Audition Books & Repertoire for Female Vocals

The following audition sheet music books and songs contain arrangements suitable for female voice, piano, and guitar with full professional backing tracks on CD in an appropriate key suitable for rehearsal or auditioning (unless stated otherwise). Audition repertoire suitable for all styles of female singer are listed in alphabetical order and most have sample sheet music and/or audio examples available for review, purchase and download in MP3 format or as a Book/CD at the merchants site.

16-Bar Theatre Audition – Belter (Mezzo-Soprano) Edition.

Arranged by Michael Dansicker. Vocal Collection. Size 9×12 inches. 192 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
Most large audition calls for musical theatre, both professionally and in larger school situations, specify that those auditioning bring in a 16 bar excerpt. The professionals in musical theatre often complain that singers don’t know how to construct an appropriate 16 bar audition, either in choosing a song or in editing an excerpt. With this new series, that problem is solved forever! Editor Michael Dansicker, a composer/producer/music director, is a seasoned musical theatre veteran, with 100 Broadway credits. He brings his expertise and broad knowledge of the literature to this series. Each excerpt has been given a thoughtful, graceful and effective form. No more illegible scribblings for the poor audition accompanist! An enormous variety of literature is represented, from old standards to movie songs to the latest Broadway and Off-Broadway material. With 100 songs per volume, any singing actor, whatever his or her talents and strong suits, will have many choices. In the preface, the editor gives valuable pointers on the nature of a good audition and some factors in choosing songs. Contents: Holding Out For A Hero, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Colors Of The Wind, God Help The Outcasts, Someone Like You, So Far Away, Take Me Or Leave Me, Reflection, Always True To You In My Fashion, Shy, A Change In Me, Don’t Tell Mama, And All That Jazz, How Did We Come To This?, I Know The Truth, Another Opening Another Show, Better, On My Own, As Long As He Needs Me, At The Ballet, Before The Parade Passes By, Broadway Baby, Disneyland, Don’t Rain On My Parade, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm, Honey Bun, The Hostess With The Mostes’ On The Ball, How I Feel, Hurry It’s Lovely Up Here, I (Who Have Nothing), I Ain’t Down Yet, I Cain’t Say No, I Dreamed A Dream, I Enjoy Being A Girl, I Got The Sun In The Morning, I Love A Piano, I Want To Be Bad, I’m Going Back, I’m Beginning To See The Light, If He Walked Into My Life, If I Can’t Have You, If I Were A Bell, If You Really Knew Me, It’s My Party, It’s Today, Jacob And Sons, Johnny One Note, Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now, Let Yourself Go, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Losing My Mind, A Lot Of Livin’ To Do, Maybe This Time, Mean To Me, The Music That Makes Me Dance, My Guy, N.Y.C., Now That I’ve Seen Her, Sara Lee, Shaking The Blues Away, Some People, Take That Look Off Your Face, Ten Cents A Dance, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, There Won’t Be Trumpets, What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?, What I Did For Love, What More Do I Need?, When You’re Good To Mama, Where The Boys Are, Wherever He Ain’t, Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow), A Wonderful Guy, Look At That Face, You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun, You’d Be Surprised, You’d Better Love Me, (I Wonder Why?) You’re Just In Love, Flaming Agnes, That Terrific Rainbow, Plant You Now, Dig You Later, Gotta Have Me Go With You, Someone Woke Up, Loads Of Love, Nobody’s Chasing Me, Look What Happened To Mabel, Ooh! My Feet!, One Fine Day, All Aboard For Broadway, Oh, You Wonderful Boy, What Did I Ever See In Him, One Hallowe’en, You’ve Got Possibilities, Hit Me With A Hot Note, It’s A Perfect Relationship, A Quiet Thing, Sing Happy, How Can I Wait, You Don’t Tell Me
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16-Bar Theatre Audition – Soprano Edition.

Arranged by Michael Dansicker. Vocal Collection. Size 9×12 inches. 160 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.

