I signed up for this karaoke thing at my company's conference taking place in Palm Springs because they said the desperately needed participants. Anyway, I show up and it's this massive thing. When people say karaoke I am thinking some dark little dive bar. This was like my worst nightmare, except literally magnified (like there were movie screens on each side too). The pic below is just like a small fraction of the number of people there. I am like holy crap- my first gig as a karaoke artist is going to have more people than my last two CD release shows (which packed the venues) combined. This made me more nervous about the whole thing because I am a bassist for a reason. If I thought I was an awesome (or passable) singer I'd probably have tried it by now. These were the measures I took: -I knew the song I was going to cover in advance so I practiced a little -I txted a number of friends (after seeing the scale of this thing) and explained to them that I was taking a sh*t -Prior to the event, after practicing for a few minutes I made a quick recording on my phone and the recording was very "poor quality" - there were a lot of pitch issues (it was 90% pitch issues... my vocal range is around 2 tones) and it sounded like me, but even worse. Like a bad answering machine message. What I learned from this first "gig" : -It rocks to do this type of thing with a backing band. I think their band leader was the bassist and he was a cool dude (who backed me up big time). There was obviously a lot more mojo on stage and mojo is my primary source of energy. -Most people don't have an ear for music like a musician does. Where I might hear an awful performance, I am pretty sure bystanders just see a person on stage and the sound of drums or something -People perceive the stage moves mainly. The only thing I'm worse at than singing is dancing, but I am thankful that's what my associates claim to have remembered. I am pretty sure I sang the entire tune in the wrong key and slightly flat due to my limited vocal range Anyone else ever get stressed out by their first karaoke gig or have a tremendous fear of their own voice in general?