Sing with Emotion

Although, as a singer, your singing ability is clearly important, singing with emotion is equally critical to the success of any performance as it will win the hearts of your audience and inspire an emotional connection to the song.

Singers need to bring life to the emotion in the song and connect the audience to these emotions. Knowing how to sing with emotion and show feeling is essential. Portraying the correct emotions of the song in your performance is critical.

Sing with Emotion

Creating an emotional connection

Being able to sing with emotion and make an emotional connection is paramount for singers because it will change your creative process for the better. You need to reach out to the audience and connect with them.

To sing with emotion, learning how to embrace the meaning behind the song (or at least your interpretation) is vital for giving your audience a convincing performance and conveying the lyrical content successfully.

For some, creating an emotional connection will come naturally, for others it will take time to develop. The more you perform, practise and analyse your performances the better you will become at expressing emotion.

Choose a song which you can relate to emotionally

Song choice is important to performers if you want to sing with emotion – so first things first make sure you choose a song that you can relate to as well as sing. When you can relate yourself to a song, you can easily get into the right character for the song.

Capture the emotions, feel them and express them through your sound and performance. Before you start, make sure you understand the lyrics and sing them like you’re telling your story.

Whatever direction you take, be sure to make the song your own. This is your performance not a copy of another artist’s.

To reiterate, song choice is everything so choose a song you care about. Caring about the meaning behind the song you are singing improves your performance as connecting with it enables you to sing with emotion.

Using vocal dynamics to portray emotion in your song

Using appropriate vocal techniques and singing dynamics will help you sing with emotion and build an emotional connection with the audience. In particular by varying the volume and tone of your voice in your performance, you can draw people in and lock in their attention. Different feelings have different sounds and tones.

Your facial expressions give away your emotions

Facial expressions are a great way to help communicate inward emotions to your audience. To sing with emotion, your facial expressions will enhance the particular mood of the song, which will also add dynamics and further help the audience connect with your performance.

It is important that your facial expression matches the feeling of the song. It’s no good having a frown on your face if the song is upbeat. If your expressions aren’t matching the feeling of the song your audience will not connect to it.

The most common cause of not matching facial expressions to songs is by not focusing on the words or timing. A good way to combat this is to practise your song in front of a mirror and/or film yourself to find an expression that looks genuine. Eye contact is also really important to connect with your audience.

It’s also worth considering acting or drama lessons to help build your stage presence and learn to act out and sing with emotion.

Sing with Emotion – Performance Tips

Body Language

Body language is just as important as the ability to sing with emotion. Imagine watching a musician singing on stage and they just stared at their feet as they sung without moving; it would be a horrific performance. Body language is a further tool in which you can convey the song to the audience.

Always remember when singing on stage, body language is important but it has to be fitting to the performance: don’t move just for the sake of it!

Audience Engagement 

Engaging with the audience is essential if you want to sing with emotion. It can be from simply smiling and giving eye contact to show that you’re enjoying yourself, or using facial expressions to reflect the emotions of the song.

It’s not all about the voice when performing; you need to be able to create audience engagement so they are able to connect and relate to you.

If you are performing a song where you can’t make use of the stage as easily, it’s even more important that you don’t forget hand gestures and facial expressions which can help to enhance a performance and sing with emotion. It is important to have a presence on stage which lets the audience know that you are confident in your singing abilities.

If you choose the right song, it will help you to sing with emotion and create audience engagement. If you can connect with the song emotionally you are more likely to sing from the heart, making you feel more confident and believable to the audience.


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