Hi, this is Elina Laivera, founder of The Mindful Vocalist.
I am a singer/songwriter, professional voice instructor, Certified Voice Specialist and diplom. meditation teacher.
I am also a clairsentient intuitive empath - which makes me really awesome at my job as a coach. I have been working as a recording and touring musician for over 15 yearsnow & I am currently based in Germany.
I started taking piano lessons at about 6 and I went on to study European and Byzantine Music Theory & Notation, Solfege & Dictee, Classical Flute, the Saz and more.
I went on tour professionally for the first time aged 14 and since then I have had 12 very successful releases worldwide, toured several countries & played wonderful theaters, stages & clubs with a great variety of ensembles, orchestras and bands.
Through my career I was blessed to work and appear on the same releases with some very special people (Mistheria - Bruce Dickinson, Anna Portalupi - Fergie/Steve Lukather, Rick Wakeman - YES, Mark Jansen - EPICA, Yan Memmi - Bryan Adams/Dido/Ronnie James Dio, Universal Mind Project, Athens Choir Ensemble, Eklipsis Voice Orchestra to name a few).
In 2018 I quit my career in metal music and focused on releasing my singer/songwriter material independently after years of having been under a record label.
I have studied classical and modern singing (National Conservatory / State Conservatory / Orfeion Conservatory, Athens, Greece), educated myself on World Music (James Cook University, Australia) and since 2017 I am a Certified Specialist on Vocal Styles (Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA).
I have also educated myself on mindfulness and meditation eventually becoming a Certified Meditation Teacher holding a fully accredited Certification as a Meditation Teacher by CTAA (Complementary Therapists Accredited Association) in the UK.
In nerdy terms, I am a soprano coloratura (lyrical and belt) with nearly 4 octaves of vocal range.
I have been blessed to learn from top voice coaches such as Nikos Spanatis, Cari Cole, Jan Shapiro, Jeff Ramsey (Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion), Adriana Balic (Pink) and others.
I started coaching vocalists out of passion for helping fellow singers find their own, unique voice and help others express their authenticity with tools I wish I had been given when I was starting out.
For the past years I have been leading workshops and seminars both privately as well as in cooperation with state funded music projects and music academies.
I am a qualified mental health ambassador and I advocate for mental health through my teachings.
My new solo album is at the moment in the making! Feel free to check my artist website www.elinalaivera.com for new releases and updates.