Elaine Overholt has established herself as one of North America’s most
respected and treasured singers, voice coaches and vocal producers. Her diverse
musical training in classical piano, classical voice, gospel, theatre, and rock
music led her to a deep understanding of all styles of singing.
An extensive performing career has allowed her the opportunity to work with
titans of music; Ray Charles, Tina Turner, opera star Richard Margison, Dionne
Warwick, Anne Murray and Chubby Checker amongst them. Ms. Overholt has performed
as a soloist on world stages, major network television, albums, films, thousands of
jingles and has recorded two albums with a number three single on Billboard.
Elaine’s gift for teaching is well known in Hollywood and Broadway, having coached
stars such as John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer for ‘Hairspray’ the movie as well
as music directing its star Nikki Blonksy in concert performances throughout North
America. She was also thrilled to coach Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee
Zellweger, and Queen Latifah for the Oscar-winning ‘Chicago’. Her teaching Ellen
Degeneres to sing in a live segment on her hit talk show ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’
has created a huge YouTube phenomenon. As a Broadway coach Elaine trained the singers
in the lead roles of Broadway hits ‘Hairspray‘, ‘The Producers’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. Also,
record labels such as Universal, Capitol/EMI, Sony/BMG and Virgin send their recording
artists to Ms. Overholt where they learn to protect their voices and develop stamina and
Elaine Overholt’s passionate ambition to understand the human voice led Richard Gere
to write that she is “... a patient, passionate and truly inspired teacher...” and John
Travolta to say “...Elaine helped give my voice new life...” Whether it is onstage, in
the studio or on the road, Elaine drives her students to connect with the unique and
powerful voice that is in every one of us - our ‘Big Voice’.