I see a lot of information given today as to what needs to be done in one’s life to become an entertainer. If you think about the word entertainer, it really has nothing to do with voice, musicianship and above all, the music business.
It has to do with knowing yourself well enough to be REAL on stage and have enough of life stuffed in your hip pocket to bring yourself down to the level of the audience.
I have worked on many stages backing up artists, but in my 40 plus years in this business of music, I have only seen a handful of actual entertainers. Most of the REAL artists on stage are really just an extension of their true selves off the stage. When you talk to them, they are sincerely considerate of other’s feelings and the emotion in their music trails close to the emotion in their own lives.
If you listen in life, there are people to learn from, and their stories will not only make you a better performer, but a better and more well- rounded human being and that makes you a better entertainer. Sometimes you may even receive inspiration to write a new song.
I have been working as a front man now for many years and for the most part, I genuinely love people. Living in the south, Nashville, TN, has truly given me a more solid path in my life and it has also made me a better music artist because of what they call “southern hospitality”.
Ronnie Dean www.nashvillesidestreets.com