Relaxing when the record button is pressed
I am having trouble recording my 1st song as a lead vocalist. I am doing a song challenge for a music VIP membership that I belong to and when I recorded the scratch track last month I figured I sounded bad because of my allergies. I re-recorded yesterday and when I practiced the line that I was about to record it took a little bit but when I got it to where I was happy what it sounded like I then hit record with a 2 measure lead in an Bam I tense up and recorded a underwhelming vocal take, usually at very low volume, cracking etc. I then pause the track and take off my headphones and re-sung the part and most of the time it sounded fine with the volume level I want and the tone was fine also. I thought it was the closed back headphones, I tried to only keep it over 1 ear. I tried without the headphones at all, the sound was better but my timing was way off. I can sing it in a lower range and it would ok but I was trying to sing higher in the Pre-Chorus and Chorus to add depth to the song. I know what I am experiencing is in my head because I get the same issues when I am recording a keyboard part. Once that record light is on I become Bambi (Deer in the headlights). Unfortunately I am recording myself and I do not have a producer that can fool me by telling me to do a practice take and actually record it. I am looking forward to hear some feedback!