Female backing vocal for a male song

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Female backing vocal for a male song

Post by WSAO » Fri May 17, 2024 11:18 pm

Is it acceptable to have a female backing vocalist (alongside the male lead singer) in a song when they specifically ask for a male singer?
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Re: Female backing vocal for a male song

Post by Casey H » Sat May 18, 2024 5:25 am

I would say it's fine if the female backing vocal is at a fairly low level in the background to add coloring to the male lead, but not at all dominant, it's OK. I'm assuming you mean parallel vocal like a harmony, not anything syncopated such that the female voice is heard alone.

A good test would be: Would anybody listening really notice a female voice in there? Or does it just blend in like a high harmony? The latter seems OK to ME.

You could always post a sample.

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Re: Female backing vocal for a male song

Post by WSAO » Sat May 18, 2024 6:21 am

Thanks Cassey,

Yep that's the idea, to add some colour to the main vocal.

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Re: Female backing vocal for a male song

Post by JohnAtonic » Mon May 20, 2024 7:58 am

Hi BBCode,
Just to clarify, what do you mean by "backing vocal". There are generally 3 types of vocals, lead vocal, harmony vocals, and background vocals.
A background vocal is a different part from the lead vocal, a lot of musicians get terms mixed up. I'm guessing you mean a harmony vocal?

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