Saturday, January 20, 2018

How to Sing Effortlessly in Praise & Worship, Revealed In New Book


I consider myself extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to train so many people from churches and choirs over the years as my way of giving back to the Lord, and it has struck me rather suddenly—as if by revelation from the Lord himself—that my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach couldn’t have come at a better time, and that I should be directing most of my effort and resources to make this book available to churches and choirs around the world.
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." -- Leo Buscaglia
What probably triggered me to think in this direction so suddenly was when I read a review of my book on my Lulu sales page where Claudia Blanton writes:

“101 Letters From A Vocal Coach is a very insightful, charming and entertaining collection of articles, and tidbits, packaged in a warm and heartfelt way. It does not matter if you are professional singer, a part of a choir, or just sing for fun - like I do - you will find something that will strike you as transformational. The study of voice is a lot more complicated than it might seem from the outside, but reading this collection gives you quite a deep view into the techniques, and training required to bring your voice to its full potential. I also loved the linked audio and video content, which gave this book even more depth, and made it a truly useful and practical resource. “ -- Claudia Blanton 


What this particular reader had to say resonates resoundingly with the plight of many who want to learn to sing to praise the Lord. In my interaction with singers from churches and choirs, I have encountered complaints many a time in connection with the pain and strain to the voice that afflicts those who spend many hours on end singing in church. My book address all of these common issues and shows you how to quickly remedy your situation.

In my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, you’ll not only find tons of helpful tips and articles for singers, you'll also receive breathing and vocal warm-up exercises delivered directly to your inbox.

Available NOW in paperback from Lulu (shipped worldwide) for a WHOPPING 25% DISCOUNT… and coming SOON to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To buy NOW, click here!

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You Are the Instrument, Learn to Sing to Praise & Worship!


JOETT - Vocal Coach & Author:
“101 Letters from a Vocal Coach”

Sunday, January 14, 2018

3 Simple Steps to Purchasing Online, the Book "101 Letters from a Vocal Coach" in Paperback from Africa

I know this will bring up some concerns regarding geographic purchasing restrictions as is common with Amazon and perhaps even Barnes & Noble, although I’m not too sure of the latter. What generally happens, when you’re based in an African country like Tanzania, you cannot purchase anything from Amazon because Tanzania is barred. Plain and simple!

If I need something from Amazon, I would ask my brother in the US to make the purchase for me and then he’ll mail it down to me. End of story.

Now, about my book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, the book is on sale on Lulu. This bookstore does not impose such geographic restriction. You can buy from pretty much anywhere across the globe.  And here’s how to go about making your purchase.

Lulu will accept payment by Mastercard, Visa and other major debit/credit cards. If you hold any of those plastics, providing they’re enabled for the internet (check with your bank), you can make your purchase for the book with no problem at all.

And if you'll want to use the PayPal payment option, again, all you need is a debit or credit card to set up a PayPal account if you don't already have one.

However, because they’ll be mailing a physical product—the book in paperback—by regular post, you’ll need to enter a post office box address when you place your order; or in the case where the postman delivers to your door in your country, you’ll enter your physical address.

I hope this helps you purchase my brand new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach with relative ease from Africa, so you too can go and enjoy tons of helpful tips and articles for singers.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Diary of a Vocal Coach: A Quick Reflection on the Essence of Teaching

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I’m sure you will have noticed that around the world, the most underpaid and quickly forgotten professionals are teachers.

Gosh, I don’t know how that just came out like that. Just speaking my thoughts, I suppose. But in all honesty, it is the truth.

And so, you don’t become a teacher to get rich. You do it because you want to help other people achieve their dreams. You forget about your own dreams and focus more on 'giving' and empowering others. Writing a book as I did, and recording audio training modules is all part of a tutor's quest to help more and more people--even those you never get to meet personally, get ahead. So really, teaching is about giving and not expecting anything in return. We don’t do this for personal gain. There is nothing to gain but good karma. That is my opinion anyway.

