“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
… to become the next teen pop star, the latest rap god or the new country music sweet heart! You have a gift, a unique catchy tone, a sexy raspy sound, an uncanny ability to switch from chest to head voice or maybe an effortless vibrato. You’re determined to make it big, you practice your technique every chance you get, from your shower to your car, you have an innate sense of rhythm and melody. So what’s holding you back? What separates you from your dream? ORIGINALITY!
“The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.”
Being a good cover artist may help you win The Voice or become the next American Idol but not break out. Why? Because more often than not, the audience goes ‘Oh, I like the original better’. And there’s a good reason for this: it already has a sincere emotional connection with the original artist.
“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”
Think of the analogy between singing and acting. Award-winning actors are not successful because they can write great scripts, they are successful because they can connect with a script on a personal level and create a vision for their character that allows them to express emotions with such sincerity that you believe in this character. None however has ever won an award for a role that had previously been interpreted by a beloved actor. Similarly the most successful singers aren’t necessarily the best song writers, in fact many work with talented lyricists, but they have a gift for turning untold stories into universal emotions that capture and inspire their audience. Let us be that lyricist by your side…