One of the most common mistakes I see with worship teams is having multiple singers and arranging the vocals to have multiple harmony parts all throughout the song. I think we feel that more harmony adds more power to a song arrangement and we might even be a little scared to have everyone all singing the same thing. But that’s exactly what you see some of the large church worship teams doing (Hillsong, Gateway, Church of the Highlands, Church on the Move, etc.), and that’s exactly what we do at our church. We can have up to seven singers on the stage for a Sunday, but only schedule one person to sing harmony. Everyone else is singing melody. In this video, I’ll play back some multitracks from a recent service and share how we use gang vocals to add dynamics to a song arrangement.
This video covers:
- How we use gang vocals to add power to a song arrangement
- Why we use harmony sparingly with our singers
- Comparing one harmony singer vs a gang of melody singers
- How we arrange gang vocal singers to match what the congregation will sing
- Harmony adds color, but gang vocals adds power
The first song featured in this video is “Fully Devoted” by Life.Church Worship
The second song featured is “Glorious Day” by Passion (featuring Kristian Stanfill_
If you’re curious to watch the service these songs came from, you can find it here:
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