We all have unique singing voices. Our tone, style and sounds all shape that identity - no two voices are the same. It’s why we can hear a song for the first time and know exactly who it is.
While it’s always fun to sing the lead line of our favorite song, It’s important to understand and know the sound of the team your singing with. This can vary from song to song, but identifying the lead and supporting parts is vital to the success of the team.
No one part is more or less important than another, So knowing and filling your role is crucial on a worship team. When you’re not the lead vocal on a song, you’re a supporting vocal. Supporting vocals exist to bring body, fullness, and thus energy to the sound. They shouldn’t stand out or be easily recognizable.
Their unique identity should be sacrificed to enhance the sound of the team.
An extreme example is an opera singer. When she’s center-stage belting out notes with heavy verbrado and general operatic style, you hear her unique voice. But the next night she’s one voice in a choir of 30. You can’t pick out her voice (and you don’t want to); instead you experience the sound of many voices becoming one sound.
A more relevant example comes from Chris Quilala of Jesus Culture. A fantastic worship leader and singer. You can spot his voice from a mile away in songs like Your Love Never Fails and One Thing Remains. But when he’s singing a harmony behind Kim Walker on Show Me Your Glory. He displays a completely different type of sound. It supports Kim, and even pushes her. When he sings, it lifts the song to another level, and the result is a powerful and beautiful chorus/bridge.
Check out the whole song and listen for his part around 3:06 (5:54 & 7:45), but more importantly identify your role in every song you sing. And make sure your voice is added to the sound of the whole.