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Backlight To Spotlight: Famous Backup Singers  was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. Luther Vandross as a background singer for David Bowie.

Luther Vandross as a background singer for David Bowie.

2. Whitney Houston with her first mentor, Cissy Houston.

Whitney Houston with her first mentor, Cissy Houston.

3. Soon after being a background singer, Kelly Price debuted her platinum-selling first album.

Soon after being a background singer, Kelly Price debuted her platinum-selling first album.

4. R&B Diva herself Chante Moore began as a background singer for Toni Braxton.

R&B Diva herself Chante Moore began as a background singer for Toni Braxton.

5. The late great Vesta, who sang the hit song “Congratulations,” started as a background singer for Chaka Khan.

The late great Vesta, who sang the hit song “Congratulations,” started as a background singer for Chaka Khan.