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SOUTHERN ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION 

Singers were given feedback at the Southern England Showcase Final

 SOUTHERN ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION  

Southern England Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Southern England Singing Competition at The 1865 in Southampton this weekend. The Southern England Singing Competition gave singers and songwriters the opportunity to gain a place at the Grand Final of Open Mic UK.

Southern England Singing Competition – Open Mic UK 2016

The music industry judges at the Southern England singing competition included:

  • Chris Grayston, Head Judge; Music Consultant Chris Grayston who works for Sony, Thames TV, The Voice to name a few.
  • Edward Morris (Show 1 & 2), Voice 103.9 FM Radio
  • Rosalind Fountain, International singer
  • Ryan Bishop (Shows 1 & 2), Assistant cruise director
  • Amelia McCloskey (Show 3), Singer
  • Cassie Lawrence, Professional Singer and Music Coach

Southern England 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.

Southern England Singing Competition - Under 16’s Feedback

Anya – Strong bold vocal, very distinct sound. You have a very strong voice. Song choice is very emotional and you need to look to convey that more in your performance. Try to work on your expression to show us some of that emotion. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. Look to practice in front of the mirror and camera to perfect this. As a performance look to give us more movement again to convey even more emotion. Click here for stage performance tips for singers

Cameron Nisbet – A much more composed and improved performance, always consider your control so you don't over force the performance. Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help control your vocals. Performance wise don’t forget to use the stage, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Keep your focus throughout with your eye contact and keep your game face on! You are very likeable Cameron.

Elijah Jeffery – A very polished performance. You are a very confident performer and you use the stage well. Super control on the vocal, however you didn’t show us much of you as an original act. Look to perform a song that you can bring your own spin to. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. You could have also committed more to the performance in the instrumental section. Vocally perhaps a bit more variation in tone and projection wouldn’t have gone a miss. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics.

Ciara Parker –  Love the smooth tone and your vocal range. Super control and we liked your extension of tempo throughout the words. Commit more to the expression using not just your facial expression but arms and body movement in general. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Good dynamic throughout the song, consider not over pushing the vocal for that extra projection. Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help control your vocals. 

Hattie Chandler – You have a very powerful voice. Song choice is so important and although you sang it powerfully, we’re not convinced it highlighted the sweeter tone in your vocal. Click here for the importance of song choices. Liked that you looked to work the stage but commit to that even more. We need to see your passion on stage! Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Make sure you pull away slightly from the microphone on the big notes.

Molly Poole – Liked that you choose to do a mash up and be creative! It was very entertaining. Click here for tips on song mashups. Try limiting the amount of songs you use, this would have helped the performance flow a bit better, there were too many different songs. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Performance wish you used the stage but work the stage harder to show us that emotion in the song. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Loved that you introduced yourself to the audience. 

Cheska Ruiz –  Relative to your age this performance is amazing, a big song and you controlled it well. Try and work on the dynamics to make the high notes seem effortless, or at least not such a strain to maintain. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Look to use the stage more, to be more engaging to your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. You're going to be a star one day!

OneThreeFive – Bags of potential! Practice until you can’t get it wrong and you know exactly what you are doing and when. At times seemed a little raw as a performance. Click here for tips on singing in a group. Your harmonies were good, you all have great voices. Have a think about your image as a group, think about how you can make yourself individual – compared to other girl groups. 

Theresa Delaney – Love your confidence! You have great projection and tone; and you have improved! There is a control issue when you launch into the high notes which if you can rectify will demonstrate your full potential. You are just forcing your vocal too often and losing your control! Click here for vocal exercises for singers – these will help control your vocals. You have a great vocal ability Theresa. 

Shalamar B – A very sincere performance, you have a very powerful voice. Great song choice, which suited your vocal perfectly. Emotionally it’s a joyous song yet you are expressing pain, look to develop this. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. Performance wise, vary the delivery, phrasing and projection. Doing this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics.  

