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Singers were given feedback at the Reading Regional Final Showcase

READING SINGING CONTEST   

Reading Singing Contest: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Reading singing contest at Sub89 in Reading this weekend. The Reading singing contest gave singers and songwriters the opportunity to gain a place in the Area Finals of Open Mic UK.

Reading Singing Contest – Open Mic UK 2016

The music industry judges at the Reading singing contest included:

  • Chris Grayston, Head Judge, Music Consultant who works for Sony, Thames TV and The Voice
  • 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
  • Carly Cunningham, Singer songwriter
  • Greg Moxham, Drummer
  • Louis, Anton Road

Reading Singing Contest: 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.

Reading Singing Contest - Under 16’s Feedback

Georgia Davis – Massive start to the competition. Smooth delivery of lyrics and melody. Powerful projection! A very popular song choice, so consider singing something a little more leftfield to show more of your originality. Click here for the importance of song choices and picking something less popular so you are not compared to the original singer which is hard to match let along surpass. Pick a song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist. 

Leah – Smoky soulful vocals. Lovely sensitive song choice, which allows you to connect emotionally to the song. Click here for the importance of being able to sing with emotion. Look to commit fully to chorus for even more impact. You seemed a little nervous at times, try to minimise this so you can relax on stage. Do this and you will perform great things! Click here for tips on dealing with nerves.

Rachel Hunt – You have a lovely tone however you could hear the nerves. Click here for tips on dealing with nerves. More performance will help you assist to help get used to the emotions of being on stage. It will also help with your stage craft and expression of the song. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. There were a couple of issues with timing, a more structured backing track will help showcase your voice. Click here for tips on backing music.

Kayley Hain – Consider dynamics as you have a super tone, they would make your performance even better. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Also, look to practice in front of a mirror and/or film yourself to develop your performance. This will help build your confidence on stage. 

Molly – Good job for hitting those high notes! Liked you performed it with your guitar to give a live feel, although practice as much as you can as you looked down a few times. You need to be confident in your guitar playing so you can hold your eye contact with the audience. Click here for why eye contact is important. Keep focused on your timing and tuning as sometimes you slipped up slightly. Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help strengthen your voice.

Tiona J – Great image. Song choice is everything and it’s one of the most popular covers in the competition, you also did it the same as the original. Click here for the importance of song choices. Look to perform a song that you can bring your own spin to, and offer the judges something different. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Also, look to practice as much as you can to develop your expression when performing. More performance required!

Abigail Ocay – Very confident and expressive. Liked you worked the stage, which started with the decision to take the mic off the stand. This was engaging for your audience. Vocally take care not to force the vocal and lose control. Never sacrifice control for a bit more power! Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help control your voice. Consider working the dynamics more to show off the chorus and when you project more. Click here for tips on using vocal dynamics.

Reading Singing Contest - Singing Feedback

Olivia Corth – Vocally you are very well pronounced. However, look to vary the tones and texture of your vocal to be more authentic. Super tone and projection. Look to perform as much as you can to develop your stage craft and presence. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Also consider being a bit more creative with the song choice, to make it your own. We would like to see more originality. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Your confident, poised and focused. 

Margaret Perryman – Liked your badges and image to make you stand out! Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. Loved the tone and rasp in your vocal, just keep focused on your tuning, always keep control and don’t force the vocal, you don’t need too! Good commitment, song choice and performance very impressive!

Jessica Phillips – Super sweet tone, you sung and performed with great sensitivity. You worked the stage well and gave super eye contact. Song choice was perfect for you and you connected with emotion of the song excellently. Wow! Just watch the mic control so not causing popping in the mic. Click here for tips on microphone techniques.

Theresa Delaney – Love the soulful rasp in your vocals. Always has bundles of passion and commitment. Now as you’ve matured you have developed vocal control at the higher end which was always missing. Loved the image! Click here for finding an image as a musician. Just work on the expression to give us more emotional diversity. Click here for singing with facial expressions. You lost your timing towards the end of what was a vastly improved!

Isabella – Such a sweet vocal and you commit to perform the song too. At 8 you have years and years to develop but already have so much potential! We look forward to seeing her voice grow with her age. Look to strengthen the vocal to give you the ability to project even more and your range. Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help strengthen your voice. 

Hollie – Loved you made the cover your own with a basic acoustic version. It highlighted your great vocal control. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Commit more to the dynamics to give even more range to your vocals. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Your very likable Hollie!

