Female Indie Artists Jiana Wessel and Beth Matthew shared their journeys as independent artists in their music career.
An important part of an artist’s journey is to learn about that of other artist’s so you don’t feel like you are on your own. I was so happy to meet up with Beth and Jiana today. As members of the Female Musician Academy, their stories couldn’t be any more different and it’s really interesting to see how they are each navigating their own unique music journey. To join the Academy and become part of our community, click the button below.
- Piano, keyboard player, singer, music was a passion
- Felt called to attend a national road show 3 years ago where she shared some music and was invited to record in Nashville
- Recorded her first album 4 weeks later (at 50 years old) without a website or fanbase
- Attended workshops and conferences to learn and network
- Joined The Female Musician Academy where she found support and encouragement
- Contemporary Christian Singer/Songwriter
- Mission: to inspire and encourage others in their struggles
- Authentic, connects live through Facebook, inspirational speaker
- Developed and performs a signature concert
There is life in music after 50! You have to believe in yourself. You can’t wait for a golden ticket to be handed to you. Working hard, making connections and fostering relationships with other female indie artists is the way to the top.
Should you join the Academy?
If you’re on the fence about joining, just do it. It’s the best value for your money. The sense of community, relationships and support have propelled me forward when I felt like I had no one in my corner. In an all female community, we share more openly, we have a sisterhood and there is a sense of safety.
- Was encouraged by her father to be a spiritual advisor and not to pursue music
- Studied a variation of music since age 17 but started studying seriously at age 26 after trying design
- Was encouraged to be an independent artist by her husband
- She had no music and started out by doing videos of covers on YouTube, then her first original
- Knew her niche before creating music
- Joined Female Musician Academy where she has been more productive and has seen a lot of growth in her fanbase
- Finds encouragement in Weekly Newsletter
- Created a fanbase she calls “Dragons”
- Engages with fans on social media
- Music celebrates being different
Be conscious of the advice you are given. I was told I was young and had plenty of time to pursue my music career. I wish I had started sooner.
Should you join the Academy?
There was a fire that was reignited in me when I joined the academy. It’s nice to be held accountable but not be beaten up if something doesn’t get done. The best part of the Academy is that there is no judgement. I can be myself and be accepted. I love the friendships and connections I have made with other female indie artists. Everyone is supportive and up-lifting.
It’s so important to have the support and encouragement of a community when you are on your music journey and that is why I created the Female Music Academy. Join the Academy to receive special training, expert guidance and friendships with fellow female indie artists to last a lifetime, all while navigating your own music journey.