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Singers were given feedback at the Glasgow Regional Final Showcase

GLASGOW SINGING COMPETITION    

Glasgow Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Glasgow singing competition at Airdrie Town Hall in Glasgow this weekend. The Glasgow singing competition gave singers and songwriters the opportunity to gain a place in the Area Finals of Open Mic UK.

Glasgow Singing Competition – Open Mic UK 2016

The music industry judges at the Glasgow Singing Competition included:

  • Darran Barker, Head Judge, DB Music Management
  • Andy Baker, Founder of Resound Media, home of Sound Consultancy and Rocket Fuel. He's responsible for getting many new artists on national radio and has landed unsigned acts on tours with Little Mix, Leona Lewis and Lionel Richie
  • Kasey Monroe
  • Ross Gunning, Glasgow’s Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Gordon Johnstone, Glasswerks
  • Vicki Gold

Glasgow Singing Competition: See industry feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of the Open Mic UK competition, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts.

Glasgow Singing Competition - Under 16’s Feedback

Robin Ashcroft – Loved the old-fashioned image. You have very powerful vocals. Be sure to open your eyes and make eye contact with your audience. Doing this will make your performance more engaging. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important. We loved the emotion in your performance! Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion.

Zoey Peline – You had a good image! You used the stage very well – this was engaging for your audience. Think about song choice, the song didn’t show us your vocal range. It was also a very difficult song to sing. Think about something that you can bring your own spin to as an artist. Click here for the importance of song choices

Michael Aldag – You have a nice vocal. We need to see more of a performance from you on stage. Use the stage in front of you to reach out to your audience and engage them. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. You also need to work on your breathing technique to reach those high notes. Click here for breath control exercises – that will help strengthen your vocals.

Kirsten – You have a good vocal range. Nice tone and smile! Be careful with your breathing, you need to work on a technique that will minimise the breathing sounds. Click here for breath control exercises. If you do this, you will be able to soften the ends of the song – where it needs the gentlest attention to detail. 

Rebecca Penman – You have a lovely tone and likeability. You have a smooth vocal. The performance was quite dull; your vocals need some more power. You need to cover a greater vocal range to be engaging to your audience. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Try to engage more with your audience, it felt like you were hiding behind your microphone. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Jess Cook – Loved that you performed your own song. Loved you’re playing and singing ability – your very brave! You have great song writing ability. Click here for tips on writing a song. Try to look up more during your performance, you weren’t engaging with your audience because of the lack of eye contact. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important.

Eve Robertson – We liked your version of the song, you looked like you were enjoying yourself! We could feel your nerves at the start of the performance, although you seemed to relax as the performance went on. Try to minimise these from the beginning so you can start confidently. Click here for tips on dealing with nerves. Be sure to work on your diction, we were struggling to hear certain words in your song. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction

Marli Clark – You’re cute and have a good image! Great confidence and a good performance. You have lots of potential. Be sure to work on your vocals even more, a singing teacher will be able to help strengthen your vocals. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher. Also, make sure you warm up your vocals before the performance. Click here for tips on singing warmups.

Loxie – Very good harmonies. Try to stand back from the mic when you’re not singing and use the stage. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. We couldn’t see a connection between you – look at each other and smile at certain points in the song. Click here for tips on singing in a group.

Olivia McDonald – You’re a very good performer! It was very engaging and powerful. You were slightly out of tune on the high notes. In time your vocals will strengthen – work with a singing teacher to help do this. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher. We could see you in a girl group!

Lewis Watt – You’re a good guitarist and great singer! Your very confident on stage, you couldn’t stop smiling! You have great potential. The guitar slightly overwhelmed your voice in places. Be sure to watch this in the future. Click here for tips on playing guitar.

Paige Fleming – You have a strong voice! You’re very confident and used the stage well. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Try to control your breathing in the lower notes. Click here for breath control exercises. Use these exercises to do this. Loved your smile at the end! We can see you in the west end.

Katie Lewis – You are very smiley and have a nice voice. Lovely version of the song, it was nicely constructed. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. We need to see more from your performance, you were very static in places. Use the stage in front of you and reach out to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Courtney Kirk – Loved the energy in your performance! You have a good image. Your vocals were slightly flat at times. Look to work on strengthening your vocals – working with a singing teacher will help do this. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher

Zoe Gallacher – Loved the version of Valerie. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. We loved your edge to the performance, your very stylish and you engaged well with your audience. You really put some feeling into your performance! Remember to use eye contact throughout your performance, this will get your audience even more engaged. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important.

