What Makes A Superstar Singer?

Some singers want to become stars. 

This may or may not be you. But I do understand the burning desire one can have to become more than just an average singer. 

And it’s something that can drive you to the top if you want it enough. 

I’ve seen this happen to clients of mine. They are driven by belief and desire and they put in the work to make something special happen. 

There’s a thing that I’ve noticed about these singers too, and it’s not always that they are great singers. 

The Elusive Quality That Makes A Star Singer

And that is they believe in what they are doing. They 100% commit to each performance. 

There’s something that’s authentic about them that comes across to the audience. 

There are many huge stars that don’t hit every note perfectly, they don’t have the best technique, and they don’t even have the best sounding voices. 

But they trust themselves. 

How This Can Help You

If you want to develop some so-called “star quality” the first thing you need to do is get in touch with who you are. 

Let me give you an example from my own personal experience. 

In knowing myself very well, I knew that I was not comfortable getting on a stage in front of people unless I knew exactly what was going to come out of my mouth. 

So it became important for me to spend time perfecting my vocal technique and developing confidence in my voice. 

And to this day, because of the work I put in I can now go and comfortably sing in front of people. Because I know exactly what’s going to come out of my body, which helps me have fun and connect to people. 

Now remember, this is just my own experience. 

There are some singers who are perfectly comfortable developing a performance that is a bit raw, but full of passion and commitment. 

The point is to figure out what you can do to be able to put your most authentic self onto the stage. To find out how you can be really connected to what you’re doing and what you’re sharing with the audience. 

So as you can probably tell, there is no one magical path that will turn you into a star. 

But a great place to start is to look internally and figure out what type of singer you want to be. 

Decide To Be Authentically You

I can’t tell you how many times I get the question, “how can I sound like (enter famous singer here!). 

My response is always something along the lines of, “why do you want to sound like them, we already have that singer!” 

The person you really should try and sound like is YOU. Everyone has a unique and compelling voice and that includes you. So work to bring the best out of your voice and you’ll find it much easier to connect (as well as develop that “star” quality). 

You may know that I worked with Macy Gray to develop her voice, which is one of the most unique voices around. It’s important to mention that I never had any intention to change her sound. Because the voice that you hear on her albums is her natural voice. And it’s her uniqueness that sets her apart from all other singers. 

So from my experience, the biggest piece advice I could ever give you if you want to become a superstar singer is this: Become the best you. 

It really is that simple! 

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Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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