Freshman mentored by elite music producer – KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper

An elite vocal coach and music producer has opened her studios to a KSU student for coaching and recording opportunities.

Jan Smith is widely known in the music industry. Dubbed “Mama Jan” by Usher, Smith has coached musicians such as Usher himself, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, Drake, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Smith has taken on Tessa Joy, a freshman music major, as her latest protégé.

Joy has been taking lessons at Jan Smith Studios for about three years. Joy started at Smith’s studio taking vocal lessons from one of Jan’s hired instructors, who was also coached by Smith.

“The conversation came up that she had original songs that she was doing and wanted to record,” Smith said, “so that’s where I came into the picture as far as the production was concerned, and then working with her on her song structure.”

Joy recorded her first five original songs…

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