Acting in Plays, Singing/X-Factor
X-Factor is highly likely going to be held where I live next year. I would really like to find a good song to sing.
I am a thirteen-year-old mezzo soprano singer.
I can sing songs such as 'I Know Where I've Been' from the musical Hairspray, 'My Heart Will Go On' Titanic, and 'Greatest Love of All' by Whitney Houston, and my mum thinks I would be good at Feeling Good.
By this, I mean that I can sing the top notes with correct belt technique, and the same with the lowest notes.
I can sing a top C (two above middle C), however that is in my higher register.
Please could you help me find some good songs, or confirm any of the songs that I can sing.
Hi, Billie –
Thank you for the question.
The very best way to treat this opportunity is to sing what you know and what you believe an audience would buy a ticket to hear you sing -- again.
I have no idea how you sound as a mezzo-soprano, what you radiate as you step up to the mic, or how you relate to an audience and work your material under extreme pressure. I would know that stuff if I were your vocal coach. But if I were a judge on this panel – that's what I'd be taking notes about as you sang.
You have listed three very popular, very successful songs that generated a lot of money for the composers. I'm not interested in imitations of original recordings. I want to hear You. I want YOUR message, not Whitney Houston's. I want you to make me feel like I'm hearing the song for the first time.
Do that – and I'll vote you into the next round.
If the situation were a community theatre audition – and you were right for the part -- then I'd move you into the Callbacks.
If you plan on singing something that you have not performed before, then make sure you run it by a couple of best friends first. The ones you can trust. They'll let you know, really fast, if you and it are ready for Prime Time or not.
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