Jerry Delaney – Looked very smart, just need to practice as much as you can to develop your stage craft. You worked the stage well but it’s making your movement appropriate to the emotion and in the song, rather than shadow boxing. You also need more variation in the performance rather than doing the same thing for each chorus. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Good projection in your vocal but take care with your diction. Your audience needs to be able to hear all the lyrics to emotionally connect to them. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction.

Darie Ivan – You looked good and very stylish. Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. Look to use the stage more to create more presence. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Some of your high notes were slightly out of tune so it’s important to hit them correctly. A singing teacher will be able to help you do this. Click here for choosing the right singing teacher for you. Super projection and tone in your vocal. 

Naomi Homerston - You have good projection but the mic is miles from your mouth at times thus losing impact and projection. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Good commitment and projection, like to see you step up now and be creative with the performance to show us who you are as a potential artist. 

Mackenzie Burke – A very engaging and likable performance. The confidence and stage craft is a different level in such a short space on time. Dynamics are good and you drive the hook line through with variation of tone and tempo in perfect measures. Going forward need to have confidence performing a cover with even more variation or your own song. Click here for performing a creative cover as a singer. Your vocals paired perfectly with the guitar.

Lydia Rose – You have a very clear and polished vocals. Lovely tone on the higher notes just give the same attention to all notes, so keep the focus. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Performance is where you could really develop, use the stage and reach out to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. These are the next steps for you, if you get them right you have a bright future in music.

Hayley Canham – A refreshing individual and talented performer. A powerful performance to your own song, keep writing as much as you can as you have real potential not just as a performer but as a songwriter. Click here for tips on writing a song. Your awareness of your guitar and vocals was strong, which added personality and enjoyment. 

KaeSeven – Loved you made the cover your own with basically an acoustic version of the hit song. It was brave and beautifully executed. Click here for performing a creative cover as a singer. Commit more to the dynamics to give even more range. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. We love that you’re not following the crowd.

Amber Weston – Get as close to that microphone as you can to show off your vocal. Doing this will maximise your big notes. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Also, take care to not to force the vocal and lose control. A very popular song choice, consider singing something a little more leftfield. Think about performing a song that you can bring your own spin to. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer.

Reading Singing Contest – 16-20’s Feedback

Jessica Beresford – Strong start to the competition. Great control, pitch and confidence on the mic. Good eye contact and commitment to the performance, super range. Watch your expression isn’t totally harsh and you can open to conveying the optimism and hope as well as the pain in the song. Click here for singing with facial expressions. Well done. 

Jake Dean – Need to rein in the artistic side of your performance and focus on your unique talent to reach out and connect to your audience. Click here for more on a acapella music performance. Remember to focus throughout, practice will engrain the words and what you are going to perform and when. Be sure to use eye contact to connect with your audience, this will be more engaging for them. Click here for why eye contact is important.

Matlinda – You are really developing as an artist; you’ve made brilliant steps in the last twelve months performing a song with much potential. Vocally you need to work with a vocal coach to strengthen up your projection and diction even more. Click here for picking the right singing teacher for you. More engagement was needed on stage. More performance will help develop your stage presence to be even better. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Bethany Humphries – Good original song. Glad you stood up to perform on keys gives so much more opportunity to perform. Click here for performing with music keyboards. If you sat down it becomes even more restrictive. Look to use your eyes more and reach out to us as the audience. Eye contact is the best way of showing the audience your emotion. Click here for why eye contact is important. Lovely drifty song, which you conveyed the emotion in the song superbly. You have great potential. 

Pauline – Confident performance. Start to believe in yourself more, think more like an artist - starting with finding an image to make you stand out. Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. Look to use the stage more to reach out to us. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Look to work with a good vocal coach to strengthen your projection and range.

Miriam CR – Great visual performance. Well worked routine, needed to coordinate an image between you as you were all wearing something different. Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. Musically sounded current just needed more of a hook - especially with a dancing routine, it’s important to be spot on with your mic control and on occasions you came across breathless. Click here for tips on microphone techniques.

Liam – Superb audience-focused rendition. Not convinced your image was in synch with your music. Click here for tips on act image and synchronisation. Mash up songs can sometimes work well, try to pick less songs to mash-up – less is more. Click here for more on performing song mashups. We enjoyed your performance.

