Sunday, 31 December 2017


The year 2017 has finally come to an end and I want to congratulate you for being awesome! What are your music career plans for 2018? Writing them down helps you to know what next to do and this forces you to see your goals from the end to the beginning. It also empowers you to focus on one goal at a time.

Write down your 2018 music career goals in the comment section. I look forward to helping you achieve them ALL!

Get ready to slay 2018 like a legend!

Laura Etemah

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Hello Ladies! Get Ready to Show Off Your Singing Skills!

What's happening in the VOCAL CHAMPION MASTERMIND VIP group on Facebook? Have you joined the hottest Facebook group based in Lagos-Nigeria, that gives you the opportunity to learn to sing like a pro?

Click here to join:

Hello ladies, it's your time to slay! I believe in you! Give it your best shot. 5 winners will get a scholarship to attend my Voice Training Masterclass in January, 2018 (online singing class). You have the opportunity to pick your favourite female singer and do the song title attached to her picture. i.e Adel - Rolling in the Deep, Beyonce - Irreplacable, Rihanna - Take a Bow.

Do a video of yourself singing to a karaoke track and post in the Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook. Here is the link to join again:

Good luck girls!

Thursday, 14 December 2017


Hi Vocalists!

I just wrapped up a lesson with a new singer that was just sent to me from a record label on the Lagos Island. She had initially recorded her single but needed to revamp her voice which has been acting up as a result of underuse and inappropriate dieting habits. (As a singer, you really want to be careful with what goes into your mouth).

This was her first lesson and she was WOWED by the ease with which she was finally able to reach those high and tasking notes in her latest single. Not only that, she was literally out singing her own recording!

Now, this is a typical reaction from new students and even clients I’ve taught for years. I am in the business of vocal transformations so, I was not surprised at how quickly she grew in the first lesson. And I told her…this is ONLY the beginning!

I write to you today to explain WHY it’s just the beginning after only one lesson. Some artistes want to book just one voice training class and hop off to a concert or to the studio. I discourage this a lot because it is not professional. Your voice does not get an adequate workout in just one session. One session is not going to bring you the goods! I usually recommend a package of at least five to ten sessions, where we can easily make a solid plan to help you reach your goals – whether in performance or recording.

For clarity, let me break it down a bit more. When a student takes his/her first vocal lesson, it is strictly diagnostic – a voice check. Sure, you’re going to sing a little and you’ll work on different scales and exercises, but I am mainly listening to your voice and assessing your skill level. The intention is to make a PLAN to fit your vocal needs so that you can be fast-tracked to reaching your goals! 

So, if the first lesson is limited to diagnostic research into who you are as a singer, you may be thinking what happens in the second lesson? 

In the second lesson you will receive an incredible daily workout for your voice that you can record onto your phone during the lesson. This is the perfect tool for implementing daily vocal exercises. 

BUT…..I am not just a vocal coach. I am an ‘Artiste Groomer’ and this is where the real value of my program comes into play.  This is typically introduced in the third lesson of the package.

If you are an artist or at least, an aspiring one and serious about developing your craft; if you are looking for record label attention, or for a way to set yourself apart from all of the other singers, then you HAVE to be artistically AND stylistically unique in this industry. 

So, if you haven’t moved past the first two lessons, you are missing out on a whole new world of vocal knowledge and development! And the KEY to making you INTERESTING and ALLURING to your audience and perhaps even a record label or a music manager.

To take voice lessons with Laura Etemah, here is the process:

Tell me about your musical background, why you want to sing and what you want to achieve with my lessons. Also mention any singing challenges you might be having. All these are done through WhatsApp using 08137107137.


Book an ONLINE diagnostic (voice test/check) session. Fee is N10,000. You will be asked to send a short video of you singing. Contact 08137107137 (WhatsApp) for more information.

3    Booking your voice test session automatically qualifies you to get a free copy of the ebook, Overcoming Your Singing Challenges by Laura Etemah, which will be sent to your email for download.

