The countdown begins …World Voice Day 2016 is just around the corner

It seems like only yesterday that we closed the curtains, mopped up the glitter  and cracked the champagne at the end of last year’s World Voice Day campaign. But here we are, ready to jump in and do it all again in just two months from today, on April 16th.

No matter who you are or what you do … your voice is essential in all aspects of your daily life… and your voice it is essential to us in helping to spread the WVD word.

So…whether you are a performer, a teacher, a preacher, a choir member, a sales assistant,  a partner, parent or friend please start thinking how you can: share the magic, celebrate the beauty and raise awareness of  the human voice.

In keeping with this year’s theme “Explore your voice… Imagine  where it will take you”  we are excited to announce the support of two brilliant Australian artists whose voices have taken them to some amazing places.

For well over a decade now Melinda Schneider has been a leading light of the ‘new‐breed’ of Australian Singer/Songwriters both in Australia and the US.

In a career which began with a stage debut at the age of three, (appearing with her mother,
the legendary Mary Schneider) she has kept her family tradition alive by becoming one of
Australia’s most sublime singers and popular live performers. Melinda-Does-Doris-cover-shot
With nine albums under her belt, she has earned two Gold records and won numerous awards including Female Vocalist Of The Year in 2003.

Melinda dazzled us with her dexterity on television’s Dancing With The Stars, before putting her country music
recording career on pause for a moment to indulge a passion for Doris Day. This indulgence  resulted in the release of her tribute album ‘Melinda Does Doris ‐ A Tribute To Doris Day’, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Jazz and Blues chart, and remaining there for a total of 9 weeks.

Melinda is a true star, and we are thrilled that she will be sharing her talent and voice  as one of our World Voice Day Ambassadors.

We are also excited to announce that well known actor, advocate, tireless fundraiser  and household name, Paula Duncan will be our other World Voice Day champion and spokesperson.Paula Duncan-col-large

Paula  has worked extensively on stage, film and television, and has been a household name throughout Australia for over half of her life, not only as an actress but as one of Australia’s most loved
personalities.  She has appeared in TV dramas including The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Neighbours, Richmond Hill, Home & Away and Mother & Son,
lifestyle programmes, current affairs shows and many commercials.

She has been honoured by Channel 9’s, This is Your Life, and during the five years she spent starring in the TV series Cop Shop, she was awarded no less than 7 Logies, including Best Actress and  Most
Popular Actress and Personality.

Paula also has an extensive and celebrated list of stage performances, and she recently co-starred alongside Paul Hogan and Michael Caton in the feature film Strange Bedfellows.

When she is not performing, Paula is a prolific fundraiser and a passionate advocate for people living with disabilities, making her role with us even more relevant. This year,  World Voice Day  will see the launch of the new Australian Dysphonia Network, a support, fundraising and advocacy  organisation for people who live with life changing voice disorders.

Wherever you are, and whatever you do with YOUR voice… think about how you can become involved in the global celebration of World Voice Day.

Welcome along for the ride !


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