Guest Blog: Karen Bernod On The Art Of Singing Background Vocals

THE ART OF BLENDING ONE’S VOICE AS A BACKGROUND SINGER: ACCOMPANYING THE ICONS OF THE BIZ Karen Bernod has been a backing vocalist for Chaka Khan, Eryka Badu and Mary J. Blige. Her latest album, #PlantingSeeds is due in October. Let me first preface by saying the immediate joy I get from singing background is like a Mad Scientist who just discovered the Law of relativity. Oh! He’s a happy camper. Satisfied, gratified, inspired, intrigued, while accomplishing something great. Music is the Universal Language. Nowhere else on God's green Earth can you gather people together from all walks of life, different ethnicities, religious beliefs under one roof. All belonging to one race. The Human race where Music brought them together in one accord. For however long that time is…it is a pure Oneness. We are all jamming to the same groove, beat, harmony and singing in unison. It is a beautiful sight to see and even more wonderful to hear. The key to a great background singer is having an awesome ear and the ability to sing with others (group, ensemble) while blending with every voice you hear. Knowing when and when not to pull back, push through, give air,…

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