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Encyclopedia > Backing vocalist

A backup vocalist or background singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. A backing vocalist will usually work with a lead vocalist, but this is not always true. For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ...


In many bands, one or more musicians other than the lead singer take on the duty of backing vocalist while playing their instruments. Some backing vocalists may also have solos from time to time. An example is guitarist John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who sings all backing vocals (few songs are recorded without backing vocals) often singing some parts without accompaniment from lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis. John usually covers a song by himself during concerts. Another example is former member of Scottish band Wet Wet Wet, Angus "Gusboyslim" Cameron whose dulcet tones can be heard in such classics as "Billy Boys" and "Follow Follow". Other examples include Mike Dirnt of Green Day, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Malcolm Young of AC/DC (along with Cliff Williams, who joined the band in 1977), Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, The Edge of U2, Pete Townshend of The Who, Mick Jones of The Clash, Jason Newsted of Metallica, Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, and Adrian Smith and Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. In some cases, drummers can do backing vocals in addition to other guitarists and the bassist. This is seen in bands such as Relient K, Sum 41, Samhain, Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Kiss, Sharon,Caroline and Jim Corr, Queen, Mötley Crüe, Velvet Revolver, Linkin Park, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Police, The Yardbirds, Atreyu, Underoath, Inhale Exhale, and Family Force 5. For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... John Anthony Frusciante (IPA pronunciation: ) (born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Anthony Kiedis (born November 1, 1962) is the lead singer and a co-founder of the alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... Wet Wet Wet are a successful Scottish pop band of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. ... The Billy Boys is a loyalist song from Glasgow, sung to the tune of Marching Through Georgia. ... Follow-Follow is a song sung by the supporters of Rangers F.C., from Scotland. ... Mike Dirnt (born Michael Ryan Pritchard on May 4, 1972, in Rodeo, California) is best known as the bassist and backing vocalist of Green Day. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... Michael Kenji Shinoda (born February 11, 1977)[1][2] is an American musician, record producer, and artist from Agoura Hills, California. ... Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. ... Malcolm Mitchell Young, born January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, is a founding member of, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and co-songwriter for the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC. Though his younger brother Angus is the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm has been described as the business and... This article is about about the band. ... For other persons named Clifford Williams, see Clifford Williams (disambiguation). ... Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand Nicholas Augustine McCarthy, (Born December 13, 1974) is the lead guitarist and backing singer of the Glaswegian band Franz Ferdinand. ... Franz Ferdinand are an award winning rock band, from Glasgow, Scotland. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones in 1962. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... For other subjects called The Edge, see The Edge (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... For the Spooky Tooth and Foreigner guitarist, see Mick Jones (Foreigner). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jason Curtis Newsted (born March 4, 1963, Battle Creek, Michigan) is an American bass guitarist currently a member of Voivod and Rock Star Supernova, but is best known as a former member of the band Metallica from 1986-2001. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... For the article on the Trinidadian author of The Year in San Fernando, see Michael Anthony (author). ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. ... Mötley Crüe (pronounced Motley Crew) is an American Heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. ... Joe Michael Dusty Hill (born May 19, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, USA) is bassist and vocalist with Texas Boogie-Blues-Rock group ZZ Top. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article is about the band. ... This article is about the Christian rock band. ... Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. ... This article is about the horror punk band. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... This article is about the band. ... Franz Ferdinand are an award winning rock band, from Glasgow, Scotland. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Mötley Crüe (pronounced Motley Crew) is an American Heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. ... Velvet Revolver (abbreviated to VR) is a hard rock supergroup with three former members of Guns N Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum (who also played with rock bands Hawk and The Cult) — plus Scott Weiland, the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and Dave Kushner of the 80s... Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a highly influential, though short-lived, English/American rock band famous for the guitar work of frontman Jimi Hendrix on songs such as Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Fire, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along the Watchtower and Spanish Castle Magic. // Hendrix arrived in... This article is about the rock band. ... Not to be confused with Yard Birds. ... Atreyu is a five member band from Orange County, California that formed in 1998. ... Underoath (sometimes stylized as Underøath or UnderOATH) is a Christian Metalcore band from Tampa, Florida. ... This article is about the Christian metalcore band, for the Nasum album, go to Inhale/Exhale. ... Family Force 5 (often abbreviated as FF5, formerly known as The Phamily and The Brothers) is a Christian band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Among the pioneers of pop music two producers should be noticed for their work with backing vocals - Phil Spector, who used b vox (backing vocals) and lavish orchestration to create a bombastic sound - and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys who composed some of the most intricate vocal harmonies in pop music. Both producers have greatly influenced the vocal harmony style of The Beatles, who explored it further. Since all four members of The Beatles sang lead on various songs, all served as creative backup singers for the others at various times. The same can be said for the (main) members of KISS For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ...