Contents: Home, Love Song, Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise), You Don’t Know This Man, When She Loved Me, My True Love, And This Is My Beloved, Show Me, Lovely, As Simple As That, Baubles, Bangles And Beads, Before I Gaze At You Again, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, A Cock-Eyed Optimist, Come Home, Comes Once In A Lifetime, Dancing On The Ceiling, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Don’t Like Goodbyes, Falling In Love With Love, Getting Married Today, Glad To Be Unhappy, The Golden Ram, He Was Too Good To Me, How Are Things In Glocca Morra, I Belong Here, I Could Have Danced All Night, I Could Write A Book, I Got Lost In His Arms, I Have Dreamed, I Have To Tell You, I’ve Never Said I Love You, I Wish I Didn’t Love You So, I’ll Know, If I Loved You, In Buddy’s Eyes (Buddy’s There), In My Life, In My Own Little Corner, It Might As Well Be Spring, It Never Entered My Mind, It’s A Lovely Day Today, Just Imagine, Kiss Her Now, Long Before I Knew You, Look To The Rainbow, Love, Don’t Turn Away, Love, Look Away, Lover, Come Back To Me, Make Someone Happy, Mister Snow, Much More, My Darling, My Darling, My Funny Valentine, My Lord And Master, My Romance, My Ship, My White Knight, Never Never Land, Nobody Told Me, Once You Lose Your Heart, One Boy (Girl), One More Kiss, Out Of My Dreams, Part Of Your World, People Will Say We’re In Love, Ribbons Down My Back, The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood, Simple Little Things, So Far, So Many People, Somebody, Somewhere, Someone Nice Like You, Something There, Something Wonderful, The Sound Of Music, Speak Low, Ten Minutes Ago, That’ll Show Him, There’s No Reason In The World, Till There Was You, Too Much In Love To Care, Unusual Way (In A Very Unusual Way), Warm All Over, What Good Would The Moon Be?, What Is A Woman, Where Or When, Where, Oh Where, Who Are You Now?, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Is He The Only Man In The World?, I Like Him, Look No Further, How Lovely To Be A Woman, Art Is Calling For Me, Cry Like The Wind, Italian Street Song, Billie, Children Of The Wind, So In Love, I’ll Show Him
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Audition Songbook (Female Edition – Book/CD)
A unique CD and music pack for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands.
Contents: All I Ask Of You (The Phantom Of The Opera), Anything But Lonely (Aspects Of Love), Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita), I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar), Memory (Cats), Our Kind Of Love (The Beautiful Game), Tell Me On A Sunday (Tell Me On A Sunday), The Perfect Year (Sunset Boulevard), Whistle Down The Wind (Whistle Down The Wind), Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (The Phantom Of The Opera)
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Audition Songs: Country (Female Book/CD)
Make a big impression at your next audition with these ten hit country songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Complete with a backing tracks CD, this book signals an end to problems finding an accompanist! Specially designed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands, the music book features Piano, Vocal and Guitar arrangements of each song, while a handy reference on the back cover tells you the key as well as the high and low notes for each song.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Cabaret Songs (Book/CD)
Ten great audition songs for women, with full backing tracks for each song. A unique CD and music pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The music book features piano, vocal and guitar arrangements of all 10 songs and the CDs give you professional backing tracks, each recorded specially in the original key. Contents: Big Spender, Cabaret, Falling In Love Again, I Am A Vamp, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Maybe This Time, Mein Herr, No Regrets (Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien), Take Me To Your Heart Again (La Vie En Rose), The Ladies Who Lunch.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Showstoppers! (Book/CD)
Make an impression at auditions with these ten hit songs, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent! A unique CD and music package specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues, and bands. All songs are arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Songs include : And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (Dreamgirls), Be Italian (Nine), Defying Gravity (Wicked), Good Morning Baltimore (Hairspray), Mama Who Bore Me (Spring Awakening), Slipping Through My Fingers (Mamma Mia!), So Much Better (Legally Blonde), Somewhere That’s Green (Little Shop Of Horrors), When You Got It, Flaunt It (The Producers).
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 1
Songs include Heaven Help My Heart, Saving All My Love For You, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Adelaide’s Lament, Big Spender, I cain’t say no, I will survive, Out here on my own, Someone to watch over me, The wind beneath my wings, with piano, vocal and guitar chords plus lyrics and full professional backing tracks recorded in the most appropriate key.
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 2
Songs include Fame, Save The Best for Last, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, I Dreamed A Dream, If I Were A Bell, What I Did for Love, Miss Byrd, You can always count on me, Someone else’s story, Another suitcase in another hall. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Make a big impression at auditions with these ten hit songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent.
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 3
No more problems finding an accompanist! This unique CD and music package has been specifically developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. In the book you will find ten of the most popular audition standards (with piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for each song) specially selected by leading musical directors and rehearsal pianists from London’s West End. The CD gives you professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. Track List: Can’t help lovin’ dat man, crazy, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, memory, now that i’ve seen her (her or me), show me heaven, that ole devil called love, the reason, the winner takes it all, wishing you were somehow here again
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 4
No more problems finding an accompanist! This unique CD and music package has been specifically developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. In the book you will find ten of the most popular audition standards (with piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for each song) specially selected by leading musical directors and rehearsal pianists from London’s West End. The CD gives you professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. Track List: As long as he needs me, constant craving, feeling good, i don’t know how to love him, i say a little prayer, if my friends could see me now, it’s oh so quiet, killing me softly with his song, tell me it’s not true, you must love me
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 5 – Chart Hits
A unique CD and matching folio specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Make a big impression at auditions with these ten hit songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: Against all odds (mariah carey & westlife), american pie (madonna), baby one more time (britney spears), breathless (the corrs), it feels so good (sonique), man! i feel like a woman (shania twain), my love is your love (whitney houston), pure shores (all saints), rise (gabrielle), sing it back (moloko)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 6 – 90’s Hits
