How to Get Into Session Singing

Do you wish to have a musical career? We all know just how hard it is to become a singer these days. It takes years and years of doing small jobs until someone notices you. And even if you make it, no one guarantees you’re going to stay there too long.

Do you wish to have a musical career? We all know just how hard it is to become a singer these days. It takes years and years of doing small jobs until someone notices you. And even if you make it, no one guarantees you’re going to stay there too long. Just look at all the music stars that pop out of nowhere, release a song and a video, and then no one hears about them again. So yes, it is a harsh world out there and very few manage to make a real career out of it. Still, there is one way you can enjoy singing and make a living out of it. And that is to become a session singer.

Now, you probably wonder why session singing is more different than being a singer. Well, first of all, session singing means to offer demo vocals or backing vocals for an artist or songwriter, as part of a studio recording session or live performance. So from the start you have an advantage since you can work with multiple artists at once, as a female or male session vocalist. And since there are so many artists out there, and many more that will try to emerge, you will always be in demand, especially after you get a bit of exposure. Thus, it is definitely a long run job, and you also get to do what you like most, and that is to sing.

All right, so how do I get started? This might be another question that pops in your mind. Well, if you have a degree in music that would be great, if not, having a personal trainer or following singing classes in your free time is also welcomed. You will also have to get acquainted with singing in a studio and using a microphone. So if you have friends or people that can help you with that, it would be great. Offer your assistance in their studio projects and start getting accustomed to this. Also, if you know any charity events, local events, or any public manifestations that might need someone to sing, do offer yourself as a volunteer. You will need some exposure because you never know who may lay their eyes, and ears, on you. And do try as many musical genres as possible, if you wish to be able to do a wide variety of singing jobs.

Another must is a demo. Every female or male session vocalist should have one. Either you find a studio, or you make a small one at home, but you will need to have a professional demo with your singing, containing a good variety of songs and musical styles. It may be hard in the beginning, but you will eventually need to set up a small studio in your home if you wish to make this happen. Once you get started, and people know about you, you will receive all types of job offers, all around the clock, asking for a demo or any proof you are capable of doing the job.

In the beginning, you might wish to look for ads stating they need a session singer. The start is harder, like in everything else, but once you are in the business, you will be able to build an excellent portfolio, to contain your activity with different artists. Also, you can promote your services online, through social media or even make a website of your own if you wish, where people may contact you and see your work. It is much easier to get into the session singing branch, than trying to aim at becoming a pop star. 

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