Shake off whatever pride or insecurity keeping you from cover songs, and record a few tunes; the lessons are invaluable –says Jenn Bostic.
There was a time in my life when I tried to resist cover songs.
In part from burning myself out during the four years I spent as the lead singer of a cover band, paired with the assumption that performing covers would pigeon hole me.
I moved to Nashville to write songs, and that’s the only thing my all or nothing personality wanted to do. I now realize how wrong I was.
The Benefits of Covers
Recording a cover song and releasing it to YouTube can be a great way to make fans. It’s great content for people to share on social networks, and by tagging similar artists and styles to the video can help people stumble upon your version.
I recently offered personalized covers as an exclusive offer for my PledgeMusic campaign.
I discovered more about my artistry by making someone else’s song my own than I anticipated. Oh, and guess what? I had a blast doing it.
Fans selected the songs, which made for a wonderful challenge.
Doing the work of really learning the structure and melody of each song helped me grow musically.
I started noticing nuances I incorporated into each performance that made it uniquely mine.
These were things I didn’t notice when singing original material because I naturally write them into the songs.
The way I was falling off certain phrases and the rhythmic choices I naturally made helped me name a few components that make me who I am as an artist.
Broadening Our Horizons
The exercise of stepping into someone else’s song and connecting emotionally was also great practice for me.
We all express differently, and understanding how others do so can broaden the way we articulate the heart of the song, which can lead to touching even more people with the music we create. That’s my main goal in songwriting.
Even some of the biggest names in the music industry are covering one or two well-known songs in both recording and live performances nowadays.
So, if you really want to grow your fan base and your artistry, shake off whatever pride or insecurity that is keeping you from cover songs, and record a few tunes.
The more creative you get with your arrangements, the more you’ll learn.
My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry
Bhareth Josh Ghani - All Of Me
Beautiful performance Bhareth. There are some really special moments that showcase your passion behind this performance. Your tone is especially beautiful when you pop up to falsetto and the contrast between the verses and chorus is great. I would love to see you try warming up your tone on the verses, blending your head resonance with a heavier chest voice tone. Great performance.
Jenn Bostic is a singer songwriter who’s hit song “Jealous of the Angels” is making an impact worldwide. She won five Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, Best Female Country Artist, Best Musician, Best Songwriter and Country Music Song of the Year. Jenn’s new album “Faithful” is now available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.