So you're a good, Christian girl looking to express her spiritual beliefs musically and you want to start a girls' gospel group. Whatever your reasons, whether you hope to inspire faith, religion, ceremony or good old-fashioned entertainment, it's going to take a lot of hard work, persistence and even a taste of rejection. However, it is possible to turn your passion for both christian life and gospel music into an extraordinary onstage performance. It was Confucius, a Chinese educator, thinker and political figure, who quipped, "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life."
- Day planner
- Live sound equipment: Mixer, microphone, speakers, outboard equipment
- Musical instruments
Get to know people in the business. One of the best ways to open doors in any business, whether it's publishing, teaching, surfing or music, is to build a strong network of people in a business that interests you. Start by getting to know people around you, including fellow musicians at church and in school. If you know the right people, you'd be surprised to find what kind of opportunities might suddenly become available to you. You may want to pay particular attention to the musical director of your church. This could prove to be a good contact down the road when your band is ready to perform in front of an audience.
Create an advertisement that is attractive to fellow christian musicians. If you are looking to build a gospel group from the ground up, create an appealing ad to post on local bulletin boards at your church, school and the local coffee shop. You might even use social networking as a tool to get the word out there, notifying fellow Christian musicians looking to take gospel music as it relates to christian life to the next level. Whether you are searching for a lead singer, bass guitarist, drummer or all three, the possibility of finding a great group of girls to play gospel increases with a quality advertisement.
Hold auditions. Now comes the hard part, beginning with putting together a band of girls that play well together, both literally and figuratively. By holding auditions, you are better able to get a sense for your band's sound. It also provides a great opportunity for you to get an overall sense of your potential band mates, both strengths and weakness. Consider personalities when putting together your band, as you'll want to be sure you mesh well. Interview each candidate, asking questions relating to spiritual beliefs and Christian life.This will help you to narrow down your search, as well as ensure that you are all on the same page, musically and spiritually speaking.
Promote your band, along with important messages from the Bible. Now comes the fun part, though it may take a lot of patience, persistence and prayer at first. Come up with an interesting name for your new gospel group and then create a promotion plan, beginning with a press release announcing your band to the local market. Gospel music is a uncommon niche in the music business. So it's the perfect opportunity to make your group stand out, incorporating your favorite proverbs, hymns and passages. Whether you create a website, flyers, posters, business cards or all of the above, put yourself -- and the Word -- out there. Social networking is also a great tool for you to post video and links to your website.
Book a tour in your local market. As a new band looking to build its fan base, it's essential that you book a tour through your community. Don't be afraid to perform some non-paying gigs in the beginning, as these will help to get your name out there. Ask to perform at your church, as well as other churches in your area. Research non-profit organizations looking to book local musical performances for charity events. Don't rule out weddings, birthday parties and holiday celebrations. Performing for your community is a great way to promote your band, as well as a smart way to give back to your community in the name of good, clean christian living. There's no better way to inspire a strong following of both faith and fans.