As a singer, it is extremely important that you feel comfortable on stage so that the crowd can see your personality shine through. Figure out your own pre-show ritual to help you get rid of the butterflies. Some say a glass of whiskey kills the nerves and gets them loose for the stage, this method may not work for all. Some prefer to meditate, some just like to hang and chill and have a laugh to kill the nerves. Whatever works for you, find it and stick to it!
Being confident on stage goes a long way when leaving an impression on your audience. Confidence on stage is so important that if you make a mistake it’s not so monumental if you’re confident about how you deal with it. You need to feel right at home on stage and this is one of the key areas to delivering quality shows each and every time.
Put the song inside you. When you’re underneath the bright lights with the crowd roaring for you, the last thing on your mind should be the song lyrics and expression. This all should come as second nature to you if you have practiced enough and embedded the track deep into your soul!
Before getting on stage, understand the space that you have to work with. This will allow you to plan your moves. Keep in mind that when you’re starting out you may be playing at some venues where the stage is quite small for a 5-piece band. So your stage performance will be quite different compared to a larger stage with plenty of space. This is great insight when traveling on the road gigging, each stage is unique and this gives you a chance to deliver a unique performance each time.
Dance and acting classes/lessons. Depending on the style of music you perform you may want to consider getting dance lessons to improve your stage performance. You don’t need to be a professional dancer but basics lessons can go a long way. The same rule applies to acting, this can really help to deliver tear-watering or fun-loving tunes with deep emotion and expressions that your audience can relate to.
Get out there and shine little butterflies! xx