Become a famous singer by following these sensible, tried and true instructions.
Become a famous singer through persistence and determination.
Singers and rappers like Chance the Rapper (above) have been climbing to the top by simply never giving up since the beginning.
It’s true, too, that some artists have a style so undeniable they get launched into the spotlight, but for each of them there are twenty more who made it by sheer grit and perseverance.
Become a famous singer for your best song.
Whichever song you sing best, perfect it and stick to it.
Know it better than your name. Work out all the kinks, polish every angle to a high shine, and if it’s not a song you wrote, sing it better than anyone else can.
It doesn’t have to be the last song you’re famous for, just the first one you’re famous for.
Become a famous singer by breathing deeply.
Breathe deeply, breathe more, become an expert breather. Vocal range, volume, texture and timing all depend on the amount of air you can expel.
Even though he’s screaming half the time he’s singing, Axl Rose can still rank at the very top of the world’s best singers. The man has startling lung capacity.
Breathe as deeply as you can when you sing. It can be as easy as that.
Become a famous singer by choosing great songs.
Writing great music challenges artists much more than simply singing great music.
Of course, singing songs you wrote yourself can feel better than anything (and if you write songs to match your personality and voice, that’s important, too).
But if you can’t or don’t write your own music, take time to really research the kind of music you want to cover and pick a real knockout.
Pick one nobody knows, if you can. If you can make a forgotten, wonderful song famous again, it will do the same for you.
Become a famous singer by playing live as often as you can make it happen.
Singers become famous because great singing arrests people where they stand. It’s a law of nature.
If you want people to know you for your voice, you need to let them hear you.
Don’t wait for the phone to ring. Make it happen, and make it happen as often as you can. Create your own shows, if you have to. The other performers will thank you.
Become a famous singer by creating a YouTube channel.
Make an official YouTube channel for yourself and sing live music on it once a week.
This may seem like an amateur move, but consider the list of people who’ve broken big virtually without doing anything else at all: Charice Pempengco, Austin Mahone, Greyson Chance and the undisputed king of Internet fame, Justin Bieber.
Become a famous singer by getting good at publicity.
Finally, you’ll need to make publicity and manage it well.
Make stickers of your professional name and give them to anyone who will put it on their car, notebook, or anywhere else. Make flyers for your performances and post them on telephone poles. Make business cards. Get online and make a social media page every place you can be regularly active. Get your name out there.
Network. Meet people. Know their names. Have coffee or beer with them. Make friends in the music industry, as many artists as you can, as many professionals as will welcome you.
And last but not least, make sure you accept every shred of advice and criticism with gracious thanks and a winning smile.
You might have the best voice in a thousand miles, but unless you have a friendly smile and a humble attitude, expect to sing to your bedroom mirror the rest of your life.
That’s what we’ve got for you this week, you beautiful, brilliant artists, you! Don’t miss last week’s crash course on recording your music, and see you next time!