Meet the Vocal Coaches
Vocal Workout training coaches are professional singers and teachers of the Vocal Workout Method. The vocal coaches honor a method that creates a “me singing” sound, accommodating unique musical genres. We work toward a common purpose of voice transformation and crafting voices, one voice lesson at a time.
“I am amazed. I look back on what I used to sound like, it’s not even the same person.”
Born in Los Angeles, California, ILana Martin was performing at the age of 8. After, Martin entered Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. She received the first full scholarship offered just for vocalists. This then shot her into touring the world multiple times as the founder of the ILana Martin Jazz Quintet and as a supporting vocalist for Barry White, Patti LaBelle, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Norman Brown, Rafael Martos and others. Now, Martin links to Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Alicia Keys for her voice, while her characteristic hold of phrasing and lyric is one of a kind. Now, as a master of soul vocal performance, Martin is also an accomplished pianist. She performs and writes songs for both stage and film. She was signed with Polygram Records, and has toured as a solo voice and jazz piano artist.
Today, Martin is a voice teacher, songwriting coach, and R&B and gospel voice expert that wows audiences with her powerful tone and storytelling. Martin founded the Vocal Workout Singing School in New York City’s Soho in 1998, New York City’s highly favored vocal facility, employing world-class teachers.
She is a very special teacher — she lights up the room.
– Christy Thompson
CHERYL PEPSII RILEY
Cheryl, who is one or our vocal coaches, often called Pepsii by her friends, amazingly stars in national touring plays. Eleven to date! She has been on tour with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Franklin, David Peaston, David Hollister, and Clifton Powell. Also, she’s been featured in “Madea’s Class Reunion” written by Mr. Tyler Perry. Cheryl loves performing and also enjoyed singing on the #1 hit movie series, “Diary of A Mad Black Woman,” as well as on stage.
Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, and Matchbox Twenty have used Cheryl’s voice on their hit music. She has also toured with artists such as Missy Elliot, Eve, Tweet, Patti Austin, Jessica Simpson, Chico DeBarge, and Angie Stone.
Vocal Workout Singing School’s melodic interpretation with Cheryl Pepsii Riley allows you to learn to sing and improve your voice, harmonize and define your musical ear.
When I came to the Vocal Workout Singing School, I was a rapper and successful. I would never have known the range, quality, or true nature of my voice without this school.
– S. Aamon
Maria received her B.A. in Music and Italian from Columbia University, during which time she also studied vocal performance at The Juilliard School. A world traveler, Maria sang her way across Europe on her own and with Sarasota Opera Company. She worked summers in Boston and China, and studied in Italy through Harvard University and Università di Bologna.
In pursuit of a soulful sound with her classical training, Maria began vocal training with celebrity gospel/pop/r&b coach ILana Martin in 2012. She is one of our most highly regarded vocal coaches. Maria’s performances range from singing Mass at the Cattedrale di San Giorgio in Ferrara to belting Beyoncé at Joe’s Pub in NoHo.
Currently, Maria enjoys teaching private lessons, group classes, and technique workshops at Vocal Workout New York. She is passionate about helping every student reach their highest vocal potential. She creatively crafts lessons that embrace the mind, body and spirit connection in every Vocal Workout technique.
I have never had more fun, singing in any situation, in my life. The Vocal Workout is a total blast and extremely transformational.
– Victoria Eastman
Gabrielle Wilson is a singer/song-writer and pianist from Pasadena, CA. After coming from a musical family, she finally began her journey through the music industry at the age of 16. Now after writing alongside Los Angeles’ best producers and song writers, Gabrielle is passionate for a diverse knowledge of music. This inspires her to pass down the experiences she learns as one of our vocal coaches. Gabrielle sets the tone for a creative learning environment where students access the power that already lies within them.
The Vocal Workout is a mind, body and spirit program she not only teaches, but believes in. The elevation in her own vocal abilities alone has compelled her to share this amazing program with the world.
I feel as if I have encountered a virtuoso of singing school teaching. Finally, I have studied under some remarkable people – at Harvard and also elsewhere – in many areas in college and also business school life, but as a vocalist, I feel I have come across unmatchable teaching.
Naomi Thibodeaux has been performing since childhood in New Jersey and began her professional music career in Phiadelphia. A child of missionaries, she toured with a female inspirational pop music quartet before joining The Vocal Workout family. She has collaborated with producers and songwriters in Soul, Pop, Rock, and R&B genres and has sung an assortment of contemporary music, classical pieces, and musical theatre repertoire across the United States and overseas. A pure and honest teacher, Naomi aims to empower singers to find their inner strength and sing from the heart.
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Finally, I am no longer just alto or soprano, but I also have my own Voice which shows my unique style and ideas. At last, teachers make the class warm, never competitive and forced me to be open and humble. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am finally FREE.
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