This unique CD and matching folio specially designed for singers attending auditions for shows, revues and bands includes tracks by Shirley Bassey, Whitney Housten, All Saints, Martine, McCutchen, M People, Shania Twain, Natalie Imbruglia, Spice Girls, The Corrs and Des’ree. Track List: History repeating (shirley bassey/propellerheads), i will always love you (whitney houston), never ever (all saints), perfect moment (martine mccutcheon), search for the hero (m people), that don’t impress me much (shania twain), torn (natalie imbruglia), become 1 (spice girls), what can i do (the corrs), you gotta be (des’ree)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 7 – Hits of the 90’s
A unique CD & Music Pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. Includes tracks from Portishead, Britney Spears, Alanah Myles, Tina Arena, No Doubt, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, The Cardigans, Catatonia and The Corrs. Track List: All mine (portishead), baby one more time (britney spears), black velvet (alanah myles), chains (tina arena), don’t speak (no doubt), from a distance (bette midler), hero (mariah carey), lovefool (the cardigans), road rage (catatonia), what can i do (the corrs)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 8 – Blues
A unique CD & Music Pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. These ten hit songs have been carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. The music book features each song in piano/vocal arrangements. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. This series is the answer to accompanist problems! Track List: black coffee, cry me a river, fine and mellow (my man don’t love me), god bless’ the child, the lady sings the blues, lover man (oh where can you be), moonglow, natural blues, please send me someone to love, solitude
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 9 – Classic Soul
Ten standard classic soul songs are featured with piano, vocal arrangements with full professional backing tracks recorded in the most appropriate key supplied on the CD. Track List: don’t make me over, i just want to make love to you, midnight train to georgia, nutbush city limits, private number, rescue me, respect, son of a preacher man, stay with me baby, (take a little) piece of my heart
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 10 – R & B Hits
A unique CD and matching folio specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CD gives you full professional backing tracks, each recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Make a big impression at auditions with these ten hit songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: ain’t it funny (jennifer lopez), am to pm (christina milian), family affair (mary j blige), freak like me (sugababes), get the party started (pink), how come you don’t call me (alicia keys), shoulda woulda coulda (beverley knight), sweet baby (macy gray), survivor (destiny’s child), what about us? (brandy)
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Audition Songs for Female Singers 11 – Murder on the Dance Floor
A unique CD & Music Pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. Includes murder on the dancefloor (sophie ellis-bextor), castles in the sky (ian van dahl), heaven (dj sammy & yanou feat. do), hungry (kosheen), i turn to you (melanie c), set you free (n-trance), silence (delerium feat. sarah mclachlan), touch me (rui da silva), who do you love now? (riva feat. danni minogue)
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Beautiful
A unique CD+Music pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. Track List: A Thousand Miles, Beautiful, Complicated, Don’t Know Why, For What It’s Worth, I’m Gonna Getcha Good! Kiss Kiss, No More Drama, One Day I’ll Fly Away, Whenever, Wherever
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Cabaret Songs
Make a big impression at auditions with these ten cabaret songs, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: Big Spender, Cabaret, Falling In Love Again, I Am A Vamp, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Maybe This Time, Mein Herr, No Regrets (Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien), Take Me To Your Heart Again (La Vie En Rose), The Ladies Who Lunch
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Audition Songs for Female Singers: Classical Greats (Book/CD)
This is an eclectic collection of 10 popular classical pieces from German songs to Italian Arias, specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. It includes a combination of pieces easy to master and ones that will change and excite the budding vocalist. Compilation includes “Habanera”, “Caro Mio Ben”, “Voi Che Sapete” and “Panis Angelicus”. It also contains a CD with a mixture of full orchestral backing tracks and live Steinway accompaniments. It is perfect for private practice, auditions and concerts.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Country
Make a big impression at your next audition with these ten hit country songs carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Complete with a backing tracks CD, this book signals an end to problems finding an accompanist! Specially designed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands, the music book features Piano, Vocal and Guitar arrangements of each song, while a handy reference on the back cover tells you the key as well as the high and low notes for each song. Blanket On The Ground [Spears, Billie Jo], How Do I Live [Rimes, Leann], I’ll Never Fall In Love Again [Bobbie Gentry], Jolene [Parton, Dolly], Rose Garden [Anderson, Lynn], Sweet Dreams [Cline, Patsy], Talking In Your Sleep [Gayle, Crystal], The End Of The World [Davis, Skeeter], When You Say Nothing At All [Krauss, Alison], You’re Still The One [Twain, Shania]
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Audition Songs for Female Singers: Film Hits (Book/CD)
Contents: Angel, Goldfinger, I’m Kissing You, Listen, Nine to Five, Only Hope, Part of Your World, Run to You, Take My Breath Away, The Winner Takes It All.
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Audition Songs for Female Singers: Film Hits (Book/Digital Download)
Contents: Angel, Goldfinger, I’m Kissing You, Listen, Nine to Five, Only Hope, Part of Your World, Run to You, Take My Breath Away, The Winner Takes It All.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Rock Hits
Make a big impression with these great rock and pop audition songs for women, with full backing tracks for each song. This is a unique CD and music pack specially developed for female rock singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. No more finding an accompanist – the music book features piano, vocal and guitar arrangements for 10 fantastic songs and the CDs give you professional backing tracks, each recorded specially in the original key. Track List: Alone [Heart], Call Me [Blondie], Holding Out For A Hero [Tyler, Bonnie], I Need A Man [Eurythmics], My Favourite Game [Cardigans, The], Road Rage [Catatonia], Run, Baby, Run [Crow, Cheryl], Somebody To Love [Jefferson Airplane], What’s Up [4 Non Blondes], You Oughta Know [Morissette, Alanis]
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Today’s Chart Hits
No more problems finding an accompanist! Make a big impression at auditions with these eight hit songs, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent! This book features each song in Piano, Vocal and Guitar arrangements with professional, soundalike backing tracks on CD. Includes Someone Like You, Bad Romance, Halo and more.
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Audition Songs: Bumper Songbook (Book/3CDs)
Make a big impression at auditions with this collection of 28 popular songs. The pieces in the Audition Songs: Bumper Songbook have been carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. This book comes complete with three CDs that have been specially developed for singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The Audition Songs: Bumper Songbook features the hits Bad Romance, The Fear, Chasing Pavements, Run and more, arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: R&B Anthems (Book/CD)
