Chloë Goodchild is an international singer and innovatory educator. She is the founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), dedicated to the transforming practice of self-awareness and conscious communication skills, through spoken and sung voice. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s discovery of inner sound and silence. This deep encounter with her inner self, catalysed a life time’s experiential research of the voice as one of humanity’s most untapped resources for personal and global evolution and transformation.
Chloë studied Music, English and Education at Cambridge and Norwich universities (1972 – 76) where she graduated as a Music-English teacher with a B.Ed Hons degree. From the late 70’s she evolved her own East-West vocal research, influenced by travels through Africa, India, Turkey, Europe, USA and Canada. Chloe’s encounters there with indigenous wisdom teachers, spiritual and classical Indian music masters, ultimately led to a transformative ‘no-mind’ experience in Northern India, inspired by the great luminary and saint, Anandamayi (1896-1982) This gave birth to the unique method of sound and voice, which Chloe eventually named, The Naked Voice in 1990. Her autobiography, The Naked Voice – Journey to the Spirit of Sound tells the story of these formative early years. (Originally Rider Books 1993; Amazon)
Chloe works internationally, demonstrating the power of sound and voice to transform the ways in which we listen to ourselves and each other. Chloe awakens the listeners’ heart with recurring melodies, world chant, anthems, love songs and poetry, interweaving them with her wild stories and much laughter. Chloe empowers her audiences to discover their own voices, in spontaneous ways, which build , expand and flow in a choral fashion, ultimately creating a unified field of awareness, or Singing Field, catalysed by the shared sound. A depth of silence is often accessed from this Singing Field experience, which accesses a new and all-inclusive ground of listening that is unassailable, open-hearted, and free. Chloe and her trained Facilitator teams are evolving these Singing Fields, in Ireland, England and Scotland.
Chloe has sung for HH Dalai Lama at The Good Heart conference, London University, UK; and at The Way of Peace, a world conference held in Northern Ireland. She was music director and composer of The Vagina Monologues with acclaimed playwrite, Eve Ensler, in Madison Square Gardens NYC. Chloe sang there and conducted her Vulva choir of 75 of the top actresses of the world, including Queen Latifah, Jane Fonda, Brooke Shields and Glenn Close. On the morning of September 11th 2001, Chloe was flying from UK over New York, in a United Airlines plane, destined for San Francisco. She was in the air when the tragic news of the World Trade Towers came through. This gave birth to her Fierce Wisdom CD, and her world anthem Singing Field, which were performed at, “Transforming September 11th” at the Royal Opera House London.
Chloë has made a range of solo and compilation albums, notably Devi, Sura (Grammy nominated), Fierce Wisdom and her latest CD of collected works Thousand Ways of Light. She and Rumi poet, Coleman Barks, recorded two Rumi albums, There is Some Kiss We Want and The Glance. Chloe has collaborated and recorded with Angelo Badalamenti, “Hollywood’s hottest film composer”; Byzantine composer John Tavener; film director Jane Campion (Holy Smoke); Discovery Channel; the BBC and with leading jazz and pop musicians. Sounds True commissioned Chloe to make two comprehensive CD ‘home learner’ audio books, Your Naked Voice, and Awakening Through Sound.
“Chloë is one of the freest spirits I have ever seen on stage” – Juliet Stevenson
“Working with Chloe and her amazing voice was magical. She transformed my simple notes into something magnificent and wild and heart-rendingly beautiful. No other singer has ever matched her performance for me.” – Elizabeth Parker, Composer