Mattie Elliott – Liked your image! Click here for more on finding an image as a musician and using that to make you stand out. Performance wise, look to use the stage more. This will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. A shaky start which you grew into and you made the song your own. Try to show us your confidence from the beginning, this will better your overall performance. Click here for tips on how to calm nerves. Almost brought some of us to tears! Great emotion.

Erin Bloomer – It’s a song we hear a lot, and you performed it well! However, its difficult to make unique. Look to perform a song that can show us your originality. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. By seating down you are limiting your ability to move and perform, so in most cases look to stand as it allows the opportunity to move more. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Well done on continuing to perform even though you lost your way with the lyrics - look to perform not untill you get it right but until you can’t get it wrong!

Neave Iona – Good eye contact and rasp to your vocal – love the husky tones! Your performance needs developing, look to perform as much as you can and gain confidence to really command the stage. Click here for building stage confidence for singers. Also, think about your vocal dynamics and work hard to deliver that; practice in front of your camera on your mobile and refine. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics.

Jerry Delaney – Quite a performer, bringing good energy to the stage and a much improved performance! Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Vocally, watch the control, more particularly on the low notes and ensure you keep your focus throughout the performance. Look to work with a singing teacher, they will be able to improve the control on your low notes. Click here for choosing the right singing teacher for you.

Margaret Perryman – Great facial expressions. Enjoyed your song choice, the fact that it’s originally sung by a male is engaging! We could see your originality as an artist. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Try and deliver the song with more dynamics so you’re not just forcing the whole song - embrace the potential sensitive side of the song on the lower notes. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. You look like a little pop star on stage! 

Jessica Phillips – Totally genuine and convincing performance. Once you started to flow, we could see your potential and the song is great! Be sure to work on your confidence, that should be shown from the beginning. Click here for tips on how to calm nerves. You connect well with the emotion in the song and have a good grasp of dynamics. You gave the lyrics real meaning - click here for tips on how to sing with emotion

Amy Kennedy – Super song choice! Click here for the importance of song choices, this song really suited you and we could see you connected to it. Look to now bolt on more of a performance and use that stage, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Also look to develop your expression and convey the same level of emotion as you are with your vocal.

Southern England Singing Competition - Singing Feedback

Mackenzie – Your development in the last year has been staggering! It was great to see you smiling on stage and enjoying your performance – this was very engaging for your audience.  Original song has bags of potential. Click here for tips on writing a song. You worked the stage well and really committed to the song. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Keep going with your vocal training, we can see massive improvements. 

Hollie – Super vocal and loved the trainers- they made you stand out! Song choice didn’t allow you to put your stamp on it. Look to perform a song that you can bring your own spin to and show us your originality as a singer. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. The vocals on the backing track didn’t sound right, think about bringing something different to your track. Click here for tips on backing music

Renee B – So confident for 12! Your performance was well controlled, you never force your vocals which is great. We can hear the beauty in your tone coming through. It would be great to see you writing your own songs as we will see a stronger connection with the songs. Click here for tips on writing a song. Good movement advocating the advantage of standing rather than sitting when performing with a guitar.

Isobel Wannell – You are a natural and mesmerising performer. Great you came to the front of the stage to help us connect even more to you as a performer. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Really strong mash up! Click here for tips on song mashups. Try to be softer on your higher register, click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Felt like a lot of preparation went into this performance and the hard work paid off! 

Charlie Harris – You have lots of potential as you have a current sound and likeability. At the start of your performance we could feel your nerves. Try to eliminate these to better your performance. Click here for more on how to calm nerves. Nice to use the ukulele but it does need to be considered carefully it’s quite a thin instrument and doesn’t allow for too many dynamic chord changes. Click here for tips on audience participation. 

Leah – Lovely tone, but look to watch your mic control as it is affecting your projection. Need to keep it consistent to your mouth, bring the microphone closer to your lips to maximise projection. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Also consider bringing more dynamics to the performance, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Try to smile more on stage. You’re a future star! 

