Carrie Manolakos

Carrie U

What is Carrie U?

Carrie U, is an online and in person voice institute created by singer, actress and artist, Carrie Manolakos, valuing and training in the mastery of vocal technique combined with the emotional understanding of the heart, developing singers with true authenticity, mastery of their craft and optimal artistic impact.

Carrie Manolakos has been on Broadway as Sophie in Mamma Mia, Toured as Elphaba in Wicked. Films include The Greatest Showman, Incredibles 2, Dear Evan Hansen, Croods and more. Her cover or Radiohead’s Creep went viral in 2012 with over 4 million views and was picked up by Gawker, MTV, MSNnow, Huffington Post, The New Yorker and more and she has two full records out, her debut record ‘echo’ reached #44 on the iTunes pop charts and her last single was featured on z100 with Ariana Grande, Madonna, Katy Perry. Her most recent was her debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops where she received a standing ovation mid act. Other stages and performances include, Madison Square Garden (with PHISH) and The Metropholitan Opera House (with Hugh Jackman.)

Who This Is For...

  • For those singers who are strong in one area and not in another, wanting to create one voice that can sing style with ease and fluidity that can sing anything (in a healthy way) and want to know complete freedom, fun and ease while singing.
  • For those who are experienced singers who want to connect to a much deeper level to their sound, who have diminished their power over time and want to reconnect with who they really are authentically. And those who have wanted to quit, take a break or have fallen out of love with singing.
  • For those singers who have suffered a confusing depressive phase about the industry. (Please Note* I am not a therapist or a doctor, I can only share my personal experience of how I navigated this and healed myself)

What You Will Learn at Carrie U

Technique

You will learn how to train towards having one voice that can do many things, stamina, agility, mouth placement, mouth shape, control, breath support, maximizing sound while minimizing effort, using all resonators, how to align your body, vocal health and more.

Tuning In

You will learn practices for deeper connection, how to know your emotions and then how to put them in a sound, how to breath and sing through your heart, tell the truth, release stress and anxiety, eliminate mental blocks, know your triggers, and learn how to be compassionate with yourself, and love all parts.

Group Voice Class & Private Mentorship

Next Class Begins January 10th, 2023 in Nashville, TN
Own Your Voice
4-Week Group Vocal Class
Private Vocal Mentorship
12-Weeks Of Private Lessons With Carrie

The most extensive vocal training at Carrie U. It includes one lesson per week and additional daily voice check-ins. It includes one lessons per week + additional daily video check-ins through Marco Polo video texting app, all directly with Carrie. Please contact if interested.

Testimonials

“Shortly after I started my mentorship with Carrie I was recording my next single with my producer, who has known my voice inside and out for around 6 years. She kept saying, ‘What is this new placement? It’s so warm and so beautiful! Your belt sound so healthy and clear! Those high notes are butter up there!’

Not only did Carrie help me find my resonators in a way that sounds distinctively like ‘me,’ this newfound ease freed me up to explore the joy and the emotion even more, which Carrie never neglects in her teaching. Technique is only technique until you use it in service of the music, and Carrie helps make that connection exactly when she knows you’re ready. It’s a completely wholistic approach with such noticeable results."

Malinda Kathleen Reese

Winner of 2020 Helen Hayes Award for Girl in ‘Once’ , Singer Songwriter, Youtube Influencer

‘It has been one of the greatest joys in my life to meet Carrie and to have the privilege of being her student. She changed my life in so many ways I don’t even know where to begin... I cannot express may gratitude enough for her guidance and patience as I worked through so many things, vocally and spiritually. She is truly the most generous and gifted teacher, mentor, beautiful soul, and a stunning and dedicated artist...A master of her craft...A world class wizardess!

I have grown in the most profound way in our short time together. I cannot thank Carrie enough for going through the “vocal darkness‘ with me and being an inspirational spiritual guide every step of the way. For helping me to peel back all the layers and encouraging me to let down my armor, embrace this journey and this precious gift that dwells within me. I am so blessed to have Carrie as my teacher! I am eternally grateful for her presence in my life…..She is simply the best!’

Debby Lennon

Webster University, Adjunct Professor of Voice, Director of Jazz Voice, Singer, Actor, Educator

‘Having a teacher who is relatable as a working artist is not only extremely valuable, but also needed to be the kind of artist we aim to be in whatever current landscape we find ourselves in. Carrie is someone who sees her students as equals and wants to raise the tide for all of us — to make our vocals free, easy, and joyful. More than just being a fully immersed performer herself, she has the ability to convey her craft in a way that’s easily understood and can be executed with confidence. And on top of it all, she has a very inspiring, beautiful soul so you leave her. lessons wanting to be a better version of yourself overall. I simply can’t recommend her enough!'

Linzi Fenix

Actress, Singer, Entrepreneur

"Carrie has one of those "once in a lifetime voices and students would be lucky to hear her insights. Not only on technique, but heart-centered communication through song.”

Tom Burke

Speech Language Pathologist @ Google, Ted Talks & Certified Specialist in Estill Voice Training

“Carrie Manolakos is a force! When Carrie works with students, she brings her same extraordinary commitment and expertise as she does on stage. Carrie has the ability to connect with her students and empower them to take risks, offering a unique opportunity through the combination of her knowledge of healthy technique, array of impressive professional experiences, tremendous focus, personal approach and genuine joy for helping people discover more about their voices, and about themselves as artists.”

Aimee Francis

Director of Curriculum and Conservatory Affairs for the Molloy/CAP21 BFA Program

Carrie Manolakos is that rare combination: she's an extraordinary singer and an extraordinary teacher of singing. Because she's a storyteller with her voice and her heart, and technique her teaching is focused on how those attributes work together. With her help, a student can harness them all, and, as it's clear to see from Carrie's performances, the possibilities are endless.

Eric Price

Lyricist-Bookwriter-Director-Producer-EducatorWinner of the Fred Ebb Award

Carrie U has been such an epic blessing in my life and career! As a seasoned performer and a new mom, there were so many areas in my vocal health that needed to be reimagined and reconstructed. In a period ravaged by things in the industry shifting singers need new ways to cope- to forge a new path when the familiar one has disappeared. Thank God for the Carrie-U- a safe space to be yourself, sing from your truest heart centered self, and move forward with the unwavering support of a mentor who really understands the daily grind of the artist. Carrie Manolakos is a master teaching artist and I cherish every moment spent with her in song and in conversation.

Heather Rice

Singer / Songwriter

Testimonials

Technique is only technique until you use it in service of the music, and Carrie helps make that connection exactly when she knows you’re ready. It’s a completely wholistic approach with such noticeable results.

Malinda Kathleen Reese

Winner of 2020 Helen Hayes Award for Girl in ‘Once’ , Singer Songwriter, Youtube Influencer

I have grown in the most profound way in our short time together. I cannot thank Carrie enough for going through the “vocal darkness‘ with me and being an inspirational spiritual guide every step of the way.

Debby Lennon

Webster University, Adjunct Professor of Voice, Director of Jazz Voice, Singer, Actor, Educator

Carrie is someone who sees her students as equals and wants to raise the tide for all of us — to make our vocals free, easy, and joyful. I simply can’t recommend her enough!'

Linzi Fenix

Actress, Singer, Entrepreneur

Carrie has one of those once in a lifetime voices and students would be lucky to hear her insights. Not only on technique, but heart-centered communication through song.

Tom Burke

Speech Language Pathologist @ Google, Ted Talks & Certified Specialist in Estill Voice Training

Carrie Manolakos is a force! When Carrie works with students, she brings her same extraordinary commitment and expertise as she does on stage.

Aimee Francis

Director of Curriculum and Conservatory Affairs for the Molloy/CAP21 BFA Program

Carrie Manolakos is that rare combination: she's an extraordinary singer and an extraordinary teacher of singing.

Eric Price

Lyricist-Bookwriter-Director-Producer-EducatorWinner of the Fred Ebb Award

Carrie Manolakos is a master teaching artist and I cherish every moment spent with her in song and in conversation.

Heather Rice

Singer / Songwriter

A Note From Carrie

I started Carrie U to guide the singers out there to understand the joy, the responsibility and challenges of having your instrument live inside of your body; feeling everything you feel and going everywhere you go. While there are many types of musicians in the world, there is none like the singer. I never had anything like this while I was learning, and looking back, it forced me to find much of it on my own. And so, Carrie U was created.

After training my entire life in every style of singing, I took what was useful and released what was not, experimented with my own sound and found a frequency that is me at my highest level. A voice that is an extension of your feelings, power, light, vulnerability, and experience in which you can do what you want, when you want, is somewhat of a superpower, whether you choose to share it or not.

I have committed my whole life to studying the voice. I have also committed my whole life to studying life itself. I have always been a student.

It has become clear how important it is for me to share what I know. You can have all the techniques in the world, but if you cannot understand how to channel emotion, or are too afraid to be with all parts of you, then you have missed the sweetest lesson.

Technique is tremendously important. It comes first. You cannot move on until you understand the discipline of working in that way. That powerful sound you hear in my voice is not simply technique. It is vulnerability, it is life lived, it is courage, it is struggle, it is joy, it is play, it is every emotion I have ever felt.

Not only will you be a better singer when you come out of this, you will become a more connected human. And creating a space for more connected humans, more courageous humans, whether I am onstage myself or passing along what I know, has always been my guiding reason.

Talking Vocal Technique + High Belting

W/ Speech Pathologist & Estil Voice Instructor Tom Burke.

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