Though the words "wedding singer" may conjure images of a P.O.'d Adam Sandler singing "Love Stinks" to a disappointed wedding reception, these musicians embraced the sweeter side of love as they honed their skills as wedding singers before hitting the industry's biggest stages.
John Legend's "All of Me" and "You and I" are now certified wedding staples, but once upon a time, Mr. Legend was a fresh-faced teen singing at local weddings.
Even after her success with Frozen, Wicked, and Rent, and her numerous accolades, "Long Island's #1 wedding singer" Idina Menzel doesn't forget where she came from. "I'm still a wedding singer at heart -- I'm happy to just have a gig once in a while," she said in a USA Today interview. "I'm doing what I love and making a living at it, which is all I ever wanted."
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Yhe "Love Will Lead You Back" songstress was a Long Island, N.Y.-based wedding singer before Clive Davis signed her to Arista Records in the '80s and created a slew of hits together, including "Tell It To My Heart."
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The country singer's definition of "wedding singer" is a bit muddled, but we're going to say he qualifies. "I used to be a wedding DJ, and then I would sing," Eldredge confessed during an Entertainment Weekly interview, but he quickly denied technically being a wedding singer. Technically, we have to say, singing Frank Sinatra standards at weddings kinda makes you a wedding singer.
Music mogul David Foster may have discovered Michael Bublé while he was singing at a wedding, but according to Bublé, he's left that stint far in his past. "People know how successful I am, but they don’t give a shit, they don’t," Bublé told Ireland's RTÉ Ten. "The best part is that people are so cute about it. They will literally look at you and they will be so sincere and say, 'Listen, my daughter is getting married in August and if you could come, honestly your whole band, they will eat and drink for free.' And I’m like, 'OK I’ll be there,' but of course, I will never be there!"
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The blues singer brought her raspy voice to Boston area weddings before forming the Susan Tedeschi Band and capturing the attention of the guys behind Tone-Cool records.
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Amy Heidemann-Noonan of Karmin
Before garnering hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, Amy Heidemann-Noonan of Karmin sharpened her vocal chops at weddings. "Nick [Noonan] was working at a boxing gym called The Ring on Comm. Ave. and I was a wedding singer with a big Boston group," Heidemann-Noonan told The Suffolk Voice. "It was intense but we definitely have learned a shit-load since then."