(Closed) Could I be a wedding singer? (Vids included)

posted 4 years ago in Parties
Post # 19
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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nurseybee55 :  hmmm i’m honestly not sure. you should probably come sing at my wedding so i can give you better feedback. haha seriously though, you’re amazing!!!

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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nurseybee55 :  I was so cringing as I entered this thread assuming it was going to be like on of those contestents on idol whose family and friends have them convinced they are the best singer in the world but the really sound like a drowning cat.

You have a lovely voice. I think you would do well as a wedding singer but don’t wedding singers come with a band usually? Do you have a band that can back you? Or are you just thinking for processionals?

Post # 23
2119 posts
Buzzing bee

I got about 5 words into your first video before I had to pause it so that I could comment. Hell YES! You have a beautiful voice!  You are also very pretty, which I know is super shallow but it helps create a “package” (yep, I cringed at that too. I hope you all get what I mean) in a way. 

You remind me of a band we seriously looked into. My brat self refused to negotiate on our string quartet which was way over budget already, so I couldn’t hire the second band. But here is the link to their site, hopefully it gives you some ideas on how you could ‘sell’ yourself. You would need to find a band, though. Personally I wouldn’t consider hiring just a singer, if I’m getting live music I would want the band too. https://www.thegramophoneband.com/

Post # 24
104 posts
Blushing bee

ahhhhh your voice is so soothing! so amazing!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee

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nurseybee55 :  based on your updates, sounds like you do have a lot of experience, you could totally pull off doing gigs! 

Well keep your piano friend on your radar, playing with you at gigs is more gigs for him too so he might be happy to be asked =)  As for finding other musicians, some churches might have really good church musicians they hire, you could look there.  Or even do a shout out on fb that your looking for pianist for a gig, and someone might know someone.  Is there a music conservatory in town? Or any voice teachers? Voice teachers will know pianist who do accompaniment for their students and could probably give you some names =)  Maybe  a guitarist instead would work too

Post # 28
1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Beautiful voice! You are very talented!

Post # 29
2228 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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nurseybee55 :  So I’ve done a couple of runs as a professional singer and just thought I’d make a few suggestions.

If you have a relationship with a few instrumentalists or bands, you will be much easier to book. Most of my wedding gigs were with a band, but I also did a few smaller receptions with just a guitarist or pianist. The more different kinds of options you can offer in terms of feel and style, the easier it will be to have broad appeal.

 Work on your “patter.” If you are going to be on stage for the length of the reception, you will very likely be called on to act as MC. To announce the first dance, tell people when dinner is served, corral speech-givers. You want to be sure you have some experience just interacting with the guests comfortably so you’re prepared when you aren’t singing. Having a relaxed stage manner as an MC is a place where a lot of band leaders really distinguish themselves, so don’t neglect this part of building an act.

 Invest in studio time and make a high-quality recording, preferably with live instruments. You want to make your performance as clean as possible without sounding over-produced. A karaoke style recording will be less likely to be perceived as professional by potential clients.  Be sure and choose a wide variety of songs and styles to best display your repertoire. A studio recording will not only sound better overall, it can be mixed to put your voice forward of the instruments and display it to its best advantage, without sounding “produced” and less authentic, the way some apps can do.

 Volunteer to gig a few weddings in exchange for reviews. If you have an established client base, people are more likely to take you seriously. Visit local bridal salons or other wedding vendors, and try to create a relationship with them such that they’ll agree to post your fliers in their shop. Make a website and get out on The Knot or whatever local equivalent you have and post samples of your music there.

Remember that for something like this, you have to be willing to hustle. Gigs aren’t likely to just fall in your lap. You’ll have to spend time and money to promote yourself; either with advertising, a relationship with other bridal vendors, or even appearing at a wedding expo. Word of mouth doesn’t take you as far as you might hope.

Finally, remember that if you are doing this to make money, you should realize it will almost certainly take more than just singing at weddings. Taking gigs in clubs, or essentially anywhere to create a name for yourself is going to be part of the cost of doing business. In fact, it might behoove you to find an agent. Draw on the resources your brother has used to turn himself into a gigging artist, and do what he’s done.

I know for myself, I stopped gigging once I had a child. It was basically impracticable to be out so late for a nightclub set, or for an entire weekend day to do a wedding. To really make money – enough to live on – most musicians have to tour. That was out of the question for me, so I gave it up and just focused on writing my own music and performing only sporadically. If you are thinking this would be a good way to make supplemental income once you have kids, I would caution you that might not be feasible until they are older and need less of your attention.

Good luck!

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