3 Kinds Of Songs Every Group Must Have In their Repertoire

I know I’m stating the obvious here, but when it comes to our choirs and praise/worship teams, things are constantly changing from week to week. Despite our best efforts, the truth is you never know for sure if everyone you need will be there or not. We’ve all found ourselves in situations where we just can’t think of ANYTHING we can pull off with the people we have present.

But regardless of who’s here or who isn’t, we must go on. We have to be on our post regardless. That said, it should also be obvious that we should have songs in our repertoire that we can do in any situation, no matter how temporarily crippled we are. Unfortunately it’s not something we think about until it’s Sunday morning and 80 percent of your choir is missing.

So today I’m going to give you 3 kinds of songs every choir and praise/worship team should have on their song list ready to sing at any time. They are as follows:

1. Songs In Unison

Many times it’s one section that’s crippled, making it tough to sing many of the songs on your group’s list because of the harmony challenges this scenario causes. Having songs on your list that you can sing in unison eliminates this concern. The obvious one we all think about in Gospel music of course, is I Need You To Survive, by Hezekiah Walker. But there are quite a few others that are either entirely in unison or mostly in unison. Even some songs that do have harmony can be done well in unison and sound good. Be creative!

2. Songs A Cappella

Sometimes it isn’t the group members that are missing, it’s the musician! But even if nobody shows up but the drummer, you can still go on and do a great job if you have a few good a cappella songs on your list. All you need is for someone in the group to know the key of the song.

3. Songs With No Leader

The third most common scenario we find ourselves in is when we have plenty of group members but none of our leaders are present. Having a few songs with no leader in your repertoire eliminates this one instantly. There are tons of songs that either have no leader or that do have one but can easily done without one. This one should be an easy one to fill.

Now, your first inclination might be to simply find one of each and be done with it. However, if you do that those songs will become known as crutch songs that you only do when you’re in a bind. Your group’s attitude towards these songs will soon change for the worst, trust me. That’s why I suggest having two or three really nice songs in each of these categories. That way you always have something fresh to sing and sound good singing, not matter what life is throwing at your group at the moment.

Do you have songs on your list that fit any of these categories already? Please share in the comments box below!
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7 Responses to 3 Kinds Of Songs Every Group Must Have In their Repertoire

  1. Cherrelle Simmions says:

    on of my favorite songs that fit all three categories, if done properly is I Believe by John P. Kee, it works in unison with or without a lead and can be done with a hand clap and foot stomp!

    • Ron Cross says:

      You’re so right Cherrelle! Funny story about that song. We did it years ago. I led it. We had the band and come in at the whole nine, so it really went over the top and tore the church up. Well my pastor at the time fell in love with the song and before we knew it he was asking us to do it almost every week. Twice in the same day sometimes. We did it so much I got SICK of the song and we haven’t done it since, lol!

  2. Rinky Sarah says:

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  3. Nathaniel Hield says:

    Just getting back into music ministry leadership, I have to say that this info is truly on point for me. Just having these ideas in my head as I prepare to take over a ministry is truly a blessing. Keep it up, bro!

  4. Alyce Harris says:

    Bro. Ron,
    So often it helps to have the ‘obvious’ pointed out. There are folks not able to see the forest for the trees! Great post!

  5. Barbara Fisher says:

    Hi Ron,

    I love this article. Yes, it states the obvious, but good to know we are not alone, that this is something we all face.

    How about having plans to roll out a new song that the musicians failed to fully learn making it hard for the choir to fully get?

    This has been one of our struggles.

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