Well, for a couple years I've been trying to work with singers. this was to add jazz vocals to our group at first, and then to add danceable R&B, Rock and Pop songs next. Had one, and he was an instrumentalist first and singer second, so no one booked him. Next! Then I started working with this really hot looking torch singer in the jazz genre. She did a phenomenal job at a jazz festival. Then I brought her on with a band dedicated to her vocals along with our own instrumentals. She would show up after everything was set up, sing her parts, and go home. She didn't know what key she was supposed to be in, and we'd have to work that out for her. She would contribute nothing in terms of charts. Then she sent me a list of songs for the band to learn for "her show". None of it charted - I would've had to figure it all out by ear with the band, and it wasn't exactly simple and wasn't at all well known. No gigs on the horizon.....She sent me a lead that we both decided we didn't want. This was due to low pay and a narcissistic client ..so I passed it on to someone. She got really mad at me and chewed me out about it. She then joined the band of the guy to whom I gave the lead, they did a couple poorly paid gigs, and then she quit that band. The BL told me it was all about her so it didn't work out. NEXT! Then I tried adding a different singer. She had charts, knew the key of the songs she needed, and had a broad repertoire, but didn't want to learn any new songs when clients required a certain style of music, or an expansion of her jazz repertoire. Told me originally she wanted to learn blues, but it was clear from rehearsal all she wanted to do was her own repertoire. The band looked over her repertoire and with her buy-in, learned a lot of her songs, but she nixed 3 of them even though we'd prepared them for her, two before we even played them in rehearsal. I had a well-paid gig where she'd have to learn some dance music, but she decided she didn't want to play anything but jazz. And would learn only danceable modern hits if she liked the song and really wants to do it. She is still on for a few vocal tunes at jazz gigs, but not for the long term. NEXT! I am on my next singer for an hour of danceable music in about 5 weeks. I sure hope it works out. By the time I'm done I'll have 3 of the 4 singers available for their personal style of music, and lots and lots of restrictions and constraints -- I guess I'll slot them into gigs as I need them, a lot like subs.... Anyone else finding singers are the toughest slot to fill in a band? And the hardest to work with in terms of repertoire?