Make a big impression at auditions with the hottest R&B hits by today’s contemporary pop princesses, carefully selected to bring out the best of your talent. Track List: 1 Thing, Breathe, Don’t Cha, Doo Wop (That Thing), Milkshake, Real Love, Say My Name, Superstar, You Had Me.
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Show Hits – The Boublil-Schönberg Collection (Book/CD)
A unique CD and matching folio specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands, featuring the sensational show-songs of Boublil and Schönberg. Track List: Castle On A Cloud, How Many Tears? I Dreamed A Dream, I Saw Him Once, I’d Give My Life For You, Now That I’ve Seen Her, On My Own, Quatre Saisons Pour Un Amour, Someone, The Movie In My Mind, The Sacred Bird, When Will Someone Hear?
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Audition Songs For Female Singers: Showtunes (Book/CD)
Ten great songs from hit musicals ideal for auditions. Track List: As If We Never Said Goodbye, Cabaret, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Let’s Play A Love Scene, My Favourite Things, No One But You, On My Own, Shakalaka Baby, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Take That Look Off Your Face.
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Audition Songs For Professional Female Singers (Book/CD)
Book and CD Pack containing 31 Audition Songs for Professional Female Singers, including tracks from Kylie, Alicia Keys, Atomic Kitten and Destiny’s Child. Track List: Against All Odds, All Mine, American Pie, Black Velvet, Breathless, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Come What May, Don’t Speak, Emotion, Eternal Flame, Family Affair, From A Distance, Hero, History Repeating, How Come You Don’t Call Me, I Will Always Love You, I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman, It Feels So Good, Lovefool, My Love Is Your Love, Out Of Reach, Perfect Moment, Pure Shores, Search For The Hero, Sing It Back, That Don’t Impress Me Much, Torn, What If, What Took You So Long? Whenever, Wherever, Whole Again.
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Audition Sourcebook: Female Singers
An exceptionally wide-ranging selection of 22 of the best audition songs for female voices. From Jazz and Soul to Pop, Rock and R’n’B, this collection has something to suit every occasion, whether you are auditioning for a band or a stage production, or impressing the judges at a competition. Each song has been carefully identified with the relevant vocal range, so you can tell at a glance which songs are best suited to your unique voice. The book is complete with 2 CDs of outstanding backing tracks, professionally recorded to give you the very best virtual backing band! With songs ranging from From A Distance and The Closest Thing To Crazy to Murder On The Dancefloor and Toxic, this package represents the ultimate audition sourcebook for women.
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Big Book Of Audition Songs : Female Edition
A unique book and double-CD pack developed for singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CD’s give you full professional ‘soundalike’ backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Alone [Heart], Bleeding Love [Lewis, Leona], Chasing Pavements [Adele], Cornflake Girl [Amos, Tori], Dance Me To The End Of Love [Peyroux, Madeleine], Don’t Make Me Over [Warwick, Dionne], Everytime [Spears, Britney], Goldfinger [Bassey, Shirley], Holding Out For A Hero [Tyler, Bonnie], Hurt [Aguilera, Christina], I Have A Dream [Abba], I Kissed A Girl [Perry, Katy], Live To Tell [Madonna], Man! I Feel Like A Woman! [Twain, Shania], Mercy [Duffy], My Favourite Things [Andrews, Julie], Real Love [Blige, Mary J.], Run To You (The Bodyguard) [Housten, Whitney], Run, Baby, Run [Crow, Cheryl], Suddenly I See [Tunstall, KT], Survivor [Destiny’s Child], Take That Look Off Your Face [Webb, Marti], The Lady Sings The Blues [Holiday, Billie], Unfaithful [Rihanna], You Gotta Be (Des’ree)
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Big Book Of Audition Songs: More Hits (Female Edition)
A unique book and double-CD pack developed for singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CDs give you full professional ‘soundalike’ backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Cabaret [Minnelli, Liza], Call Me [Blondie], Call Off The Search [Melua, Katie], Don’t Cha [Pussycat Dolls], Get The Party Started [Pink], Hallelujah [Burke, Alexandra], I Dreamed A Dream (Les Misérables), I Just Want To Make Love To You [Dixon, Willie], I Should Be So Lucky [Minogue, Kylie], Kiss Kiss [Valance, Holly], Listen [Beyonce], Love Song [Bareilles, Sara], Nine To Five [Parton, Dolly], One Day I’ll Fly Away [Kidman, Nicole], Put Your Records On [Rae, Corinne Bailey], Respect [Franklin, Aretha], Rise [Gabrielle], Road Rage [Catatonia], Superstar [Jamelia], Take My Breath Away [Berlin], Tell Me On A Sunday (Tell Me On A Sunday) [Lloyd Webber, Andrew], The Nearness Of You [Jones, Norah], Umbrella [Rihanna], What’s Up [4 Non Blondes], You Had Me [Stone, Joss]
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Broadway Standards (Audition Songs for Female Singers) (Book/CD)
10 great songs, carefully selected for singers auditioning for shows or bands, including: Another Suitcase in Another Hall, As Long As He Needs Me, Big Spender, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Feeling Good, I Cain’t Say No, If I Were a Bell, On My Own, Take That Look off Your Face, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. With a CD of accompaniments.
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Broadway Favourites (Audition Songs for Female Singers) (Book/CD)
10 great songs, carefully selected for singers auditioning for shows or bands, including: As If We Never Said Goodbye, Cabaret, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, I Dreamed a Dream, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Memory, My Favorite Things, What I Did for Love, The Winner Takes It All. With a CD of accompaniments.
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Complete Preparation – A Guide to Auditioning for Opera
by Joan Dornemann, Maria Ciaccia (Contributor), Sherrill Milnes (Designer)
A basic introduction to operatic auditions from preparation, to aria choices, to behaviour at the audition
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Broadway
Sheet Music And CD – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes. Track List: anything goes (anything goes), as long as he needs me (oliver), being alive (company), but not for me (girl crazy), fifty per cent (ballroom), johnny one note (babes in arms), nothing (a chorus line), people (funny girl), take me or leave me (rent), there won’t be trumpets (anyone can whistle)
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Essential Audition Songs for Female Vocalists – Jazz Standards (Book/CD)
Ten jazz standards in piano and voice arrangements with lyrics and guitar chord boxes. The accompanying CD contains full backing tracks for use in rehearsal or at auditions. Track List: cry me a river, desafinado, ev’ry time we say goodbye, fever, it’s only a paper moon, mad about the boy, my baby just cares for me, stormy weather, summertime, they can’t take that away from me
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Movie Hits (Book/CD)
Sheet Music And CD – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes. Track List: because you loved me (up close and personal), can’t fight the moonlight (coyote ugly), chain of fools (commitments), diamonds are forever (diamonds are forever), fame (fame), for your eyes only (for your eyes only), how do i live (con air), nobody does it better (the spy who loved me), the rose (the rose), take my breath away (top gun)
