Gary Catona

The Maestro of Voice

Gary Catona’s insights into the human voice have established him as a virtual 'guru' and scientist of the voice. His revolutionary Voice-Building System - known as The Catona Method - soon earned him the title 'The Maestro of Voice' and a reputation as a rebel in the field of vocal development. He went on to teach some of Hollywood’s most successful singers and entertainers, from Whitney Houston to Andrea Bocelli to Seal, Steven Tyler, Usher, Shakira, Robin Thicke & Lorde.

'The Maestro' garnered international recognition for his role as Whitney Houston’s voice builder until her tragic, untimely death. Today, he is committed to teaching The Catona Method to the world by empowering those whose voices are silenced - to be heard for the first time.

Aubrey Logan

Lead singer

Aubrey Logan is an award-winning artist with vocals that range from deep and electric, to delicate and vulnerable. She breaks traditional genre barriers by combining jazz vocals with R&B, neo-soul, pop and a touch of rock.

She won the Audience’s Choice and Jury’s First Place Awards at the Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition in Switzerland, and has performed as a featured vocalist, horn player, and educator on stages across the United States and abroad.

Currently, Aubrey lives and makes music in Los Angeles, where her voice and talents have appeared on various television shows and albums such as the 57th Grammy Awards with Pharrell Williams, a Josh Groban single, ABC's the Goldbergs, and more. A native of Seattle, Washington, Aubrey remains close to her Pacific Northwestern roots.

Hala Kazim

Founder of "Journey Through Change"

‘Journey through Change’ is a new concept which provides people with support, advice and practical help in their daily lives through the provision of specifically tailored services including walking and hiking adventures in safe and friendly global destinations. JTC has successfully completed several walking trips that combine counseling and motivational workshops in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria and Japan. The company has also arranged and developed special coaching workshops/retreats in the UAE. JTC has dealt with and presented workshops to the following companies; Al Masdar Company Abu Dhabi, Zayed University, Emirates University, Dubai Road & Transport Authority and the Higher College of Dubai. JTC has also presented several key speeches at Tedex Dubai, Arab International Women’s forum at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce in the UAE. Hala features regularly as a guest speaker on Rotana TV, Abu Dhabi to discuss a variety of topics related to challenges and solutions facing women in the UAE.

Aimee Mullins

Panelist

Aimee Mullins is an athlete, model, actress and advocate. As a student at Georgetown University, Aimee Mullins became the first amputee in history to compete in the NCAA and was the first ever to be outfitted with woven carbon-fiber sprinting prostheses. She went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump. In 1998 she made her debut as a fashion model for Alexander McQueen, and is now Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. She made her acting debut in 2003 and has built a career in film and television, working alongside John Malkovich, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellen Burstyn, Paul Giamatti and Elle Fanning, to name a few.

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#MakeMyVoiceMatter

On September 2nd, join us in a worldwide sing-along for gender equality!

Sing 'My Voice Matters' with us.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch live!!!!!!

My Voice Matters. A two-act event.

On September 2nd, millions will sing along with one voice to achieve one goal: to empower all disenfranchised women and girls around the world by elevating the conversation about gender equality. A singular fundraising event, followed a week later by a Google-hosted discussion of gender equality solutions between a first-rate, international, female panel of empowered, cultural influencers.

At Make My Voice Matter, we believe in equality for every mother, daughter, sister and wife on the planet. Instead of waiting around for someone else to change the world, we decided to take action.

Our goal is to elevate the global conversation about female empowerment and gender equality by engaging millions of women to speak out and share their stories using #MakeMyVoiceMatter and #MyVoiceMatters across all social media platforms.

Act One: On September 2nd, watch the live stream event on YouTube where you'll have a front-row seat to the first ever performance of Gary Catona, Nick Milo and Aubrey Logan’s 'My Voice Matters,' in a 'teach the world to sing along' performed by award-winning entertainer Aubrey Logan and conducted by Gary Catona.

Before the sing-along, Maestro Catona will be giving the 'greatest voice lesson in history,' taking all those watching the YouTube live stream through the same exercises that he has used with all of his famous students, from Whitney Houston to Andrea Bocelli to Steven Tyler to numerous other superstars. This is a once in a lifetime experience.

Act Two: a week later, log on to the Talks at Google YouTube channel; connect with thousands of viewers around the world and watch our Talks at Google discussion with our international panel of empowered female voices: Women's Advocate Aimee Mullins, Founder of 'Journey Through Change' Hala Kazim; ACLU's Melissa Goodman; UN Women representative Oisika Chakrabarti; Women & Children's Embassy founder Arlette Nkurayija, and more, on female empowerment and gender equality solutions.

When social enterprise and authentic passion combine to create a better world - a world of equality - great things can happen! Make history - end the abuse - make a difference - end objectification - break the web - and make your voice matter! Turn up the volume by sharing and downloading the song 'My Voice Matters'. Where will you be on September 2nd?

How did we get there?

