How to Sing Like Your Favorite Artist🥇 (2020 Guide)
In this article, we’re going to be discussing how you can learn to sing like your favorite artist.
There’s a reason why your favorite artist is “your” favorite artist… And that’s because there’s something special about them and how they sing.
This is exactly what we want to learn how to emulate and potentially tap into during our own performances.
Hence why you’re here!
So let’s get straight into how you can sing more like your favourite artist, with our top 3 tips!
How to Sing Like Your Favorite Artist
1. Study your favorite artist
The first step to learning how to sing more like your idol singer is to study them in detail.
This doesn’t just mean looking at performances of them, but to really grasp everything, it would be useful to start at the beginning
- Look into their background – Did they have formal singing lessons, who were they taught by, how long have they been singing. Answering these questions will provide you with a good indication as to how they have achieved what they have, in terms of singing experience and general musical aptitude.
- Check out behind the scenes videos of the artist in the studio – Behind the scenes videos offer organic insight into the artist, and if you can find these videos showing the artist singing in the studio, you can see glimpses of how good their vocal takes are, what their pre-studio vocal exercises/rituals are, who else is in the studio (vocal teachers/producers), and you may even see concerns/worries that the artist has about their vocals, with them often showing this both directly or indirectly with the communication with the producer/engineers.
- Look at all of the artist’s performances – To get a good representation of the artist’s vocal consistency, you’ll want to look at all of the artist’s performances, we mean everything from festival performances, TV performances, live concerts, acoustic sessions, etc. This will provide even more insight into the difference between the studio-polished album version against live performances.
- Take note of the specialists who work with the artist – As we hinted at above, it’s useful to know what industry specialists the artist has had contact with, both on a frequent and infrequent basis. This can help you in being able to answer questions that only they would know about the artist. For example (without naming the artist), I was adamant that one of my favorite artists was using pitch correction in his live performances, and yet it sounded so natural and fantastic, I wanted to know exactly what program/technology was behind it. So I found out who the Front of House engineer was for that particular tour that the artist was doing at that time, and I messaged him on Facebook… He then told me that my observations were correct, and the singer was indeed using Antares Autotune for his live performances, which was working to keep the singer in tune. I hope that you can now see how valuable these contacts are.
2. Try not to strain
Ask any singing teacher, or follow any online singing courses, and they’ll tell you almost immediately, straining is one of the worst things that you can do for your voice. Not only does it give you a thin, forced sound, but it eventually damages your vocal cords, leading to physical defects like nodules and horseness… Not what you want.
With that being said, every singer is different, and it’s important to realize that whilst you’re looking at how to sing more like your favorite artist, that you’re both different, physically, mentally, and vocally.
Not only this, but you’re at different stages vocally, and we say this to make you realize that you should sing within your current limits, and do your best to minimize vocal strain. With enough practice (and patience) you’ll be able to close the gap between your current singing ability and your singing potential.
3. Don’t copy everything
Although we know that this is an article to help you sing more like your favorite artist, it’s important not to completely copy them, unless you’re looking to become a tribute act.
We assume that singers who are reading this want to be an artist in their own right, and copying your favourite singer verbatim will simply not let you do that, you’ll just be living in their shadow.
Instead, what you could do is take your top 3 singers, and study them to find their best vocal characteristics, and work on combining those together for your own performances. This isn’t copying, this is innovating, and will ultimately help you differentiate yourself from other singers.
We hope that this article has been extremely useful for you, and if you have any questions or comments, then please leave them below.
Additionally, for those singers who haven’t had vocal training, you may want to look at taking an online singing program, and one in particular which we recommend to beginner and intermediate singers is 30-Day Singer, who has a 14-Day Free Trial of their program and even provide a 30-day money-back guarantee for those who decide to buy it after the trial is over.
None-the-less, with there being no risk involved, we wanted to at least mention it to you aspiring singers wanting to speed up your learning.