First you must understand that a background singer is a support vocalist for a lead artist. This can be a paid position but it depends on the artist, event, etc. I’ve learned in 17+ years as a professional background vocalist you have to love what you do with all your heart. When you love it, you can do it for free if you have to.
Be Professional: Study the music. Attend rehearsals. Take care of your voice. Dress appropriately. Remember that you’re representing someone’s ministry or career. Most importantly, BE A TEAM PLAYER.
If you are hired to do bgv’s don’t get too common with the artist. You are hired to do a job. Asking personal questions is not proper. Offering your opinion about what they do is not proper. Especially, if you were not asked.
Have a great work ethic and a great personality. I believe this is what has allowed me so many great opportunities through the years.
If you’re seeking to begin a career as a background singer, do not seek a career for the money but the experience. Some times the pay and the experience don’t match. So again, you have to do it because you love it.
Network. Find events and concerts where other artists, singers, and musicians are and introduce yourself. Don’t be afraid to offer your services. You have to let people know what you do.
Be persistent. You may not connect with an opportunity immediately but eventually doors will open.
Background singers and Praise team singers are totally different. And though there are similarities they must not be confused. Praise team singers are a part of the ministerial unit that lead the people into an encounter with God in a worship service. This is a volunteer position and somehow the posture of some praise team members would be that of a superstar. Remember you are there to serve God through your musical gift and be a blessing in connecting with the team where you serve.
And though being a supportive vocalist requires skill and ability to learn and execute, your HEART and the intentions of your HEART must always remain pure.
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