Chloe Goodchild

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Chloe Goodchild
Chloe Goodchild singing at Madison Square Gardens 2002.jpg
Goodchild singing at Madison Square Gardens in 2002
Background information
Occupation(s)Singer, author, educator
Years active1976–present

Chloe Goodchild is a musician, performer and recording artist.


Chloë Goodchild studied Music, English and Education at Cambridge and Norwich universities in England from 1972 to 1976 where she graduated as a Music-English teacher with a BEd (Honors) degree. From the late 1970s she evolved her own East-West vocal research, influenced by travels through Africa, India, Turkey, Europe, USA and Canada. Chloe's encounters with indigenous wisdom teachers, spiritual and classical Indian music masters, led to a transformative 'no-mind' experience in Northern India, inspired by the great luminary and saint Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982). This gave birth to a 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 and was published by Rider Books in 1993. Chloe Goodchild's daughter, Rebecca Hannah Goodchild Nash, is a classical and jazz pianist, performer, recording artist and jazz tutor at Stowe School, the Bristol Cathedral School and the National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) in England. Chloe Goodchild is related to William Goodchild, Veronica Goodchild and Gabrielle Goodchild. William Goodchild is a composer, orchestrator and conductor producing music for film, television and the concert hall. Veronica Goodchild practices as a Jungian psychotherapist. Gabrielle Goodchild is an artist producing etchings and paintings in the West Country of England.


Chloe Goodchild has worked with international politicians, high-security prisoners in New York[1] and Belfast, Jerry Hall,[2] Oprah Winfrey, Glenn Close, the 14th Dalai Lama,[3] Angelo Badalamenti[4] She has performed all over the world, including New York in 2001,[5] Edinburgh,[6] Dublin in 2012.[7] As a composer, her music has been featured on the soundtrack of Jane Campion's Holy Smoke![8] and in a celebrity performance of The Vagina Monologues in Madison Square Garden.[5]

The Naked Voice[edit]

Founder of The Naked Voice,[9] Chloe Goodchild has synthesised Indian philosophy and classical music teachings with Japanese martial art movements. She maintains that everybody can sing. "singing with your authentic voice, without fear, can be very emotional. People cry, feel angry, sad— it opens the heart."[3]

Facilitators of the Naked Voice work who have trained with Goodchild are members of the Naked Voice Association in the UK.[9]

Recorded and written work[edit]

Chloë Goodchild solo and compilation albums include Devi, Fierce Wisdom, a Thousand Ways of Light and the Grammy nominated Sura. Goodchild 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, Byzantine composer John Tavener and film director Jane Campion (Holy Smoke). Chloë Goodchild's latest book entitled The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life Through The Power of Sound – was published in May 2015 by North Atlantic Books.


'Singing can cut through personal history and get right to the heart of the matter and to the soul of who you are.'[1] "If people think they can't sing it's because they are suppressing their true, authentic voice. After they let it out, they show huge leaps in self-confidence."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Health: Singing lessens stress – From the Observer – The Observer". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Publicity". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Can you sing your way out of the festive blues? How therapists are using the power of song to cure depression". Daily Mail.
  4. ^ "Pop Albums: 'There is no distance, irony or even anger in Smith's responses here, and the overly indulgent lament for Kurt Cobain -". The Independent.
  5. ^ a b "Female Musicians Join Anti-Violence Benefit". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Fascinating and feminine". The Scotsman.
  7. ^ "Unholy row over visas casts doubt on healing power of yoga festival". The Irish Independent.
  8. ^ "Holy Smoke (1999)". IMDb.
  9. ^ a b "Woman unleashes voice of the soul – – The Acorn".

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