Roxy – Super vocal and tone, you have such great power. Stunning performance! You're leaving us puzzled as we are not feeling any emotion from you or your performance. Doing this will massively enhance your performing ability. Click here for tips on being able to sing with emotion. You have the talent! You just need to add more character and emotion.

Natasha – Super vocal projection and control. It was great to see you demonstrate the passion in the song but try and convey the lighter side of the emotion in the song where possible - not just the pain and sorrow. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. You are really trying to convey the emotion in your performance but just need to refine aspects, your definitely on the right lines; well done! Keep up with vocal training and you will continue to improve. 

K8 – You have a pretty voice! Good song choice, take care not to force the vocal and lose control. Click here for tips on vocal exercises for singers – these will help strengthen your vocals. With an upbeat song, try to incorporate more movement on stage. Be great to see you stamp more of your originality on songs. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Vocally, watch your breathing – click here for breath control exercises for singers.

Maddy and Milly – Slow start, consider a song choice that gives more impact from the start. Click here for the importance of song choices. Your harmonies are great and it’s so infectious when a performer smiles, it rubs off. As a duo you need more diverse harmonies to layer up the vocals and give us more dynamic range. Click here for tips on singing in a group. The performance did get better as you settled in.

Sophie G – You have turned into such a smiling and confident performer! It's great that you have the confidence to perform your own songs, which definitely helps you connect with the emotion in the song. Watch your mic control, bring the microphone closer to your lips to maximise your projection. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Well done Sophie, you’ve made such fantastic progress in a short space of time.

Rhea Ryder – Lovely vocal, and clear diction in a difficult song. Impressive! Try not to look down too much at the keys, keep practising and filming yourself performing to make sure your big performance is perfect! Liked you made the song your own, click here for performing a creative cover as a singer. Try to smile if you can! 

Eve Walsh – You have a pretty voice. Song choice is quite a popular one! Look to choose a song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist, this would show us your originality. Click here for the importance of song choices. Adding more dynamics would have kept the interest going throughout. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics

Ellie Allen – You have a very mature voice and your very confident! Good to see you expressing the song but look to express the correct emotions of the song; it’s quite a jubilant song of finding love not one of pain? Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. Liked that you made the song your own and itwas a good song choice, you have lots of potential. Click here for tips on song choices.

Jake Harris – Liked that you varied your tone and delivery! We’re not convinced the song best suited the sweeter sound in your vocal tone. Choose a song that will flaunt your tone. Click here for the importance of song choices. You also forced the vocal at times and lost control. Make sure you practice to the point you can’t get it wrong rather than practice until you get it right; very much a different level. You have great ability.

Southern England Singing Competition – 16-20's Feedback

The Wild – Lovely musicianship, liked that you came to the front of the stage to connect to the audience. As performers try and connect more with each other reach out with a glance or a smile to show connection. Click here for tips on singing in a group. Would be good to consider a bit more support vocally for the lead vocalist it was a little sparing at times. You’re a good original band, keep going!

Celia Brava – Good vocal riffs and decorations. Look to focus on your audience as soon as you get on stage, you were looking side of stage and not engaging. In terms of a doing a cover look to make it your own. Choose a song that you can bring your own spin to, and show your originality as an artist. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Also make sure you are on point with your mic control you are shaking the mic around too much rather than having it consistently close to your mouth. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Perform in the instrumental sections, it was a very awkward watch. 

Josie Conway – Good connection to the music, just look to reach out with your eyes to connect us to you. Click here for the importance with eye contact. Look to take the mic off the stand and commit even more to the performance. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. It would have benefitted from you varying your tone – adding phrasing and delivery even more to change the dynamics. Try to believe in what you're singing!