My dad was a teacher in the early years, and so was my aunt. My uncle has been a university professor all his life. My sister did teach for a number of years. And so I come from a family of teachers and I love what I do. For me, it's so natural. I don't have to even try. It’s gotta be in the genes.

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Happy New Year!

JOETT — Vocal Coach
You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!

You’ll find tons of helpful tips and articles for singers in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, now available in paperback from Lulu for a WHOPPING 25% DISCOUNT… and coming SOON to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Diary of a Vocal Coach: Music Marketing Strategies for Indie Artists


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I feel a sense of melancholy and poignancy at the same time, as I post my very first article on the first day of the year. I actually didn’t know what I was going to write about until I stumbled upon a music-related thread in a forum on internet marketing, that asked a fascinating question regarding music marketing strategies. Seeing as many of my readers can relate to this, perhaps it is a good place to start.

Whether you’re new to the world of internet marketing or an established pundit as it were, coming up with music marketing strategies can be quite a puzzle. I would liken it to walking through a minefield of explosive options but not really knowing where to step. If you have been scratching your head trying to figure out how to effectively market your music to sell it online; or if you've tried a few courses and had some abysmal results, this article will aim to help you put your thinking cap on.

Music marketing, and especially selling recorded music online, isn't as simple as you might think. And making money from selling your music can be even more complicated.

If I were you, I wouldn't even THINK of selling anything. I would focus more on branding myself, first.

If you're not a major artist (Ed Sheeran/Rihanna/Beyonce/Bruno Mars/Adele), getting your music out there is painstaking work. It takes planning, strategy, a lot of networking, and a helluva a lot of perseverance.

That being said, what works for me won't necessarily work for you. It is SO incredible how almost every successful artist out there has come up a different path. There seems to be no end in the variety of music marketing strategies out there to help make this happen. They say where there is a will there is a way, but it is also possible that your chances of success may also hinge on your geographical location and target audience.

A really quick way to explain this is to compare an independent artist in Africa, who will quite easily get onto MTV Base Africa and TRACE as an indie artist WITHOUT the backing of a recording label, in the true sense of the word; to the European or US indie artist who didn’t stand a chance in hell to flight on MTV if they weren’t signed to a major or large independent label.

So where do you begin planning your music marketing strategies?

Well, if you’re based on the African continent and your target market is Africa, work with your local market first. That’s how a lot of African acts have built their fan base before taking their music to the rest of the continent.

Again, music marketing strategies that work are not set in stone. If you can find success across the African continent first shot, then good for you.


My dear friend and voice pupil Vanessa Mdee is a shining example of how an independent African artist made her mark on the African continent, and went on to just recently sign a deal with Universal Music, Germany. Please support this amazing African superstar by ordering her debut album Money Mondays here.

If you’re based in Europe or the US; OR you are from Africa but your type of music is not mainstream on the African continent, I can suggest you expand your horizons a bit more by getting in with music industry professionals who are actually looking to sign new acts.

A great place to find a wide array of multi-genre music industry connections from right across the developed world is Music Clout.

I hope this article will help you come up with music marketing strategies to make your New Year Resolution truly happen.

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Happy New Year!

JOETT — Vocal Coach
You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


You’ll find tons of helpful tips and articles for singers in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, now available in paperback from Lulu for a WHOPPING 25% DISCOUNT… and coming SOON to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
Download/Stream my brand new acoustic pop EP Twisted, now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Akazoo, Spotify. Click here! 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Diary of a Vocal Coach: Waking Up to the Sound of Atlantic Star

It was one of those mornings when I was feeling a little pensive. I just wanted to listen to Atlantic Star. I stepped into my studio to pick up their album Ultimate Collection. I let the music fill my space—practically serenade me, of sorts.

You’ll be amazed how some days I’d want to listen to Frank Sinatra all day. I have the entire Sinatra collection—100 songs in a grand box CD collection.

