Erica Canales, singer, songwriter and vocal coach shares how she went from having singer burnout to touring with The Killers and working on projects for Gwen Stefani and Grace Potter. She also gives her insights on touring as a background singer, what makes a gig worth taking, and the healthy mindset of a “support” singer.
If you’re considering being a background singer, have an honest conversation with yourself about whether or not being a support musician is truly for you.
Whether you are on or off the road, find a daily ritual to keep yourself centered.
Nothing is more restorative for your voice than sleep. Get rest when you need it.
Determine what it means for you to make your own mark in the world. It’s going to come up a lot, but you’re going to have to define for YOU what success in your career means.
Everything happens in the time it takes to happen. Do the work, get good at what you do, and develop your craft.
Limit the comparisons (to other musician’s careers). We all have our own journey.
It’s the vibe, the money or the hang. You want a gig to have at least two of those three virtues. 😉
When you’re on the road the two hours you spend performing on stage is not the work. The real work is the other twenty-two hours you spend with the other people you’re on the road with. That’s the work.
Have you ever had a dream you put on the back burner? You need to listen to this episode. Celia Chavez is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who went from deferring her musical dreams to touring with P!nk, Melody Gardot, and is currently on the road with Enrique Iglesias. She has also created her “Harmony at Play” workshop that not only teaches non-professional singers how to sing with a group, but also tightens up the skillset of harmonizing for pros. Listen to her story now and be inspired!
Get out and get heard. Find jams and open mics so people know what you do and know what you sound like.
No gig is too small. You took the gig, so treat it with value. Use the opportunity to develop your work ethic and your craft.
Singers hire other singers. Find any opportunity you can to meet and support other singers. Got to open mics, join a choir, or take a sight singing class.
Don’t pre-disqualify yourself before the an audition. Come into an audition as prepared as you can. Sing material you know well. Get any coaching/guidance in areas you feel less confident in, so that you can go into your audition or interview feeling positive.
There is no linear progression to success in this career. You must decide what “success” means for you.
If you’re a professional singer, want to turn singing into a career, or simply love to hear stories from singers on the road, then “The Working Singer” is the podcast for you.
My name is Jamila Ford, and on this podcast I chat with professional singers about how they make a creative living in the music business lending their talent to stars like: Enrique Iglesias, The Killers, Elvis Costello, and more. They share life lessons, business advice, and how they make a living when they’re off the road. We’ll also discuss vocal health, technique, performance, coaching and pretty much all things vocal.
Elevate your approach to your singing career, get enlightened about what the pros do, and be inspired with new ideas that you can make your own. For these stories and more, subscribe, download and rate on Apple Podcasts, or your favorite place to listen.