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Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances(Exerpted from Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances by Jeannie Deva)

You may have an excellent voice, but if you haven’t picked the right audition songs, you’ll have a big strike against you. It’s tough to 
perform a huge popular hit song uniquely different enough to give it your own signature.
 
Your voice and presentation can change depending on the style of music you select. If you know the musical style of the show or band and choose your audition pieces accordingly, you’ll increase your chances of being 
cast or hired. Pick quality music that allows you to be theatrical, so you can show your performing/acting ability as well as showcasing your vocal range and style.

 

When choosing competition songs consider these factors …

  • Select songs that will not cause an immediate comparison of you with the original artist. A trick to this is to find a song that was done by an artist of the opposite sex to you. This can work as long as the lyrics can be made appropriate to you and the song’s melody and dynamics allow you to show off your voice.
  • The style of the music should allow you to do things with your voice that bring out the best in your tone and unique attributes. Sometimes just changing the key of the song will help you present it well…

  • You believe in the message enough to pour your heart and soul into it.

  • The song permits you to take chances both emotionally and vocally.

  • Many auditions for the televised singing competitions are conducted a cappella. Your song choice needs to take this into account because you won’t have an accompaniment to help energize your performance.

  • It’s not uncommon to audition with a shorter section of a song such as 30 to 60 seconds or 12-16 measures. When this is so, find the part of the song that’s most exciting and best presents your voice… When auditioning with a shortened version of a song, find a way to end it with pizzazz regardless of how the original ends.

  • Select material that will allow you to make certain melodic and phrasing changes from the original recording while still keeping it true to the basic song. (This point would not be appropriate for musical theatre auditions as they expect you to stay true to the way the song is written.)

  • Once you pick the right songs, use the material in the rest of this book (Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances) to really bring out your unique voice and take the risks that will make yours the most memorable performance the judges have heard.

Comments

  1. Jack on July 12, 2017 at 6:45 PM said:
    How many songs do you need to have ready for an audition?
  2. Studio Staff on July 12, 2017 at 6:57 PM said:
    Jack, It depends upon the audition. For the competition shows they give a list to choose from and having two or three ready is a good idea. For a band, you may need six or more so check with the music director or band leader. Thanks for your question.
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