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Singers were given feedback at the Southampton Auditions

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Southampton Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Southampton auditions at The 1865 in Southampton this weekend. The Southampton auditions gave singers and songwriters the opportunity to gain a place in the Regional Finals of Open Mic UK.

Southampton Auditions – Open Mic UK 2016

The music industry judges at the Birmingham auditions included:

  • Chris Grayston, Music Consultant
  • Rosalind Fountain, International singer
  • Geoff Dorsett, Express FM presenter
  • Cassie Lawrence, Professional singer & music coach
  • Edward Morris, Voice 103.9 FM Radio

Southampton Auditions: 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.

Southampton Auditions - Feedback

Charlie Harris – Good song choice for your vocal range! You looked a little nervous, click here for some advice on dealing with nerves. You have great vocal potential, you just need to focus on the performance. Click here for pointers on the importance of performing on stage.

Mattie Elliott – Superb vocals as always, your voice has really matured and become more powerful, however watch your breathing control, which did affect your performance. Click here for advice on picking the right singing teacher and for breathing control exercises  in order to improve and develop your voice.

Elysia Sheridan – You gave a very committed and confident performance. To improve this further have a look at your interaction with your audience and look to work on your eye contact and body movements. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions and the importance of eye contact.

Elijah Jeffrey – Great performer and a lovely voice. It was a good song choice and you showed good use of your voice range and tone. Be careful not to rush through your performance. Try to perform as much as you can in order to improve confidence. Click here for tips on stage performance tips.

Aiden Shelly – You had a great song choice and have a lovely rasp to your vocals, however you should work on your voice projection which a good vocal coach will be able to help you with. You had a good use of dynamics but did start projecting quite low. Click here for advice on voice projection and for tips on finding the right singing teacher for you.

Anya Marsland – You have a lovely tone and great potential! You gave a good performance however look to perform as much as you can to develop you stage craft. Have a think about your song choice and try to select songs that are less well known with a little more originality. Click here for information on the importance of audition song and for tips on performing a creative cover.

Open Mic UK 2016 - Feedback

Renee B – It was great to see you perform well with the guitar, however you should try to look up more to engage with the audience and not look at your playing so much. You have a beautiful voice and lots of potential however try to commit even more to the expression of the emotion of the song. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions and the importance of eye contact.

Katie Baron – Very theatrical performance however be careful not to limit your ability to be original if performing in character. Click here for more information on performing a creative cover, however of course this depends on the musical route you wish to take. Vocally you have a lovely pitch and tone but look to work on your vocal dynamics and voice projection to be even better!

Lauren Marshall – It was nice to see you accompanied by a guitar to give the performance more of a live feel. You have a lovely pitch and your singing got stronger throughout the performance. It is important to perform as much as you can in order to develop your stage craft, dynamics and performance expressions. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics and for more information on singing with facial expressions.

Bella Beney – You have a great voice and it was a good song choice. You should think about dynamics however this grew as the performance progressed. Ideally you need to make an impact from the very start, click here for more on stage performance tips and vocal dynamics

Jessica Browett – You have a lovely pitch however sounded a little nasal at times. Be careful when choosing the right song for your performance. Click here for tips on the importance of audition song and look to be a little more original. Click here for more on performing a creative cover. Performance wise maybe look to film yourself performing and analyse to develop.

Joe Chilcott – Good original song and a strong voice. You have a very engaging playing style and good dynamics which kept the interest of the audience throughout your performance. You rarely looked up from your playing which is the main area to develop upon. Click here for more on the importance of eye contact and audience engagement.

Southampton Auditions - Singing Feedback

Jade Turton – Lovey voice and tone and personality came across well. Nice backing track however you need to bring more of a performance. If you perform as much as you can will help develop your stage presence. Song wise it would have benefitted from a stronger hook to be more appealing. You really need to climb into the chorus when you perform it! Click here for more on stage performance tips and tips for finding the right singing teacher for you!

