- First you must learn to sing well. Duh. It matters... if you are screaming, if you have a weak "spread tone" or you don't articulate well, your performance will not be a masterful one, even if you are a media star. We've all heard about the stars that gave publically humilating performances from time to time. They usually go on to take vocal lessons, recover and deliver master performances like Taylor Swift did on the last awards show.
- Then you must learn to work the stage, within your genre and personality comfort levels. This could mean staging, choreography, or just learning to stand still without looking bored.
- But singing well and moving well is not enough. You must connect with the audience.
Her second performance was last week at 3rd & Linsley (a Nashville club). I suggested something she was already on to... that she forget about her nervousness and completely focus on the audience, one person at a time. I've never seen such a jump in performance ability. She had them in the palm of her hands, and as pro singer Leslie Ellis and I sang bgvs behind her, I felt like a proud mama.
Lyndsey was rewarded with her first standing ovation... not just from friends but from all present in the room...for her second public show!!
One final piece of advice: When you perform, you must connect through the song to the audience. If you just connect to the audience, but not to the lyric first, you will not elicit nearly as deep an emotional response. Remember... connect from yourself, through the song, go the audience, one heart at a time.
And if you get the chance, go watch Lyndsey Highlander perform!