Recently I have talked to several singers who did not had much experience singing. In fact, the singers expressed to me that they were nervous trying to entertain in front of others. I rendered what I thought was good advice. First, I told them that as a singer you actually have to generate enough confidence in yourself to sing out. In other words, never give a “half effort.” Project out with what you have, because if you are unsure of a note that you want to hit then singing it without confidence could make that note weak and off key. Second, “have fun” when you sing. If you look distressed onstage people will think that you are struggling up there. If you are enjoying yourself then chances are your audience will enjoy themselves with you. Third, don’t just rely on your singing voice. Be theatrical when possible. Enlist proper hand movements, head shaking or even a little dancing when performing. Give a show. Also, learn your voice. Everyone’s voice is not the same, and some people have to breathe differently and project differently when singing certain notes. If you know your voice’s limitations then that should help you get around most obstacles. If you are doing a cover song, you don’t have to sing it the “exact same way” as the original artist. It is okay to vary your notes from time to time. As long as the song is still “recognizable” then you should be okay. Practice (preferably in front of a full length mirror). It is important to “look comfortable” up there. If you look awkward in the mirror then chances are your audience will view you that way as well. Finally, learn the EQ settings that work best with your voice. In other words, some people don’t like a “bottom heavy” sound when they sing. Others do. Also some reverb on your voice could make a difference as well. Once you learn the things that make your voice work make sure to incorporate those settings in your show. Everyone wants to have their “comfort zone” when performing. If there are any new upcoming singers out there contemplating doing a show, I hope this helps you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burrell onstage with Brett Jolly