• San Quentin prison gets a new music program: ‘It will make an incredible difference’

    Article written by Aidin Vaziri, published on Oct 19, 2023 in the San Francisco Chronicle. Hoping to transform the lives of San Quentin prisoners through the healing power of music, longtime San Francisco vocal coach Essence Goldman has embarked on a new mission. Through her nonprofit organization, Believe Music Heals, Goldman plans to introduce a program of musical… Read More »

  • Singer Essence Goldman helps people heal through the power of music

    KALW 91.7 FM Crosscurrents, this aired in the April 5, 2023 episode. Music is healing. A report from Harvard University explains that music has helped lower patients’ blood pressure and aided in pain relief. That’s just a short list. Marin County singer Essence Goldman can attest that music is good for the body and the… Read More »

  • Essence Goldman Is Changing Lives Through the Power of Music

    Article written by Daniel Jewett and featured in Marin Living Magazine: Essence Goldman, whose family has roots in San Francisco that pre-date the Gold Rush, was having a hard time processing her parents’ divorce. But then her father gave her a gift that would change everything: a Walkman and a notebook. “I was pretty distraught about the divorce… Read More »

  • The Power of Healing through Music

    Featured in San Quintin News, article written by Jerry Maleek Gearin on March 20, 2023: Professional singer and songwriter Essence Goldman held a workshop called Finding Your Voice on Dec. 20 at San Quentin’s Interfaith Chapel, to share the power of healing through music.  Finding Your Voice is typically a virtual retreat, which is intended… Read More »

  • Featured in Marin Independent Journal

    Believe Music Heals is featured in the Marin IJ: Marin project parlays music lessons to unlock creativity from trauma, terminal illness Published January 3, 2023 at 5:37pm  by Giuseppe Ricapito When Michael Goldman’s wife died four years ago, he turned to one of his old passions to deal with the trauma -– playing guitar. Goldman,… Read More »

  • Featured in Marin Local News

    Believe Music Heals is featured in MarinScope Community Newspaper website on Dec 28, 2022: Essence Goldman founds Believe Music Heals Award-winning singer/songwriter/voice coach Essence Goldman, founder of the newly formed not-for-profit organization, Believe Music Heals, will be making music healing programs available to those experiencing hardship and distress as well as those with chronic and terminal… Read More »

  • Tiny Desk Contest Contestant Bernie Dalton Dies After Battling ALS

    Article written by Bob Boilen, Featured on NPR.org Songwriter Bernie Dalton, who, with his musical partners, created one of our most powerful and memorable Tiny Desk concerts, has died at 49 from complications of bulbar-onset ALS, an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to his band’s singer, Essence Goldman, Bernie died May 2, surrounded… Read More »