sing to

sing to (one)

To address one while singing a song; to direct a song to one. I always sing to my daughter when I'm putting her to bed. The singer has an uncanny way of making you feel like she is singing directly to you when she performs.
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sing to someone or something

to sing a song and direct it at someone or something. The singer sang to a man in the front row, and he was very embarrassed by it. Claire sang to an older audience and put many of them to sleep.
See also: sing, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It was the little living Nightingale, who, sitting outside on a bough, had heard the need of her Emperor and had come to sing to him of comfort and hope.
Now I will sing to you again; but you must promise me one thing '
You must sing to me with your breast against a thorn.
The princess, hearing that Varenka had a good voice, asked her to come and sing to them in the evening.
The aim of World Singing Day is not only to sing, but to sing together and to sing to others.
Let us sing to him a new song, play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts" (Ps.33).
Often in Beloved, when characters cannot read or write or even talk about the brutality they experience as slaves, they sing to affirm their participation in life and defend their status as human beings.
Sing to the Prophets, Apostles and Kings, to Our Lord.
If you watch infants and children, you will find that they sing to themselves all the time.
Second, the psalmist tells us that we are to sing to God.
Usually, when birds sing to each other, both teacher and student participate, making it difficult for observers to determine who is doing what.
The psalmist, Jeremiah, Paul, and John the Baptizer all stand before us as examples of people who listen to God sing to the cosmos and then sing that song to others.
After all, we don't need to listen too attentively to the beat of the songs we sing to hear an echo of our own pulse, the rhythm of our breathing, or the cadence of our footfall.
The psalmist and the faithful sing to God prayerful verses filled with hope and anticipation.