Previous Winners

Teen Star Promo

AUDITION SONG

Importance of audition song choice

Audition Song

Audition Song: Picking the correct audition song can define a singer, catch the attention of their audience and maximize their chance to shine. Here are the important things to take into account when making the decision! 

Audition Song is an extract taken from the forthcoming book, The Secret to Success in the Music Industry!

Audition Song – Importance of Song Choice

Firstly make sure the song suits your vocal style and range. Selecting an audition song that really shows off the sweeter tone in your range is always going to show you off at your best. Working with a vocal coach can really help you establish what this is, or just keep recording yourself and evaluate. It’s pointless selecting an audition song that is going to be a challenge to sound good at either low or high notes, especially when performing and when the vocal is under pressure. 

Know your voice 

Knowing your voice is important so that you can access your strengths and weaknesses to ensure you know what to develop. With this knowledge it then makes it easier to know what key and range of audition song choice is best and what key to write songs in. 

Pick an audition song that you can make your own, but only if it’s not too farfetched. Amongst the considerations are that it needs to be appropriate to fit your image, style and age.

Don’t pick popular songs; there are millions of songs to pick from not just the current most popular choices. No one wants to hear the same song repeated numerous times especially at an audition. In general avoid this as unless it’s vastly different to the original it’s going to be difficult to stand out. 

Tips on Audition Song

Is it best to pick an audition song that will show off my vocal? 

NO!! This is a really common error and is a poor reason for a song choice. Selecting an audition song just on the merits of showing off your vocal is such a common error. Don’t take on an epic, powerful song by someone like Whitney Houston or Adele as this is a huge risk and can only result in leaving a bad impression of your talent. In a pressured environment if it doesn’t sound as good as the original, people will criticise it. 

Far better an idea is to pick a song that you like that will help you connect with the emotion in the song, but don’t pick an audition song just because you like it. It needs to showcase your singing abilities and your unique artistry, so if that means picking a song you don’t normally listen to, then that’s what it has to be. 

A lesser point is pick something modern, or if you choose an old song put a modern twist on it; also select a song that is applicable to your age. Being different and making it you own is far more important. 

You need an audition song that, if performed in front of an audience, will resonate with them so they can connect with you and the song.

Audition Song Advice

Use the resources at your fingertips 

If in doubt, ask for feedback from a vocal coach or trusted friends and family. Perform the song for them, ask for their honest opinions and ask open questions. At the end of the day song choice is down to you, the singer, but constructive criticism can help you realise if the audition song is working. 

You may read this repeated on a number of occasions throughout the book and I’m not going to make an apology as it’s the core to development: recording and/or filming a demo of you performing the vocal to a backing track can also help you hear your performance. You and others can analyse it and see if there are any changes you can make to make the song your chosen audition song.

And remember song choice isn’t everything; just as important is the consideration that you will also need to perform, add dynamics, engage with the audience, connect to the music and bring out the emotion of the song, otherwise the performance will be lifeless and all the hard work selecting the song choice will be partially let down. 

It’s a lot to remember so that’s why it’s important to focus on the basics which all comes down to doing the hours of practice!

AUDITION SONG

Check out our other tips for singers below and check out our Open Mic UK 2016 singing auditions here.

How to Calm Nerves

The Audition

To keep up-to-date with other advice for singers, keep an eye on the Open Mic UK Facebook and Twitter pages:

Click the above buttons so you don't miss out!

Share by:

Click below for more news

Join us on

   Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest

Advice for Unsigned Singers

  • MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT


    MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT

    What does Music Artist Management do?

     

    Music Artist Management: All music mangers vary and can do an array of different jobs to help artists develop every aspect of their music careers. What a manager does for you …

    Read More...
  • LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?


    LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?

    Should you be looking for a music manager?

    Looking for a music manager?: Certainly what we’d advise especially when starting out is just concentrate on your own affairs to begin with before you start looking …

    Read More...
  • WRITING A PRESS RELEASE


    WRITING A PRESS RELEASE 

    Putting together and writing a press release

    Writing a press release: You need something to back up your words explaining your story for your newspaper article, that’s where writing a press release, comes in. …

    Read More...
  • MUSIC PRODUCTION


    MUSIC PRODUCTION

    Choosing a recording studio for your music production 

    Music Production: You’ve spent time and effort writing your own material, so when it comes to music production – laying down your tracks, choosing a …

    Read More...
  • USING YOUTUBE


    USING YOUTUBE

    Using YouTube and uploading videos

    Using YouTube: YouTube is the most popular video platform for singers as we go to print, so using YouTube can be a great platform, although Facebook are keen to take a piece of this market, so …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK TOOLS