Louise Rodgers – You have a nice smile! We liked your song choice. Be sure to keep the microphone to your mouth at all times (while singing). Bring the mic closer to your lips to maximise projection. Click here for microphone techniques for singers. Make sure you keep looking forward, your eyes were drifting at times. Eye contact helps engage the audience to your performance. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important.

Mirin and Lucy – You worked well together. Good harmonies, and there was lots of emotion. You need more of a stage presence. Use the stage to reach out to your audience – this will be more engaging for them. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. We couldn’t see a connection between you – look at each other and smile at certain points in the song. Click here for tips on singing in a group.

Corrine Gallacher – You have a good voice for your age – their very soft vocals! You need to work on your performance, use the stage to its potential and reach out to your audience. This will be more engaging for them. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Work on adding some more power to your vocals – a singing teacher will help do this. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher.

Dylan Fraser – You have a strong voice, you’re always in tune. We enjoyed your performance. Try to be more engaging on stage, use eye contact, work the stage to reach out to your audience. Click here for tips on audience engagement. You have a nice vocal style.

Molly Ivanov – Good range! You have a nice musical theatre voice – you will do very well in the west end! We enjoyed the version of the song, it was well delivered. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. You have very powerful vocals and a good tone. Well done Molly!

Beth Swan – Great voice and range, you’re very talented!  Be sure to look straight at your audience, using eye contact will keep them fully engaged. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important. You will go very far!  

Shannon – You have a nice voice; you were always in tune. This a very difficult song to do well! Be sure to pick a song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist. Click here for the importance of song choices. We didn’t see much of a mic technique, make sure you bring the mic close to your lips to maximise projection. Click here for microphone techniques for singers.

Maryam Khan – You have a good range and you’re very confident. You need to show us more emotion. For your performance to be engaging, you need to add emotion into it. If you do this, your overall performance will improve greatly. Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion.

Zara – Good vocal on a big song! Try not to hide behind the mic - use the stage and reach out to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. It was an emotional performance; you have good potential Zara.

Hollie Robinson – You have a great voice, and you gave a strong emotional performance. The song choice was great, it suited your voice well. Click here for the importance of song choices. Your delivery was very engaging and emotional – well done for that. Loved your performance!

Glasgow Singing Competition – 16-20’s Feedback

Rebecca Boyle – You have good vocals and image! The song choice wasn’t great – look at choosing a song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist. Doing this will show us your originality. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. Your lower register needs some work. Look at working with a singing teacher to improve this. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher.

Cileas – You have a nice voice and tone. Try to open your eyes more on stage – eye contact is crucial to portray the emotion in the song and get your audience engaged. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important. Be careful with how you come across during your performance, think about how you use your arm gestures etc. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Erin Macleod – Nice and smiley! You need to start confidently, you seemed to be nervous. Click here for tips on dealing with nerves. We didn’t feel any connection between you and the song. You need to show the audience an emotional connection to keep them engaged to you. Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion.

Alice Donaldson – Loved the original song! You’re very confident and have a nice tone. We could feel the connection that you had to the song. You need to take the song up to a chorus, making a build-up and driving the chorus as the hook. Click here for tips on writing a song and writing a killer chorus. There was a good flow of performance. Well done. 

Tia Urquhart – You have a nice voice and you were well presented. Diction for this song is crucial, be sure to work on this as we needed to hear every word in the song to emotionally connect to it. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction. We could hear a good range hidden, look at choosing a song that can bring this out. Click here for the importance of song choices.

Carli Trotter – Loved the song choice, is suits your voice well. Try to understand the chords and structure of the song a little better. This will come with practice. Click here for the importance of song choices. Make sure you open your eyes on stage to connect with your audience. Eye contact is crucial in engaging your audience. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important. 

Theo – You have a lovely soulful voice. Allow yourself to connect to the song! Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion. You need to work on your stage presence, use the stage to reach out to your audience. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Do this, and you will have good potential. 

Rebecca Martin – Liked that you used the electric guitar as a backing! Although, your guitarist seemed disinterested at times. There wasn’t much of a melody, try to stick to the tune. Try not to sing through your nose. Click here for breath control exercises

Jasmin – You’re confident on stage. The song is meant to show us attitude, but we didn’t see this from. Look at choosing a song that suits your style and vocal ability. Click here for act image and synchronisation. We didn’t see any emotion, try to show us your passion!

