20 Feet from Stardom Essay

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Joy Gary English 103 20 Feet from Stardom Behind every great star is great singing talent backing them up. Backup vocalists are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop, and R&B hits of all time; but no one knows their name. Morgan Neville, director of the 2013 documentary of 20 Feet from Stardom follows the lives of behind the scenes backup singers and stars. His curiosity inspired the making of this film. He shines an overdue spotlight on the hit making contributions of long time and short time backup singers such as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, and Lisa Fisher. The heart of this film seems to be about failure to become stars, but in retrospect it is really about them being stars in their own light. This film seeks to correct an injustice, Not enough ego? Racism? Bad luck? Even when no one knows your name you can still be or become a star. For instance, backup singer such as Judith hill. Judith is an American singer and songwriter with a unique voice that is soulful and distinctive. She began her career as a backup singer in 2007. She sang backup for artists such as Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Judith didn’t attract global attention until she sang the lead on the song “Heal the World” at Michael Jackson’s memorial in 2009. ”Backup singers have no power in the industry, nobody is going to make money off backup singers and therefore nobody has any interest in helping make a backup singer’s documentary,” said director Morgan Neville as he discussed the making of 20 Feet From Stardom, but ultimately Morgan used guilt for perfecting his argument, “to give back to these singers and enriching their lives” that finally made a certain number of people jump onboard to make 20 Feet From Stardom. Talking head interviews were a big part of this documentary. Interviews with these singers reveal their experiences with recording the songs, touring with

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