One of Australia’s most-awarded live entertainers has made his home in the Northern Illawarra, and is now offering singing lessons, performance and vocal coaching, and guitar lessons from his Wombarra studio.
Stephen Fisher-King is a classically-trained baritone who has performed on stages all over the world, and has even sung the National Anthem at the State of Origin!
He’s held lead roles in major musical theatre productions, including Cats, Evita, Hello Dolly, The Rocky Horror Show and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, alongside other greats including Anthony Warlow and Sarah Brightman.
With nine of the entertainment industry’s prestigious MO Awards to his credit and seven ACE (Australian Club Entertainment) Awards, Stephen is one of the country’s leading performers.
“I studied at the Conservatorium in Canberra, and performed in plenty of operas,” says Stephen, “but my real love was musical theatre, so as soon as I graduated I moved to Sydney to start auditioning.”
And with a long and successful career under his belt, Stephen has decided it’s time to give back.
“When I first came to Sydney I was put in touch with Don Graydon, who was a singing teacher who had developed his own method of strengthening the voice and extending range. His method was so successful he quickly became the go-to guy for all the professionals.”
So successful was the method in perfecting Stephen’s voice, Don wound up using Stephen as ‘the voice’ on his range of CDs and DVDs, used to illustrate his techniques.
“Don quickly became a mentor to me,” says Stephen, and his lessons have seen me through almost 35 years in the industry. Everyone can sing a note, but it’s like everything, having correct technique means you can do it better, stronger and longer, without causing damage!”
Stephen is now offering lessons from his studio in Wombarra.
“You learn a lot over the years so it’s time to give back. I love to hear improvement in people who love to sing, and it’s also rewarding to share in the satisfaction of people learning a new skill.
But it’s not just newcomers that keep Stephen busy. “When you’ve been singing for a while, it’s easy to fall into bad habits, and it can be hard to make changes without regular support, so I also do vocal coaching with singers who need a set time to practice, with technique correction along the way.
“Being a performer is not just about hitting the notes,” says Stephen. “It can be an emotional experience for people. I really enjoy watching people grow in skill and confidence so they feel prepared to perform in public, if that’s what they want to do, or just to be strong enough to fully explore doing something they love.”
Stephen can be contacted for lessons on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 437 235.
Disclaimer:- Stephen is also the Editor’s husband!