The English rock group Queen are very famous for complex harmonies. Along with dynamic lead vocalist Freddie Mercury two bandmates Roger Meddows-Taylor and Brian May have strong voices which blend intricately together along with Freddie's voice and Queen songs were rarely recorded, particularly early on, without backing vocals. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Australian film composer, see Brian May (composer). ...


In the recording studio, some lead singers choose to record their own backing vocals. Ian Gillan of Deep Purple is one of the best known examples, as are Brad Delp of Boston, who recorded all lead and backing vocals on the first three Boston albums, Lemmy of Motörhead, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness Sting of The Police[citation needed], Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Thom Yorke from Radiohead. Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945 in Hounslow, London), is an English rock music vocalist best known as the lead singer for Deep Purple. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Bradley E. Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American musician best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Boston. ... Boston is an American rock band that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. ... Lemmy (born Ian Fraser Kilmister on December 24, 1945, also known as Ian Willis, Lemmy Kilmister, and Lemmy von Motörhead), is an English singer and bass guitarist, most famous for being the founding member of the heavy metal band Motörhead. ... This article is about the band. ... Justin David Hawkins (born on March 17, 1975) is an English musician and songwriter, best known for being the former lead singer and lead guitarist of The Darkness, noted for his heavy use of falsetto and charismatic persona. ... For other uses, see The Darkness (disambiguation). ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Stephen Victor Tallarico (born March 26, 1948 in Yonkers, New York), better known as Steven Tyler (and often nicknamed The Demon of Screamin) is an American musician and songwriter. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967, Aberdeen, – c. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ... Robert Anthony Plant (born August 20, 1948, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England) is an English rock singer and songwriter, most famous for his membership in the rock band Led Zeppelin as the lead vocalist, but also for his successful solo career. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Thomas Edward Yorke (born October 7, 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England) is an English musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Radiohead. ... Radiohead are an English rock band. ...


Many metalcore and some post-hardcore bands, such as As I Lay Dying and Alexisonfire, feature a main vocalist who does the lead singing/screaming, whilst the backing vocalist sings harmonies during choruses to create a contrast to the music tone's color. Some bands, such as My Chemical Romance and Hawthorne Heights flip this process, and have screaming to highlight specific lyrics in contrast to the more harmonic and traditional lead vocals. Metalcore is a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk that began in the United States. ... Post-hardcore; this specific genre was created by others as a sourse to relaese the emotion that builds inside, making the music intimate and touching to listeners. ... For the novel by William Faulkner, see As I Lay Dying (novel). ... For the Adult Film actress, see Alexis Fire. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... Hawthorne Heights is a post-hardcore band formed in Dayton, Ohio in June of 2001. ...


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Backing vocalist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (195 words)
A backing vocalist is a vocalist who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song.
A backup vocalist will almost always work with a lead vocalist but the converse is not always true.
Backing singer, backup singer, background singer, and background vocalist are all terms with the same meaning: a vocalist who sings in support (in back-up) of a lead vocalist or singer, often accompanied by other backup singers.
Vocalist - The Role of the Backing or Harmony Vocalist - www.vocalist.org.uk (1519 words)
A good backing singer should be experienced in harmonizing and keeping in time with both the lead vocalist and fellow backing vocalists, sight reading is preferable but not essential whilst the ability to 'hear' yourself, identify and sing the correct notes plus learn songs quickly is!
The backing vocals on a song can consist of anything from repeating a word, passage or chorus of the song to providing a continuing harmony in time with the lead vocalist.
This means the backing singer could be vocalising in a higher or lower octave than the lead vocalist depending on their voice type.
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