Phoebe Rose – Confident, great song, and well performed. It’s all there but you need commit more to the performance, be more animated in your body, expression, use the stage. Come right to the front of the stage to reach out to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Image wise you look great but find something unique so you are memorable to your audience. Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. You have great potential. 

Niamh Murphy – Lovely tone and rasp. Like to hear you perform a creative cover to show us more originality and more of yourself as an artist. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. Performance wise look to use that stage even more to back up your super vocal. Try not to overdo the technical vocal work, as it can detract from your great natural tone. Also, consider adding more dynamics to the performance to keep the interest to the end. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. You’re very talented.

Scrap paper – Harmonies were spot on! You have great chemistry as a duo. Your diction can be clearer, but this could be due to nerves. Click here for tips on being able to improve diction. As performers, you looked across at each other but look to coordinate more, the boy hasn’t got his expression right. Click here for singing with facial expressions. We’d like to hear something more upbeat and dynamic! A well worked ending to give a climatic ending.

Reading Singing Contest – 21 and Over’s Feedback

David Hutchings – You have a great vocal and play very well. Look to bring more dynamics to both aspects in the performance. Click here for tips in guitar dynamics and vocal dynamics. You did alter the tempo and projection at the end but need to be subtler throughout the performance to win us over from the start. Remember to portray the emotions in the song through your facial expressions. Click here for singing with facial expressions.  

Kirsty Spence – Confident and natural performance. Good flow to the song. Maybe the song needed a huge chorus at the end to bring the performance up a level. Commit to a more animated performance and use the stage, this will be more engaging for your audience. Come to the front of the stage and reach out to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers

LunDun – Solid performance. You picked a song with lots of movement but it was a very static performance. Take the mic off the stand and work the stage. Look to move and perform more to give us more presence as you have a lovely tone. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Vocally look to go through the gears and give us a controlled dynamic performance. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics

Matt Carroll – You have a nice tone with a high range! This is a bit different although it would be great to hear a more dynamic range. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Remember to perform throughout, especially in the instrumental section which was a bit awkward when you didn’t. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. More performance will develop the confidence and your stage craft. 

Sioned Thomas – Confident and connected. The song suited your vocal range. Going forward if you could make a cover as much as your own as you can, by being creative as possible. We would like to see some more originality from you. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. Use the stage to reach out to your audience, it will be more engaging for them. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Marisa Rodriguez – What a soulful voice you have, could send you to places which is what you want music to do. Excited to find out how many original songs you have, make sure you write as much as you can and have the desire as you have bags of potential. As a performance look to just ramp up the dynamics more to push through the hook. Click here for tips in guitar dynamics and vocal dynamics. Mesmerising, poise, power, passion and control. You’re one to watch.

Siobhan O’Flaterty-Hilder – You have a unique sound. Loved the vibe of the song, sultry and moody. More stage performance will enable you to get the subtle aspects to the performance; like mic control need to get as close to the mic as you can Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Develop the right dynamics to drive the song and give more depth. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics.

Christina Cameron – Nice attitude and punch in the track. Your song is really catchy; your song writing is your strength. Performance is the area you need to develop, use the stage and have more presence. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Also, think about your image to stand out on stage. Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. Vocally you have great control to combine with a catchy song.

Russell Smith – You have a powerful vocal and can see why you picked a massive belter to do as your song choice. The song suited you on the high notes but on the verses, didn’t sound too sweet. Click here for the importance of song choices. Also, look to practice in front of the mirror, film yourself and analyse what you are doing with your expression and performance. Look to commit to the performance! Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Liked you adapted the words at the end!

Em Prince – Not sure on the dance routines but loved the energy and commitment to the performance. We love your individuality. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Work on the choreography and diction as we were struggling to hear some of the lyrics. This is very important for a performance. Click here for being able to improve diction

Forje – Song flowed well. You have great confidence. You had an image to make you stand out; get that hair standing on its end! Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. The song choice was interesting but was monotonous without a chorus or significant distinction. Besides that it was a very enjoyable performance. 

Akira – Great dance routine and a real credible pop act. Dancers were great and you involved yourself in it enough to be part of the routine. Taller dancer would be advisable to wear smaller heels to create more uniformity. Visually very powerful performance. Vocally take care not to force the vocal and loose the control. Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help strengthen your voice.

READING SINGING CONTEST 

All singers and songwriters successful through the Reading singing contest progressed onto the next stage of the competition at the Southern England Area Final which will be held at The 1865 Southampton on Sunday 20th 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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