01-24-2013 01:14 PM
01-24-2013 01:29 PM - edited 01-24-2013 01:29 PM
Put her on keys and develop some keyboard parts. Keys can fit in in any style of music.
Tell em both they gotta learn to sing harmony.
01-24-2013 01:48 PM
Our 4-piece group has, basically, two lead singers. I was the lead singer in my previous band, and I started my current group with a friend who was a frontman for his band. He's the better "frontman", so that's his thing.. I'm also playing guitar and running the lightrig (on a MIDI switch). Still, half the night, I'm singing lead on songs. He contributes by tossing in vocals (when appropriate), going out in the crowd and getting people to sing along on the sing-along parts to some songs, and just generally playing around with the crowd, still doing the "frontman" thing.
It doesn't undermine what I'm doing.. in fact, it compliments it. Of course, when he's singing, I just focus more on the guitar/harmonies.
I would suggest that you get both of your two singers to focus more on engaging the crowd while the other is singing.
Take a look at some of the famous country duos. Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry.. they've enjoyed a lot of success, and both members sang (and sang alternating lead) in each of those acts.
Even if it's not at all the type of music.. take a cue from many rap artists you'll see. Going to see many major rap stars.. those folks will have people onstage who's only job is to hype the crowd up, to get them into what's going on. There are ways to have the singer not singing be a bit of a "hype man". I'm not suggesting backwards ballcaps and shouting angrily at the audience. But find what works for them that accomplishes the same thing for your crowd as that does for thiers, and go with it.
01-24-2013 02:33 PM
01-24-2013 03:50 PM
Are you a cover band or originals? Either way, most songs have harmony parts -- and even those that don't can. Four of the seven of us in my band sing, and it really adds a lot to have harmonies. I also love the advice about engaging the crowd - that's advice some of my bandmates need to hear!
01-24-2013 04:06 PM
Harmonies, harmonies, harmonies.
My band has two girls upfront who don't play instruments. And 3 of the guys sing lead as well. There's rarely a song where both of them don't need to be on stage because there are needed background vocals in pretty much every song we do.
01-24-2013 08:49 PM
We have 4 singers, the whole frontline.....
It all works out fine. Having 2 leads opens the door for a lot of material. I say keep them both. Have a band meeting and sort it all out.
Not only does having multiple bandmates who sing lead open the door for a lot of material - sooner or later it will save your ass during the cold and flu season. A band that relies on one lead singer is essentially out of business if that singer comes down with strep throat or bronchitis. Having multiple bandmates who sing lead protects the working band for those sorts of disruptions. It's usually a plus from the audience's perspective as well - few vocalists have the range and/or the vocal stamina to sing 180 minutes worth of material (a typical full bar night) - without having to pace themselves and/or without starting to sound a little monotonous. The sonic variety that multiple leads bring to the table is huge!
01-24-2013 09:49 PM
You have something many bands should have, but don't. Capability of strong harmonies, more than one lead singer and keyboards. One lead singer should not have to carry the whole night anyway. Work your setlist to fit the talent you have. Plenty of material to choose from.
01-24-2013 10:28 PM
01-25-2013 06:06 AM
Use this to your advantage: it's a good problem to have.
It frees up a singer to deliver a stronger/less restrained performance if they know they don't have to pace themselves for 40 songs.
Incorporate more keys into your set list.
Is the dude singer able/interested in learning an instrument?
01-25-2013 06:46 AM
01-25-2013 08:31 AM
If I found myself in a band that had a female vocalist and a keyboard player - I'd make sure that I would do enough gigs to get sick of playing this song - before I made any personnel decisions:
Even though it is two guys singing back and forth on the record - I always thought it would be better with a guy and a gal trading lines.
01-25-2013 09:46 AM
A male and female fronted duo? Sounds like band nirvana. The flexibility and range you guys should be able to achieve now should be great.
When one is singing lead, the other does primary harmonies and backups, and vice versa. Everyone always has something going on. This shouldn't be an issue. Unless there are massive egos involved.
01-25-2013 11:24 AM
Yeah, I'm totally at a loss as to why this is an issue. You've got a male and female lead, one of them plays keys, and you think this is a problem?
Dude, most people would kill to have that in a band!!! You guys need to see the bigger picture!
That being said, lead singers aren't known for wanting to share the spotlight.
01-25-2013 12:16 PM
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