     If you prefer one-on-one voice test you will be charged N15,000 for the session. You will choose day and time for your session. Come prepared to sing three of your favourite songs.
     During your session, your musicality will be assessed. Your singing technique will be checked and you will be given a report on your skill level and advice on further development. Vocal and technique exercises that your voice needs will be handed to you. You will also get a workout and singing career development plan.

Are you ready to take on the journey to your vocal transformation? Are you ready to slay that song? Are you ready to drop that hit track? Are you ready to become the next big thing in the world’s music scene? Contact 08137107137 (WhatsApp) today and we will help you chart your course to mega stardom!

For free singing lessons, join my Facebook group, the Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP here:

To your success,

Laura Etemah

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

What are Your Singing Challenges? Comment and Get Help Asap!

A beautiful voice doesn't just happen by magic. Ask your choirmaster! A star quality voice is as a result of daily practice of scales, songs, arpeggios, great discipline - investments of time and money. How many video challenges have you posted to the Vocal Champion Mastermind group on facebook? How many posts have you engaged with? Have you got a copy of the ebook - Ovecoming Your Singing Challenges? Have you downloaded, watched and listened to the free audios and videos posted here? How much time have you invested in developing your singing talent? These and many more are questions you should reflect on as you plan for your grand entry into 2018! Write your singing challenges in the comment box and I will help you get rid of them. Have a great day!

This Story Will Marvel You! Hear what Omotola has to say after reading this wonderful ebook by Laura Etemah

I am so full of joy coupled with great enthusiasm because of this great book. There are so many secrets in this book hidden like mysteries for you to figure out. I have done lots of researches in the past but my vocal hunger has not been satisfied. I got to a point in my singing career where I thought I had arrived. But then I met my new Vocal Coach, Laura Etemah, and read her book, Overcoming Your Singing Challenges. Afterwards, I realized that even though I knew much, there is still so much more to learn. Laura Etemah opened my musical understanding and showed me that singing goes much deeper than just the voice. There are other faculties that need to be activated before singing can be successful. You will find these in the book. I am happy now because I have a better and deeper understanding that the voice is just a part of the singing matrix - your thoughts and feelings do matter! They make or break your performance. I am really blessed by this book. Finally my puzzle of being a great singer has been solved. I urge everyone to get a copy of this book because it will help you take your singing career to the next level... I am so proud of Laura Etemah and her good works. God bless you for making Nigeria proud.

                                                                    - Omotola

It's not just about reading a book. It's about being able to locate the diamonds scattered in the book and putting them to good use. What do you think about Omotola's review? Comment 'YES' if you would like to read the first chapter of the book for FREE!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Hello There, I am Laura Etemah, Nigeria's celebrity vocal coach/ singing instructor. I want to appreciate you all for the incredible response to my voice training video see below:

In January 2018, something fresh and exciting will be coming your way from Lee Vocal Studios. Shall I let the cat out the bag? I also cannot wait!

Here's some good news for you. I will be sharing 5 of my biggest singing secrets in a series of masterclass videos that I will be posting to the Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook. 

The first secret is a basic tip that will miraculously take off all the strain, tension and tightness in your throat and usher you into a total vocal release that will blow your mind! It took me almost ages to discover this secret. But I will be sharing this with you on a platter of gold!

You don't want to miss this great chance of singing like the superstar you have always wanted to be. Now is your time to slay! 

To register for this masterclass call or WhatsApp +2348137107137.

To you new found beautiful voice,


Sunday, 10 December 2017


If you are like most singers, you have one vocal issue or the other that is standing in your way of singing like a pro. Don't waste time worrying about this. Don't even try to give up on your dreams! Help is near! 

Get a copy of Overcoming Your Singing Challenges by Laura Etemah today and be on your way to vocal freedom! 