Caelan Jack – Great current vocals. Really cool medley and mash up! Click here for tips on song mashups. Look to give us more intensity with your eye contact, you are looking down maybe too often and/or closing your eyes. Click here for the importance of eye contact. Exaggerate your expression to really convey those emotions in the music. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions

Megan – You sing well! You have a powerful voice. It does feel slightly karaoke at times, we need to hear who you are as an original artist. Look to choose a song that you can bring your own spin to and make your own. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. There wasn’t much light to shade in your vocals, use dynamics to reach the high and low registers - this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics.

Charlie Clarke – Great effort and very clever! A little messy at time in terms of the build up of the loop pedal – keep practising this so you will always get it right. Click here for a guitar loop pedal performance. You do need to take care it doesn’t take too long to build up as you don’t want to loose your audience engagement. You really gave it your all!

Alisha B – Sparkly performance! You have nice vocals and tone. The song choice probably wasn’t the right one as it felt rushed at times and not smooth. Click here for more on the importance of song choices. It lacked dynamics and structure as a performance. Look to add more vocal dynamics, as this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for the importance of vocal dynamics

Bella Beney – Brilliant song and good composition! Good song that flowed nicely, look to drive it harder by committing more to the performance. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. Add even more variation in tempo and delivery, then your performance will be amazing. Click here for the importance of vocal dynamics. You also have a lovely voice. 

Miriam CR – Need to go more leftfield as musically it’s interesting. Choreography and image need to co-inside with each other, work on this so the whole performance fits together. Click here for tips on act image and synchronisation. Look to work on your vocals, we need to hear something that puts you aside from anyone else. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher for you – a singing teacher can help bring the best out of your vocals.

Connor & Amber – You have smooth vocals that compliment each other. Some super harmonies as the song went on but the tempo felt very slow! Bring something to us that’s more engaging and entertaining for the audience. Click here for the importance of song choices.  

Harry Freestone – Your song choice is a tough one, we’ve heard it covered so many times which makes it difficult to stand out from others. Think about choosing a song that you can bring your own spin to and show us your originality. Click here for performing a creative cover as a singer. Look to take the mic off the stand and work the stage, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers.

Phoebe Rose – Beautiful original song. We could feel your nerves on stage! Try to eliminate these before you come on stage, this will better your performance. Click here for tips on how to calm nerves. SYour sng was a good one, which you committed to with everything you had! Great passion and we fully believed the lyrics. Well done Phoebe.

Zoe Zori – The performance was controlled, you're very talented. Good eye contact, you drew us in as a performer, very engaging! Click here for the importance of eye contact. Liked the song, you conveyed the story of the song well. It would have benefitted from a better structure and dynamics. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. Love the original and quirky vocals Zoe! You have potential.

Carl Parsons – You have very strong vocals. Try not to overwhelm the song with the vibrato. A very believable performance for the West End with super control and projection! However, it is performing as a character and showing us very little of you as an individual. Think about your song choice for this competition, it felt more appropriate for musical theatre. Click here for the importance of song choices

Jessica Beresford – Super vocals! You're very elegant and have lots of personality. Look to work on your expression; film and record what you are doing, review and refine to get them right. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. You're so nearly there Jessica! You have masses of potential.

Niamh Murphy – You have a silky and sultry vocal. Your low register is strong, bring huskiness to your vocals. Your mash up worked well, the songs complimented each other. Click here for more tips on song mashups. Try and commit even more to the expression, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. Great dynamics to give the performance real purpose and structure! 

Bryony Anna – You have a nice appearance and you look elegant on stage. The song was enjoyable! However your performance and expression were way too static - look to commit and bring the song alive. Click here for stage performance tips for singers and singing with facial expressions.

