As A Musician, Stage Presence Is Crucial

Happiness is contagious. So is every other emotion. That’s why it’s so critical to have a good stage presence as an artist.

Josh Garrels and company
Josh Garrels and company

I got to see Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillan in concert recently. Both were great live, but one of them, I think, was objectively more entertaining to watch.

I went to this concert to see Josh Garrels. He’s in my top five all-time favorite artists — I mean, I helped run his merch table for goodness sake.

But as it turned out, McMillan was much more entertaining to watch live. From the moment he and his band walked on stage, they were all moving around, interacting with each other, having fun, and smiling. Something Garrels and co. didn’t do a whole lot of.

Me (left), McMillan (middle), my brother (right), and the two guys who helped me run Garrels' merch table
Me (left), McMillan (middle), my brother (right), and the two guys who helped me run Garrels’ merch table

Don’t get me wrong, Garrels was very good in concert. It’s just that McMillan was more energetic, and if that’s what sets your pants on fire, then I suggest you see McMillan perform. The fun he and his band were having spilled out over the crowd. He talked with us, laughed at stuff people were saying from the audience, and he even got us singing for a couple songs.

For example, McMillan got half of the audience to sing “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison and the other half to sing “King Of My Heart” by Sarah McMillan, his wife.

John Mark McMillan – song mashup

But make no mistake, Garrels is still in my top five all-time favorites (ahead of McMillan).

Josh Garrels

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