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’s featured writer is Brad Ross. In addition to writing musicals, Brad writes great blog posts about writing music. Check out his latest post about musical improvisation and composition

Today, September 19, only: get 33% off all Brad Ross sheet music when you enter the code BRSPOTLIGHT at checkout!

Favorite audition tip: Make strong choices when you perform your songs. Decide who you’re singing to and what you want to say. Keep your focus straight out and don’t look at the people who are auditioning you. If you’re singing a ballad, stay grounded and keep still. Show off your voice but don’t push. Make sure your music is well marked and in the key that you sing the song in. (Don’t ask your accompanist to transpose it for you.) Most importantly, invest in the song and put your heart into it.

Recommended female audition song: I’M NOT

Great audition song! It’s also great for contests, cabaret, recitals and concerts.

Performed by Carey Anderson:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Recommended male audition song: POPCORN

This is a duet but can easily been done as a Male solo or Female solo. If you need a funny song, this is it!

Performed by Ellie Mooney and Mark Murphy:

Watch this video on YouTube.

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