How to Become a Backup Singer in a Recording Session

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How to Become a Backup Singer in a Recording Session
Backup singers provide important elements of musical recordings. (Microphone image by from

Some people aim to be a backup singer as a way to advance up the ladder toward being a lead singer. On the other hand, some singers prefer to be in the background rather than in the spotlight. Backup singers provide depth to a song and are often employed in recording sessions to lay down vocal tracks. Becoming a backup singer in a recording session is a matter of maximising your abilities and informing others of your skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


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    Develop your talent. If you have never had formal voice lessons, enlist the help of a voice teacher. A good teacher can help you to improve your control, pitch, vocal range and power.

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    Sing in public as often as you can. Experience not only helps you to become a better singer, but it also exposes you to other musicians. This can be a powerful form of networking.

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    Record yourself singing several different types of songs. A sample of your singing is usually called a "demo." If you have your own recording equipment and knowledge, you can do this at home. If not, you may know someone who can do this for you. Many singers record their demos at a recording studio. Even though you probably will have to pay a fee for this, it can be another form of networking. If the people who work at the studio like what they hear, they may invite you to come back and work on other people's recordings.

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    Produce information about yourself that you can hand out at a moment's notice. It's good to have plenty of copies of your demo to hand out. You also might want to print personal business cards or a packet containing your photograph and brief biography.

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