Stephen Lyons

And the winners are…

by Paul Strikwerda in Articles, Gear, Promotion 11 Comments

VoiceZam voice-over audio playerLast week I blogged about VoiceZam, the interactive voice-over audio player designed by Bob Merkel. Click here if you missed this story.

As of today, this blog post has reached almost 900 people. Those who left a comment were eligible to win a one-year subscription to the Premium Service and Zamtistics™. 

Apart from the Grand Prize, five runner-ups will receive two months free. The good news doesn’t stop there. After I’ve announced the winners, I’ll tell you about a special offer Bob Merkel wants to extend to the readers of this blog. 


Debby Barnes, voice-overOur first runner-up is Debby Barnes. She popped into the world singing, did a fair bit of acting for quite a while, spent twelve years interpreting American Sign Language to spoken English, transitioned into a Contemporary Christian Music Singer/Songwriter, then jumped into the voiceover talent pool. 

Debby says she’s very diligent about staying current and marketable, and she’s always investing and reinvesting in top-quality voice-over education, voice-over coaching, and better studio gear. 

Stephen Lyons, voice-overThe next winner is from the UK and his name is Stephen Lyons. If you put all the words he has voiced in his career end to end, they would stretch around the world several times.

In 32 years Stephen voiced well in excess of 75,000 Radio Commercial voice-overs and many thousands of TV Commercials and Corporate Narrations. Stephen did a lot of the voice-overs for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

Natalie Cooper, voice-overNatalie Cooper is the third winner of a 2-month subscription to VoiceZam. Like Stephen, Natalie is British and unlike Stephen, she’s one of the Voxy Ladies, a boutique of professional female voice actors.

Natalie has been voicing for more than a decade, working from her studio in the heart of the rolling English countryside. When not juggling her 3 small children (her eldest is a working voice-over too) and playing with new dog, Ludo, Natalie entertains herself by baking cakes, drinking tea, and studying for a Radio Production MA. 

Scott Pollak, voice-overScott Pollak is the fourth winner. Scott is a professional voice-over talent based in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott had many years of live theater and radio experience behind his belt, before he became a full-time voice talent in 2004. 

He provided voice-overs for the World Boxing hall of Fame; you can hear him in movie theater advertisements and he has done voice work for the Mt. Rushmore Memorial.

Adam Verner, voice-overThe last person to win a 2-month subscription to VoiceZam is Adam Verner. He also came to voice-overs from a stage background. Adam holds a Bachelor’s in Theatre from Bradley University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. 

He recently gave a reading for Blackstone/AudioGo at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago.


All winners were randomly chosen from 82 entries. Thank you so much for letting me (and Bob Merkel) know what you think of the VoiceZam audio player. Bob is already incorporating your feedback. 

The person receiving a one-year subscription is another Voxy Lady: Rebecca Davis!

Rebecca Davis, voice actorRebecca began acting professionally at the age of 6 in New York. She spent much of her childhood and school years on stages throughout the Tri-State area. Chances are if you ever saw Annie during that time, she was probably in it.

When she’s not voicing projects, at auditions or on the stage, Rebecca is volunteering. She currently works as a mentor with The Young Storytellers Foundation, developing literacy, self-expression and self-esteem in elementary school students through the art of storytelling.

Debby, Stephen, Natalie, Scott, Adam and Rebecca, please get in touch with Bob Merkel. Send him a quick email to claim your prize at


Bob was so enthusiastic about the response to this story, that he generously decided to offer a free 30-day trial of the VoiceZam audio player to every reader of this blog!

If you’d like to take Bob up on his offer, clicking on this link will take you to the membership page of the VoiceZam website. You’ll find a Promo Code box at the bottom of the page. Type in NETHERVOICE to get the first thirty days free.

Important: this offer expires midnight Tuesday, July 16th, CST.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to Bob Merkel!

Paul Strikwerda ©nethervoice