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Pop Ballads (Book/CD)
Sheet Music – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes plus professionally recorded backing tracks for rehearsal and auditions. Track List: anything for you, do you know where you’re going to, the greatest love of all, i will always love you, killing me softy with his song, my heart will go on, over the rainbow, promise me, walk on by, the way we were
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists – Pop Divas (Book/CD)
Sheet Music And CD – Piano and vocal with guitar chord symbols and boxes plus professionally recorded backing tracks for rehearsal and auditions. Track List: beautiful stranger (madonna), believe (cher), genie in a bottle (christina aquilera), the greatest love of all (whitney houston), i don’t want to wait (paula cole), i try (macy gray), pure shores (all saints), unbreak my heart (toni braxton), waiting for tonight (jennifer lopez), without you (mariah carey)
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Essential Audition Songs For Female Vocalists: West End Hits (Book/CD)
A selection of ten hit stage songs which are perfect for the aspiring female singer to hone their skills. And All That Jazz (Chicago), I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady), I Get A Kick Out Of You (Anything Goes), I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (South Pacific), Out Here On My Own (Fame), Out Tonight (Rent), Roxie (Chicago), Secret Love (Calamity Jane), Somebody To Love (We Will Rock You), Truly Scrumptious (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).
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Pop Hits For Professional Singers (Book/CD)
A unique book and double-CD pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The music book features twenty-seven songs in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. The CDs give you full professional backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. Includes hits by Dusty Springfield, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John and Britney Spears.
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Professional Singers Audition Book (Book/CD or Digital Audio)
Piano & Vocal Sheet Music And CD or Download Card
A unique book and download card pack specially developed for female singers auditioning for shows, revues and bands. The CDs give you full professional backing tracks, each specially recorded in the most appropriate key. The music book features each song in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Track List: adelaide’s lament, another suitcase in another hall, as long as he needs me, big spender, can’t help lovin’ dat man, constant craving, crazy, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, don’t cry for me argentina, feeling good, heaven help my heart, i cain’t say no, i don’t know how to love him, i dreamed a dream, i say a little prayer, i will survive, if i were a bell, if my friends could see me now, it’s oh so quiet, killing me softly with his song, memory, miss byrd, now that i’ve seen her, out here on my own, the reason, save the best for last, saving all my love for you, show my heaven, someone else’s story, someone to watch over me, tell me it’s not true, that ole devil called love, what i did for love, the wind beneath my wings, the winner takes it all, wishing you were somehow here again, you can always count on me, you must love me,
Book/CD or Kindle Edition at Amazon UK
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Sing the Classics – Audition Songs for Female Singers (Book/CD)
15 art songs carefully selected for singers auditioning for operas, shows, or choirs. Each song is arranged for voice and piano with CD backing tracks. Pieces include: Die betrogne Welt (Mozart), Die Henne (Brahms), The First Primrose (Grieg), Gruss (Mendelssohn), Like to a Linden Tree Am I (Dvorak), Non lo diro col labbro (Handel), The Princess (Grieg), and more.
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The Definitive Audition Songbook
A bumper collection of 30 all-time favourite audition songs for women arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar. Whether you’re entering a competition, performing at a festival or getting that all-important stage part, the choices in this collection provide a range of pop hits that will show off your voice like never before! The book is complete with 2 CDs packed full of performance standard backing tracks to standards, show tunes and pop hits from artists including Carole King, Madonna, Nina Simone, Joss Stone, Beyonce and more.
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Vocal Audition Collection Book 1
What To Sing At An Audition Is Always A Problem – These Two Books Will Solve Your Difficulty! They Each Contain 14 Great Soprano Songs, Compiled By The Superb Singer And Teacher Wendy Eathorne. The contents range from baroque to contemporary and all pieces have been specifically chosen to show off the Soprano voice in all its ranges. Each book also contains extensive background notes.
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Vocal Audition Collection Book 2
What to sing at an audition is always a problem – this is the second of two books that will solve your difficulty!Each book contains 14 great soprano songs, compiled by the superb singer and teacher Wendy Eathorne. The contents range from baroque to contemporary and all pieces have been specifically chosen to show off the Soprano voice in all its ranges. Each book also contains extensive background notes.
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You’re The Voice: Aretha Franklin (Book/CD)
Ten classics arranged for voice, piano and guitar, as performed and recorded by the legendary Aretha Franklin. The accompanying CD includes full backings for each song, professionally arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings.
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You’re the Voice : Billie Holiday (Book/CD)
Now you can sing in the style of Billie Holiday! Published in the popular “You’re The Voice” series this book features arrangements of classic Billie Holiday songs for piano, voice and guitar and a short artist biography. The accompanying CD contains full backing tracks for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sounds of the original recording.
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You’re the Voice : Ella Fitzgerald (Book/CD)
You’re The Voice: Ella Fitzgerald features 10 jazz classics from Ella Fitzgerald arranged for piano, voice and guitar in the highly successful You’re The Voice series. Includes the classics Every Time We Say Goodbye, Summertime, Witchcraft and seven more from ‘The First Lady of Song’. The accompanying CD features full backings for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sound of the original, so you too can sound like the real thing!
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You’re The Voice: Nina Simone (Book/CD)
Ten timeless classics arranged for voice, piano and guitar, as performed and recorded by the legendary Nina Simone. The accompanying CD includes full backings for each song, professionally arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings.
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You’re The Voice: Norah Jones (Book/CD)
A collection of ten timeless classics and jazzy grooves as performed by one of the most distinctive voices of modern times. This book and CD offers you the chance to take the place of Norah Jones, with full Piano, Voice and Guitar arrangements of her best-loved songs. The CD features a set of superb professional backing tracks arranged to recreate the sounds of the original recordings. Sing and play your way through these bittersweet ballads and smooth soul moments.
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Stage Fright: Why Am I So Scared? What Can I do?

