Band Biographies

Band biographies are sometimes called personal biographies or band member biographies.
No matter what they are called, biographies are a huge asset to your Christian band’s press kit.

 

Band biographies help bookers understand your ministry.
They are a first step to communicating what God has done for you to people who may really need to hear that message.

Here’s the transcript of the video:

Today we’re talking about band member biographies in a Christian band’s press kit. These are different from the history of the band because they’re the biography of each member of the band, not the band as a whole.

Band member biographies are frequently left out of press kits because they are difficult to write, especially for a young band. More often than not, new bands biographies come off as silly and are detrimental to the band’s ministry. But, well crafted band biographies can be used to demonstrate the professionalism of the band and more importantly, shows that you’re serious about the quality of your ministry.

Biographies can establish a connection between band members and potential bookers and fans before they meet you personally. Excellent band biographies can be the first step in changing someone’s life as a result of hearing your testimony. So, I recommend all Christian bands include band biographies in their press kit and on their website. The trick is to do it REALLY well.

If your band was a secular band, interested in promoting its quality and style of music, you would highlight things such as music experience, gear used, and education in your biographies. But, Christian bands who are interested in ministry first, should highlight the personal testimonies of what God has done or is doing in your lives.

To put it simply—tell the story of God in your life.

Here’s the easiest way to write your individual biographies:

Get together with a group of people who know you well. This could be band mates, friends, or family. Have them help you identify and narrow down one key theme or problem you’ve overcome in your life. This group of people who are closest to you has a more objective viewpoint on your life than you do. Their insights and comments will help you identify your strongest areas of ministry.

Once you have chosen a theme or problem, ask your people to picture themselves as a person with a similar issue. Here’s some possible scenarios: “My parents are getting a divorce and it’s tearing me up… I’ve been good all my life and I still don’t feel good enough… My addictions have hurt everyone around me… I just don’t see why cutting is so bad even though everyone says it is”.

Now imagine that this person stumbled upon your band’s website. If they read your biography, what would they want it to say? “My parents’ divorce almost tore me up too, but God…” “I was always the good kid and I got teased because of it, still I never felt good enough. When God showed me…” “ I lost everyone close to me because of my addictions. Then God…” “I used to cut but I stopped because God…”.You get the general idea. Everyone will have a different story and it will be told differently from everyone else’s story—that’s what makes your personal band biography so powerful! Once you’ve identified what you want to say, you must find the best way to say it—CONSISELY.

Unless you are a solo artist, your biography should not be more than a paragraph long. Remember that you’re telling a ministry story. So, we don’t need to know things like where you were born, your favorite food, what gear you currently use, your musical influences etc. unless they are directly related to your story.
Again, this would not be true if you were a secular band. You would try to connect to your fans in a completely different way. But as a music minister, you want to tell a compelling story of God’s work in your life. Your goal is to bring people closer to God through your personal testimony.

Be aware that you’ll probably have to edit, edit, and edit some more. It’s OK, take your time and get it right. Ask a few people who are close to you to read your biography. Make sure it conveys what you are trying to say as clearly as possible.

Once you have crafted what to say for each band member, you are ready to create the band biography page in your press kit. Here’s some layout tips:

For the both the EPK and physical press kit pages, the band logo goes across the top with booking contact information across the bottom, just in case this page gets separated from the rest of the press kit.

Each band member should have an individual photo. The photos should either be live shots of band concerts or head shots of each member against similar backgrounds. Either way is OK, but mixing them up is not. Stick to either live shots or head shots for everyone. Try to keep all the photos roughly the same size.

Text for each member’s biography goes around the photos. Ideally, this should fit on one page. If there are many band members or if biographies are long, you may have to use two sheets. You’ll probably have to do some copy editing and play with the layout to make the biographies fit since they will not all be the same length.
The design for the biography page in the EPK and physical press kits should be very simple. Press kits are viewed by business minded people, so they should be designed in a way that the people are used to receiving their information. An easy way to think of this is fans like creativity, business professionals like spread sheets. Make your website for fans. Gear your press kit toward business professional people.

Use a white or very light colored background or paper. Text should be very dark and photos and the logo can either be color or black and white as long as they have high contrast. Make sure the font is easily large enough to be read—at least 10pt. Don’t use very many fonts and make sure they match the fonts in the rest of the press kit.

Creating a band biography page is going to take some time. It is not an easy project. But band biographies have huge ministry potential. It is well worth the time and effort you put into doing amazing job on it.

Telling the story of God’s work in your life depends on having a good relationship story to tell.

At Christian Band Help we believe you must have a relationship with God that is growing daily and consistently in order to sustain a successful music ministry.

So we created The Christian Musicians Devotional. This book is 365 days of Scripture, commentary, and prayer that will help you though the challenges we all face in music ministry.

The Christian Musicians Devotional is available as a paperback or Kindle e-book on Amazon. Other e-book formats for every device are available at most e-book retailers.

For more information go to ChristianBandHelp.com , click on ‘Store’ on the navigation bar, and then click on Christian Musicians Devotional. Or you can click the link below this video.

A band biography is an effective ministry tool to connect with other people. It’ll also help you communicate your ministry to bookers so the band will get better gigs and more shows as your music ministry expands.

Before we go, I want to share with you the core verse of Christian Band Help:

“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we are proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you.”

It’s 2 Corinthians 4:5

Do you need more help creating an extraordinary music ministry? Check out all the resources and articles on Christian Band help.com. And as always, feel free to e-mail Marie@ChristianBandHelp.com with questions. Thanks for joining me today!

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