A Voice and Beyond
A Voice and Beyond
May 16, 2021
Episode #11 - Lisa Popeil: The Power of Resilience, Curiosity, and Transformation for Longevity
Play • 1 hr 22 min

Today’s guest is Lisa Popeil, a prominent voice teacher, voice researcher, musician, author and workshop presenter. Lisa shares her music industry experiences as a female recording artist who emerged in the 1980’s and how she has managed to sustain an enduring career in the industry by understanding the significance of resilience, tenacity and reinvention as a performing artist. Lisa describes how she has successfully transitioned across a variety of roles within the industry fuelled by her keen enthusiasm to learn, her natural curiosity and her love for music and the singing voice. This is a rare insight into Lisa’s personal and professional journey touring and performing with artists such as Frank Zappa and “Weird Al” Yankovic. In this episode, Lisa offers her pearls of wisdom based on her professional career that has spanned for over 50 years for the singing voice community to enjoy.


In this episode
01:08 - Introducing Lisa Popeil

09:01 - Lisa’s childhood

19.20 - Lisa’s early vocal training

22:57 - Deciding on a music school

24:03 - Lisa’s first job

28:35 - Writing music in the 80’s

33:55 - Where is the industry heading?

44:33 - Touring with Weird Al Yankovic

48:54 - Resolving problems on tour

52:19 - Managing sleep and self care

1:02:09 - Staying resilient and humble

1:04:41 - The impact of performance experience

1:14:15 - Lisa’s current plans & projects

More about Lisa Popeil
Lisa Popeil, MFA in Voice, has studied voice for 50 years, has taught singing for over 40 years and is the creator of the Voiceworks® Method, the Total Singer DVD and the Total Singer Workshop.

Lisa has written on commercial vocal genres for the ‘Oxford Handbook of Singing’ and ‘Oxford Handbook of Music Education’, 'Journal of Voice' and 'Journal of Singing' and has conducted voice research for 25 years.

Her books include ‘Sing at the Top of your Game’, ‘Sing Anything: Mastering Vocal Styles and ‘Daily Vocal Workout for Pop Singers’ CD. In addition to performing with Frank Zappa and touring with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, her 1984 self-titled album was a Billboard ‘Top Album Pick’.

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