I have to sing tonight, in front of a bunch of people. I have sore throat. What do I do?
It looks like I’m too late to help out for that one performance, but here’s my answer for the future.
If you have a sore throat and you have to perform, then it’s important that you don’t sing too much beforehand, because you’re probably going to be limited on how much you can sing.
Drink plenty of water, make sure to do a light warm up (scales on an “oo” vowel can be good for this), and if you have a lot of phlegm in your throat, you may want to gargle some apple cider vinegar and honey (it’s gross, but it can help get rid of some of the gunk in your throat). And like I said before, don’t practice through your song more than once or twice, because you don’t need to put too much stress on your already weak voice.
Beyond that, enjoy your performance, and be comfortable with the fact that your voice may not be the exact same as normal. You’re singing with an altered instrument, and that’s okay… normal even.
Hope this helps,
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor