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Share a Bit of Yourself Next Time You Perform

We listen to music through ear buds and stereo systems, on our laptops and iPhones, and in restaurants and elevators. We buy downloads, CDs, and albums.

The majority of music we experience on a day-to-day basis comes through recorded music.

But there is nothing that compares to seeing your favorite artist live! Being in the presence of the raw energy, excitement of the crowd, and uncut surprises of a great show is one of the best experiences you can have.

People come to see people

It’s why I repeatedly tell artists, “People come to see people, not just hear music!” Your audience is hoping to make a connection with you.

So what are you sharing with your audience so they can make that connection?

For one thing, you’d probably like to share the message in some of your songs. That’s one of the things that motivates us as musicians and singers. We want to reach out to people and tell them how we feel. We want to see if there are other people out there who feel the same way we do.

Sharing your message is more than just “singing songs,” by the way. Have you learned the fundamentals of your onstage tools, woodshedded movement, rearranged your songs to bring out the moments, and worked on pouring yourself into the performance musically, visually, and verbally?

You probably want to share and express your uniqueness and personality, too. In order to do that, you’ll need to develop your show with those same fundamentals and woodshedding. But you’ll also need to develop your own confidence, authority, and charisma.

By the way, the good news is, an audience wants to connect to artists who are confident, who have a sense of humor and are fun, who are intense (in a good way), who are not afraid to pour their personality into their show, who are passionate about what they do, and who are in control. So if you learn how to do those things correctly, chances are you really will connect with your audience.

I’d love to teach you how to do all these things so you can make sure your audience is connecting with you. My 2-day Bootcamp (on early bird pricing for just one more week) is what I recommend for almost every artist (just beginning or the seasoned veteran).

But if you can’t be in Nashville this September for Bootcamp, at the very least join us Backstage here at our website! Some of the fundamentals & concepts I’m talking about in this blog can be learned by watching videos on Graphing the Perfect Set List or 1-on-1 band makeovers like the Steve Waylon Music Makeover — or with articles like Developing Themes or The Why, What, and When of Movement.

One of the things that can make a show special is when an artist shares a bit of themselves with their audience — learn how to do that the best way, and discover the changes it will make in your career.

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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