Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Late on a Friday, restless from the week I was searching for a movie to see. As a traditionalist, I like watching movies on the big screen. I find no pleasure in watching a movie on my laptop or on my tablet. So as I searched for movies playing, ‘Twenty feet from stardom’ popped up. In Hamilton, there are some historic theatres that now and again get to show off their architecture and design to the masses and Westdale Theatre is one of them. After watching the trailer, the plot of striving to reach your dreams really resonated with me.
I was shocked to learn that there were only a handful of back up singers who essentially changed the sound of rock and roll music which was based in their gospel roots. It was also interesting to see that some back up singers were able to break through to the spot light while others had a very hard time making that leap. It also dawned upon me, after hearing one of the originals belt it out, that this movie won ‘Best Documentary’ at the 2014 Oscars.
All in all, I really enjoyed listening to the stories and the songs that showcase the range and talent of these background beauties. It is good to see that even though some are made to sing in the spotlight others are content with supporting that dream and just being honour to be in the game.