Go behind the scenes of the Great American Songbook Competition
Compiled by Brielle Saggesse
On July 25, finalists from around the country gathered to perform in the Great American Songbook Competition. Current’s Brielle Saggesse got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a performer by capturing singers before their performances at the Image Workshop on July 24, and during the competition.
Micki Stirsman, owner and creative director of Salon 01, and Aquage co-founder Luis Alvarez led, who led the Image Workshop for the 2015 Songbook All-Stars on July 24 spoke to the finalists about image on stage and off.
Stirsman said, “You need to know what it is you want people to see you for. An artist on stage commands attention. Your voice is your art and that’s what we want people to see.”
Stirsman and Alvarez discussed how to build a performer’s image from choosing the right color for a gown to creating drama through contrast.
“We can’t help you with notes be we can sure help you with the note you put out, physically,” Alvarez said.
To see more from the Songbook final night, visit currentnightandday.com.