·       Why are some people so good at singing while others can barely sing a phrase without going off key?

·       Why do I struggle to sing high notes?

·       Why is my voice not strong and powerful?

·       How can I deal with pain in my throat after singing?

·       Shyness and fear prevents me from giving my best on stage. Why is this?

·       I cannot harmonize or sing in parts!

·       My choir members always get angry at me. They say I cannot sing and I feel bad.

·       How do I project my voice above the band instruments?

·       My voice goes tight when I have to sing at a concert. Why is this?

·       I forget my lyrics when on stage. Help!

·      My voice is sounding unprofessional. How can I upgrade my sound?

·       I cannot adlib or follow the beat in a song. What can I do?

·       I sound nasal when I sing. How do I correct this?

These and many more are the questions that I receive via email from singers and aspiring singers alike. We live in a society (Lagos, Nigeria) where having a vocal coach or a singing teacher is neither the norm nor in vogue. I have met a lot of musical artistes who just coughed out singles and albums using their natural singing talents. I bet you, it all came out good! Thank God for autotune and other technological applications that producers apply to reduce vocal recording defects. The problem arises when these singers have to sing LIVE!

Singing live makes a singer vulnerable. Your audience can almost tell if you know what you are doing or not, whether you are confident or not, whether you are shy not. Everything is in the open and can be perceived even by a child! Hey singer, this is reality.

It surprises me when singers say they do not need a singing teacher because they can already sing. This is so common with our local singers/ artistes. These same set of singers are working hard to match up with the Beyonces and Rihanas, international superstars who have personal vocal coaches till date! I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video where Celine Dion was doing some singing exercises with her personal vocal coach.  I have also listened to a recording session of Michael Jackson doing voice exercises with the legendary vocal coach, Seth Riggs.

If mega stars are still taking voice lessons, why should the upcoming stars not be even more serious about it? Now do you see why the mega stars get better and always stand out? Little wonder they always have flawless vocal performances both in their studio recordings and live performances. More so, they are the ones who top the charts.

One of the reasons why I embarked on the journey of writing this book is to sensitize singers about the benefits of having an expert at hand to help manage your singing talent.  You do not want to shine for a while and fizzle out into oblivion. You want to stand out for a long time. So, if you are a singer or an aspiring vocalist and you want to make a global impact with your gifts and talents, do yourself and your career a huge favour, go get an experienced singing instructor. Invest in yourself today and trend with the mega stars tomorrow!

This is an excerpt from my book, Overcoming Your Singing Challenges. To get your copy, contact the publisher via WhatsApp on +2348137107137.

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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: Watch the video documentary of my NYSC projects here: 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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