For more info, call 08137107137 or follow on Instagram:

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Hack Your Mind and Embrace Your Dreams of Singing like Pro

The things you want in your life aren't hard to obtain. Your mind just tells you that it's hard and next thing you know you're procrastinating and sabotaging yourself. The truth is, the only thing in the way of what you want for your career and your voice is you.

If you think that's harsh then this message is DEFINITELY for you. If you're feeling stuck in your artistry, your voice or your career, then make the decision NOW to get out of your own way.

Hire a coach. I'll help you to come up with an action plan that shifts you so far ahead you'll want to clap for your damn self! Book a session today and begin your beautiful journey to vocal freedom with Laura Etemah.

Friday, 8 December 2017


A lot of people have been singing for years. Some even have singing teachers. But there is something missing in the matrix because the voice does not seem to be coming through.
A lot of people are on the verge of giving up because this 'singing thing' doesn't seem to be working well for them. Others have resorted to rapping because the voice refused to sing well. Some have been relegated to the back seat in their choir groups. I even know some who wanted to record songs in the studio but have cancelled their studio sessions several times because the voice disappointed them.

Some others have been discouraged by the negative comments of other people and have since not been able to pick back their confidence.
I don't know what your case is but if it sounds like any of the above mentioned cases, you don't have anything to worry about. Don't look down on yourself nor think less of yourself. Singing is a natural gift of God to mankind. Everyone can sing. The fact that someone else can sing better does not make you a write off.

The only difference between you and the superstar you want to sing like is information and knowledge. Do you know that there are secrets behind singing well that are reserved for a few? If you doubt me, then tell me, why is it that some people just know how to do this thing so well and they get better at it daily; while some others have been struggling with singing well for years? SECRETS!

I was doing a research recently to find out why good singers keep the secrets of good singing to themselves; because I was furious with such a selfish attitude. What did I find? I found out that the music industry is competitive that singers who are on top of their game want to remain there. They like it there at the top! (Abi who no like better tin?) They are not willing to share their million dollar secret with you because if they did, YOU WILL OUTSHINE THEM!

This is a very serious matter especially in Nigeria where we have many musical competitions that can immediately skyrocket you to fame and fortune! We all know about Star Quest, Mtn Project Fame, The Voice Nigeria, Nigerian Idol and others.

I remember when I was a contestant in Star Quest 2006 that was won by my band, D'accord. I knew that the cold environment would not work well for singers and I saw how most singers struggled with their voices. But yet, some others had a very good time with their voices. Trust me, I was the detective in the house. I was an instrumentalist for my band and concentrated on songwriting. We had 3 vocalists so I kept away from singing.

What did I find out? The best singers came in with vocal remedy substances which they secretly took to make their vocal cords more flexible! Did they tell the other singers? No! Why? You know the answer! Nobody want to lose their altitude so you've got to find a way to climb up there!
So you have singing challenges and you have found this group. I want to congratulate you for this because, you are as close to your dreams as can be! You are close to a vocal coach who is very much unlike other vocal coaches. Yes, I am not going to hoard anything from you because I want to see you shinning while doing what you love, singing. I want to show you all the tips and tricks that other coaches will make you pay a fortune for. If you have watched the few videos I sent to this group you should know what I mean. But in order for me to continue with this, you have got to show some commitment. You have got to be active! There are people in this group who have never posted a video. Why are you here? Think about this because secrets are quite expensive and I don't want to share it with people who do not need it or people who would not value it.

Therefore, following up on this, by January, members of this group will be going through a screening process that will determine who stays and who goes. I don't want to remove anybody because the readmission process will be a bit expensive for some people. So do all you can to follow up on all that is going on here. As I mentioned before, the distance between you and you star quality singing voice is information and knowledge. Which is what I am here to give you. Also, the way you grab the information I give to you will determine how much more you get from me.

