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The People Behind The Voices

I work with actors and musicians to bring my characters alive!

Some of my character voices are performed by me but all Music Audio Stories are narrated by me. Reviewers have mentioned the tone of my narration in reviews - Priscilla Tan (Priscilla and her Books) described my voice as "liquid gold"!

Kiria Ceinwen with her fairy wings on recording the voice of Butterfly the fairy in our audio book Chris the Caterpillar image

I am fortunate enough to have special guests do voice-overs for me every now and then. They include talented actors from TV, film, theatre, and musicians. Characters really come to life when the actors voice them. Choosing the right voice for the right character is always fun and I've had one or two surprises along the way!

The first artist I worked with was Kiria Ceinwen. Kiria had the perfect gentle and playful voice I was looking for for my fairy in my audiobook Chris the Caterpillar. On the day, she brought her own fairy wings and wand to help her transform into the role. Kiria's fairy made a cameo appearance in my Christmas Magic story too.

Rob Stitch recording the voice of Jimi the cat in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image

Performing a voice for one of my characters can be a challenge! Not only do I ask for a great voice but there are quite a few songs in my stories too! This means once the actor has established their voice, they then need to make sure they can sing in that voice too! ???? This has caused much laughter indeed! It was great fun listening to my friend Rob singing Jimi's jazzy theme tune in Jimi and his friend Joe. Listen carefully to the song and you will hear that I am singing backing vocals in the song! ????

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording the voices of Robert and Johnson in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image

Normally when recording the voice-overs, each person records their part on their own, usually to a scratch track (guide track) which I have already recorded. However, there have been a few times when I have dared to record two voices at the same time!

When I set about making my space story, Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure, I pretty much decided straight away that the two lead characters would need to interact with each other during the recording because of the way their lines were written.

The two actors/musicians who played Robert and Johnson (Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John) were in my mind when the story was written so I knew they would do a great job. They made me laugh with their banter and Ad-Libs, it was brilliant! They also sang and played their song, Aris on guitar and Aaron on banjo, together on the same day.

Geffin Katz Kaye recording the voice Robin in our audio book Johnny No Cash image

Geffin Katz Kaye is the youngest person I have recorded with. He is my rockin' Robin in my audiobook Johnny No Cash. He was accompanied by his dad, Paul Kaye, who is also featured in the story as the pirate crow called Russell. Geffin was excellent at recording his voice and also singing in the sea chanty with the other pirates in the story.

Visit the Music Audio Stories Studio Instagram page to see recording photos!

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