Spencer Lord has just become a winner of VoiceCouncil’s first Singing Competition. We asked him to reveal how he is beginning to share his music.
Spencer is just at the beginning of his singing life, having just performed his first open mic nights and posting his first singing videos to YouTube.
When he’s not doing music he is a mechanical engineering student who is planning, after grad, to focus on music, play shows, and learn more about myself as an artist.
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you.
Bon Iver for sure. The emotion he puts into every song astounds me.
A performance FAIL.
Started playing a song a full step up by mistake, realized halfway through, had to stop and restart.
A performance SUCCESS – and why.
The second time I played in front of a crowd because I had gotten the jitters over with and could be myself.
What’s your secret to calming down in a performance?
For my second open mic performance, I told myself that I was going to be nervous no matter what and just took a few deep breaths and jumped into it. I find that I’m always nervous before I start, but when I get going I get into a groove and it sticks till the end.
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
Playing at home and playing to a crowd: two very different things.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
Don’t push it so hard it hurts.
A question you wished we asked you – and your answer.
What is your favourite song/cover? Bon Iver’s version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt.
My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry
Spencer Lord - Let Her Go
Love your voice, it’s silky and soulful, and you sing with passion. I’d encourage you to build even more on your dynamics so we get more light and shade in your performance.
Why I chose Spencer Lord as a Finalist
I’m choosing Spencer Lord to move ahead as a finalist because I appreciate his delicate and soulful voice, and the passion with which he performs.