continue as a Freelance Professional Vocalist. I personally think this is the greatest singing technique in the world. I have been using it myself for the last 15 years and have been teaching this method for the last 10. Mix gives you the freedom to sing in any style you want, but with no breaks in your voice. Think how cool it would to be, to be able to sing every note in a song easily. Especially for singer/songwriters, imagine singing what you hear in your head in an easy and effortless way, never compromising the melody because you can’t ‘reach’ the note. Also, over 100 Grammy Award winners have used this method so it must be doing something right!
Time and time again my students reach their goals, whether they are singing in front of friends or colleagues at karaoke; singing at a friend’s wedding; a Professional Vocalist needing to ‘tweak’ some problem areas; working through tough issues such as a case of vocal nodules; or working on their first label recording. (See Testimonials).
In addition to being a Technical Vocal Instructor, I specialise in Performance Coaching & Style and Stage Presence. I also help people get great vocals in the studio.
As I often say to my students, “There is much more to sounding great than just singing with good technique.”
2012 - Present: Full-member of IVTOM – International Voice Teachers of Mix
2007 - 2012: Certified Speech Level Singing Instructor
Bachelor of Arts Degree – Media Studies majoring in Film & Television.
Extensive live/Studio experience:
Solo, band, DJ’s eg. 5 star hotels in Sydney/Overseas. Prestigious Venues in Sydney, Australia - The Basement, Opera Bar, Blue Beat, Ivy, Hugo’s, The Establishment, Zeta Bar - Hilton, Intercontinental Hotel, The Arthouse, Star City Casino and Countless Corporate Functions.
Session Singing: TV/ Radio Commercials, Demo’s for others originals etc.
The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)
The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA)
Studied Piano via ‘Simply Music’ Programme:
Train regularly with Master Teachers around the world.
Attend Seminars & Events that have relevance to Vocals & Performance:
CMJ Festival NYC
Sydney Song Summit
Pat Pattison Songwriting workshops