You want to become an original singer, and you want to be prolific enough that you would even gain some fame from it.
That's a really good start already, because it shows you have a mindset that will give you some success. Instead of thinking "how do I become a famous singer", you're thinking "how do I become the type of singer that people enjoy listening to?"
Theres a big difference in those mindsets, because one is propositioned from a mediocre person looking to fulfill their desire for fame, while the other is from someone who wants to be interesting to enjoyable to other people.
Name someone who is successful, simply because they want to be successful. Can't think of any? That's because people who become successful got there by being amazing people.
They had something to offer that made them valuable, so other people paid them money in exchange for that value. Consider that when you're becoming a singer.
If people enjoy hearing you sing, that is valuable to them. It's valuable enough that people will pay good money to see you do it. People will pay you to be creative and original, and truly express your original imagination, because that's enjoyable and valuable.
No one will pay you to become famous, so stop trying to do things that no one will pay you for.
If you aren't sure what makes you an original or unique singer, this article can help you refine what is original about your voice, and make your voice stand out amongst all the copycats.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala can sing at an unprecedented range.
Matt Bellamy uses his falsetto all over the place.
Maynard James Keenan can command power with his voice.
All these famous singers have something in common. They all have a niche that their voice fits into. They all have something unique about them that you can pick out from the crowd.
In fact, I would be willing to bet that if you had listened to them before, you could pick their voices out of a song even if you had never heard it before.
Maynard James Keenan
Not only have they spent time developing a unique tone in their voices, but they've also spent time working on traits that they are good at.
Maynard's harsh, powerful vocals are non-replicable. Neither are Cedric's post-hardcore screams.
Your goal is to find something about your voice that not just anybody can (or does) do.
This is the big question isn't it? The answer is different for everyone.
Every person will find their own uniqueness in a different way, so rather than try to tell you specific ways to find your niche (which is impossible) I will share with you how I found my uniqueness.
The way to find your uniqueness though, is to be aware that you need to have one. Once you are, you will consistently be thinking about it every time you sing.
After enough practice and experimentation, it will just "click" and you will realize why your voice is unique.
The first thing I do when me and my band start writing music was to write the instruments first.
Before I even put a thought into vocals or lyrics, we just start playing. And then after a while, I hum here and there, and get some tunes in.
Eventually I start to craft out what the vocals in the song are. I get what chords work well with which vocals, and the rhythms start to fall into place.
And then I start experimenting with different types of vocals. I throw some distortion effects on my voice, or maybe go into a huge reverb or spacey delay.
And as I do this, this piece of music we have been working on starts to fall into place. I start to remember the good parts that I come up with on the spot, and naturally forget the forgettable parts.
This continually creativity and improv ensures that I only have astounding, unforgettable vocal parts in my songs. The bad stuff gets filtered out (because it's forgettable and I forget it), and the good stuff just keeps racking up and filling up the song, until there's only really good parts left.
After writing a few songs I've gotten to the point where I am starting to recognize patterns in my vocal style. I tend to sing in a very muffled emotional way, singing from a few select areas at the front of my soft-palette. I've found that I get a really good tone if I sing from that area of my mouth (although many other singers would not be able to do a good job with this).
The only way I've been able to find this niche though, is through practice, creation, and experimentation; that's what it takes.
The most important thing that I can say, is to choose a tone that works well for your voice. Every voice is different, and although being diverse can be useful, you should only perform with a vocal style that fits your individual voice.
I am not a great growler. I occasionally like to do it, but I would not say that my voice is particularly suited for that (at least with the current training that I have).
So I play on that. I purposely choose not to make my career out of growling, because I suck at it. It's not a notable trait that I have, so why bother bragging about it, and doing it on stage? No one is going to enjoy it if I do!
Keep this in mind for your own voice. Whatever style you go for, make sure it's something you're good at.
If you're great at the whole country thing, then maybe start there. If you're a great rapper, it would make a lot of sense to get involved in the hip-hop community.
If you eventually get to the point where you've made some great success in that area, and you're bored of rapping, you might choose to try a different vocal style.
At that point in the game, you can afford to take more risks because you've already got a loyal following that is pre-disposed to like whatever you produce.
When you're a small fry though, you've got to fight your way to the top, so tipping the odds in your favor by choosing a style you naturally excel at is a good idea.
This only really applies to singing though, as most talented musicians can get away with playing almost any style with enough practice.
Now, if you have your heart set on a style that you don't naturally excel at, don't let me stop you. Always follow your passion. But, it might just be a lot more work for you, and you might even require some professional voice lessons to learn how to sing in that style proficiently.
If it sounds like a lot of hard work and dedication required to write good vocals, and find a unique style, it's because it is.
You may expect to naturally be able to right lyrics right away, but most of the time you probably won't, and thinking like this will only discourage you; only on some songs will the vocals just slide in to place very naturally.
But this is a good thing! If you are struggling with writing music or vocals, it is because you aren't simply copying what has already been done, but are doing something new and original.
It's hard to be original; if it's hard, it's probably original.
If this is you I applaud you. Keep working at it, because once you find the unique voice for you, things will just seem to slide into place. The more you do it in your preferred style, the easier it will get.
I encourage you to let the music you listen to shape the music you write. This is why it is all too important to listen to lots of good music (you can find lots of that here.)
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.