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, the spotlight is Drew Gasparini‘s. Drew recently produced a music video of his song “High Life” (watch the concert version to tide you over until the video is released). He also recently wrote a blog post that you should read.

TODAY, SEPTEMBER 10, ONLY: Get 20% all Drew Gasparini sheet music by entering the code DREWSPOTLIGHT at checkout!

Favorite audition tip: Be yourself. Also, when you’re waiting to come into the room, please refrain from SHIT TALKING WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!! Stay supportive. Stay positive. Keep working hard.

Recommended female audition song: TWO LITTLE LINES

Find the panic but find the pocket as well. Try not to speed this one up, each word is important. Don’t be afraid of things like a voice crack or placement – just perform the panic and realization of the situation in the song.

Performed by Kasie Gasparini:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Recommended male audition song: THE LAST LOSER IN THE UNIVERSE

This character has to believe in himself. Think younger. Be proud to be a “loser.” Options are fine if you can’t reach certain notes. Earn the riffs you want to you use. (Also available a step lower in the key of C.)

Performed by Ben Platt:

Watch this video on YouTube.

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