We’re taking a look at the celebrities who made it big after starting off as backup singers.

Backup Singers Who Made it Big  was originally published on

1. Faith Evans

Faith Evans

Faith sang backup for Usher and Mary J. Blige.

2. John Legend

John Legend

John was Kanye West’s go to background singer on most of his early albums.

3. Angie Stone

Angie Stone

Angie got her start as a backup singer for D’Angelo.

4. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Whitney famously sang backup for Lou Rawls, Jermaine Jackson and Chaka Khan.

5. Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

Tamar famously sung backup for her older sister, Toni.

6. Vivian Green

Vivian Green

Vivian Green got her break as a background singer for Jill Scott.

7. Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross

Vandross was a background vocalist for various artists including David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross and more.