Music is incredibly soothing when you need it. Just like burying yourself inside the pages of a good novel, I find music does have the same effect on me. I don’t know what it is about listening to music on the phone with me, it just doesn’t work. I need a big surround sound. I need the sound of an original CD. Yes, it does sound very different. Bigger; more than just amazing, it’s incredible.

The next time you want to be transported to a more blissful space, away from your daily grind and thoughts, pick-up a good album and I can guarantee it’ll take you there.

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You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


You’ll find tons of helpful tips and articles for singers in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, now available in paperback from Lulu for a WHOPPING 25% DISCOUNT… and coming SOON to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
Download/Stream my brand new acoustic pop EP Twisted now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Akazoo, Spotify. Click here! 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Greetings and Positive Thoughts for the New Year



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And so, we’re almost at the very end of 2017. Christmas is here again, and before you know it, we will be celebrating the New Year. I’ve tried to reflect on 2017 and to think of all the positive things that have happened in my life. I very much wanted to cut an acoustic pop EP, and sure enough, I released Twisted. My book project, which started two years ago, finally got to see the light of day in paperback.

I think that pretty much sums up 2017 for me.

I can proudly say that I have accomplished what I set out to do this year, and looking ahead, I want to actively promote my book throughout 2018, with creative ideas and training workshops right across the African continent.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is, we need to be grateful for the little steps and accomplishments we make (no-matter how small), during the course of the year and to try and look at the more positive side of things. Positive thoughts attract positive results. I Wish You All A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” - Joseph Addison



You’ll find tons of helpful tips and articles for singers in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, now available in paperback from Lulu for a WHOPPING 25% DISCOUNT… and coming SOON to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


Download/Stream my brand new acoustic pop EP Twisted now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Akazoo, Spotify. Click here!

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!



JOETT — Vocal Coach
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Airtel Trace Music Star Voice Coach to Run Workshops in Zambia

It has been many years since my last visit to Zambia, when I actually did a pretty extensive tour of Zambia’s tourist attractions... including the mighty Victoria Falls.

But this time around, I return for a different reason. Not as a tourist, but as a professional vocal coach.

And so if you live in Lusaka, and want to be a part of my all new express singing workshops phenomenon, then the good news is I will be in Zambia in 2018.

On my short visit, I will be giving free voice assessments, and conducting private voice training sessions to help you improve the voice you already have.

I’ve just published a new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, which is basically a collection of helpful tips and articles for singers, around which my Africa book and workshops tour will revolve.

Here’s what you can expect from my Lusaka visit:

I was the official vocal coach and judge for Airtel Trace Music Star Tanzania Seasons 1 & 2. Prior to my engagement with the pan-African event, and to date, I have helped over a thousand people in Tanzania and across the African continent over the past eight years, both online and off. Furthermore, I have continually developed and refined my vocal training modules to ultimately re-balance and transform your singing voice in as little as 10 hours. (See my Resume). When I land in Lusaka, I will first conduct voice assessments for a couple of days, and then book pupils in for my 10-hour Vocal Training Crash Course. (You’ll only spend an hour with me per day).

Included with this private one-on-one training program, you’ll get my new book AND the prerecorded audio vocal training program that comes with the book. I will also be recording segments of your 'live' training sessions with me to give to you for home-learning use later. This is an after-sales service I traditionally give to all of my pupils, to help you maintain, nurture and further develop your new singing voice.

Phew! I am so excited about coming to Lusaka. For more information, you can begin by linking up with me on WhatsApp (see contact info in banner); or via Skype ID tojona for a free consultation regarding your voice.

You’ll find tons of helpful tips and articles for singers in my new book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, now available in paperback from Lulu for a WHOPPING 25% DISCOUNT… and coming SOON to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


JOETT — Vocal Coach
Personalized Skype Lessons

Download/Stream my brand new acoustic pop EP Twisted now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Akazoo, Spotify. Click here!