Flashback to when you answered some questions to join this group. You will remember I asked, 'Do you know that this is a paid group?' 'Have you confirmed your payment of N5,000?'
So we are getting to the time when I will be sharing my biggest, game-changing SECRETS of singing. So by January, we will be separating the boys from the men. But I want to make this fair for all. So that everyone will benefit greatly.

By 30th of December we shall be sanitizing this group. Rather than pay N5,000 for the month of January only, everyone who buys the book OVERCOMING YOUR SINGING CHALLENGES (You need this book! See the picture attached to this post) on or before 30th December, 2017 will have a whooping THREE MONTH subscription! January to March of unlimited singing SECRETS! Can you beat that?
I remember telling you all that we have just been scratching the surface. All I was doing was giving you a tip of the iceberg and some of you are already sharing testimonies on my Youtube and Instagram pages. What you will get in my next set of videos will blow your mind! So guys, the choice is yours! By January 2018, our professional voice training time table will be out! Do you want to be in or our of this group? Let me know in the comment box.

What will you gain from the January to March course?
-You will get a crystal clear understanding of how your voice works.
-Learn how a singer should breathe while singing
-Learn my top2bottom secret me this
-balance your breathing with what your vocal cords are doing
-experience more control of your voice than you've ever felt before
-Learn the secret thingy that makes everything work
-Learn the exercises used by stars to reverse all singing faults!
Let me stop here. You will get the full gist when you subscribe and make payment.


Send a Whatsapp message to +447435240062 or 08137107137 for payment details.
Remember deadline for subscription is 30th December, 2017. All subscribed members will get a copy of my book, OVERCOMING YOUR SINGING CHALLENGES.



Monday, 4 December 2017


Hello guys, it's that time in your journey to vocal freedom when you have to be put on the spotlight!
This is a MEN ONLY challenge so ladies chill out and get ready to be the judges!

I bet you, this is going to be super exciting. We are over 200 members in this group (Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook) and have over 70 guys who are going to come all out to show what they've got for the reward of my SPECIAL SINGING SECRET WEAPONS that will avail your more flexibility in your voice and help you sing with so much ease! You don't want to miss this!

The owners of the first 5 videos with the most likes, submitted on or before the deadline will be declared WINNERS! Apart from their reward, they will receive immediate admission to the LEE ELLIE CHOIR where they will be further groomed for singing success.
Here is the link to the YouTube Karaoke video:

The audio version will be sent to the Lee Ellie Singing Workshop WhatsApp group. Ensure to hop in and get yours if you don't want the video option. Here is the link to join the WhatsApp group:

I'm hereby wishing all guys the best of luck!


How do you care for your instrument? What should you eat or drink? What will hurt the vocal cords? You will find the answer to these questions and more, in the following lines.

Stay away from mucous-forming foods like red meat, diary products and cheese. These products tend to make you form a little extra mucous in your throat which can get in the way of what you are trying to do with your vocal cords. They also take a long time to digest and almost drain your energy, as opposed to giving you energy. Light foods that could give sustenance and energy while you perform are ideal.

Eating big meals before going on stage could hinder your singing by affecting your breathing. This is because so much goes on in your stomach during digestion and could get in your way of reaching high notes. Digestive “burbs” may come up while you are on stage and cause embarrassment. It is therefore advisable not to eat anything four hours before performance. A good meal may favour a bassist, drummer or any other instrumentalist but don’t try it if you are a vocalist. It would get you in trouble. Eat chicken, fish or soup and sandwich.

Also note, that prolonged singing at the extremes of your range and not stopping when you should are two voice-killing habits that you want to avoid.

To get the best out of yourself as a singer, get together with like minded musicians and get involved in shows, back-up singing and other musical events; and just sing your heart out. 

