Written July 22, 2013
Excellent movie. The story was compelling, very insightful and helps the music lover appreciate the role of the background singer. As one critic said, it takes more than a great voice to become the star out front! It's more luck, timing and the stars and planets aligning together. I remember Lisa Fischer, from the mid eighties when she came out with her solo project and always wondered what happened to her. Nothing !!, she's been working constantly and enjoying the reputation she has built as a vocal powerhouse to a host of legendary musicians. Darlene Love, Tata Vegas, The Waters, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill the background stories were fascinating. Loved It! I will tell any and everybody about this documentary. It is a must see!!!!!!
Written June 29, 2013
Real people. Real pain. Real Joy. Backup singers deserve a lot of love. I will never see them the same way again. Best movie in years. And I go to a movie every week.
Written August 07, 2013
Exceptionally talented Background singers on Motown, Rock, and Folk music are covered from the 1960s thru today. You'll recognize many of the voices. You'll be surprised by who started as singing backup. It delves into their quest for stardom and in some cases success and in other cases not so much. But in all cases, a love for music and singing outshines everything. Includes performances from then and now. Very moving and entertaining.
Written July 27, 2013
I just heard about this movie yesterday. Watched the previews and I had to go. I chose to see this over Wolverine, which I will see next week, but boy am I glad I chose 20 Feet from Stardom. Growing up in a music family, I saw the good and bad sides of the music industry. I checked out this movie today and it was DYNAMITE, but for the life of me, I can't see why Judith Hill was in this documentary. She's backed by a lot of Black singers. M Jackson, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, her voice lacks Raw Soul that touches you. Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega are Legends, who except the last two appear to be mentoring Hill. I'm glad Darlene Love exposed Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The same crook, taking millions for charter schools and real property. Finally these women are getting their Flowers before they pass on. If you grew up during a time when singers sang, musicians played instruments and remember the classics, this is the movie!
Written June 30, 2013
Great film ,very informative. Gives a whole new aspect to the business of stardom and what it takes to become the one out front. Great singing, I want the album.