"Trust him it really works"

Heather Ostertag, Former President of F.A.C.T.O.R.
(Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records)

"For what it's worth, I most strongly recommend Micah's work as a vocal coach. I client of mine has found him of enormous help...he's a smashing bloke and really good at what he does!"

Richard Flohill

"Even recording artists need to stay on top of their technique and I find Micah a very helpful advisor in my career choices as well. His development of up and coming talent is a real god send tothis business"!

Billy-Newton-Davis, 3-time Juno award-winning Recording Artist

"Micah Barnes as a singer is a sight to behold. A truly authentic voice that reveals the heart of a even more wonderful songwriter. And that's just Barnes the artist. Then there is the matter of Micah Barnes the master teacher. The one who reaches right inside you,and guides you to help yourself quickly find the fear that is stopping the flow. He knows how to zone in an appropriately sensitive way so that you can let go and acknowledge your own authentic voice.This gifted teacher lets himself be of service to others. So....In Micah I trust. To Micah I go." Lorraine Segato, The Parachute Club

Micah Barnes
JP and Micah

"I compare Micah to a master interior designer who can walk into an empty room and envision the potential of the space. Barnes did that with my voice, he could hear where I could get to and he helped me get there"
Bob Leeburg

"When I started to work with Barnes I had such a bad case of stage fright. He was able to get inside my head and right to the heart and soul of the problem. His gentle coaching, patience and honesty helped me overcome my fears. I had worked on my stage fright with alot of teachers but nothing worked until working with this amazing vocal coach.
Thank you, Micah"
Cindy Pop, performer

"I'm still flying from your workshop on Saturday. It was amazing! I had all but resigned myself to the fact that I would probably not be performing much anymore. I was going to concentrate on writing, maybe jingles, but you've changed that. I'm now interested in pursuing this as a career again. I walked out of your workshop believing that I could do something with my voice and my writing. Thank you for that.I'm looking forward to doing more work with you." Peggy White

"If Mr. Barnes had his workshop at a bungie jumping sight, I'd go, (and I'm afraid of heights!). And if he said "Jump and sing on the way down", I would, because he makes you feel so SAFE as you boomerang around places you've never been, but always wanted to go." Laura J.

"What struck me the most is how you were able to crawl inside each of us with such great instincts and such creative leaps as to what is making us stuck. You nailed it each and every time. To listen that intently, that deeply, to ask those questions, to see what no one can see themselves-that is beyond masterful. You are a masterful listener, championer, challenger and communicator. But you in your magical singer's playground, invite all the children in all of us to come out and play and forget about all that ego stuff and just have fun and be nice in the playground. You invite people to get into ACTION and movement and there is no better way to get unstuck than to get people doing it."
Judy Librach, Life Coach / Author / Broadcaster / Singer, www.findingyourbliss.com

Tamara, Sophia and Micah
Tamara Silvera, Sophia Melon, Micah Barnes

"Barnes is one of the best teachers I've ever had. He works very personally and intensively with all his students. He has an amazing way of getting into your head and really looking out through your eyes. If this sounds scary, it isn't. It's actually a whole lot of fun and makes for some pretty astonishing results. The bottom line is this: singing was the only thing left that I was afraid to do onstage, and now I'm not afraid. In fact, I'm starting to love it!" Milo Johnson, writer / performer

Emma Lee
Micah with Emma Lee at Honey Jam '09


"Micah, Just wanted to let you know that I've done it! I've finally reached that part in performance where it is more about connecting and feeling my music instead of worrying about all the technical crap! HOORAY!

Today I just found out that I am one of the top ten musical theatre performers in the greater Montreal area, When preparing for the audition (I had two days) I vowed to just be myself, sing something that I connected with, and promised to show the judges who *I* am as Heather, not what I thought they wanted. . . and VOILA! Top ten baby! I KNEW coming out of the audition that I nailed it. I was centred, connected, and although I felt vulnerable, I worked through it and I was very proud of myself. I realy felt the journey of the song, and there was definite transformation in the room, for me and the panel. The judges loved me and had nothing but positive feedback for me, which was really exciting!

Just wanted to let you know that had you not kept after me about connecting to my music, I may not be where I am today. Thanks a bunch!" Heather White

"I really want to say thank you for all your hard work with me and also how glad I was to have been able to do that last performance workshop. I was really nervous on Saturday but when we stepped on stage and I thought about why all those people had come and who we were really performing for, all my anxiety melted away and I just sang my face off! I was so proud of those other women too, who were just as crazy nervous as I was but, for the first time, I was able to help them with their nerves!

Thanks for helping me change my life. It means the world to me. Love Joeann

"I think that the work that Micah does is transforming. The feedback has been great. Trust him it really works."

Heather Ostertag, C.M.
President, FACTOR

Micah Barnes
Workshop Participant, Richard consults with Micah

"Hi just a quick note to say, Thanks Micah. I've been in this business over 15 years and have participated to tons of seminars and conferences and I can say "High Five" to Micah. It was the best, the most informative and the most fun. The role playing will definitely help me remember how it all goes."


"I just finished typing up my notes from Sunday and what alot I have learned from you! I think the biggest statement that hit home for me was "if you're not where you want to be you're not working hard enough" and also "don't risk a no by pushing for a yes". Those two are just the tip of the iceberg of course - I really found it helpful and you very open honest and generous about the business and your own personal experience.

Many thanks

"Hi Micah, Thank you so much for the incredible seminar this weekend. I really appreciated how you created a very safe space for us to explore our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures. It is so rare to always have such a safe space outside of yourself when you are working, and your coaching work is more than needed. I believe we all learned big things last night I will make sure to keep in touch with ALL of my questions (and I have many!) and you will be seeing me at your next seminar."

Thank you,

"Hi Micah! It's ARi Lyon-Wein. Loved the workshop today! I've never learned so much useful amazing information in such a short period of time. I hope to pick your brain many more times in the near future."


Singers Playground at Statlers 2008
2008 Toronto Playground workshop participants


"Just wanted to drop you another quick note to let you know that my gig went FABULOUSLY! My voice was there right from the start, but even better, something just clicked and this strange sense of self acceptance came over me, and I totally got out of my own way and just did what came naturally...it was a lovely, easy, joyous and truly freeing experience! And I got some positive feedback as well, both by the audience and by fellow performers. My piano player, who's never really commented one way or the other, said, "So, uhh, how long have you been working with Micah? Cause it really shows...you seem so much more confident tonight!". And all I can say is thank you once again Micah...working with you has done so much for me, the vocalizing, yes, fantastic, but it's all your encouragement and support that's really helping me come out of my shell and simply be myself (notice how I used the word "simply"? ) Here again, I feel you go over and above for your students, and that's what sets you apart from everyone else...it's a precious gift that you offer, and one that I've been so fortunate to receive. It's changing me, liberating me, giving me the courage to be who I need to be...nothing more, and nothing less...and it's a REAL THRILL! And I have so much more to learn, so much more that needs liberating, so much work ahead of me...

Wendy Weiler


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