On the Topic of a Lead Singer
The Realities of the role
These singers can be heard in any genre or doing live spots or recordings for radio, tv shows, commercials, jingles, in theatres or film productions. Rarely the session singers/musicians produced hit songs by design like the fictional Archies with "Sugar Sugar". Perhaps it was serendipity when Steam did "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", they were not a band at all but a collective of studio musicians that wrote and recorded the song. Similarly we had The Buggles with the massive hit, "Video Killed the Radio Star", the group was assembled with the writers of the song and supplemented with other session artists after they realized they had a hit on their hands.
Many backup singers moved on from their roles, such as Sheryl Crow from Stevie Wonder and MJ, Mary J.Blige from Uptown Records (MCA) or Luther Vandross a singer for just about everyone including touring with David Bowie and Roberta Flack, but the majority stay in that role for as long as they can get the work. They are not the "unsung heroes" but they often continue to be the unnamed.
Thanks for reading, I am working on a few ideas, Rolling Stone Magazine has updated their 'Greatest' lists so this of course drives me to distraction. Somewhere in there is a few blog topics at least.