You are not alone if you suffer from what we have come to know as stage fright. I do not believe I can recall any accomplished musician saying they are not nervous at all before a performance. Many are actually terrified and get physically sick prior to a concert.

The basis for this is actually a good motivation; we want to be good, we want to be accepted. That is a good thing but being debilitated by stage fright is not. There are some effective ways of dealing with this condition.

What is Stage Fright?

Stage fright, also known as “performance anxiety”, is the fear, phobia or anxiety experienced when an individual is required to perform in front of an audience. Stage fright can be a debilitating obstacle to your best musical performance, but as a singer there are a number of steps you can take to help you manage your nerves.

Practical steps to manage Stage Fright

The most effective way to manage the phenomenon of stage fright is constant performance. For some, this may not be possible or you may just be starting out and you’re struggling at the starting gate, so to speak. If you are just starting out and cannot even imagine performing in front of people yet, find a friendly audience that will accept you no matter what, your family! Perhaps you can pick one to three songs to perform and set it up just like a regular performance.

Have the chairs set out for your family, maybe some refreshments and so forth. It may sound silly, but you will be nervous even though you know they will accept you no matter what you do. When you perform for them try not to talk to them as they were your family, but make it a little “impersonal” if you will. Pretend they are an audience of strangers. If you make a mistake, keep going. This is very good practice. You will always make mistakes in your life as a musician so get used to it.

You need to learn to “roll with it” or even sometimes make something out of it. This can lead also to improvisational opportunities, but we will discuss that in another lesson. Once this little “concert” is over you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Even if you made a mistake or two, you will feel good about what you have done. I guarantee it! Now you need to continue to build on these performances. Do them more often, invite the neighbours but do not get too comfortable either.

Practise, Prepare, Perform

You must continue to stretch your self. If you have a teacher for your instrument, the chances are good that they hold concerts for the families of their students. Participate in these. It will do you a world of good! Once you are past the first stage of performing and are on to performing for larger groups of strangers, there are some other ways of dealing with stage fright. Practice, practice, practice. You must know your piece or pieces of music backwards and forwards if you are to be truly prepared. Even if you do not have to memorize the piece you must know it very well. Memorizing is also for another lesson, but suffice it to say you must constantly practice to overcome any technical limitations on your performance, then you can more easily deal with stage fright as a separate issue.

You may have a very real reason to be afraid if you do not know your music! Now the day of the performance I think it is best not to practice very much at all. You can wear yourself out and “peak” too early. If you are a singer like I am for example, you can over-practice and sound perfect two hours prior to performance but be worn out by the time the concert is here. Just rest a lot and go over the music in your mind. Warm up, to be sure, but only that. If you know your music you should be fine. I like to take a nap before a performance so I can be rested. If I cannot actually sleep, then just laying down for 30 minutes or so seems to help. Now when you take the stage, remember all of the work you have done, tell yourself, ” I am prepared, I can do this! You will be amazed at what you can do if you believe in yourself. Be not afraid!

Written by Bill Kernodle

How to overcome performance anxiety

If you’re a singer, musician, public speaker or performer trying to overcome your fear of performing in front of an audience, there are a number of helpful resources on the web that can help.

The following video offers a fantastic insight into the scientific causes of performance anxiety as well as details on the symptoms of stage fright, and some mindful steps you can take to build your self-confidence, reduce anxiety and flourish in front of an audience.

You’ll also find a number of great articles which look deeper into performance anxiety.

Rock Screaming and Belting

I have read the FAQ section, and one of your visitors asked how they should approach “screaming/belting”, most often found in rock music. While I could not fault your advice, I wondered if your visitors might like to benefit from an experience I had…

At the young age of 15, I decided to form a rock band, and took on the role of singer. I didn’t realise that there was a right way and a wrong way to sing, so I set about copying various heavy rock singers while having no proper training. What I wanted to do was hit the high screams traditionally found in this kind of music, but each rehearsal left my throat sore and hoarse. Over the months, I noticed that my voice took longer to recover after each session, and gradually my range diminished. This started to concern me, and I went to see a throat specialist. Finally, on my 19th birthday, it was found that I had distorted my larynx, and had to give my voice a long rest!

