Coco Favre: Founder-Singer-Teacher

THE FOUNDER

Hi, my name is Coco Favre, and I am the founder of ‘The Vocal Lab’.

I have been singing and dancing on and off stage since I was 9 years old. Back then, I had no formal training but I learnt very quickly that if I wanted to sustain my voice during long rehearsals, extensive hours on stage and during multiple days in the recording studio, talent alone wasn’t going to be enough to get me through without damaging my voice!

I had my first singing lesson in my twenties but it took me years to find the right teachers who were able to show me how to really ‘sing’.

Twenty-five years later, I am still updating my knowledge of the human voice through research and training with exceptional singing professionals and voice coaches from around the world.

If you wish to learn how to sing in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, The Vocal Lab is for you; if you feel that you are not progressing with your current voice teacher, The Vocal Lab is for you.
“It is never too late to find your true voice. If you are open to exploring, if you have a sense of singing, if you are willing to have that experience, age is no barrier!” ~ Coco Favre.
THE SINGER

Coco Favre was born and raised in Switzerland into a very musical family. Multi-talented, she started dancing and singing when she was 9 years old and was lead singer of her first band at the age of 13. Her natural performing skills arise from her heavy involvement in the performing arts of music and dance for a variety of productions and music projects throughout Switzerland and Europe.

Coco has performed as a singer and hip hop dancer in many countries, including the wider Europe and North Africa where she was part of a Dance Company based in Geneva, Switzerland. Then moving on to become a session singer for recording studios, songwriters, composers, radio stations, and both cover and original bands in both Geneva and Wellington, NZ.

Coco’s experience as a singer for over 35 years, and her being not only fluent in English, French, Spanish and German but also sings in those languages which make her a very versatile vocalist who can sing almost anything. Coco’s fascination with music from different cultures comes from her passion for travelling as she has lived in many countries in her lifetime including Europe, Asia, USA and Mexico but it was New Zealand she chose to settle down in, 13 years ago.

Some projects Coco has been involved with in the past are:
  • Lead Singer in Acid-Jazz 8-piece band ‘Frosted Penguins’ in Switzerland 1994-1996
  • Vocalist at The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland 1995
  • Backing vocalist on ‘Bee Bee Honey’ Album, 1997
  • Vocalist in salsa band ‘Clave Latina’ 2004-2006
  • Vocalist in ‘The David Feehan Band’ (DFB), 2008-2016
  • Teaching voice lessons for Tapestry Music, 2009-2016
  • Vocalist at the Wellington Jazz Club for DFB, 2010-2014
  • Co-running bi-annual singers concerts for Tapestry Music, 2011-2014
  • Co-founder, vocalist & musical director of 6-piece band ‘Mocha Choco Latte’, 2012-2015
  • Performing at various corporate functions, festivals, and weddings
  • Vocalist and Vocal producer on David Feehan’s album ‘Cuatro’ 2015
  • Performing at the Martinborough Jazz Festival in 2015
  • Performing at the Wellington Jazz Festival in 2015 and 2016
  • Vocalist for many local and international songwriters in Wellington
  • Multiple performances at the Wellington Blues Club alongside DFB 2010-2015
  • Debut album release of ‘Introducing…Coco Favre’ produced by Reuben Bradley in 2014
  • Vocalist for Brazilian/Funk/Fusion band ‘Vuyiseka’ in 2016
  • Vocalist for French/Latin Trio 'Le Quartier Latin' at Alliance Francaise in Wellington in 2017
  • Performing at 'Fete de la Musique' in Wellington in 2018.

Coco has released her debut album ‘Introducing...Coco Favre’ in 2014 followed by her single ‘Heart of an Angel’ in 2016 produced by Tony Strong in 2016. She is currently working on her new album. Check out some of Coco’s work.

THE TEACHER

Coco Favre is a very patient teacher with many years of teaching experience in a vast range of areas. With her wealthy knowledge in music, the performing arts and languages, she can teach you most styles of singing. Being a certified scuba diving instructor, she used to teach international tourists in Thailand and Indonesia before settling down in New Zealand. Here, Coco spent 5 years teaching dancing (American jazz, ragga and hip hop) to all ages until she began teach vocals at a singing school in Wellington, NZ for the last 7 years.

Coco has attended many workshops and seminars focusing on singing over the years, including a smaller version of the selective ‘Tuscany Project’ in Nelson. There, she learnt about the very essence of the human voice and singing abilities.

Coco has worked alongside top singing teachers and voice coaches who widened her belief that everyone can, indeed, learn how to sing. With her vast knowledge and experience as a working performing artist in the real world for the last 35 years, Coco offers a different teaching perspective, creating relaxed, positive and fun lessons for students of all ages and levels. Coco knows that we sing better when we sing the songs we truly love and being multi-linguistic, she can also teach you songs in a language other than English (i.e. Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Swiss-and German).

STUDENTS' TESTIMONIALS

"Coco is a natural teacher. She is positive and re-assuring while being constructive and informative. If you want your voice to soar then you need to see Coco."

~Dionne Weitekamp, Wellington

“It is my privilege to give my personal recommendation of Coco as a vocal teacher. In my work, I am a private music educator for guitar and keyboard, and so I understand the difficulty in finding a teacher who not only knows their craft, but is able to teach it and then do so with care and thoughtfulness. Coco can do all this and more. She has been teaching me vocals for the past 5 years, and has been brilliant through this time. She has helped me find a voice for my songwriting and I can’t recommend her highly enough”.

~AJ Crawshaw, Paraparaumu

“Coco was an excellent singing teacher for me. She helped me find how to best use my voice, and the lessons themselves were always positive and rewarding as singing should be”.

~Rian Kannemeyer, Wellington

“With Coco’s bubbly personality, strong work ethics and her tremendous musical background in singing and dancing and her experience as a working recording artist in the real world, she is a great inspiration for aspiring students who want to learn the magic of music!”

~David, Wellington


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