Specialty Coaches 

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Lorraine Lawson - Founder/CEO

SPECIALTIES: Contemporary Vocal & Performance Coaching, Artist Development, Vocal and Stage production

 

As one of the most successful coaches in North America, Lorraine is privileged to be the Vocal Coach for CTV’s  ‘The Launch' and Season 5 of the hit show ‘Schitt’s Creek’. Other clients include Grammy nominee Kai, dance sensation; Blake McGrath, Canadian superstars Roy Woods (OVO), Kira Isabella, Scott Helman (Warner). She also works with Musical Theatre and TV Actors such as Ian Lake, Brenton Thwaites and Emily Hampshire. 

Deemed “Canada’s Mariah Carey” by the National Post, Lorraine has released three critically-acclaimed jazz and pop albums, countless dance singles, radio jingles, and has performed all over the world.

Lorraine is the proud founder of Lawson Vocal Studios where she is able combine her years of experience coaching, recording and performing. She is committed to providing singers with innovative programming and achieving exceptional results. 

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Falconer Abraham

SPECIALTIES: Vocal Technique, Resonance Balance, and Vocal Trauma 

Falconer Abraham is a renowned vocal coach who will teach you the most effective approaches to maximizing your range, vocal power, and ease of production through his "Free Your Voice" techniques. His unique approach to balancing your voice will help you better negotiate range through resonance balancing, improved vocal cord structure, and laryngeal stability. As a result, your breathing will be better regulated while your confidence increases.  Study a technique that you can take directly into your performance. Come to Free Your Voice and achieve your full vocal potential.

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Mary-Lu Zahalan

SPECIALTIES: Contemporary Pop Performance 

Mary-Lu is a Juno-nominated recording artist with three albums to her credit. She was signed to a publishing deal with Sony Music and worked with such renowned producers as David Foster and Humberto Gatica. Mary-Lu has her Masters in Popular Music and is the creator and head of the Commercial Vocal Department in the Music Theatre program at Oakville’s Sheridan Institute of Advanced Learning and Technology.

Mary-Lu holds the distinction of being a professor of Popular Music Theory and Performance after completing her Masters (cum laude) in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. Her dissertation, "Cultural Capital: The Beatles in Canada" was published in 2011 by The Beatle Works (Chicago, IL). 
 

Mary-Lu continues to teach Commercial Performance master classes all over North America. She is a special guest teacher for our LVS workshops/masterclasses, including the Power of Performance Masterclass

Maryluzahalan.com

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Carlos Morgan

SPECIALTIES: R&B/Soul performance 

Carlos Morgan is a talented singer, songwriter, and producer. He is the recipient of a Juno Award, MuchMusic Video Award, 2x Canadian Urban Music Awards, Global Music Award, John Lennon Songwriting Award and other numerous accolades. Morgan was also the 2nd ever recipient of the SOCAN Urban Music Award for his pioneering efforts to bring notoriety to the many gifted urban artists in Canada.

Another of Morgan's passions is to teach upcoming singers the art of live performance and contemporary vocalization. If you’re a singer/performer looking to learn more about the art of performing live and understanding techniques of contemporary vocalization, Carlos would love to coach you.

Carlosmorganmusic.com

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Jeff Madden

SPECIALTIES: Musical Theatre and Audition Preperation

Jeff starred as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in Toronto and across Australia, winning the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance In A Musical for his work. In his 16-year professional career, Jeff has played many lead roles in eight seasons at The Shaw Festival and has performed across the country in various plays, musicals, concerts, television shows, and corporate events. Aside from performing, Jeff enjoys teaching, acting, and singing privately and at Sheridan College. 

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Associate Coaches

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Amanda Ault

Having produced music for over a decade, Amanda is a seasoned songstress. Part of the well-known Canadian trio The Ault Sisters, Amanda has performed with such A-list Toronto musicians as Robi Botos, George Koller, Ben Riley, Nathan Hilts, Ethan Ardelli, Justin Gray, Ted Quinlan, Mark Kieswetter, and Dylan Bell.

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Irina Bobrow

Irina is a singer/songwriter, actress, and dancer who made her professional debut at the age of 8 years old with the National Tap Dance Company of Canada. She has lived and worked in LA where she studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute as well as with Emmy Award winning actor, Jeffrey Tambor. Her passionate journey then led her to Nashville for 6 years where she collaborated with other songwriters. She has performed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and brought excitement and joy as she sang and helped the kids write their own songs. Irina understands how important it is to follow your dreams and your heart! 

Valerie Borghesi

Valerie Borghesi is a Singer-Songwriter who got her start in classical singing and musical theatre, graduating from Randolph Academy Triple Threat Program. She is now focusing on her own solo artist career - she recently opened for Walk of the Earth and Bryan Adams at the Niagara New Years 2020. Valerie recently coached in LVS Spotlight and Artist Development workshops as well as being a featured singer at Talent Nation. 

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Devin Moody

Devin Moody is a vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music therapist. He is an advocate for music therapy and works with seniors and children with special needs to enrich their lives with the power of music. Spending a majority of his youth participating in musical theatre performances helped Devin refine his ear for harmony and pitch. Being no stranger to the road, Devin has extensively toured throughout the USA, Canada and Japan with his pop-rock band TWNRVA (formerly - July). 

Sarah O'Brecht

Sarah is a stage and screen actress who has performed across Canada. She recently appeared in Anne of Green Gables and Mamma Mia! at the Charlottetown Festival. On screen, you can see her on Warehouse 13, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and Good Witch, among others. Sarah holds a BEd. from the University of New Brunswick and has taught and choreographed for many organizations and institutions throughout the GTA and the East Coast.

SarahOBrecht.com

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Jennifer Walls

Jennifer Walls is a critically acclaimed stage performer, producer, director and voiceover actor. She has performed on stages across North America and Europe alongside such prestigious performers as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Vereen, Rebecca Cain and Colm Wilkinson. She is currently the voice of the Family Jr. network and has featured on the cover of NOW magazine and in the Globe and Mail for her work throughout the city, including the Toronto Fringe Festival. She is a graduate of the Sheridan Institute's prestigious Musical Theatre Performance Program.

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Joshua Warren

Joshua Warren is an emerging Canadian artist as well as a graduate of the distinguished Sheridan College: Honours Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance program. Joshua's performance and singing talents have taken him across North America including traveling to Myrtle Beach to play Frankie Valli in Hot Jersey Nights and to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls as a lead vocalist in the North America Premiere of CONGA (Dublin WorldWide).

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