For more information on this topic, request your copy of my ebook, Overcoming Your Singing Challenges. Call or WhatsApp +2348137107137. Follow on Instagram here:


Here is King Bernard, one of Nigeria's trending artistes in a voice session with me. Have you listened to any of his songs? Watch:

Stephanie Ghaida took my artiste grooming course early this year. She went on to record two songs with videos and featured Mr P of Square in one of her songs. See her video here: (subscribe to my channel for more videos)

Watch us here: (follow me on Instagram for more stories)

What are your musical dreams? Have you started working on them? Need someone to help you out? Send me a private message on or WhatsApp 08137107137.


This 10 to 15-minute tone up aims to help you warm up and relax the body prior to singing practice. Study picture above to guide you on how to breathe as you go through the exercises.

Please Note: - Check with your doctor prior to attempting any of these exercises. Stand with your arms by your side, breath normally and keep the head and shoulders relaxed at all times.

·          Neck Release: Drop your chin to your chest. Imagine you are drawing a line on your chest with your chin; slowly move your chin to the left, towards your shoulder. Reverse direction to the right and then back down to the front.
 (A complete cycle). Repeat this 5 times.

·         Shoulder Release: Raise your shoulders towards your head, slowly rotate them back, down and forward. Repeat this 5 times then reverse the direction. Shake your arms out when finished.

·         Full Body Roll-down: Bend forward from the waist and let your arms drop towards the floor. Slowly unfold the body and raise your arms above your head, stretching your arms upward, then out to the side lowering them slowly back to their natural position. Repeat this 3 times.

·         Rotation of the upper body: Stand in position with legs slightly apart and hands by the side. Inhale, hold your breath and rotate only your upper body left and exhale. Return back to position and repeat the process moving right. While doing this exercise, endeavour to keep your back and shoulder relaxed. Repeat this 3 times.
·         Rib Cage Stretch: Inhale, raise right arm then curve your body left-wards; exhale. Return to position and repeat the exercise in the opposite direction. How do you feel? Repeat three times.

·         Keeping your head relaxed and facing forward, open your mouth and yawn. Repeat twice then inhale a deep breath to a count of 5 and exhale steadily to a count of 10.

Now you are set to start your vocal warm-ups.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Would you love to sing in a group?
Have you always wanted to sing in harmony with others but find it difficult?
Do you love the sound of Christmas carols? Would you love to discover you true singing voice part?
What does 'Reading Music' sound like to you? Would you like to learn it?

Lee Ellie Music School is scouting for singers (beginners to professionals) to take part in a Christmas carol choral seminar (audition and rehearsal dates will be announced on Instagram @leeelliemusic).

What you will learn:
1. Voice warm-up tips for choristers
2. How to care for your voice
3. How to find your range
4. How to pitch high notes without strain
5. How to sing without cracking
6. How to care for your voice
7. Blending with other voices
8. How to read music and learn a bunch of exciting and heart-warming Christmas songs.
9. How to overcome diction problems
10. How to sing on key and on beat


1. Fill registration form, scan and send to See link here:

2. Follow on for updates. Date, time and venue will be announced on Instagram.

3. Join the Vocal Champion Mastermind VIP group on Facebook - a community for professional and upcoming singers. See link here: You will receive free singing lessons in this group.

4. Join the Lee Ellie Singing Workshop group on Whatsapp to link directly with Africa's celebrity vocal coach, Laura Etemah, where you will get professional support for your singing talent. Free voice training classes will be posted here.

5. Confirm your registration by sending a Whatsapp message to 08137107137.

There will be refreshments and music sheets will be provided.

Do not miss this life-transforming opportunity! Register today and you will be glad you did!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

What is Stopping You from Singing with the Voice of Your Soul?

What singing challenges are holding you back? Now is the time to nip it in the bud, unstuck yourself and get get ready for a vocal transformation. This ebook is loaded with secrets the professionals don't want you to know because they do not want you to outshine them. I have laid them bare! THIS IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE!