It all began with a crazy idea. Right from the start, top-ranking Google executive Jim Young jumped onboard and offered us The Googleplex (Google HQ) to host our live stream event.

Women's Advocate Aimee Mullins agreed to lend her voice to our Talks at Google panel discussion. Word got out. Next thing we knew, we were partnering with the UN Women's HeForShe campaign, made famous by Emma Watson; then Melissa Goodman from the American Civil Liberties Union joined our ranks. Arlette Nkurayija, Rwandan genocide survivor turned lawyer/philanthropist, brought a compelling story of resilience to the panel.

We all seek the same thing: equality. Our shared message now has the potential to transcend to a higher level: a global movement of millions of women, men and children that would initiate real change from the grassroots all the way up to our leaders.

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Oisika Chakrabarti

UN Women organization

Support Oisika's cause

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

Melissa Goodman

Amercian Civil Liberties Union

Melissa Goodman is the Director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California. Her career with the ACLU spans11 years and three offices, beginning with National Security Project at the ACLU’s national office. While heading the LGBTQ and gender work at the ACLU’s New York affiliate, she led the organization’s successful effort to pass a marriage equality statute. She served as co-counsel on Windsor v. United States, the landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court case held that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Most recently at the ACLU of Southern California, Melissa has litigated cases and led advocacy campaigns to further gender equity and enhance the health, rights, and opportunities of women and girls in California, including: Women Directors - with over 1700 entertainment professionals on board, Melissa spearheaded the campaign to encourage the EEOC and U.S. Dept. of Justice to investigate systemic discrimination against women directors in the entertainment industry; Working Parents and Raise the Wage - advocacy campaigns working to improve access to paid sick leave and increase minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15/hour; Sex Education - ensuring that sex education in California does not contain gender bias, promote gender stereotypes or exclude LGBTQ youth. Incarcerated Women - legal advocacy to protect the rights of pregnant and lactating women in our criminal justice system. In her personal capacity, Melissa has sat on the boards of organizations that help women living with HIV and formerly incarcerated women.

Melissa is honored to be included on the panel for #MyVoiceMatters, in order to shed necessary light on the continuing gender inequities in today’s world.

The ACLU of Southern California is one of 53 affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union. Recently, the ACLU SoCal, in collaboration with its affiliates in San Diego and Northern California, created MobileJusticeCA, a smartphone app (www.MobileJusticeCA.org) that captures video of civilian encounters with law enforcement and uploads the videos directly to the ACLU’s servers, in order to hold government entities accountable for abusing their power. The ACLU has been the vanguard for civil rights and civil liberties in the United States for almost 100 years, fighting for equality and justice in the areas of: Reproductive Justice, Gender Equality, Disability Rights, Racial Justice, Educational Equity, Immigrants’ Rights, Privacy Rights, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform, and Economic Justice.

Arlette Nkurayija

Women & Children Embassy

Arlette’s story, although difficult, is one of resilience. Born in Rwanda, Arlette had a happy childhood with her family until the historical events of 1994.

Surviving against all odds, Arlette saw the worst of humanity. In spite of the horrors, she decided not to be passive, not to fall victim to circumstances. Hers is a story of forgiveness and love. Arlette does not need pity; for her, it’s about positive change and creating a better future.

Arlette moved to Italy and eventually to Montreal. With fluency in 5 languages, she was able to see opportunities open to her. In 2010, she completed her law degree in Montreal. Today, Arlette is an attorney in private practice. In 2011, she became the attorney for TALK Enterprises and its marketing branch, TALK Marketing Agency. In 2012, she became President of the Women and Children Embassy Foundation, endeavoring to leave a positive imprint on the world, especially in Africa.

Videos

January 30, 2014

Gary Catona
Talks at Google

Maestro Gary Catona, Voice-Builder to the stars, shares his life’s work in a 2014 presentation to a select group of Google employees. Answering the audience’s questions, Gary Catona shockingly shatters well-accepted notions and myths about singing.

September 22, 2014

Emma Watson
HeForShe/UN Women

In this game-changing speech before the UN, Emma Watson redefines gender inequality. By honing the debate around ALL gender-based discrimination, she strongly appeals to men to get positively involved in being part of the solution to eradicate inequalities.

August 21, 2012

Aimee Mullins
On Disability

Aimee Mullins strongly disagrees with the tagging of amputees as 'disabled.' In her view, the use of this label is potentially damaging and a clear demonstration of laziness.

April 14, 2015

Aubrey Logan
Meghan Trainor Mashup

Aubrey Logan Performs A Unique Medley Including, 'My Boyfriend's Back,' 'Lips Are Movin,' 'and her original song 'Gossip.'

November 23, 2011

Hala Kazim
Let's Twalk

Hala's journey and her desire to be of service to the women in the Emiratie society. The idea is to combine physical wellbeing and mental health in a stimulating and safe outdoor environment.

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"My Voice Matters"
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Buy Gary Catona, Nick Milo and Aubrey Logan's 'My Voice Matters' on iTunes or Google Play! The song will be available for purchase on September 2nd.

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“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
-Neil Gaiman

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