Lisa Sniderman

Lisa Sniderman - Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Artist, Playwright, Voice Actor, Author.

Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is a 45-year old award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, teaching artist, voice actor, and author from San Francisco who creates to heal. She’s been honored with more than 50 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, and stage plays since 2012 against a fierce obstacle-while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Living with a chronic illness, Sniderman creates, records, and shares her original musicals, art, books and music as a healing path and to give back, and seeks to use her gifts and experience to be a light and a muse. Says Sniderman, “Music and art are my lifelines, and I just cannot stop creating.”

Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love are struggling with chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events

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In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is a light in the darkness for anyone who struggles with a chronic condition. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.  

Endorsements for A Light in the Darkness





Written By: Lisa Sniderman 

Narrated By: Kevin Ponthier 

Publisher: Authors Republic

Date: September 2015
Duration: 1 hours 47 minutes

"Do You Believe In Magic?" is a brilliant, inventive Fantasy Musical audiobook from award-winning Artist and Playwright Aoede, for tweens & all kids at heart who resonate with the fantasy genre (Percy Jackson meets Into The Woods). Go on a spellbinding journey to the cursed kingdom of Wonderhaven where a muse (Aoede) has a secret & enchanted books & witches break into song! The magical Kingdom of Wonderhaven is under a malicious memory curse and rapidly losing its magic. Aoede, the Muse of Song, believes she has no use for magic; yet she is plagued with a big secret and is the only one who can save magic and the Kingdom. Listeners will embrace the colorful characters, the compelling story, the infectious songs, danceable duets, narration & full musical score.

Genres: Children's >  Music & SongsChildren'sAges 9 to 12 

Young Adult >  Sci-Fi & FantasyDramatization >  Stage Plays 

DYBIM EXCERPT: link to: Do You Believe In Magic? and play sample

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Written By: Lisa Sniderman                       

Narrated By: Kevin Ponthier

Publisher: Authors Republic
Date: September 2015
Duration: 0 hours 56 minutes
A brilliantly inventive multiple award-winning fantasy full length musical audio book - a meld of mythology, magic and music combining a compelling story, narration, colorful offbeat characters and infectious songs intended for mature young adult audiences who enjoy Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight. In the magical kingdom of Wonderhaven, Aoede the Muse of Song is plagued with a terrible, haunting dream (a nyxmare), and children are spirited away by a Siren. Aoede must explore realms of darkness and light, overland and underworld, confront magical fairies, goblins and dream gods, and struggle to get to the heart of her dream. Academics Mind Spring Award; Parents Choice Recommended; KidsFirst endorsed; Family Review Center Gold, Best of the Year; Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice; Tillywig Toy Best Creative Fun Award.

Genres: Children's >  Music & SongsChildren's >  Ages 9 to 12 

Young Adult >  Sci-Fi & Fantasy Dramatization >  Stage Plays   WADMO EXCERPT:

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WADMO samples: Aoede - What Are Dreams Made Of?- Music



Fashioned like a musical audiobook geared towards a young adult audience, "Is Love A Fairy Tale?" intertwines catchy music, dialogue, narration and leading questions, and tells the story of Aoede the Muse who goes searching for love in a magical kingdom called Wonderhaven. Aoede meets colorful characters along the way: Morpheus, Binkle, Albert, Mr. Wonderful, Amala, and Ghost Skeletons, who also sing with Aoede.
Genres: Children's >  Music & Songs Children's >  Ages 6 to 13 (or Grades 3-8)

Young Adult >  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 

AUDIO SAMPLES: Itunes and website (see ILAFT Videos) 

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"Chronic illness challenges us in so many ways, but need not define who we are and what we have to offer. Sniderman is an inspiration. Her memoir provides an honest window into the power of the human spirit through real life examples and wisdom to reimagine what is possible.”

— Keith W. L. Rafal, MD, MPH, Founder of Our Heart Speaks,


"Caring for a son with Juvenile dermatomyositis, I was overcome with the truth and rawness (and tears) of Sniderman's moving story. Her words are uplifting, compelling, engaging, and illuminating for anyone living with chronic illness and for those who love them."

— Shannon Malloy, Cure JM Foundation


"Lisa Sniderman is an amazing example of finding unbeatable strength through one's creativity.  She inspires others with her passion for her music and art and using them to rise above the incredible challenges of her chronic illness. Bravo!" 

— Angelo "Scrote" Bundini, producer and artist


“Sniderman shares valuable wisdom in her open and honest account about overcoming the adversity of living with a chronic illness. A truly inspirational story of the healing power of music and creativity and finding your true purpose.”

— Tom Willner, cancer survivor and author of Having A Ball At Thirty


“Much like her experience in the MRI scanner, Sniderman treats every ‘pulse’ she hears and feels in her life as if it were music — understanding that the artistic beauty of life’s journey is its individuality and desperate plea to ignore the confinement of having an itinerary.“ 

— David Fiorentino MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine


“Sniderman’s inspirational tale serves to reminds us of what is possible no matter what we are going through in our own lives. Music and art are often powerful healers that provide the hope medicine needed to keep us moving forward each day.”

— Vincent James and Joann Pierdomenico, authors of 88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life and Founders of Keep Music Alive


"A personal and poignant meditation on healing and hope. Sniderman's brilliant account will surely enlarge empathy, so that more can understand what it means to live with and triumph over struggles."

— Kabir Sehgal, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and Grammy Award winner


"As a former psychological counselor, poet, and mother of a child with Juvenile Myositis, I am thrilled by Lisa’s book. Her story of both living with a chronic illness and finding ways to harness and express her talents to encourage and inspire others is a gift. I know many kids and adults will not only resonate with her story but will be uplifted by it and will find ways to let ‘their lights shine’ too. This is an important and necessary story, not just for people with Dermatomyositis, but for anyone who struggles with, or loves someone with a chronic illness."

— Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA, Cure JM Board of Directors


"Sniderman's ability to overcome impossible obstacles is nothing short of miraculous. Her positive outlook on life and remarkable passion for the arts has truly helped in her recovery. I highly recommend reading A Light in the Darkness. You will find it to be a transformative experience."

— Tim Battersby, Grammy nominee and novelist


"Lisa Sniderman’s inspiring life lessons portray the story of struggle, relentless determination and perseverance, leading to her success lifting herself up. Her artistic life is an inspiration to others and an encouraging testament to never giving up in this beautiful universe to make the best out of this life despite challenges."

— Rupam Sarmah, Music Director, composer and filmmaker


"Lisa shares her journey with honesty and grace. The heartfelt ideas and suggestions she offers are useful, inspiring and uplifting — for people dealing with chronic illness or any other life challenge."

— Sarah Moran, health writer and author of the Take Care wellness book series


“In this honest and inspiring account of perseverance and triumph, Lisa Sniderman shares her honest insights and encouraging life lessons that you can use to manage the impact of your chronic illness, reignite your lost inspirations and still follow your dreams.”

— Tony J. Selimi, Human Behaviour Specialist and international best-selling author of A Path to Wisdom


"This is a story of adaptation, of being handed terrible circumstances and finding ways to still follow your dreams and live life on your terms. A well-written book that plunges the reader into the life of someone with a chronic illness, Sniderman shares her journey and the transformation that allowed her to accept her limitations and embrace life as it is, while being a guiding light for others.”

— Corrina Thurston, wildlife artist and author


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