Kezia Hughes – You have a nice voice, and we enjoyed the chorus and melody in your original song. We couldn’t make out some of your lyrics, be sure to watch your diction. We need to hear every lyric to connect fully to your song. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction. Make sure you use eye contact to connect to your audience. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important.

Rebekah O’Rorke – You have a very good control of your voice; you have a great tone and your confident on stage. Be sure to know your backing track and the timing inside out. With more rehearsal, this will fill more natural to you. Look at attending Open Mic nights to field the practise needed. Click here for Open Mic nights for singers.

Ewan Legg – You have a strong voice. Liked that you performed an original song. The guitar accompany to your vocals was great. Click here for tips on playing guitar. You’re emotional and passionate on stage which is engaging for your audience. 

Glasgow Singing Competition – 21 and Over’s Feedback

Casey Benjamin – Good musicianship! You’re a very likable singer! We loved your lyrics, more connection between you and the audience would put your song across even greater. Click here for tips on audience engagement. The song did feel a bit one paced – adding some vocal dynamics would be more beneficial to the song. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics.

Wen – Nice outfit! You need to work on your mic technique. Make sure you bring it closer to your lips to maximise projection. Click here for microphone techniques for singers. Be sure to use more eye contact with your audience, this is crucial with audience engagement. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important.

Miss TT – A nice bright outfit, and super smiley on stage! You have a strong voice. The song choice suited your personality well. Click here for the importance of song choices. Your diction needs some attention, make sure to pronounce every word and phrase for your audience. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction.

Marie – Lovely dress! This was a brave song to take on – you didn’t show us any of the emotions involved. Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion and importance of song choices. Be sure to incorporate more energy into your performance and show us that your enjoying it!

Baby Taylor – You have a nice tone and voice. Try to soften your breath between each phrase. Click here for breath control exercises. We could feel the emotion, but try to open your eyes to use eye contact and connect to your audience. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important. Focus on your great tone.

Alex and Rebecca – Good playing ability, you have a nice voice and you come across confident! Even when you’re not singing, you are still performing. Be sure to keep the performance going at these moments. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. You could have a great voice, continuing working on it to strengthen your vocals.

Evie and Mannick – You have a nice smile and voice. We didn’t feel any connection between you and your guitarist. Even when your performing with a music instrumental you need to show the audience your connection to each other. You can do this by smiling at each other at certain moments. Click here for tips on singing in a group.

Gabrielle – Good cover version with good interpretation. Open your eyes on stage, you need to sing to your audience, not yourself. Eye contact is crucial when engaging your audience with your performance. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important. Your top range needs some work – look at working with a singing teacher to help strengthen your vocals. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher.

Peter W – Your vocals are strong and we liked the slight comedy element! You were very entertaining on stage, you have strong personality and that came across to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Lewis – You were nicely presented on stage. Your vocals need some strengthening in places - look at working with a singing teacher to help strengthen your vocals. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher. An enjoyable performance, well done.

Clare Louise – You’re very likable! We could feel your nerves, as your voice was shaking at times. Try to minimise these so we can listen to your full vocal ability. Click here for tips on dealing with nerves. We also couldn’t make out some of the words, be sure to pronounce every word and phrase so we can hear the lyrics clearly. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction.

James Hoffman – You have a lovely tone and voice. You were presented really well on stage. Remember to keep eye contact from the beginning right up till the end! This is crucial with keeping your audience engaged with your performance. Click here for tips on why eye contact is important.

Georgia Gage – Nice harmonies. You all performed well and showed great confidence. Click here for tips on singing in a group. Have a think about your identity as a group, and where you could fit in, in today’s music market. 

Philip – You have good vocals. Look to choose a song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist, and show us your originality. Click here for the importance of song choices.

Ray Kenny – Nice to hear an original ‘up tempo’ song. Click here for tips on writing a song. You had a great stage presence as we watched your dance! Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Keep doing what you’re doing – it’s entertaining. 

Ashleigh Clare – You have a nice vocal, and you were always in tune. You know what you’re doing, you have great skills, you could be big one day! Click here for the importance of song choices.

Alex Michael – You have an individual voice, we love the huskiness. You expressed the song well, we could see your emotion and connection which was very engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion.

GLASGOW SINGING COMPETITION 

All singers and songwriters successful through the Glasgow singing competition progressed onto the next stage of the competition at the North-East England Area Final Showcase which will be held at Dewsbury Town Hall Dewsbury on Saturday 19th November. 

If you’re a singer or songwriter looking to gain more performance experience and win industry prizes then why not enter singing contest Open Mic UK.

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