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SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITERS WANTED TO IMPRESS 

Southampton songwriters wanted to impress music industry judges.

SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITERS WANTED TO IMRPESS  

Southampton Songwriters Wanted to Impress: The Future Music Songwriting Competition held its first round Southampton auditions this weekend at The Engine Rooms in Southampton. In front of a music industry judging panel, Southampton’s songwriters wanted to impress with their performance and progress through to the next round live shows.

The judges that the Southampton songwriters wanted to impress were:

  • Rosalind Fountain, an international singer and talent scout.
  • Cassie Lawrence, a professional singer and music coach.
  • Jack White from Love Soul Choir.
  • Geoff Dorsett, presenter for Express FM.  
  • Chris Grayston from Future Music Management.

Southampton Songwriters Wanted to Impress: It isn’t possible for all songs to receive feedback so find selective feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of Future Music, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts and their songs. Please take the feedback on board with a view to helping in the future.

Click here for more Southampton Songwriting Competition feedback.

Southampton Songwriters Wanted to Impress – Feedback

Chan – You are very charming and we enjoyed your lyrics. Perhaps try to sing in your own voice rather than copy other singers. Click here for live performance opportunities which will allow you practice this. 

Nicole McNally – Glow; You have the ability to throw some big high notes in your songs but the ukulele can sometimes sound a little thin for backing so use sparingly. Lyrically strong but lacking a strong enough hook. Click here for more advice on song structure for songwriters. Away; Your face came alive when you performed this which helped us to connect to the story of the song. It had interesting lyrics and was very well written for someone of your age. You have a great image and your vocal tone is excellent. Now continue to perfect performing them live; click here for live performance opportunities

Isabelle Whitlock – This song had an enjoyable message with good lyrics. However you need to drive through the chorus more.  Click here for more songwriting tips – how to write a chorus.  A good vocal coach will be able to assist with improving your projection and range to be even better.

Michael Tulio – This song had great emotion and a strong guitar backing. It contained a moving lyrical content which kept at a good pace, however you need to make sure that the lyrics are always clear for the audience to hear. Practising performing the song live will help you to perfect these levels. Click here for live performance opportunities.

Chloe Lam – This was a sweet song with meaningful lyrics but seemed a little incomplete – a stronger finish would potentially improve this. Click here for some tips on writing a song to help round off that end part. 

Feedback for Southampton Songwriters

Mark Cook – Life is for living; This was a little one dimensional and would have benefited from adding more dynamic chord progressions and dynamics in general. It doesn’t have an obvious hook. When the truth becomes a lie; This song had potential and was more melodic but again more performance dynamic would help to create a greater emotional connection for your audience. Click here for some tips on how to include musical dynamics within your performance. 

Bernie Morris – Not knowing where we were bound; We loved that this told a story and you have a nice, clean voice but it tended to meander on without any real hook. Click here for advice on song structure for songwriters.  A silver bus; This had moving lyrics but again would have benefited from a clearer hook to leave a stronger impression. The perfect day; This is a feel good, happy song. It is catchy and memorable; now just look for a change up in tempo to give more dynamic to the performance. Click here for some tips on how to include musical dynamics within your performance. Overall you are a solid songwriter with a natural gift for storytelling but the performance needs to be a little more dynamic and engaging in order to carry these songs to greater heights. They are songs that we would enjoy listening to but perhaps with another vocalist singing them. Click here for some tips on how to find musicians – find musicians to work with

Jess Dix – Like the subject matter to convey the message in a leftfield manor. Be conscious that the uckele is a very thin backing instrument and doesn’t always work as the best backing instrument. Perhaps look to use a different back instrument; click here to find advice on how to find musicians – find musicians to work with and potentially utilise something else instead. 

Sam Froud – Performance wise you didn’t give enough eye contact; try not to look at the side wall when you sing. This was catchy with thoughtful lyrics but it relied on the chorus line - you needed to vary it around more. Click here for more advice on writing a song which will help you implement this. 

Southampton Songwriters Wanted to Impress

Southampton songwriters are wanted to showcase their talent; if this is you then don’t miss out on entering the Future Music Songwriting Competition now and have your chance to perform in front of music industry judges! 

The Southampton Regional Winners of the songwriting competition will be asked to perform at a Grand Final Showcase at Dingwalls in London. This will be on the same stage that has hosted the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters! 

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