In this Preshow Rituals segment, the adult contemporary artist, Emmy Law, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
Pre-show rituals are so important! I used to get very nervous before performing, so it’s very important that I keep a steady rhythm with what I do before the show. I always warm up my voice at least 30 minutes before the show starts – it’s tough finding a place to do this at some shows, and I end up having a warm-up party in the parking lot sometimes. I sound like a pigeon, and my bandmates in Atlanta called me pigeon girl!
Eating and drinking before the set is always tricky for me. Definitely, no alcohol before, learned that the hard way! Alcohol hurts my vocal control and puts me in a headspace that’s not great for my stage presence, haha. I try to eat an hour and a half to two hours before the set… I sing best when I haven’t just eaten, but also when I’m not hungry. So planning meals before shows is tricky!
Mentally, I do my best to just focus on the songs before a show. I want my performing to be all about sharing the songs…so focusing on them helps me with any nerves I’m having. I tend to overthink things pretty easily, so I put myself in a space where I think of myself as just sharing my art with people, and this relaxes me before performances.