I then began a course of speech therapy, designed to “re-build” my voice, which lasted several months, and then I decided that if I wanted to resume singing, I had to take singing lessons.

These lessons went on for over 4 years, and for the majority of that time, I focused on building up the strength in my voice. I also practised my singing 6 days a week, every week. It was only towards the end of the 4 years that I had enough strength in my voice to learn the correct technique of singing with a “rough” tone, while hitting exceptionally high notes, which gives the “scream” sound.

This story does have a happy ending though, because now at the ripe old age of 29, I have developed a formidable rock singing voice, and can now quite happily copy my singing influences – I just wish I knew earlier that there was a right and wrong way to do it!

My advice to any other singers looking to copy the “scream” sound in their singing would be:

a) Get some proper guidance from a singing teacher
b) Build up substantial strength in your voice before even attempting the “scream”
c) Practise….a lot! It is a long journey, but the results make it well worthwhile!

The 15 Best Microphones For Vocals in 2021

Whatever your budget, these microphones will help your vocals sound great on stage and in the recording studio.

How to Choose the Best Mic for Live Vocals

When buying a mic specifically for live vocals you need something that works with you to project your voice to the audience. Unlike a studio microphone, live mics are much more rugged, offer greater rejection of on-stage noise, and are designed to offer maximum gain before feedback.

In general, you have a choice between a dynamic microphone and a condenser microphone. Typically, condenser mics have a more detailed sound; however, they also tend to cost more and require phantom power from your mixing desk. Dynamic microphones, on the other hand, tend to be a little less clinical sounding, do not require phantom power and are far more rugged.

Which Live Vocal Microphone is Right for You?

The correct vocal mic for your needs depends on your individual voice and the style of the music you’re playing. Pop and jazz singers will often go for more detailed sounding condenser microphones, whereas rock singers and rappers tend to prefer more robust dynamic models. Female singers often lean towards brighter microphones that give ‘air’ to their voice, whereas many male singers prefer mics that flatter the lower frequencies in their voice. These decisions are entirely down to personal tastes however and ultimately there is no right or wrong choice as long as it sounds good.

It can be a great idea to audition a range of vocal mics to see which one sounds the best to you and which you feel most comfortable working with at gigs. Below are our top picks to help get you started, whatever your budget.

Best Budget Vocal Microphones for Live Vocals

AKG D5 - Best budget microphone for live vocals

AKG D5

This entry-level live microphone from AKG has become a bit of a modern-day classic. Despite its low cost, it has a forward and clear sound that helps vocals cut through a mix at gigs. It offers great feedback rejection and is built to withstand years of use on stage. The D5 has a natural boost in the higher frequencies that gives it a crisp vocal sound that often requires no additional EQ.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£58Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$99Visit Site
Sennheiser e835 - budget Vocal Microphone

Sennheiser e835

Sennheiser’s live microphone have been used on stages across the world and are especially popular with female singers. Although the e835 is at the more budget end of their microphone line, it is still a very capable mic that lets your vocals easily come through the mix with a natural sound. It has a well-balanced low end that does not get as boomy as some other dynamic microphones do when you get close to the grille.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£74Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$80Visit Site
Shure sm58 - popular microphone for live vocals

Shure SM58

The Shure SM-58 is probably the most iconic live vocal microphone. It may have been out for decades, but it still a great choice for a stage microphone at any price. It is particularly well suited to male singers (especially rock singers) and has a reputation as one of the toughest mics ever made. Its cardioid polar pattern is great at rejecting feedback and it has a flattering proximity effect when you sing close to the pop-filter. Although some singers prefer Shure’s newer Beta 58 mic (which has a super-cardioid pickup pattern and a slightly more forward sound), the original SM58 is still the top choice for thousands of singers on stage whether it be for headlining a festival or just playing a small local gig.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Amazon.co.ukUK£90Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$99Visit Site

Best Mid-Priced Microphones for Live Vocals

Sontronics SOLO - best mid-priced Vocal Microphone

Sontronics SOLO

Don’t let the price of this microphone fool you. The Sontronics SOLO is an impressive sounding dynamic vocal microphone with a rich low end and excellent off-axis rejection. It is slightly larger than a typical handheld microphone, but still feels comfortable in your hand and comes with a clip if you prefer to use it on a stand. The SOLO has a sonically pleasing sound that requires little or no additional EQ and feels natural to sing with. It comes with a lifetime warranty and performs well above the level its price suggests.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£94Visit Site
ThomannUSA$110Visit Site
Sennheiser e865 Condenser Microphone

Sennheiser e865

This is the first condenser microphone on our list; giving the mic a more “studio” sound on stage than the dynamic microphones mentioned previously. Although this is Sennheiser’s entry level condenser, it is still a great sounding mic that is particularly well suited to pop and jazz singers. It has excellent feedback rejection and a slight presence boost to help your voice cut through the mix.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£216Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$80Visit Site

Shure BETA 87A Supercardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

Shure Beta 87A

The Beta 87A is one of Shure’s most popular mics. Due to its condenser capsule, it is capable of picking up detail and nuances in vocals that an SM58 would not. It is a bright sounding mic, but remains smooth and vocals come through clear and defined. It is available as a supercardioid (87A) or as a cardioid (87C) microphone, depending on your preferred microphone technique, and is a great choice for both male and female singers.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£262Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$249Visit Site

Top Premium Microphones for Live Vocals

Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone

Neumann KMS 105

Neumann make some of the best studio microphones in the world, so it is not surprising that they also make one of the best live mics for singing too. This live condenser microphone is the choice of many top professional singers around the world (Norah Jones and Michael Bublé, to name a few). It has a well-balanced and detail sound that comes about as close as you can get to a studio vocal sound on stage.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£437Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$699Visit Site
dpa 4018 microphone

DPA 4018

If money is no object, DPA’s 4018 is an exceptional mic that is built to the highest standards. It is available in a few different versions that offer varying sound characteristics and polar patterns; and you can even buy additional capsules and switch them on the body of the mic for different singers.