    FACEBOOK TOOLS

    Using the right Facebook tools for promotion

    Facebook Tools: Facebook is still one of the best marketing platforms for singers, musicians and songwriters to promote their music and events on, therefore utilising Facebook tools can …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK POSTS


    FACEBOOK POSTS 

    Facebook posts and content rules

    Facebook Posts: Getting your Facebook posts right is important. Post too little and you are in danger of getting lost in people's news feeds and forgotten. Post too much and you will irritate …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK HELP


    FACEBOOK HELP 

    Facebook help to get you started

    Facebook help: One of the first steps with your Facebook help is to make sure your bio, picture and information are as clear as possible. Also, make sure your profile picture on Facebook is …

    Read More...

Open Mic UK News

  • SAM CLINES CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2016 CHAMPION!


    SAM CLINES CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2016 CHAMPION!

    Future Music have crowned Sam Clines Open Mic UK's 2016 overall winner

    Open Mic UK winner: The national singing competition Open Mic UK has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious …

    Read More...
  • OPEN MIC UK MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER


    OPEN MIC UK MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER – JUDGES’ TOP SCORES!

    The Open Mic UK music competition winner 2016 Grand Final judges’ top scores have been revealed! The Open Mic UK music competition Grand Final took place at The NEC in …

    Read More...
  • TEENSTAR 2017 AUDITION DATES NOW RELEASED!


    TeenStar audition dates now released!

    TeenStar audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers, have now released their audition dates! And new for this year it’s also open …

    Read More...
  • AUDITION DATES RELEASED


    AUDITION DATES RELEASED

    Music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2016 are announced today! 

    Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2016! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be …

    Read More...

Singing Feedback

  • LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES - 12th November


    LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for London music opportunities at the Beck Theatre

     

    London Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers London music opportunities at the weekend. The …

    Read More...
  • READING MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    READING MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Reading music opportunities at Sub89

       

    Reading Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Reading music opportunities at the weekend. The …

    Read More...
  • SHEFFIELD MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    SHEFFIELD MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Sheffield music opportunities at The Sheffield City Hall

       

    Sheffield Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Sheffield music …

    Read More...
  • SOUTHAMPTON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    SOUTHAMPTON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Southampton music opportunities at The 1865

      

    Southampton Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Southampton music opportunities at …

    Read More...
  • GLASGOW MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    GLASGOW MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Glasgow music opportunities at Airdrie Town Hall

     

    Glasgow Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Glasgow music opportunities at the weekend. …

    Read More...
  • LIVERPOOL MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    LIVERPOOL MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Liverpool music opportunities at The Liner Hotel

    Liverpool Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Liverpool music opportunities at the …

    Read More...
  • LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES - 28th October


    LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for London music opportunities 

    London Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Lonon music opportunities at the weekend. The singers and …

    Read More...
  • LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for London music opportunities 

    London Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Lonon music opportunities at the weekend. The singers and …

    Read More...

Singing Competition Prizes

  • BELFAST RECORDING STUDIOS


    BELFAST RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Belfast Regional Finals!

    Belfast Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Belfast Regional Finals took place this weekend at Kings Hall in …

    Read More...
  • EXETER RECORDING STUDIOS


    EXETER RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Exeter Regional Finals! 

    Exeter Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Exeter Regional Finals took place this weekend at Exeter Corn …

    Read More...
  • ESSEX RECORDING STUDIOS


    ESSEX RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Essex Regional Finals!

    Essex Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Essex Regional Finals took place this weekend at Marconi Social Club in …

    Read More...
  • CAMDEN RECORDING STUDIOS


    CAMDEN RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Camden Regional Finals! 

    Camden Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Camden Regional Finals took place this weekend at Dingwalls in …

    Read More...
  • READING RECORDING STUDIOS


    READING RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Reading Regional Finals! 

    Reading Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Reading Regional Finals took place this weekend at Sub89 in …

    Read More...
  • NOTTINGHAM RECORDING STUDIOS


    NOTTINGHAM RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Nottingham Regional Finals! 

    Nottingham Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Nottingham Regional Finals took place this weekend …

    Read More...
  • MILTON KEYNES RECORDING STUDIOS


    MILTON KEYNES RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Milton Keynes Regional Finals!

     

    Milton Keynes Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Milton Keynes Regional Finals took place …

    Read More...
  • NEWCASTLE RECORDING STUDIOS


    NEWCASTLE RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Newcastle Regional Finals!

     

    Newcastle Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Newcastle Regional Finals took place this weekend at …

    Read More...

Social Network Feeds