Lewis Markson – You’re a very talented musician, you have great vocal control. You made the song your own, however hopefully we can build up your confidence to perform your own songs. This will show the audience your true originality as an artist. Good dynamics to project the hook when necessary. Look to work on your expression so they’re on point with the emotion for that part of that song. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions

Alan Philip – You're talented! You used the stage well and we enjoyed the rapping. You committed well to the performance however it was a bit rough round the edges, watch your mic control; keep that mic near your mouth. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. A good singing teacher will be able to assist you on strengthening your vocals. Click here for choosing the right singing teacher for you. Have a think about your song choices, look at choosing something that will flaunt your vocal.

India Blue – Interesting, original and fascinating performance. You bring something unique to us, this will help you go far! Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. It's hard to critique India, but try and use better eye contact with your audience. The more confident you become with your keyboard playing,  the better your performance will be. Click here for the importance of eye contact. Well done!

Southern England Singing Competition – 21 and Over’s Feedback

Magdalena Atkinson – Like the set up with the cajon! Good use of range in your vocals. You have bags of ability as a song writer! Take care with your diction, be sure that every lyric is clear for your audience to hear. Click here for more on how to improve diction. Also, with the expression look to practice and perfect to be on point. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. As performers try and reach out and connect with each other.

Luke Mundy – Upbeat and catchy! Your song is good with a nice flow - remember less is more so let it breathe. Take care to avoid being compared to other male acoustic artists, think about bringing something to your performance that makes you unique. Good movement in the performance but try and vary it so we can see the dynamic change. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. We liked your use of rhythmic phrasing in verses.

Nathan Thomas – Love your image. You are very comfortable on stage, vocally a little thin, maybe the key of the song doesn’t fit the sweeter tone of your vocal. Click here for tips on writing a song. Song at times sounds similar to a classic, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There was great energy in your performance, this was very engaging for your audience. You have masses of potential Nathan!

Marlow – You have a strong vocal but it was very close to the original. Think about choosing a song that you can bring your own spin to and show us your originality as an artist. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. Were desperate to see you working on your own songs! Your expression needs working on too as you look in a lot of pain, try and extract some of the positivity of the song too! Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions

Emotive Concept – A much more committed performance, liked the live feel of the guitar and Cajon. Your diction was very good! Verses are strong but the chorus is a little weak; not sure if the audience could relate to that part of the song. Click here for tips on writing a song. You perhaps over used the audience, think about how and when to use audience participation in the future. Click here for tips on audience participation. You’re a good original entertaining act, you lifted our spirits!

Tas – You connected well to the song and have a super vocal! However, song choice is everything and this is an iconic song by an iconic artist and therefore an extreme challenge to match it. Click here for the importance of song choices. Have a think about choosing a song that you can bring your own spin to, and show us your originality as an artist. Click here for tips on performing a creative cover as a singer. Your performance was moving and your emotional connection was great.

Jenna Bennett – Comfortable and easy listening! You look lovely on stage and the performance was polished. Not sure the song is catchy enough to have a hit single. Click here for tips on writing a song and that killer chorus. Maybe working the hook harder could make this song reach its full potential! You perform with ease and great skill. We can see you hitting the folk market!

Elisha – You have a natural and smooth tone. You have great vocals, but we would like to have seen you bring something different to the song, by making it unique. Have a think about how you can show us your originality as an artist. Consider writing and performing your own song to connect to the music which can only come in a purest sense from you. Click here for tips on writing a song. Also, try not to force your vocals.

Jayne Snow – Good grove to get us started! Great musicianship and loved the Cajon work, gave a really strong sound and backing. The lyric content was fab; it was different to a typical love song which is refreshing. Click here for tips on writing a song. Very believable performance and loved that you came away from the mic to do an instrumental bounce off! You gave us a catchy and entertaining performance, well done Jayne. 

Forje – Love your hair sets a good tone to your image and makes you stand out! Watch your mic control, you are on occasions making it pop by not pulling away a little. Click here for tips on microphone techniques. Performance wise try and vary your performance to offer us something different. Click here for more on vocal dynamics and tips to vary the delivery. We would like to hear a chorus to break up the structure of the song a little. Your lyrics are very relevant and thought-provoking! 