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Gear4MusicUK£923Visit Site
ThomannUSA$855Visit Site

What are the Best Studio Microphones for Singers?

What are the best studio microphones for recording vocals? Ultimately this is the one that best suits your voice and the song you’re singing. Typically, large-diaphragm condenser microphones are the first choice for recording vocals as they’re more sensitive and capture more detail in your singing than a typical live mic would. Whether you’re recording vocals at home or in a top studio, there is a massive range of studio microphones available to choose from to suit all types of voices, styles and budgets.

In this list, we look at some of the top microphones you can buy right now to record great sounding vocals at home or in the studio.

Best Budget Microphones for Recording Vocals

sE Electronics X1 A Condenser Microphone

sE Electronics X1 A

If you are looking for a low-cost condenser microphone to record demos at home with, the X1A is definitely worth checking out. Although not as refined as a high-end recording microphone, it is still capable of decent sounding vocal recordings in a home-studio setting and is a fantastic option for YouTube videos.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£85Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$99Visit Site
Rode NT1-A Vocal Recording Pack

Rode NT1-A

The ever-popular NT1-A is a fantastic choice for singers starting to record vocals at home. It’s a versatile large-diaphragm condenser mic that works well on recording a wide range of sources, including vocals, guitars and percussion. It’s also available as a bundle with a matching shock mount system, pop-shield, stand and XLR cable, if this is your first home recording setup.

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Gear4MusicUK£199Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$229Visit Site
Blue Bluebird SL Condenser Microphone

Blue Bluebird SL

The Bluebird is an attractive microphone that sets a high standard for a budget mic for vocal recording. It features similar design characteristics of Blue’s higher-end mics and feels like a decent step-up from lower-cost alternatives. It produces a modern sound that is well suited to pop tracks that require a bit of “sparkle” on the vocals.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£295Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$299Visit Site

Best Mid-Priced Studio Vocal Mics

Shure SM7B Dynamic Studio Microphone

Shure SM7B

The Shure SM7B is a classic. Despite its modest cost, it has been used on countless hit records over the past few decades. Unlike all the other mics on this list, the SM7B is a dynamic mic. Although the sound may not be as bright as a typical condenser mic, it has a tone that is well suited to styles such as Rock and Americana, where you want more of a mid-range focused sound to the vocals. It requires a decent quality preamplifier to get the best out of it; however for many professional singers it is the “go to” mic of choice and yet is affordable enough for most people with a home recording studio setup.

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£370Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$399Visit Site
Neumann TLM 103 Studio Set Microphone, Nickel

Neumann TLM 103

Many a hit record has been made on a Neumann microphone and, despite this being one of their more budget offerings this mic is no different. It is based around a capsule design that is derived from their venerable U87 microphone and has a broad presence booth that is particularly well suited to pop music. Compared to the U87 it lacks a little mid-range detail and is a touch more sibilant, however, it is more than capable of producing a professional sounding vocal recording (Billie Eilish, for example, used the mic on many of the vocals on her 2020 Grammy Award-winning album).

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Gear4MusicUK£899Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$1199Visit Site
Warm Audio WA-67

Warm Audio WA-67

Warm Audio have a range of mics that aim to emulate the sound of famous vintage microphones that are out the price-range of most people. The WA-67 is Warm Audio’s take on a Neumann U67 – a mic that has been used on many classic albums – and yet, their version costs around 1/5th of the price of a new one (let alone a good vintage one). It has three polar patterns to make it ideal for a wide range of scenarios and a EF86 tube to add a bit of warmth to your vocal recordings. If you’ve ever dreamed of recording your voice on a U67, then the Warm Audio WA-67 is definitely worth checking out. (It is worth nothing that Warm Audio also do versions of other iconic microphones such as the Telefunken U47 and the Ela M 251)

Where to Buy?CountryPrice
Gear4MusicUK£999Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$899Visit Site

Best Premium Microphones for Recording Vocals

Neumann U87 AI - Best Studio Microphone for Vocals

Neumann U87

The U87 has been one of the most popular studio microphones of all time and is still made to this day. As well as being a top choice for recording vocals, it is a truly versatile mic that works well for recording most instruments too. If you are looking for a professional level condenser microphone to for your recording studio, you will certainly want to consider getting a U87.

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Gear4MusicUK£2267Visit Site
Amazon.comUSA$3200Visit Site

Telefunken U47 / Telefunken C12

These microphones may cost the same as a small car, but they are found in many of the best recording studios around the world, and for good reason. They have been used by some of the greatest vocal recordings of all time and, for many singers, are the mics they dream of singing into. Unfortunately, this kind of quality costs money. For around half the price, you can get high-end clones of these mics from companies such as FLEA and Wunder that come close to being indistinguishable from the originals. That said, if budget is of no concern, you’ll definitely want to add one of these to your mic collection if you are looking for the ultimate microphone for recording vocals.

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ThomannUK£7799Visit Site
ThomannUSA$10790Visit Site

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