Shyla Nelson’s Keynote Address
Shyla Nelson is an internationally-renowned classical singer, public speaker, voice trainer, author, and environmental advocate. As an artist, she has been acclaimed as a soprano of “consummate artistry and vocal grace” whose concert and operatic appearances have delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she has collaborated with seven-time Grammy award winning world musician Paul Winter and his Consort.
As a voice trainer, Shyla’s clients include world renowned professional/inspirational speakers, spiritual leaders, educators, business leaders, and classical, jazz, and rock musicians. She leads workshops, seminars, group voice training programs, and retreats for a broad range of institutions, companies, and organizations, and was a keynote speaker at the inaugural World Wellness Congress in Chennai, India, which drew over 3000 participants from over 50 countries.
Shyla founded One Earth. One Voice. out of her deep belief in the power of story, and the human voice – specifically the power of community-based song – to provide a new, collaborative model and catalyst to respond to the planetary crisis in humanity’s relationship with the earth. Its inaugural campaign was a 99-day journey in which she circumnavigated the planet carrying a 14”-diameter glass globe, symbolizing the frailty of the earth. It culminated on December 21, 2012 with communities in over 70 countries singing a Yoruba song in synchrony, calling for earth’s healing. Now preparing for collaborative work with the United Nations, One Earth. One Voice. has gained support from Kennedy Center Honoree, the legendary folk musician Pete Seeger; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; leading environmentalist Bill McKibben of 350.org, Larry Schweiger of National Wildlife Federation; world musicians King Sunny Ade and Paul Winter; Sir Richard Branson; Indigenous Elder Chief Oren Lyons (Onondaga); among others. A regular contributor to Huffington Post, Shyla’s 99-day journey around the world was featured in the Boston Globe, New York Times, BBC Australia, Business Week, and the Nation. Her forthcoming book, to be released in 2014, tells the story of her journey and its implications for the healing of the planet.
Shyla with BBC Australia in an interview last Fall