Lewis Sheppard – Super expression, you are acting this so well in your eyes, other acts must take note! This shows us your emotional connection to the song. Click here for the importance of singing with facial expressions. You're comfortable on guitar and have written a super melody. Great use of a loop pedal to build up after engaging us from the start. Click here for a guitar loop pedal performance. You put a lot of feeling and emotion into this performance, it was very engaging.

Switch Summer – It was good to hear an up-tempo urban song with happy lyrics! Like the contrast of rap and vocals. Try not to shout down the mic as it spoils the clarity of your rap. The song has a lovely vibe but struggled to translate a vocal hook to grab us, the longer it went on the more it changed and become more unfamiliar. Click here for tips on writing a song. The female vocals benefitted the song well. A lively performance! 

Sunjay – We liked the blues vibe and rhythm you had going on. This song has lots of commercial appeal, very comfortable and easy on the ear. You can play the guitar well; it compliments your song well. Click here for tips on playing guitar. The only slight criticism is that on second hearing it is a little repetitive. Click here for tips on writing a song.

Southern England Singing Competition – Feedback for Singer’s

Natalie K – Very powerful vocal and lovely tone. Liked that your started the song acapella, this brought us a good build up! Would have liked to heard more than just your good vocal but your own twist on the cover. Click here for more on performing a creative cover as a singer. Consider writing and performing your own song to connect to the music which can only come in a purest sense from you. Click here for tips on writing a song. You owned the stage, and impressed us! Well done. 

Marisa Rodriguez – Captivating watching the guy playing the electric bass, did however detract visually a little from yourself Marisa. Your song had a good hook but was a little repetitive lyrically and perhaps needed more lyrical content rather than a repetition of the chorus. Click here for tips on writing a song. Your performance was very atmospheric, almost trip-hop vibe! You’re very original, it’s refreshing. 

Ripzaw – Your diction was great and we liked the lyrical content. Have a think about how you can make your chorus catchier, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on writing a song. Song flowed well, would be nice for you to find your own sound rather than a copied accent. Good stage presence, you commanded the stage well with good presence. Click here for more on stage performance tips for singers

Claire Young – You have a lovely folk style and you're confident in your delivery. It feels like the song is from the heart but you aren’t outwardly conveying that in your expression or body language. Doing this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. Consider adding more dynamics to make the delivery have more richness. Click here for more tips on bringing more vocal dynamics. Show us more emotion and you will have masses of potential!

Laura Hicks – You’ve always had amazing lyrics and we love the change in your image. Lots of attitude with your performance which was good to see, this is engaging for your audience. Watch your expression, think about if it is conveying the message in the lyrics. Click here for singing with facial expressions. Record yourself and review until you are happy it’s on point. You have a big stage presence, great original style – you are memorable!

Yassi V – You have a clear and pure voice. Silky vocal to a sad song, maybe consider giving a little more contrast to your songs so not just focusing on negativity. Your key work is good, look to jump on the optimism of the song as well and convey that. The expression and performance was all in one emotion and lacked dynamics. Click here for tips on vocal dynamics. It was a very emotive performance and mature. 

Sioned Thomas – A very confident performance, you have such a good vocal! Look to back it up and work that stage more, this will be more engaging for your audience. Click here for stage performance tips for singers. The expression and performance is too static! Were desperate to see more performance from you. Once you get this right, you will have great potential as an artist! 

Roux – You have a sweet folky voice, your perfect for the country and western genre. Liked the image! It made you stand out as quirky and different from other artists in the market. Click here for tips on finding an image as a musician. Lovely tone, but the song required more dynamics to give it more richness. Click here for tips on bringing more vocal dynamics to your performance. 

