Episode 79: Nicole Gordon
Air date: 5.22.2013
The job of a back up singer can be a thankless one. They check their egos at the door and use their considerable talent to make the artist whose name is on the marquee sound good. It can be a great gig, but there is seldom much in the way of glory. After all, who remembers the name of the women who scat sang Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky" or the emotional climax of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter?" (Clare Torry and Merry Clayton for those keeping score at home.) But in the industry it is common knowledge that these vocalists in the shadows can often sing circles around their employers and have solid careers of their own. Grammy winner Sheryl Crow got her start singing backup vocals for the likes of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Don Henley before she took center stage. And such is the case for Nicole Gordon. She has a long list of credits supporting other artists and her powerful and dynamic voice has been the sound of numerous film and TV projects and commercial spots. She's also a quite capable writer with a handful of albums, and she regularly travels to the songwriting Mecca of Nashville to flex her writing chops. She is living proof that there is more than one way to make a living in the music business.
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