Here is a clip of Bernard Harris, music director and bass player for Mandisa, at Camp Electric 2014 in Nashville. He shares some tips and secrets on how Mandisa keeps her voice in top shape for her concerts.
Often singers are required to bring 16 bars of music to an audition. If your audition requires this, it means you need to actually bring in the printed sheet music that the accompanist will play for you.
Choose 16 measures of the song that you would most like to sing and that makes you sound your best. Choose the section that shows off your range and personality.
This terrific young singer, Mackenzie, has been taking voice in my studio this summer and I’m so glad that I have an opportunity to work with her.
What’s so nice about Mackenzie is that she loves to sing and has such a fun time doing it. She looks very serious here at this rehearsal but trust me she is a normal fun-loving kid.
I love that she is learning to use her voice so well. She’s only 9 years old, but she works really hard to avoid strain. She has eliminated singing through her nose which is such a pit fall for lots of singers, especially younger girls.
Notice how she sings in her mix and gets a nice free warm tone without pulling up. Great lesson Mackenzie. Live out Loud!
Safe singing is not always good singing. In fact, it is usually boring. There is a certain risk that must be taken in order to move an audience. There is no substitute for a singer who is fully engaged in what he is trying to say. You can’t fake that passion. Fear, self-focus and lack of preparation are key factors in a less than powerful performance.