What is a singer?
A singer is someone who vocalizes musical sounds with pitch and timbre, and uses his or her own voice to produce music. Singers can sing alone or in a group, and often accompanied by instrumental music.
The history of singing dates back to the earliest recordings of mankind, and the songs are believed to have been used even before the development of modern languages. In Western culture, until the 14th century, singers were often limited to singing in churches. The rise of operas and performances thereafter laid the foundation for today’s professional singers.
Professional singers are often highly trained and also possess a certain level of natural singing ability, including a wide vocal range or pleasant vocal resonance. Singing is an accepted art form that is taught in most public and private schools. It can also be a fun activity and casual entertainment, like karaoke.
What does a singer do?
A singer is an artist who performs a vocal song using various techniques and training. Singers often practice every day and hire professional voice trainers to help them hone their art. Singers can write their own music or sing music written by others. In addition to singing, singers can work as music teachers or voice trainers. Professional singers are very talented and have an excellent ear for identifying pitch and timbre. Singers are freelancers often and are hired for work, either as a singer or as a consultant or judge in singing competitions.
Professional singers may be employed by a record label that finances the development and recording of their music. Other singers may be employed by companies, including radio advertising firms and variety theaters.
What is the workplace of a singer like?
A singer can work in a variety of venues, but for the most part they will perform on stage or in a studio. Singers of special events often travel to perform at various venues including weddings, parties, corporate events, fairs and festivals.
Theatrical singers are live actors who often perform nightly performances in a theater. Opera singers are a specialization of theatrical singers. A theater singer in a lead role will usually have their own wardrobe and singing teacher. Supporting or backup singers often share a common dressing area and receive fewer perks than a singer in a lead role.
Professional recording singers exist outside of the entertainment industry in small numbers and are typically employed in the marketing sectors for use in marketing jingles and advertisements. These singers often work as collaborators and writers of the pieces they sing.
Professional singers in the music industry are the most prominent public figures in the singing profession. Professional singers record their songs in the studios and often spend hours in the editing booth with the producers. Singers at this level are considered to be at the top of the profession and often have demanding travel and work schedules. The singers will have to tour the cities for months at a time of stage performance and promote their music in shops and events, and they will have tour buses to live off while on the road.