I'm a singer, first and foremost. I always get compliments for my "great voice". But I've been unable to take advantage of it. I've had small gigs here and there, for many years. I find it much easier to do solo gigs because I don't have to pay the other musicians. For example, one weekend I had a gig with bass and drums accompaniment at a venue with a big stage meant for bands, and when they "passed the hat" we got only 10 euros. (This was when I was living in Europe.) The next week I got $100 euros when I played solo in a nice restaurant in town. I would like to do really good gigs with excellent session players (which is I think the way solo acts work with bands), but the pro players won't come without the money, and I can't set up the gigs without the band. So my whole sound is limited to the repertoire that I can work up on guitar or piano. (I *will not* use backing tracks!).
It's very frustrating to keep hearing "great voice" over and over again and not being able to have much success with it. Of course, I have to balance the music with the tech freelancing, which I find myself going back to so that I can make money... Please have a look at my websites and see if you can give me some good advice on moving forward. Have a listen to the songs, some with bands and some solo. I would appreciate any honest feedback.