Buying directly from me costs N5000. Call or WhatsApp  08137107137 to get yours. It's cheaper to buy from Amazon because they are doing a promotion for me. Get it here:

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


I am thanking God for His mercies, guidance, love, protection and blessings. I am +1 today and it is by his special grace! I am grateful to all who have contributed to this beautiful life from the start to this point, most especially to my lovely family and beautiful friends - God bless you all richly! Happy birthday to me!

Community development through music has always been my passion; hence to mark my birthday celebration, I have decided to personally give the first 50 lucky people (Lagos residents) to drop their WhatsApp numbers in the comment box a FREE voice training masterclass. This masterclass will end in a concert where the singers will be given a platform to showcase their talents.

The date, time and venue will be communicated via WhatsApp to the lucky 50. 


Friday, 27 October 2017



Who is a music producer? A music producer is a one who carries many feathers on his head. One who is musically sound. One who is multi-talented and mostly a multi-instrumentalist. Sometimes, a vocalist. Do you really want to become a music producer? This is not a job for the lazy at all. On top of it all, your knowledge of music has got to be epic! As a music producer, you are expected to be able to oversee the entire music production project which certainly demands that you possess the following skills:
*Song writing
*Music directing
*Performance and voice instructor
*Artiste management
*Promoting and bunch of business skills!

More recently, more is demanded from a music producer as he/ she has to put in optimum effort to ensure for the all-round success of the artiste. Indeed as the saying goes, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. The producer is the king/ queen of any music production project and the outcome of the producer’s input will determine the extent of the success of the project.
Still on the producer’s skill set, I discovered during my training in the United Kingdom for my Masters in music production at Leeds Beckett University, (by the way, I am the very first African woman to obtain a Masters in this field – bragging rights…lol), the requirement of a good knowledge of music theory is also paramount. You have also got to be a good scientist! You would be dealing with sound waves and their effects, which is an aspect of Physics, a most dreaded secondary school subject! Let me not cause a scare here. Lol. Physics is actually not difficult. It’s just like any other subject. Once you study well, you will get a grip of it.
Ok, so back to the producer’s skill set. As a wannabe producer, you must be ready to sit in one place for long hours. I remember spending two nights at my school’s studio during my final project. You should also be a good negotiator, as you may even find yourself lobbying for shows for your artiste. Most producers in Nigeria, take the game further by learning to mix and master. I am sure a lot of you here are good at this. This is just the reality of things in Nigeria. Although in very big projects with hefty sponsorship, experts in other fields are brought in for a highly professional touch.
Let me use myself as an example. I am also a singing teacher, artiste groomer and performance instructor. I gained different experiences at different stages of my life. I function more as a vocal coach these days because more and more artiste are getting to find out about that ‘Vocal Coach’ who just landed from the UK. So I have worked with three artistes who are doing pretty much well now: Dee – Z, Stephanie Ghaida and King Bernard. They all took voice lessons with me amongst countless other singers as can be seen from my social media handles.
A producer’s work is indeed huge, tasking but interesting and fulfilling. Do you want to make it big as a producer in Nigeria? You need to get ready to unlearn and relearn. The job is highly professional, therefore, you need patience, determination, hardwork, consistency and persistence to pull through.
This is the way to go if you want to become a successful Naija made music producer:

*Enroll to study music: It is shocking that up till date our tertiary institutions do not offer music production as a course despite the proliferation of music producers and studios in the country. But not to worry, all you need do is hook up with local music schools like Lee Ellie Music School, Tenstrings Music School and others, to get trained in singing and keyboard playing (you need this knowledge badly); plus any other musical instrument that interests you. Also enroll to learn some music theory. You won’t regret this at all. Take a course in songwriting if you can. Then, most importantly, enroll for the music production course proper. At Lee Ellie Music School, you can cover the course between 4 – 6 months but you need to have your own set up at home for personal development and to carry out your assignments. You can also seek outside the shores of Nigeria for this training, just like I did.

