Vocal coach and session singer Ken Stacey has toured with Bobby Caldwell, Elton John, has worked with Michael Jackson and currently tours with Ambrosia. He chats about leaving behind law school to pursue singing full time, becoming a talent scout/first line judge on American Idol, and how vulnerability and authenticity helps performers to stand out. He also goes into detail about his “Ready 4 the World” masterclass.
Talent is not enough. It’s your human vulnerability and authenticity. It’s how you’re going to be your best self and it’s how people are going to get to know you.
It is not about being the best. You will not be able to outsing the world. You will not be able to out attractive the world. At the end of the day, if you cannot connect with people, you will not build the kind of audience and industry support that is going to be necessary to carry you through a life long, long term career.
It’s important as singers and performers that we find a sense of purpose beneath all of it.
Strive for excellence not perfection. Perfection does not exist.
Your notes don’t always have to be perfect.
Practice and perform with intention.
At any stage in your career, It is the core of vulnerability and authenticity that is going to lead you to the next path and make you stand out.
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In the singing world, what people are looking for is all over the place. Don’t try to be what you think they want you to be. Do what you do well. If you’re faking it, it’ll be obvious and there’s somebody else out there authentic who does it right.
Don’t half ass anything. Take yourself seriously.
Singers hire other singers. They either will refer someone who does what they do because they’re not available or they refer someone who kills it in an area they don’t.
You should always work to be better.
We all have our own thing to offer. There are so many opportunities to make money in this industry, but you’ve got to know what’s right for you.
Effort and commitment are a big deal.
When work is slow that’s when you go to a place of gratitude.
Be sure to give and provide opportunities for others.
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Get out and get heard. Find jams and open mics so people know what you do and know what you sound like.
No gig is too small. You took the gig, so treat it with value. Use the opportunity to develop your work ethic and your craft.
Singers hire other singers. Find any opportunity you can to meet and support other singers. Got to open mics, join a choir, or take a sight singing class.
Don’t pre-disqualify yourself before the an audition. Come into an audition as prepared as you can. Sing material you know well. Get any coaching/guidance in areas you feel less confident in, so that you can go into your audition or interview feeling positive.
There is no linear progression to success in this career. You must decide what “success” means for you.