Comments on Singing Performances | How to Compliment a Singer

Over the years we have seen thousands of talented singers pass through our auditions. In that time, our judges have delivered many comments on some superb singing performances so they know how to compliment a good singer.

If you want to compliment a singer, it’s better to say more than amazing, beautiful or superb. You should really comment on what makes them unique and even give constructive feedback if you can. Also, comment on how they perform as well as how they sing.¬†

It is hard to describe a talented singer but judges seem to know how to get it right. For example, below you can see some feedback and comments on singing performances that our judges made at the Open Mic UK Grand Final.

How to compliment a singers voice

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#1 Comment on tone

If a singer has a naturally beautiful sounding voice then this means they have a nice tone. This is one of the nicest ways to compliment a singer because it is often something that can’t be trained as easily as something like technique or performance. If you want to comment on their beautiful voice and tone, think about how you would describe it. Is their voice smooth or husky? Is it soft or strong?

Judges examples

“Great musicianship, you play with confidence and vocally you have a really good tone.”

“Vocally you have a great tone and really good control on the high notes, a great overall performance.”

“Vocally you have a booming voice and bags of character in your tone.”

#2 Comment on control

Some singers know how to control all of their notes. Good singers can perform incredible vocal acrobatics because of their technique. It takes a lot of hard work and practice to build up a good technique so comment on how much effort they’ve put into it.

Judges examples

“Great power and control are all there!”

“You have a lovely tone to your voice and had great control throughout.”

All three of you have great vocals, with good control and projection.”

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#3 Comment on power

Judges examples

“Lots of potential with superb power.”

“A big wall of sound from these guys! All three of you have immense vocals!”

“You picked a tough song and we loved that you held the notes, sustaining them with great power, tone and control.”

Good ways to compliment a singer

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#4 Comment on performance

Let’s face it, some singers aren’t that good. However, they still end up on big stages and even on the radio. This is because they know how to perform and can work an audience. If you’re dealing with someone with a lot of confidence then let them know that they’re a good performer.

Judges examples

“Perform as much as you can as you have bags of potential.”

“Good connection on stage between performers.”

“You stand out as an individual performer.”

#5 Comment on emotion

Judges examples

“Such emotion and connection to the song.”

“Great passion and talent throughout. You convey emotion well.”

“You conveyed the emotion within the lyrics well.”

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#6 Comment on delivery

Delivery is about how your technique expresses the story of the song and it’s almost a combination of all the above. The way you hit the notes, the amount of power and the tone you use all help deliver the song. Using emotion is good but it needs to be appropriate for the context of the song.

Judges examples

“You have lots of character to your vocal which really assists in delivering the story of the song.”

“Your delivery is fantastic which really separates you and makes you stand out from your peers.”

“You had a sultry delivery and a real strong commitment to the song and performance throughout.”

How to give constructive feedback in singing voice compliments

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#7 Comment on improvements

You should try and give compliments but also include tips for improvement. It’s important to be constructive because this means you aren’t just focusing on the negatives. You have to comment on their strengths and how they can turn their weaknesses into strengths.

Judges examples

“Eye contact and connection with the audience could be improved so try to be more animated in the eyes.”

“You just need to perform more with your body and really commit to the performance.”

“You are looking down too much and need to look up more to help you express the emotion in the song to engage more with the audience.”

“Try to vary it more and give us more dynamics to the performance.”

“Really committed to the performance but remember to keep control even when you are pushing that little bit more.”

“You would benefit from filming yourself performing and working on your expressions and performance.”

“You probably need to look to work on developing your projection to be able to really climb into the song.”

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The judges

These comments were taken from the Open Mic UK Grand Final from our professional music industry judges.

  • A&R for Sony Music Layla Manoochehri
  • CeCe Sammy TV personality and celebrity vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Will Young, Simon Cowell and Leona Lewis
  • Andy Baker a music manager from Rocket Fuel
  • Jayne Collins an A&R consultant for major record companies who put together and managed The Saturdays and The Wanted
  • Laurence Hobbs from Charthouse Music, a producer who has previously worked with Pixie Lott, Sam Smith and One Direction
  • James Ellet from Global Entertainment
  • Barney Addison from Syco Music and Thames TV
  • Head of Future Music Chris Grayston.

Which of these comments was your favourite and do you have any you’d like to add? What are the best singing voice compliments you have ever received? Let us know in the comments below!

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