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How to Get Your Voice Heard by Professionals: Top Tips to Get a Record Deal

Updated on July 27, 2011

Music is Expressive in Many Forms

Music plays a big role in everyone's life and is a way to express feelings and experiment with different tones and depths. There is nothing quite like writing and performing your own song, with a whole audience chanting the words back to you.

This is truly something magical that most people would only picture happening in their wildest dreams, but if the effort is put in and the risk is taken; anything is possible. Gaining the chance to be spotted and signed by a record deal is an incredible opportunity and can open the doors to a world of possibilities. To make a living out of making music does not feel like work because when you love it, it's a hobby.

Determination, confidence, versatility and passion for music is a must if you want to make it in this industry. However, many hopefuls fail because they miss the vital tips needed to stay afloat in this cut-throat industry. Learn the top tips to get a record deal and the future ahead could be an extraordinary one for sure.

There are many record label companies looking for fresh talent.
There are many record label companies looking for fresh talent.
Record some of your own demos and send them to a record label.
Record some of your own demos and send them to a record label.
Write your own material.
Write your own material.

How to Get a Record Deal

Standing out from the crowd

If you believe you have what it takes to be a phenomenal performer with a successful career ahead of you and a following of adoring fans praising at your feet, then you need to bring something remarkable to the table. Your talent should be unlike any other, meaning you have your own trademark to represent.

Think of singers like Etta James, Whitney Houston, Eminem, etc. These artists are considerably talented and triumphant in what they do, because they each have characteristics and qualities that make them who they are. Each individual artist will be remembered for what they do in a unique way and this is what makes them stand out instead of fade into the wilderness.

The music industry is incredibly competitive and sought after by millions of individuals across the globe. If you hope to conquer it be sure that you are memorable, exclusive, gifted and that you have the ability to touch people with your music, style and character. Strive to be the best and do not follow the crowd, be your own person because this is what makes the industry exciting.

Write your own music

Most famous and profitable artists will produce their own material and perform it also. This is what is expected of an artist in today's society and although there are some artists who have been known to have their material written for them elsewhere, it is getting ever more competitive in recent times.

The competitiveness of the music industry means that record labels will favour artists who are able to produce high quality music that they can prove is their own. After all, a singer/songwriter is much more appealing than an average person with a great voice, singing someone else’s beat.

If you truly have an ambition and desire to be involved with music then you should not find it difficult to write your own songs. In fact, ideas will come to you from everywhere so be sure to take a note pad wherever you go and note down ideas that come to you. Take some quiet time away from the world, sit down, fiddle with some notes and within an hour you may have produced the next big chart-topper.

Be versatile

It's a good thing to be versatile in this industry because music styles change and you may be required to perform in different outfits, locations, backdrops or you may be required to collaborate with alternating artists who have a different style to you.

Versatility means you can adapt well to your surroundings, kind of like a chameleon. So just think of yourself as a chameleon and prove that you can mould into whatever situation is expected of you, because a true artist will never be a let down.

Be confident

Confidence is key and if a record label sees that you have the confidence to perform, be true to who you are and interact with your fans, then they'll see that you are an ideal fit for the job. Do not be afraid to express yourself because it's your chance to shine.

It's important to remember that even if you are rather nervous, which is ordinary, then you'll be required to travel the world and perform with and in front of countless amounts of people. Therefore, you are going to have to get used to it, so break it in at the beginning and overcome the fear.

Create a demo

If you are applying yourself to a record label or maybe you have an interview, it's always good to be prepared. To be prepared at this once in a lifetime opportunity you'll need to create a demo so that the person in authority can see how well you sound when recorded, and see what potential you hold.

Without creating a demo you may be placed at the bottom of a list of candidates who otherwise have demos, and this could leave you far behind with your chances being slim. In your demo show what kind of artist you aspire to be and display a piece of your own music with your own vocals.

Market your work

Use powerful social network platforms to market your work and broaden your audience. This gives you the chance to see how others react to your style of music and this way you can gain valuable feedback that will prove useful.

Do not be offended if you have negative feedback from your music, simply take it on the chin and work on from it. You can use this feedback to fix errors in your work and become tough for the future. Keep in mind that the music industry is tough so you'll need a strong backbone.

Sign up for necessary websites

Some websites allow unsigned artists to promote themselves and their talents. Websites like and are available to people who want to make a living out of their music. Talent scouts are often on these websites, looking for interesting individuals that would do well in the music industry, there are also fans on here that will build your supporter base.

Send copies of your work to various companies

There are lots of different record labels and talent scouts out there so do to just stick to one. Send your work to a variety of companies and big businesses that have the power to bring you in the limelight. Be professional at all times, be patient and wait for replies. If you do not receive any, don't give up! Keep trying.

Stay positive

Finally, stay positive. You should know it is a difficult industry to be in right from the beginning, but you should keep your head held high, take constructive criticism well and prove that you have what it takes. That's what this industry is all about and without being able to stay positive, you will fail. Believe in yourself and you can get your voice heard by professionals.


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      5 years ago

      I have only a word awesome for this all information

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      uniqua edwards 

      6 years ago

      i want to be famouse and singing is my passion im really really good what am i saying im freaking awesome

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      These are great tips. The recording industry today is different than a few years ago. I's like to add that an artist seldom make money on their first album. Having a unique sound and a great manager will get you through the promotion period. Thanks...voted UP!


    • Jared Zane Kessie profile image

      Jared Zane Kessie 

      7 years ago from Richland, Washington

      As a musician I find this post to be very helpful. Thanks for laying out these tips on how to get your foot in the door of the music industry

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      7 years ago

      I positively enjoyed this interesting and informative hub.

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      7 years ago

      An excellent hub for those whohave been blessed with a beautiful or unique voice. Very informative. Makes me wish I could sing. Well, I guess I can actually sing but very, very badly. I would get dirty looks in church if I tried to sing. HaHa! I'll pass this information on to my musically talented friends.

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      7 years ago

      An excellent hub for those whohave been blessed with a beautiful or unique voice. Very informative. Makes me wish I could sing. Well, I guess I can actually sing but very, very badly. I would get dirty looks in church if I tried to sing. HaHa! I'll pass this information on to my musically talented friends.

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      7 years ago

      Another idea if you live in the area of a major recording studio-try to become studio musicians. You'll be working in the industry and people will have to listen to you play. My parents were studio musicians at one time. And yes, they had a demo too.


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