F E A T U R E S
A library of single-instrument accompaniment tracks played on live instruments by professional musicians
Create and manage playlists of your favorite tracks, and submit requests for new songs you need
Musical Theater, Pop, and Classical Repertoire
Piano tracks for repertoire across genres; guitar tracks for pop songs that weren't made for piano
Welcome to Backing, a new mobile accompaniment app for contemporary voice, now available on the App Store. Backing is an extensive library of high-quality accompaniment tracks from the musical theater, and pop vocal repertoire — all played by some of the finest live accompanists in the United States. At Backing, we’re passionate about creating simple, single instrument backing tracks (piano or guitar) that give you the feeling of practicing and performing with a skilled accompanist. There’s no midi recordings here. Every track has been expertly crafted on a real instrument by a professional musician with years of experience backing performers just like you. At Backing, we believe that only the human hand has the power to support a performer's heartfelt singing. Each Backing track shows the heart and care that only a real accompanist can give.
*To meet our team of accompanists, visit our Instagram or Facebook pages.
WHY SHOULD I USE BACKING?
Backing empowers you to get fully engaged in your vocal practice, giving you a platform to really explore your voice and your performance. How? All of our tracks are recorded on real instruments by real accompanists -- not just great piano players, but people who have played these songs for singers many times. We're the closest you can get to a real accompanist without actually having one in the room.
AREN'T THERE OTHER FREE WAYS TO GET ACCOMPANIMENT TRACKS?
Sure, if you're willing to filter through search results and hope you can find one that really gives you the support you need as a singer (and, if you're willing to watch ads before any song you want to sing). Backing clears away the cumbersome process of filtering through tracks and gives you access to the music now, ad free. At only $5.99 per month for full access to our library, it really is a no brainer.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU HAVE THE SONGS I NEED?
Download the app and search through our tracks! (You can search the library and listen to 30-second previews before you subscribe.) Search by song, artist, show, genre, or gender. And if you don't see a song you need, request it, and we'll get to work licensing and recording it right away. We add about 100 new tracks to our library each month.
T E A C H E R S
* For information about our Teacher Affiliate Program, see below.
WHY SHOULD MY STUDENTS USE BACKING?
Whether you accompany your students at lessons or not, they need quality practice at home. At Backing, we believe that only the human hand has the power to truly support a performer's heartfelt singing. Students who don't have home-based access to quality accompaniment will either limit their practice or go looking for other options.
Additionally, even if you play the piano in your studio, Backing gives you the freedom to step away from the keyboard when needed to watch, look for signs of tension or other technical problems, observe performance, and give connected, fully informed feedback.
WHAT ABOUT KARAOKE TRACKS?
We believe that students need the experience of learning to rely solely on their own vocal instrument to produce musical excellence. Fully produced tracks (including karaoke tracks) tend to "sweep" students along and "cover" poor technique. That's why our tracks build on the long held tradition of single instrument accompaniment for study and learning. This approach places the responsibility for musicality squarely on the student and gives them the freedom to explore their voice to its full capacity.
Teacher Affiliate Program
Backing was built to support voice teachers and their studios. We're passionate about helping singers improve, and we recognize that teachers are on the front line of that effort. And that's why we created our Teacher Affiliate Program. We plan to learn and evolve as we go, but we hope you'll be excited about the unique package of benefits we've put together as we start.
WHO QUALIFIES TO BE AN AFFILIATE?
Voice teachers who have 5+ students who subscribe to Backing Accompaniment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Free usage of the app for you (the teacher) for as long as your studio has a minimum of 5 subscribed students.
Free access to our private Vocalise Library for you and your students (and an inside track to request that additional vocalises be added [Coming Soon].
Priority Song Requests; as an affiliate, your song requests are moved to the front of the queue.
Ability to create Shared Playlists with individual students [Coming Soon].
Publicity on our new Teacher Affiliate website page and on Backing social media.
Teachers with more than 20+ students may qualify for additional benefits. Complete the form below to learn more.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Click the button below to fill out the Teacher Affiliate form where you will add information about you and your studio. We will reach out shortly to get things set up. Thank you! Questions? Reach out to Michelle: email@example.com.
The Backing Teaching Affiliate program is subject to changes at any time.
Q: Are Backing tracks licensed, recorded and published legally?
A: Absolutely! Working through proper licensing and royalty channels to secure rights and publish tracks legally is at the foundation of our company. Working with our licensing partner, New York City-based Royalty Solutions Corp, each Backing track is fully licensed with the publisher of each song. Necessary clearances have also been obtained with the three performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC). Licensing questions should be directed to Maya Funaro, our authorized representative at Royalty Solutions.
Q: How often does Backing add new tracks?
A: Backing adds new tracks weekly with more than 100 new tracks added each month. Our library grows based on customer feedback. So if you have a request, be sure to submit it inside the app!
Q: Why use Backing over YouTube or karaoke tracks?
A: Backing saves students and teachers time by doing all the filtering for you. Searching for tracks on Youtube takes so much time to find a track that really works, and even then, quality is not always the best. In addition, Backing is an ad-free environment, so instead of waiting, you can get to singing as quickly as possible. Perhaps most importantly, we believe that students need the experience of learning to rely solely on their own vocal instrument to produce musical excellence. That’s why our tracks build on the long-held tradition of single instrument accompaniment for study and learning. This approach places the responsibility for musicality squarely on the student and gives them the freedom to explore theivoice to its full capacity.
Q: Does Backing eliminate the need for a live accompanist?
A: No! We celebrate the many working accompanists we know and love all over the world. We hope that Backing inspires you to seek out live accompaniment for all of your most important rehearsals and performances. There's really no way to replace it. (In the future, we even hope to publish a directory of the best live accompanists around the world right here on our site!) However, because you can't have a live musician with you all the time, we're here to empower and supplement your practice. We can't replace live accompaniment, but we hope to be the next best thing.
Q: How can I request a song?
A: Submitting song requests to the Backing team is simple. Open the app and click the Requests tab on the bottom menu. Input your song name and the artist, composer, or show title, and click Submit! That's it!
Q: How long does a song request take to get published on the app?
A: If the song is already licensed and ready to go, average wait time is 1-2 weeks. If the song has not yet been licensed for Backing Accompaniment, average wait time is 4-6 weeks.