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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

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The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Furthermore, special focus is given to special stand outs who endeavored to make a living in the art burdened with a low profile and more personal career frustrations, especially those who faced the very different challenge of singing in the spotlight themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.

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$54,596 (USA) (14 June 2013)

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$4,946,250 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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Okay, but not Oscar worthy
9 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I watched this documentary, because it was nominated for an Oscar and was the favorite to win (which it eventually did). So I thought I'd give it a shot.

To be honest, I was rather disappointed. I was hoping to see a documentary about unknown background singers, who try to earn enough money, so that they can feed their families, who barely get jobs and live near poverty. It turns out to be about the successful background singers that have made it and have worked with very successful singers. Unfortunately, I did not really care for their "problem" that they are not the lead singer and do not get the fame.

When watching a documentary, I want one of two things (ideally both): 1) That the movie makes an impression on me. 2) That I learn something new that is interesting.

This documentary failed to do both (at least for me). In conclusion, that is why I do not think that it deserved an Oscar nomination, let alone a win.


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