HOW TO KICK OFF A CAREER IN MUSIC (EPISODE 1) By Laura Etemah

A very warm welcome to all new members. Having joined this group for different reasons, there is a common goal – the drive to get better at your music craft. During the early days of my music career development, there was little or no help. Mentors and the internet were fantasies I could only wish for. Music schools and expert vocal coaches were luxuries located beyond my humble purse! What could a little girl do to acquire knowledge of her passion?

The things that I did, hmmm…you wouldn’t want to imagine them! I went from hijacking a neighbour’s keyboard, spending all my earnings on CDs of hit songs of the 80’s, to sitting at roadside parties uninvited just to speak with the musicians! You won’t believe this: I also took roadside music lessons! I was that desperate! How far can you go for your passion?

A little relief came when I started taking music lessons at school – Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo-Lagos. God bless my music teacher, the late Mr Olayiwola. May your gentle soul rest in peace. But mehn, guys flew out the window when he was on his way to class to teach music. I wondered why. Still wondering why. For me, music was an escape from a confused and chaotic world. Music was my safe place. For crying out loud why would anyone hate such a graceful subject?

Anyway, I picked on the subject till SS3 but was not allowed to include it among my SSCE subjects because I already registered the maximum number of subjects – 9, including French and technical drawing. My subject combination as a science student was chart topping – all join, according to Warri people. That was how much I loved book tins: and that was God’s way of preparing me for a B.Sc. in Geology and a Masters in Music Production (Don’t get it twisted – I was forced to study Geology. Na music I been wan study). So the moment I got my freedom, I flew to the United Kingdom for my masters.

Let me come back home in case I diverted a little bit. The long and short of what I am trying to say is that you don’t have to take the long route like I did to achieve your musical dreams! My experience has made me so empathic that I am not able to stand the sight of a stranded music aspirant. I am here to help you shortcircuit your journey to stardom on any level you want.

It hurts me to see talented singers being frustrated by the fact that they do not know the next step to take or the next thing to do to develop the full potential of their musicality. Some have a nice voice but sing offkey. Many cannot sing high notes, control their breathing, do riffs and runs well, pronounce words appropriately nor perform a full song without making a mistake. I also know a lot of brilliant singers who should be kinging on MTV Base channel but only sing in their bedrooms and need talent scouts to discover them. How that one go take happen? May we not die with our talents! May the world hear our beautiful voices! And if you have not joined the Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/vocalchampmastermindvip/), I really don’t know if singing is your BIG game!

That’s my main point! Now you have all you need to get your voices heard. You have a vocal coach and talent manager in me! You can always contact me on +2348137107137 (Whatsapp only) to chart your unique course to singing success. Now is your opportunity to achieve your musical dreams with Nigeria’s celebrity vocal coach (find out more here www.instagram.com/leeelliemusic). Start by booking a voice test session and get ready to be blown away by an expert evaluation of your voice! Hope to hear from you soon.

WATCH OUT FOR EPISODE 2

Yours truly,
Laura Etemah (AKA Lee Ellie)

Author: Laura Etemah

Laura Etemah is a Nigeria/ UK trained an award-winning and full-time Musician, Music Teacher, Author, Vocal Coach and the Director of Lee Vocal Studios and Lee Ellie Music School. As the music woman who loves children and a highly sought-after Music Teacher for children, Laura is also a strong advocate for the music education of the Nigerian child. More so, she has a passion for helping speakers, singers, musical artistes and aspiring vocalists of all styles and abilities, develop the full potential of their voices. The birth of Lee Vocal Studios came through as a result of this. Laura is also an expert in organizing fun and engaging music workshops for children in singing, piano, guitar, violin and recorder. Her multi-instrument playing skills has paved way for her in the music teaching business, making her a force to reckon with in the industry. Laura uses the Nigerian, British and American curriculum in disseminating her music lectures and this is the reason why she is the most patronized music teacher in Nigeria and across West Africa. Laura also teaches music to adults up to the age of 70! Proving to all that anyone can learn music so long as the interest, time and energy are there. The benefits of music are awesome and adults can rewire their brains for higher achievements and rejuvenate the abilities of the brain by taking music lessons. In 2006, Laura won the the Star Quest Music Reality TV Show, with her band – Daccord; and went on a tour with Tu Baba, Tony Tetuilla, P-Square, The Natives and a host of other Nigerian music stars to the UK to perform at the MOBO awards. Her band, Daccord also went for a 10-city tour with a host of Nigerian music stars (Star Trek, 2006) and performed alongside Akon and LL Cool J at the Star Mega Jam, 2006. In 2011, Laura was awarded by the ex-Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for her successful NYSC music community projects carried out to benefit the secondary school students of the Surulere Community, in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of the projects included the audio and video recording of the popular song – Good People of Nigeria, which is mostly played on the 1st of October to commemorate the independence of Nigeria. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOIdwOVtrc Watch the video documentary of my NYSC projects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SncYCkyAOqg Laura is also well known for her bestselling book, Sing Like a Superstar, which has helped many singers, artistes, choristers, musicians, producers and choir directors to discover the true potential of their voices. The book is also accompanied by a downloadable voice training CD that has proved to build the voices of thousands of singers. In 2011, Laura became the first African woman to obtain a Master of Arts in Music Production from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom. She also holds a first degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka –Nigeria; and a number of diplomas in music. Laura has worked in several recording studios, taught and is still teaching music privately and in many nursery, primary and secondary schools. Laura is also very much in the business of training groups of singers and choristers. Laura is currently based in Lagos-Nigeria, teaching music production, instrument and singing classes.

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