Any tips on how to become a country singer?

January 27, 2013 | By

Question by xocandibabexo: Any tips on how to become a country singer?
Hi,
so I'm 13 and I've been aspiring to be a country singer for a long time now.
People tell me that I have the potential and I write my own songs, play guitar, and sing.
So if you guys have any tips on what might help get me there, please tell me!
Thank you soooo much!
Actually, people DO tell me that I'm a great singer/ songwriter.
Just because I said that people told me I have "potential" doesn't make me bad.
You've never seen or heard me.
Now how about going somewhere else instead of trying to crush a girl's dream.
You don't know me.

Best answer:

Answer by Looney Dufus
"Potential" means you aren't any good. If you were good, they'd tell you so.

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Comments (1)

  1. isawmarty

    I’ll tell you the same thing I tell everyone who asks this question, especially at your age.

    1. FORGET IT AND BE A KID. You’re young once, old forever. You’ll NEVER get a second chance to be a kid, so enjoy the one chance you DO have.

    2. STUDY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. This is the single most important thing you can do. If you really want to work in the industry, you’d dang well better know what you’re getting in. Once you read biographies of people who were “kid stars” and read what a maelstrom the music business is, you’ll most likely abandon these thoughts. (And if you don’t know what “maelstrom” means it’s a guarantee you don’t need to be in the business!)

    3. STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE AND DEVELOP A FOLLOWING. If your neighbors don’t want to pay to see you play then you aren’t going to convince anyone else to see you, either. Furthermore, it is much easier to attract the interest of industry people if you have a long track record of successful performing (and by that I do not mean a few “people telling you that you have potential,” I mean HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of people paying money to see you perform and actually enjoying it) than if you say, “I’ve been aspiring to be a country singer for a long time now.” (BTW, you’re 13, so don’t say “for a long time” to people who have underwear older than you are. They won’t take you seriously.)

    4. DO NOT UNDER **ANY** CIRCUMSTANCES SEND DEMOS OR GO TO NASHVILLE. It’s just a bad movie plot to think that you can send a demo or waltz into town and go knock on Jim Ed Norman’s door and bang, three weeks later you’re outselling Elvis Presley. Demos end up unopened in the landfill. Save the planet (not to mention your time and money), don’t send them.

    5. DO YOU ***REALLY*** WANT TO SING COUNTRY MUSIC???? You say yes, but here’s the question. Do you know any songs by Patsy Cline? Jean Shepard? Loretta Lynn? Sara and Maybelle Carter? Or do you sing Taylor Swift stuff? If you’re going to call yourself country you should do yourself and your potential listeners a favor and SING COUNTRY MUSIC. ***DO NOT*** sing pop a la her nibs Ms. Swift and call it “country.” That fad has lasted long enough and it’s on its way out (exhibit A: her nibs’ new single did NOT hit #1).

    6. To that end, BE YOURSELF. Do not try to be another Taylor Antebellum or Miranda Underwood. ON AVERAGE, it takes about 18-36 months between discovery and release, and with the way fads come and go in music if you’re modeling yourself after someone who’s “hot” at this moment by the time you get someone to listen to you that person/people you’re modeling yourself after will be nothing more than a “where are they now” segment of “Entertainment Tonight.”

    Finally….

    7. BE PREPARED FOR REJECTION, AND **LOTS** OF IT. And I will tell you, honestly, based on your additional comment in which you said, “Now how about going somewhere else instead of trying to crush a girl’s dream,” you are not there, nor are you close. Understand that Chet Atkins was run out of Nashville THREE times, Elvis Presley was told by the Grand Ole Opry manager to go back to driving trucks, and EVERY record label in England turned the Beatles down in 1961. They were the best, they are the legends. If they had the door slammed in their face, I can guaran-dang-tee you it’s going to happen to YOU. And your reply had better not be, “Now how about going somewhere else instead of trying to crush a girl’s dream.” If you can’t handle rejection, forget it. It’s a dog-eat-dog business. What are you going to do if you play a gig around your house and a local paper gives you a negative review? Rejection and negative criticism (for that matter, constructive criticism as well) are PART OF THE PACKAGE. Based on your comment you are definitely NOT ready for it.

    Furthermore, you’re 13. Your voice hasn’t changed yet. You may sound great today and horrific at 14 when the hormones kick in. A friend of mine heard a local band and was THRILLED with them, yet he was hesitant to sign them because the lead singer was SEVENTEEN — or four years OLDER than you are right now — and he was worried about her voice changing. Additionally, “young singers” rarely get anywhere. In the 90-year history of country music there’s ONE person who had a hit as a young teenager who made it to the Hall of Fame (Brenda Lee).