This September, NMT is putting a spotlight on its writers. Each day, we’ll be featuring one writer or writing team’s recommended audition songs and audition tips – and sharing a discount code for their one-day-only Spotlight Sale! Today, we feature the music of Brad Alexander. Brad’s show See Rock City, co-written with Adam Mathias, is currently gearing up for its Chicago premiere in Spring 2015! 

Get 20% off all Brad Alexander sheet music with the code BASPOTLIGHT – today, September 15, only! 

Favorite audition tip: It’s from my actor-writer wife Jill Abramovitz. Use the intro bars of your song to start acting. Don’t wait until you begin singing to get into character. Do something during those opening vamps – whether it’s on your face or a tiny bit physicalized. It will give you an emotional launching pad and immediately let your audience know where you’re heading, which will put them at ease.

Recommended male audition song: ROCK CITY

This song has a bit of patter in the verses and a couple of long, belt-tastic high notes, so it’s a good idea to not rush the tempo and to try and stay super close to 114 to allow for some big breaths and a chance to bite into those words.

Performed by Josh Young:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Recommended female audition song: ALL THERE IS TO SAY

This song is a response to this woman’s wheelchair-bound grandfather who just half-kiddingly accused her of not believing in love. Deep down she wants to, but for whatever reason, she has zipped up her heart and closed herself off to meeting anyone new. So there should be a sort of guarded sobriety at the top of the song – it’s relatively light-hearted but turns really defensive by the bridge. By the end she tries to make him understand in a gentler way, but even then she’s resolute.

Performed by Kerry O’Malley:

Watch this video on YouTube.

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