Local backup singers see themselves in "20 Feet from Stardom"

By Tara Murtha
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“A lot of times, a solo artist might not be as talented [as the back-up singers] but they might have more presence,” reflects V. “Like they say, you have to have a certain amount of ego … a lot of background singers who are trying to make it as solo artists, they get stuck in the marketing of themselves.”

V quotes Teddy Pendergrass, who told him that that elusive star quality was a matter of “animal magnetics.” He’s happy to harmonize, but he’s also giving it all he’s got to be back in his own light, as PW’s Concerts in the Park audiences will witness in Rittenhouse Square next Wed., Aug. 21, where V’s set to perform before local favorite Lady Alma. “I’m trying to bring out who I am on stage,” he says. “I’m trying to give you me, as much as possible.”

For all her hesitation and alter-ego developing, Mackey’s gig has led to her discovery that supporting another artist’s vision can be as satisfying as actualizing your own. “It’s a moment,” she says, “where you’re like, ‘I’m part of something bigger than me.’”

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