There are far too many female vocalists on the south coast of England, and not enough regular work for everyone. Full-time vocalists are paid around £300 gross per week for work overseas, during which time they are obliged to work six nights per week, and in virtually all situations are expected to entertain holidaymakers or clients during the day. Although part-time vocalists who work in hotels, bars and social clubs in the United Kingdom, gross around £100-£120 per night for each performance, but considerably less for weekday engagements. In other less affluent areas of the United Kingdom and Wales, remuneration is lower than £80 per gig, and once income tax, national insurance contributions, agency fees, travel expenses and advertising expenses have been deducted from a salary of £100 per night, the remaining balance of approximately £45 is hardly worth leaving the house for. It really is not worth singing for peanuts, when established tribute acts receive between £550-£1000 or more for each performance.
It can take around an hour or more to get to a gig in the United Kingdom, and then it takes another hour to set up the equipment and do a sound check before starting the performance at around 9pm. After a soul-destroying evening of singing to a rowdy and inebriated audience, itís time to pack up and head for home. An entertainer would normally leave their house at around 6.30pm, and wouldnít see their front door again until around 2am the following morning. What kind of life is that?
Well established recording artists and pop stars only tour or gig when itís time to promote their new albums, and then bum around until the next tour or gigs, while mugs like me had to sing their songs for peanuts, so they raked in the millions while I earned a paltry wage. Sensible former vocalists in their right minds do not sing for trifling amounts of money. Recording albums is the only way to profit from the music business, and anyone can record and release an album at any time for any label, even if itís their own record label.
The majority of female entertainers look like cheap tarts on stage who would be nothing without the special effects on their voices. Perhaps if they were to concentrate on singing to perfection, instead of howling and moving around like rabid wild dogs on heat, then some of us could find the time to stomach the discordant din.
Youíll find these ladies a joy to listen to: