Born in Seattle Washington and raised in Orange County, Marcie learned at a young age the value of music in her life. Coming from a multi-talented, musical family, Marcie’s exposure to music began with the classics: Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart.
On Saturday mornings, it was “Live from the Met” as she listened with her mother and father to Operas such as La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. As a “child of the 60’s”, she grew up on the Rock n’ Roll sounds of Motown, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Turtles, as well as the thought-provoking music and words of Judy Collins, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and so many other talented artists.
Music became a soothing tool for her, a way to express her feelings, emotions and struggles. She’d fantasize herself to be the next Barbra Streisand, the next successful singer/performer. Her dream was to sing; her studies revolved around music – there was nothing else for her.
But Marcie was also painfully shy. Each time she’d be asked to sing solo, her legs would shake, and her knees would knock, and a small, warbling voice was all that would emerge. It became clear to her that a professional singer’s life would not be hers.
In her late 20’s and on her own, she was determined to experience all that life had to offer – both the light side and the dark side. Drugs offered a reprieve from the painful shyness and lack of confidence she experienced. At age 28 she was alone, working as an Administrative Assistant, not singing, and spending most of her weekends in a drug-induced, semi-conscious state.
One night, she attended a party. As she became more and more hooked into the high she was experiencing from the drugs, she collapsed. Rushing her home, she convinced her friends that she was okay and was left alone that night to cope with severe, drug induced anxiety and hallucinations. Marcie knew that night that she had to make a choice to live or to die.
She consciously chose to live and with that decision, her healing journey began. Seven years of healing, remembering, facing her demons was to follow. In the process, her being awakened to a consciousness and spirituality she had not known before.
With the guidance of a gifted therapist, Marcie began to understand that our thoughts could manifest. If we think positively, results in our life will be more positive; if we think negatively, the same is true. She slowly re-created her life, this time with a different level of ‘knowing-ness’. Enrolling in an experiential training, one of those days long experiences where you have the opportunity to face your demons, she faced her fears and anxiety and continued to heal. And in that workshop, she discovered that she loved to perform and sing – and that her desire was much larger, much greater than her fears. Marcie began her singing career.
In the early 1980’s, Marcie met the well-known healer and psychotherapist, Mitchell May. With Mitchell’s guidance she began to move her energies in an inward journey of awareness using various tools of meditation – the breath, visualization and chanting. Mitchell moved energy with his thoughts, his hands, his eyes … an amazing healer – their conversations were long, deep and revealing.
As she practiced a more peace-filled life and healing environment, she began to have visions and premonitions. Sometimes meditating for hours a day and quietly taking in the music she would use to create her environment, Marcie felt a stirring within her.
On a quiet afternoon, in 1987, a friend called Marcie and told her of a vision she had channeled. Her friend heard a voice say, “singing was to be used for healing.” The voice also said that our voices are instruments to be used to create a balanced and peace-filled spaciousness within us. The voice told her friend that the information it was sharing was for someone named Marcie and that this was to be Marcie’s work.
And so Marcie listened. Calling her friend Flo, she asked her if she’d like to learn to sing. Having no idea what to expect when Flo said “yes”, Marcie began to work with her. Marcie asked Flo to sing Happy Birthday. Flo sang timidly with a small, quiet voice. As she sang, Marcie heard a quiet voice inside herself share information to be given to Flo. Marcie shared the information and Flo wept. They talked for a long time and again, Marcie asked Flo to sing Happy Birthday. Flo’s voice had been transformed. It was now clear, strong and resonated with energy.
With the gift of the channeled information and her work with Mitchell, Marcie knew that her next step would be to create a workshop where she would be able to teach clients how to open or unlock their voice and sing. Marcie’s students began to transform their lives as they discovered the joy of singing, their own powerful voices and the courage to face their fears and limiting beliefs. Students expanded their lives with the sound of their own, unique voice. Today, there are hundreds of individuals who have participated in the Marcie Howard, transformative singing workshops.
With time, Marcie realized that her work had become more about performing and needed to be more about healing. That our voices are precious instruments given to us to use as a vehicle for moving energy and creating spaciousness – a limitless source of energy to guide us in our daily activity. Her work with Mitchell had taught her that touch is a moment of grace. She had learned about Reiki from a friend and it became the logical evolution of her work with sound.
Marcie has studied and trained with Reiki Masters in both California and Washington. Her journey with Reiki began with Spiritual Director Denise Maroney, M.A., and continues with Reverend Christine Hernandez, LMT/RMT and Reverend Tom Sanders. In addition, Marcie has trained with world-renowned Sound Healer, Tom Kenyon, Ph.D.
Marcie is a Certified Sound Healer and active member of the Sound Healer’s Association. Highly intuitive and clairvoyant, Marcie coaches individuals in meeting the challenges and growth opportunities presented to them. Clients are inspired and encouraged to step-forth into their lives feeling more empowered, peace-filled and balanced.