NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)-- A local music teacher lost the use of her vocal chords and now she can sing again.
Members of Take 6 have been together for 25 years, they've certainly hit a high note and so has this New London teacher.
Lisa Marien's chorus class has learned a lot from this longtime music teacher, who 19 years ago never thought she would sing again.
"It was absolutely frightening," said Marien.
At the time she was teaching elementary school music and was in a top forty band.
"Back in the days when you had to sound like Whitney, even if you didn't sound like Whitney," said Marien.
In other words she over did it and suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage.
"Which literally means that my vocal cords were bleeding," said Marien.
She would require surgery but that would have to wait because she was pregnant. A year later, nothing short of a miracle.
"When it gets here, I have to go about it very carefully," said Marien.
The problem had resolved itself without the necessary surgery.
"I can't imagine if I hadn't been able to keep music in my life," said Marien.
Marien and her students have been in the audience before but never did she think she would be taking the stage and especially never did she ever think it would be with a group which is such an inspiration to her.
Take 6 now plus one.
"Family of god... and it's just the whole song is a beautiful and a gorgeous message to it," said Marien.
Her students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School can't wait.
"Who knows there may be someone in the audience, she may join the group Take 6. That's what's great about live theater you never know," said Steve Siegel, Garde Arts Center.
Marien is getting the chance to join Take 6 on stage because she helped support an independent TV show the group wants to produce.
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