Christina Cameron – Be careful with your pitching towards the beginning, make sure your vocals have warmed up properly to avoid this. Click here for singing warm-ups. Liked the lyrics and message, very radio friendly. Song had a good hook but was a little repetitive lyrically and perhaps needed more lyrical content rather than a repetition of the chorus. Click here for tips on writing a song. We liked the production of your track, it’s very current! Good use of stage also. 

Marcus Pain – Liked the vibe of your track, its upbeat, happy and the use of rhythmic phrases in verses was fab. You’re a unique artist – we liked your delivery and image. The song starts with a fierce pace and maybe meanders a little too long in places. Not clear of the message in the song in the end. Maybe the song needs a bit more structure. Click here for tips on writing a song. Good vocal technique.

Akira – Like the jungle and drum and bass backing with the whole production of dancers, this was very entertaining. It’s refreshing to hear something slightly different on stage. Your vocals could do with being strengthened to keep up with the pace of the song. Work with a singing teacher to help do this. Click here for tips on choosing the right singing teacher for you. 

Thomas Seyah – You have style and used the stage well! The guitarist compliments your vocals, but he needs to make sure he’s ready to perform as soon as he sits on stage. Any tuning and preparation needs to be done in the sound check. As much as it’s a cool sound sometimes the song can fall short of making an impression with its lyrical hook; I bet after a few listens it would grow on you but maybe not an instant impact track. Click here for tips on writing a song

Jacob Aaron – Your performance was full of surprises, your very original. You are trying to take the song to somewhere it doesn’t feel comfortable going. You perform better than you sing. Get the vocals up to speed and you will fore-fill more of your potential. Work with a singing teacher to help strengthen your vocals, click here for choosing the right singing teacher for you. 

Joe Chilcott – Love the upbeat vibe and guitar arrangement. The melody starts so sweet and then it feels a little rushed and hurried. The song has real potential as has you’re playing. Perhaps just look to simmer the tempo. Click here for tips on writing a song. Fierce guitar playing! You’re an extremely talented musician, you will go far. 

SOUTHERN ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION

All singers and songwriters successful through the Southern England Singing Competition progressed onto the next stage of the competition at the Grand Final Showcase which will be held at The NEC Birmingham on Saturday 28th January!

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  • 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. …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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Singing Feedback

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY FEEDBACK


    Music Industry Feedback

    Open Mic UK 2016 Grand Finalists received music industry feedback

    Music Industry Feedback: The Open Mic UK Grand Final took place this weekend at The NEC in Birmingham and saw the best singers, singer-songwriters, …

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  • NORTH WEST ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION


    NORTH WEST ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION 

    Feedback was written for the Area Finalists at the North West England Singing Competition

    North West England Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave the Open Mic UK Area finalists feedback at …

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  • SOUTH WEST AND MIDLANDS SINGING COMPETITION


    SOUTH WEST AND MIDLANDS SINGING COMPETITION 

    Singers were given feedback at the South West and Midlands Showcase Final

         

    South West and Midlands Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the South …

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  • LONDON ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION


    LONDON ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION 

    Singers were given feedback at the London England Showcase Final

        

    London England Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the London England Singing …

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  • NORTH EAST ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION


    NORTH EAST ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION 

    Singers were given feedback at the North East England Showcase Final

        

    North East England Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the North East England …

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  • SOUTHERN ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION


    SOUTHERN ENGLAND SINGING COMPETITION 

    Singers were given feedback at the Southern England Showcase Final

       

    Southern England Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Southern England Singing …

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  • GLASGOW SINGING COMPETITION


    GLASGOW SINGING COMPETITION 

    Singers were given feedback at the Glasgow Regional Final Showcase

        

    Glasgow Singing Competition: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Glasgow singing competition at Airdrie Town …

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  • NEWCASTLE SINGING CONTEST


    NEWCASTLE SINGING CONTEST 

    Singers were given feedback at the Newscastle Regional Final Showcase

       

    Newcastle Singing Contest: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Newcastle singing contest at The Tyne Theatre & …

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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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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