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  • Writer's pictureClint Holden

Becoming a Singer Others Want to Hear

Much of singing is about technique. Much is about talent. Both play into developing your image as a singer. Image, really? Yes. Every time you sing publicly, you are developing a reputation as a singer, whether good, bad, or indifferent. This reputation becomes part of your image as a singer. Every opportunity you have to sing for the Lord is also your opportunity to grow in your ability as a singer and as one others look forward to hearing. No matter the venue, or purpose, each time you sing in front of others you shape others’ opinions of your abilities. Here are a few guidelines to consider each time you sing at your church:

  1. When asked to sing a solo, be selective with the song you choose to sing. Try to avoid allowing others to pick a song for you unless it is a special occasion that warrants a particular piece. You should have a lot of say in what to sing when given the opportunity, including the range of the song and its style. Not all singers fit all styles. Work with the music director, but speak up for what you think is best. This holds true for choir solos. They should fit your voice well and be quality in lyrics. If the style is not you, maybe you should pass on it this time.

  2. Be selective with whom you will sing. A great singer can sound just average when coupled with the wrong duet singing partners (duets, trios, quartets, etc.). Always look to sing with a voice that matches well with yours (whether male or female) and one that does not have pitch or tone problems. An excellent singer does not make a below-average singer sound better merely by singing with them.

  3. Use an accompaniment with which you feel and sound best. Don’t let your song be ruined by poor quality or lackluster instrumentation, whether canned or live.

  4. Stick to your style and preferences. When you get one opportunity to sing a solo ... pick a song that will bless others with the lyrics, music, and your abilities.

Certainly, “image” is not why you sing for the Lord. The point is, however, that every time you sing, no matter the occasion, you further develop the sound and style that is “you” that others will come to know and love you as a singer. My recommendation for those who are growing more and more serious about a singing ministry is to be very selective and protective of what you will sing, with whom you will sing, and for what purpose you will sing.

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