Speechagain Interview with Harrison Craig
Speechagain is thrilled to partner with the talented and inspiring Harrison Craig, who collaborated with us to create our first-ever commercial! It was a wonderful experience that allowed us to expand our product with the help of a prominent advocate in the stuttering community. Check out the final commercial here, and keep reading to learn about Harrison and all the wonderful ways he is positively impacting the stuttering community!
Harrison Craig originally made his mark as The Voice Australia Winner and since that time has achieved two #1 ARIA Albums (one of which went platinum). He also completed a memorable and successful 54 show tour circuit of his ‘Kings of Vegas’ project, international performances in Canada, Indonesia, and the USA, and has had the unique experience of working with the likes of Seal, David Foster, Baz Luhrmann, Diane Warren, Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees) and Olivia Newton-John. Having grown up with a stutter, Harrison’s passion for inspiring others doesn’t stop. In addition to his singing career, he has also just written and released his first children’s book titled ‘Harrison’s Song’ (which is in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library collection). He continues to tour Australia and other parts of the world to speak to students, teachers, and parents alike about chasing your dreams, explaining that no matter what your obstacle is, you can overcome that and Live. Your. Dream.
We were fortunate enough to sit and chat with Harrison regarding his journey as a musician, author, and PWS. His answers inspired us and we know they’ll inspire you too!
Q: How do you feel about your stutter?
A: “My stutter is part of who I am. It has been a challenge but also a motivator to overcome and to do what I can to communicate and connect with people – particularly through song. Above all else, though it has taught me that no matter what the hurdle or challenge is, you can overcome it. Before I went on to win The Voice, people told me I shouldn’t go on it – but I wasn’t about to let the way I speak dictate whether or not I should follow my passions.”
Q: How did you discover your passion for singing?
A: “From a very young age, singing was my escape, a place I could express myself without fears of stumbling through my words.”
Q: How has stuttering influenced your singing?
A: “Having a stutter is like having an invisible wall between me and the world. Experiences like winning the Voice Australia showed me that through singing I could break down that wall and connect with the world.”
Q: What’s it like telling your story through your children’s book “Harrison’s song?”
A: “It is so powerful to read and explain my own story of growing up with a stutter to children around the world. It is something I like to share and encourage children to understand that no matter their hurdle or challenge, you can still live your dream!”
Q: What has your experience been with speech therapy in the past?
A: “Very positive – although the downside is you always need to be with the speech therapist to receive feedback and continue remodeling your speech patterns.”
Q: Why an online stuttering therapy?
A: “The world is online today – and therapy is modernizing as well. Speechagain offers a unique and friendly way to practice and remodel your speech so you can feel confident speaking to others on a daily basis. It is the kind of tool I wish existed when I was a young child!”
Q: What would you say to people using Speechagain for the first time?
A: “Trust in the fact that you can master your speech. Proven methods for slowing and controlling your speech really do work – you must be prepared to work hard and drive yourself to reach your goal of smooth speech. Only you have the power to make smooth speech a part of your everyday…”
We are so grateful to be working with Harrison and his team to continue raising awareness for stuttering and empowering others! All that’s left to do is sit back and watch, as Harrison takes the world by storm with his music, storytelling, and inspiring advocacy for all people who stutter!Speechagain X Harrison Craig Announce Partnership
New Speech Training Tool Launched – Can Help Millions Suffering From Stuttering Disorder. Platinum Selling Performer HARRISON CRAIG as the Face of Multinational Campaign.
According to The Stuttering Foundation, more than 70 million people worldwide (over 3.8 million in the US) stutter. Speechagain Inc. has introduced a patented and evidence-based online stuttering training program called Speechagain.
The online training tool is based on a patented technology using artificial intelligence, speech recognition patterns, and clinically proven techniques for voice control. The software, which has been the brainchild of doctors and speech-language pathologists with more than 25 years of experience, is positioned in the highest levels of scientific standards in speech therapy. The launch campaign (which is both on social media and US TV channels such as, e.g., CNN, CNBC, Discovery, FNC, and NBC) features global recording artist from Australia, Harrison Craig. Craig, who previously won The Voice and has battled with a stuttering condition for most of his life, has also recently published a children’s book on this topic and continues to work to inspire people of all backgrounds to be able to overcome their own challenges.
‘I’ve always wanted to have the smooth sound of speech – almost every person suffering from a stuttering condition wants a way to be able to progress their therapy and live a normal life – with Speechagain you really have a way of empowering yourself on this journey with a practical and flexible tool to be able to help overcome your stuttering challenges and live your dream”. Harrison Craig (Platinum Selling Artist, Performer, Children’s Book Author).
“Until now, speech disorders have been treated by attending frequent visits to a speech-language pathologist. Now, people who stutter have unlimited access to training sessions that fit within their personal schedules anytime, anywhere. This allows for training at home due to restrictions, such as the current Covid-19 crisis.” said Dr. Alexander Wolff von Gudenberg, Founder of Speechagain.
Speechagain is HIPAA compliant, user friendly, and has features that include:
Learning Path: A proven progression of content and exercises to help achieve fluency while speaking.
Voice Curve: The tool analyzes your voice as it moves through the exercises and provides a real-time visualization, as well as feedback.
Situations: Real-life scenarios help bridge the gap between training and everyday life.
Also included is a personalized dashboard that helps users keep track of trainings, statistics, and progress.
About Speechagain Inc.
Speechagain Inc. is a technology company originally founded in Germany and headquartered in New York that is making a name for itself in the healthcare market. The team is pioneering the way for online speech training and providing a digital stuttering training tool based on patented artificial intelligence. The software has been created by doctors and speech-language pathologists with more than 25 years of experience. The training tool is HIPAA compliant, user friendly, and fulfills the highest scientific standards.
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