Being a successful session singer isn’t easy. I have spent years doing session singing. In that time, I used to wonder why some people were even there. On the other hand, there were times that I really enjoyed singing with the people I was working with.
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- What Are The Roles A Successful Session Singer Can Do?
- Steps-By-Step Guide To Become A Successful Session Singer
What Are The Roles A Successful Session Singer Can Do?
Session singers are in a strange position. They have their own unique role and game plan from the lead singer. Yet, they have to learn to mesh their performance with that of the lead singer. Here is the step-by-step guide to become a successful session singer. Hope it will help you to reach your goal in your session singing career.
Session singer is a very professional and experienced vocalist who is hired for a particular contractual period for studio recording purposes. The session singer jobs include singing as a background singer, backing vocalist / backup singer, studio vocalist, and sight reading / singing.
Steps-By-Step Guide To Become A Successful Session Singer
Step 1: Develop Your Listening Skills
First of all, listen. Listen to the background vocals in every song you hear. Pay close attention. Notice how, even though their job is technically to blend into the background, a good session singer can make or break a performance. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” The same is true of a singing group. It’s not easy for that reason. People depend on you.
Step 2: Patience
Of all the related tips I could offer, patience is probably the most important. It can take a while just to get your foot in the door. You aren’t going to get rich or become very famous as a session singer. At least, you aren’t going to do so overnight, anyway. Writers and producers tend to stick to professional session singers that they already know. Often, they’ve run into problems with amateur session singers before. That probably caused them a lot of wasted time, not to mention money. So, just getting a chance to try out is hard, never mind earning a living session singing. So, you have to have the patience and a real love for the profession. Be prepared and be grateful for every opportunity to try out that you get.
Step 3: Good Attitude
Talent can take you far, but not if you have the wrong attitude. Earlier, I mentioned wondering how certain people got into singing with me. That’s because they didn’t seem to want to be there. Worse, many of them seemed to think they were a ruler of a kingdom and everyone around them was a mere peasant. You have to have the talent, but you also have to enjoy what you do and enjoy working together on a level ground with other people.
Step 4: Record A Good Demo Reel
Try to have the best demo reel that you can. When you record a demo reel, be sure you have individuals listen to it who will give you an honest opinion, before you submit it to potential employers. Don’t ask someone who may have his or her own motives or someone who doesn’t want to hurt your feelings to listen to your demo. The more opinions you get, the better, too.
Step 5: Open for Any Criticism
If you decided to send a resume to 10 different companies, you are likely to get ten very different reactions and suggestions for improvement. The same is true of a demo reel. If you can get honest opinions from those around you and are willing to entertain their suggestions, you will go far as a successful session singer. In fact, with that attitude you are likely to go far in life in general.
Step 6: Train Yourself To Sing In Different Genre of Songs
If you want to be a great session singer, you should also remember that you should have a bit of variety in your demo reel. It’s an opportunity to showcase all of your talents and abilities. Be careful, though. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you have certain styles that you know you aren’t good at, don’t put them on your demo reel. Being consistent and displaying high-quality work is much more important. You want producers to be impressed and begging for more. Put them on the edge of their seats. That’s your goal. Try to train yourself to become more flexible and capable of singing any genre of songs, that is the key factor for you to become the most sought-after session singer.
So, as you aspire to be the best, most successful session singer you can be, remember to make a good impression. Have patience. Make connections. Remember that what you accomplish today may seem small, but it will pave the way for later. So, use these tips to your advantage and you’ll be doing the jingle singing and session work that you want to do in no time at all.