Hit singer offers vocal lessons


Oamaru is home to a vocal coach _ Vanessa Kelly-Brown, of Vocal Mechanix _ with a fascinating background.
Vanessa began her passion for performance from a young age. Beginning with dance then moving into music and acting, she began to carve out her dream of performing for stage and television. After graduating from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in Christchurch 1996, she began working on independent music projects as well as acting for television, stage and film. It wasn’t long before one of her music collaborations with Christopher Banks and Zara Clarke began to get traction with More FM in Auckland. After receiving their first No 1 hit, Lost in Love, with the help of producer Michael Lloyd, the group were offered opportunities with several record companies. They achieved another two No 1 hits, which took them on an international journey, promoting their album and performing alongside some of the biggest acts in commercial pop of the late 1990s.
Vanessa received a Tui award for most promising female vocalist in 2000, and an award from NZ Recorded Music history makers for the three No 1 Hits with Deep Obsession (2015).
She continued developing her voice and style after leaving Deep Obsession in 2002 and moving into jazz. After touring New Zealand independently in 2005-2006, she left for London for new experiences, performing with a theatre company, Vocal Motions, and contributing to other musical ventures.
Vanessa returned to New Zealand in 2008, landing in North Otago for a “brief stay”. Married with a little girl, she has continued to perform throughout Otago with several projects, her latest being blues band VKB and the Fellas.
Vanessa taught contemporary voice at Otago University in 2013 and now works independently as a vocal coach, specialising in the contemporary voice. For more information on vocal coaching, please contact Vanessa 021-027-43183 or vmusicworld@yahoo.com
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