Question: What do superstar singers Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and Barbra Streisand have in common?
Answer: These singers were all painfully shy and too afraid to sing in public.
Amazed? The team at Sydney Singing Lessons were amazed too.
You may be thinking, “how could this be?” Elvis Presley, the King of rock and roll? A shy singer? Barbra Streisand the queen of Broadway and movies? A shy singer and actor? Rod Stewart with one of the world’s most recognisable voices? A shy singer? Lady Gaga who is perhaps one of THE most daring music trailblazers on record – too shy to sing?
Surely there must be mistake?
How could it be that these megastar singers who rose to the very top of the success ladder in entertainment be too shy to sing?
The Sydney Singing Lessons team is always uncovering amazing answers to help singers of all levels move forward in their singing lessons.
And we uncovered some truly astounding stories especially for shy singers.
Maybe you are a shy singer yourself. If you are, then like us at Sydney Singing Lessons you’ll love these inspiring true stories.
According to Bob Leone, who became Lady Gaga’s first manager, he met the young singer at an open mic night and when she was aged 13 or 14. At that stage she was going by her given name Stefanie Germanotta. Although it may be hard to believe apparently the outlandish singer was shy and often felt like an outsider. She attended two open mics with her mother before she finally had the nerve to get up and perform. And the rest… is history.
And what about superstar singers like Elvis Presley – crowned King of Rock and Roll and acknowledged as one of the greatest singers ever in popular music.
Elvis was a shy youngster who was raised in a poor neighbourhood and teased at school because he played ‘hillbilly’ music. And although Elvis had a passion for music he was told by some of his teachers that he would never make it as a singer. To make matters worse the only subject at school Elvis failed at was music. At age 12 Elvis was given two scheduled spots to perform live at the local radio show, yet and on the first one he was too overcome with stage fright to go on air. He did make the next show and the rest… is history.
Eight times Grammy Award winner and two times Oscar Award winning singer, actor and director Barbra Streisand is regarded as one of the most commercially and critically successful entertainers in modern entertainment history. Streisand’s career boasts the widest span (48 years) between first and latest top-ten albums of any female recording artist and is one of the rare artists to achieve number-one albums in five consecutive decades. Yet with all these achievements the megastar openly confesses that she is very shy. “I could never stand up and sing in a small living room. I can’t sing if I can see people’s faces, I don’t know where to look, or how to stand, or hold my hands, and I go all silly!” However Streisand says she is comfortable singing in a concert in front of 20,000 people. “The bigger and darker the better so I can’t see any faces.”
And singers like Rod Stewart with his career in its fifth decade has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
Stewart struggled with nervousness and shyness – he even sang behind a curtain at a New York concert with Jeff Beck. Yet Stewart overcame his shyness using his distinctive raspy voice to become one of the best selling artists of all time.
The big take-home message from these shy megastar singers is this: They did not let their shyness stop them from singing. OK, it is true that their shyness stopped them once or twice, or even a few times here and there.
But the wonderful truth about shyness is that shy singers don’t have to stop singing. Shyness may make it uncomfortable at times while your knees are shaking, but it need not need to stop you from ever singing.
Most of us experience shyness at some stage of our life.
Even Sydney Singing Lessons team have battled with shyness and learned the secrets for working through shyness. And having done just that we can give you some great tools and strategies in your singing lessons for going ahead and singing past your shyness.
Want to shake your shy singing too? Call us now.
You may also be interested in attending a workshop on shyness.
Shake Your Shyness ~ Shy Singers Workshop.
Six sure-fire strategies for shaking your shyness for good and sing like no one’s watching. Enjoy an inspiring one-day workshop hosted by pro-singer and vocal coach Zelda Sheldon with lots of fun, fear-busting activities designed to set you free forever.
To receive information about an upcoming ‘Shake Your Shyness’ workshop from the team at Sydney Singing Lessons, feel free to pre-register your interest with your name and email address and we’ll add you to the list.