Ensure you are copyright protected: You want to ensure that you register with a copyright organization to protect your intellectual property. Your personal work which sprung out from you creative efforts must not be left without protection as it has the capacity, ability or potential to earn you serious money. We have the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) which you can join for free by supplying a few requirements like photos, valid identity card and filled application form. This will ensure that you receive royalties and your work does not get stolen. COSON will take a list of your work and negotiate your earnings from them on your behalf.

Set up a recording studio: A studio is the hub for recording activities and a reference point people associate with the professionals in the industry; so you want to invest in setting up one, even if it means starting small. As you improve in your skills, you will attract the big shots and that will facilitate the expansion that you have always dreamed of. Don’t wait for anyone to validate you! Start a studio. The experts you see today were once beginners.

Show up in music industry events: If you are not social, you will find it quite challenging to achieve your aims as a music producers. You need to hangout where the artistes are so that you can be relevant. You must be actively involved in contests, live shows, parties, etc., where you could meet top players in the industry, who can avail you the connections and exposure you need to make it in the business. Print a business card and have it handy as you socialize. You never can tell who you might come across!

Be active on social media: I cannot over emphasize the importance of social media. It is a very important ingredient in the mix of requirements. Open a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Soundcloud and the list is almost endless! Pick a few of them that serves your purpose and connect to the world with them. Post your studio activities for potential clients to see. Upload your music and make money online also.

What do music producers really do? Producers have multiple roles that may include but not limited to:
§  Artiste grooming and management
§  Coordinating recording sessions
§  Promoting the musician and music produced.
§  Signing an artist to a record label.
§  Manning project logistics and budgets
§  Putting ideas together for the success of the project
§  Selecting songs for a recording project
§  Promotion of artiste and music
§  Recruiting session musicians
§  Coaching and guiding the artiste in the studio for excellent vocal delivery
§  Supervising the entire recording project from song writing/ arrangement to final mix

Is music production a profitable profession?
In Nigeria for example, the number of music producers that have emerged in the last 20 years have really proved to show that our music industry is buzzing with money-producing activities. So many music schools are opening up music production departments following the huge success achieved by big names in the industry like Don Jazzy, Sarz, Masterkraft, Cobhams Asuquo, and Wole Oni.
More and more youngsters are emerging and enrolling for music production education. You can only imagine the number of studios springing up daily. This is a huge sign that the music production industry in Nigeria is a big earner! So in what ways do music producers earn? What do they do to attract all the bank-breaking amount of monies we read and hear about? Read on.

They make beats, instrumentals and sound tracks for artistes, movies makers and companies.

They hire their studios to bands and artistes for rehearsals and recording sessions.

They receive royalties for the online download of their works.

They sign on artistes to their record labels and receive commissions from record sales.

They receive a percentage of income from gig deals of their artistes.

They receive money for being brand ambassadors to big companies.

When invited for a live show, they are paid for appearances.

Most of them are judges for music competitions. They also make money through this means.

Some producers run a music production academy where they teach for a fee.

Depending on their expertise, according to world statistics, well recognized producers earn up to N10,000,000 (ten million naira) a month!

In conclusion, it is not at all difficult to become a producer in Nigeria. It only demands that you have an insane love for music and sound. You also need to develop good musical ears and multiple musical skills. You will also need a little bit of audio engineering training. You also need to develop social and diplomatic skills as you may be dealing with a lot of people and companies. Computer, IT and Internet skills are a must! To really succeed in the business of music production, your patience must be really patient and your passion for music has to generate the kind of heat that can be felt by anyone who comes around your space! And lastly, remember, it is not like the 9-5 kind of work, you have to be ready to put in your best round the clock! Consistency, skills development and the right connections will bring the molla for you!

If you need guidance on how to become a music producer or on how to develop your music production skills, drop a comment below. Also if you want to hang out with other Nigerian music producers, and exchange skills and knowledge, send a request to join them in this group:

Laura Etemah
Music Producer/ Vocal Coach/ Performance instructor/ Music teacher/ Star Quest winner, 2006.