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How Losing Her Voice Helped Celebrity Vocal Coach Ashaala Shanae Find Her Purpose

Brianna Laren

Ashaala Shanae is an expert celebrity vocal coach, performance pedagogy, and voice monetization coach but as with most success stories she didn’t gain those titles overnight. She began her career as a professional singer and speaker but in the early stages she developed vocal nodules on her vocal cords causing her to lose her most prized possession, her voice. Two months went by and she was still unable to use her voice, driving her into a deep state of depression. She not only lost her voice, she lost her main source of income and since she didn't have health insurance she couldn’t afford surgery to remove the nodules.

Her lack of funds and health insurance forced her to think outside of the box to heal her voice. She dove in and began applying her degrees in Music Education and Pedagogy, studying the anatomy of the human voice, and changing her diet to holistically heal herself from the nodules. Her hard work and dedication paid off.

Fast forward 20 years, Ashaala realizes that life changing event helped propel her into what she does today. She now operates a 7-figure Vocal Health Institute and Creative Services Business teaching other high earning and performing speakers and singers how to maintain, maximize, and monetize their voice and creating skills. She is also a voting member of the Recording Academy®; as well as a member of SAG-AFTRA®; and has made guest appearances on numerous media, television networks, and podcast platforms such as The Grammys on CBS; Showtime; BET, Social Proof Podcast with David Shands; and Inside The Vault with Ash Cash on Earn Your Leisure Network; TEDx Stages; and numerous online and printed news publications.

She has been fortunate to work with major music and public figure acts, such as a Grammy Award Winning Soul Icon, Betty Wright; Award-Winning Music Icon, Patti LaBelle; Award-winning Gospel Artists, Yolanda Adams; Erica Campbell (of Mary Mary); Grammy Award-Winning Latin Icon; Jon Secada; Grammy Award-winning Artist Q Parker (of the R&B Group '112'); Grammy-Nominated Best New Artist Tarriona "Tank" Ball; as well as Award winning speakers and edu-tainers such as Nehemiah Davis; Dr. Dharius Daniels; as well as a plethora of others.

Although Ashaala has come a long way since losing her voice, she never forgot the toll it took on her mental health. She became a Mental Health Advocate for Creatives and is the Founder and Visionary of Lovestruck INC. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides resources, community events, and awareness for creatives challenged by suicidal ideation, mental and emotional health issues.

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