1. Be confident. Some would say that this should come first and confidence second, seeing that knowing your stuff would build more confidence. I agree and disagree. I agree that practice will always aid in your confidence. However, there may be times when you’re thrown into something last minute and the time just isn’t there. So whether you’re singing karaoke or a competition (and everywhere else in between), your confidence level will translate over to the audience. If you lack confidence in yourself, they won’t hear you. They will only see you. Your insides may be turning and toiling but remind yourself that you can do this! Don’t let your fears get in the way of the fun.
2. Know your stuff. Practice makes permanent. Don’t practice whimsically. Take good notes, do your homework and repetition is your new best friend. An unprepared singer leaves a bad taste with everyone. On the other hand, prepared singer exudes professionalism.
3. Connect with what you are singing. We’ve all seen this done well and not so well. When a singer connects with what he/she is singing, the audience is captivated. Take time to study your song, read background info if it’s available. Study the artist or writer and figure out the intentions behind it. The more you kno, the more you show.
4. Listen to your song first. Don’t try to sing along with it immediately. Listen intently, hearing all the little twist and turns and registering them in your brain waves so that your voice knows what to do. Can’t sing what you can’t hear.
5. Drink water before and after singing (practice and performance). Water is a non-optional element of singing. Drink at least 16 oz of water during the day of your performance and 16 oz after. During it good but very rarely do you get to take a water break between performances.