How to become a singer

How to Become a Singer: Quick Guide to Unlock your Potential

Have you ever found yourself immersed in the melodies of your favorite songs, dreaming of standing on stage, captivating audiences with your voice? Building a singing career is a journey filled with passion, dedication and self-discovery. Whether you aspire to grace the world's grandest stages or simply want to share your voice with friends and family, the path to becoming a singer is as rewarding as it is challenging. So if you want to know how to become a singer and you're ready to embark on this musical voyage, here's a quick guide to help start your artist career and unleash your music potential. 

Steps for Becoming a Singer

  1. Discover Your Voice:

    Every singer possesses a unique voice, a distinct timbre that sets them apart. Begin by exploring your vocal range and your best key to sing in. Everyone wants to be able to the high notes like Mariah Carey or have the multiple octave range of Freddie Mercury, but only a handful of singers do. However, you don't need to be one of these select few to be a great singer, you just need to find your authentic voice. To find yours, experiment with different genres and styles to find where your voice shines brightest. This means singing cover songs from your musical influences, as well as other famous singers. Ask yourself, who do you sound like? Do you want to be a pop musician? If not, which genre(s) do you love? What mood or feeling do you want your audience to experience when you sing? Then ask yourself, do you see yourself more as a studio singer? Stage performer? Backup singer? Really take some time to create your vision of you as a singer.

  2. Vocal Training and Technique:

    Like any instrument, your voice requires training and practice to reach its full potential. The first step we recommend is seeking private lessons from a vocal coach who can provide personalized training and help you develop proper techniques, as well as improve your overall vocal performance. It's a lot of hard work, but you need to engage in regular exercises to strengthen your vocal cords, improve breath control and enhance your range - you can't simply depend on your natural talent. You must learn proper singing posture and techniques to prevent strain to ensure longevity in your singing career, because being a professional singer means performing on a live stage on a regular basis.  

  3. Study Music Theory:

    Understanding the basics of music theory is essential for any aspiring singer. (Yes, we're serious) Many of today's musicians don't feel the need to learn their craft, but my music mentor Ann Ruckert ALWAYS stress the importance of learning theory. Familiarize yourself with concepts such as pitch, rhythm, harmony and notation. Some singers choose to go to music school, but you can learn just as much from private instructors. This knowledge will not only enhance your singing abilities, but also enables you to communicate effectively with a live band, with session musicians during session work and other music collaborators.

  4. Expand Your Repertoire:

    As a singer, versatility is key. Great singers don't just sing their own songs, so experiment with different musical genres and styles to broaden your repertoire. Whether it's jazz, pop, classical, R&B or folk, exploring diverse genres will not only provide you with valuable experience, but also showcase the depth and flexibility of your voice. Plus it's also helpful when getting gigs and jobs as a session singer - the more genres you sing, the more jobs you're qualified for.

  5. Perform and Gain Experience:

    Take every opportunity to perform in front of live audiences, whether it's at local open mic nights, talent shows or community events. And this doesn't mean solely as a lead singer, you can also look for work as session singer as one of someone's background singers. Being a backup singer and singing background vocals gives you the opportunity to sing different vocal parts and perfect your ability to sing harmonies. Performing live also hones your stage presence, helps you gain visibility and confidence. Plus, it's a basic part of the career description if you want to work as a singer. With that said, embrace each performance as a learning opportunity and use feedback from your audience to refine your craft.

  6. Build Your Brand and Network:

    In today's digital age, building a strong online presence is crucial for aspiring singers. Create professional profiles on social media platforms, such as a YouTube Channel, to showcase your talent and reach a wider audience. Collaborate with other musicians, producers and industry professionals to expand your network and gain valuable insights into the music business. And above all, create your brand. Your brand reflects how you want to portray yourself as a singer to your audience, but it's more than just your artist name and color scheme. It's the emotional hooks you'll use to build your connection with your audience and transform them into loyal fans. And without loyal fans, you can't build a successful career.

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  7.  Seek Opportunities for Growth:

    Never stop learning and evolving as a singer - never. Attend workshops, masterclasses and vocal seminars to further develop your skills and stay abreast of industry trends. Consider joining choirs, ensembles or musical theater productions to gain experience and exposure in different musical settings. Try different vocal coaches to see if you can learn new any new techniques. Talk to other singers and learn about their singing routines and see if they doing anything that might benefit you.

  8. Stay Committed and Persistent:

    The journey to becoming a successful singer is filled with ups and downs, but perseverance is key. Stay committed to your craft, practice diligently and never lose sight of your passion for music. Remember that success doesn't happen overnight, so stay patient, stay focused and let your love for singing guide you through the highs and lows.

Becoming a singer is not just about mastering vocal technique; it's about channeling your emotions, providing unforgettable experiences and touching hearts through the power of music.

That said, becoming a professional singer also means that you need to learn how to build a sustainable music career for yourself. So if you choose to become a professional singer, please keep in mind that you'll need to carve out some time to learn the business side of the industry.

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