Solo Performer Show Controller is a system for live performances that plays background audio accompaniment, displays lyrics, and controls effects units. Musicians can create play lists of audio to use as background accompaniment for their performances. MIDI files may be played as audio or can be sent to an external MIDI device. Lyric displays can be added to display lyric text in synchronization to the audio playback. MIDI effects can be changed automatically during song playback. For hands-free operation, a usb-connected foot controller can be purchased separately that also upgrades the system to control 16 channels of DMX512 lighting.