Nathan Thomas – You have very distinct vocals and good performance. Good funky vibe to the song and you have lots of potential! Looking forward to hearing this on the live stage. Click here for tips on vocal exercises to help develop your voice!

Ruth Marshall – You gave a confident performance however you need to make a stronger first impression. The tempo was slow and you need to have more of an impact from the start. Try to perform as much as you can to develop your stage presence, dynamics and facial expressions. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics and for improving singing with facial expressions.

Lily Garland – Great dynamics, powerful vocals and good voice projection. Look to commit even more to the performance to really convey the emotion in the song. Don’t hold back! Your performance was well constructed and flowed well. Click here for more on how to sing with emotion and stage performance tips.

Charlotte Abbotts -  Great pitch, however be careful with originality when performing such a popular song choice. Good performance but look to film yourself in order to analyse and develop. It is important you perform as much as you can to develop your stage craft, facial expressions and dynamics. Click here for tips on picking the perfect audition song and for improving singing with facial expressions on stage.

Allegra Ngoulou – Turn up on time for auditions so you do not potentially lose out on future opportunities. You have a nice and distinct voice. Vocally, you should think about working with a vocal coach to develop. Look to film yourself to allow you to analyse and develop your performance. It is important for you to perform as much as you can in order to develop your stage craft, in particular dynamics and your expression. Click here for more on vocal dynamics and finding the best singing teacher for you.

Southampton Auditions - Feedback

Ellie Sheppard – You have such a lovely tone to your vocals and projected your voice really well. It was really nice to see you smiling and enjoying your performance. You used great eye contact too which really helped you engage with your audience. Click here for information on why is eye contact important?. To improve even more think about your stage performance. Click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.

Molly Poole – You seemed very confident when performing. It was a lovely rendition of the song and it was great that you stepped forward on stage and took control of the performance! You have a great voice however be careful not to push your vocals too much and remember to breathe. Click here for more on how to achieve better vocal projection and for breath control exercises.

Lucy Gillard – You have really great vocals and performed a very powerful song. It’s always going to be hard compared to Adele. You used good hand gestures, however watch your facial expressions as they do come across a bit too harsh sometimes. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. To make your performance even better, click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Forje – It was great to hear a rap song. Your song had very good lyrical content and backing. It was a very enjoyable song! Don’t be scared to use more eye contact to really engage with your audience. Click here for more on why is eye contact important?. To really improve your performance think about moving around to the beat a bit more. Click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.

Lewis Shepperd – You have an amazing range with flawless high notes! This was very impressive. You have a really fun, cheeky personality that really comes across in your performance and smile. This is really positive and helps your audience engage with you. You have a lovely vocal tone but think about making your chorus a little more catchy. Click here for more on how to write a song chorus and song structures for singers.

Matthew Williams – You have great vocals that worked very well with your song choice. Try to work on your projection, it was quite difficult to hear you over the guitar at times. Click here for more on how to achieve better vocal projection. Think about showing more emotion in your body language to make you and the overall performance more engaging. Click here for tips on how to sing with emotion during a performance.

Ian Appley – You have a really nice raspy tone and vocals, however be careful as you do have some habits that make it sound quite karaoke. Click here for some stage performance tips for singers. Your mashup was very enjoyable and this was a good idea for an audition! Make sure you choose two songs that fit really well together as the songs didn’t seem to flow. Click here for more on song mashups.

Jessica Browett – You have lovely vocals however unfortunately you went slightly out of tune on occasion. Make sure to work on your tuning and vocal range. Click here for more on how to improve vocal range. Working with a singing teacher will really help you to improve your tone and vocal tuning. It is very important to find a singing teacher that will work well with you. Click here for more on how to pick the right singing teacher for you.

SOUTHAMPTON AUDITIONS

All singers and songwriters successful through the Brighton auditions progressed onto the next stage of the competition at the Southampton Regional Final Showcase which will be held at The 1865, Southampton on Sunday 9th October!

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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