Your Guide to Making it as a Singer-songwriter

The popularity of singer-songwriters has increased incredibly within recent years. Becoming a successful singer-songwriter isn’t easy; you need to have a thick skin, an incredible amount of talent and the work ethic of a champion. If you fancy yourself as the next Laura Marling, Ed Sheeran or Fiona Apple, here is your guide to making it in the world as singer-songwriter.

Write Everyday

No doubt you will already know how to play guitar and sing as these are the two essential ingredients to singer-songwriter success. In order to come up with the best lyrics you need to write about things that matter to you and topics that you know about. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box and experiment. Always keep a note pad with you throughout the day, creativity often comes in bursts when we least expect it! Songs are essentially poems and rhyming is an integral part, if you’re struggling with finding rhymes that work check out this fantastic online rhyming dictionary at Practise your written rhymes everyday and you will feel yourself increase in confidence therefore become a much stronger song-writer.

Go to Open Mic Nights

Open mic nights are lot of fun and will give you the experience of singing in front of a crowd that you need. This will also give you the opportunity to try out your material and even gain a fan following. Getting your songs heard is a challenge but it is also extremely rewarding. If you think you have what it takes to be an incredibly successful singer then why not enter the 2014 OpenMicUK competition by following this link, or taking part in competitions will allow you to gain more fans, get you noticed and even land you a record deal!

Get Your Songs Heard

If you’re looking for musical success, you obviously need to get your songs heard. In order to do this you’ll need to record an album, be critical of yourself and pick your best songs. You need to record your album at a quality studio, this may mean that you have to travel farther afield but it will be worth it in the end for a great example of a quality yet affordable recording studio check out When you have recorded your fantastic new album you should market and sell your CDs at your gigs and send them to music labels in order to get yourself heard by more people. The better branding and packaging design that you have the more likely you are to be successful – don’t let anyone tell you that image doesn’t sell. Get yourself some amazing, high-quality CD packaging from and you are bound to increase your fan base and get you noticed. When it comes to album art make sure that it wholly represents you and your sound – music is extremely personal so it needs to reflect that.

One thing that is essential to the singer-songwriter package is passion, if you do not have this and you just want fame then simply don’t bother trying. Music is an art form is requires you to be exceedingly committed and hardworking. So if you want to be like Laura Marling, successful at young age, winning countless awards you need to follow this guide. It won’t happen instantly but if you love what you do, you will be successful.  

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