How to Write a Winning Musician Bio (With Examples)

You need a great musician bio for your PR campaign

Effective music PR begins with a good artist bio.

As an independent artist, it’s your job to wear a plethora of hats if you want to make it in the music business. You’re basically an entrepreneur — congrats on the new job title! 

One of those entrepreneurial hats is being a publicist.

When acting as your own publicist, there are two main pillars of PR we want you to focus on:

  • Telling your artist story (let’s start with your bio)
  • Developing relationships with the media

Telling your artist story comes down to creating a standout biography. You want your bio to be compelling and succinct, leaving your reader wanting more . People have short attention spans. So, how can you make yourself unforgettable?

A strong bio can lead to a placement in your favorite music blog, support the biggest booking of your career, or even convert a passive Spotify listener to one of your 1,000 True Fans. (Have you optimized your Spotify profile yet?)

Don’t get us wrong ; we know it can be challenging (and terrifying) to write about yourself, especially if you’re just starting out. However — full-transparency — you’re in the business of self-promotion. Make it a personal priority to get comfortable with this aspect of your music career.

So, how do you start writing an artist bio? 

Everyone has a story, even if it isn’t filled with awards, press quotes and Spotify playlist placements (yet!). Think about what got you to this point. Start with your WHY. Why are you passionate about music? Where did the passion come from? Who has inspired you to become an artist? What struggles have you overcome to make your career possible? Has something in your past motivated you? Who do you look up to? Your bio is your opportunity to create a rapport with your fans (and the media). Find a way to create an emotional connection with them.

If you’re still having a hard time or need some extra help, you could also ask your closest friends, family and industry contacts to write 1-2 sentences about you and your strengths. This will spark creative juices within you, invoke confidence and/or you can even reword those testimonials and use for your bio.

It’s important to have three versions of your bio, because every platform and audience is different. 

  • Long-form bio (500 – 750 words) — Use this for your Wikipedia, EPK, Web site.
  • Short-form bio (250-350 words) — This is for your SoundCloud, Spotify, Facebook and most online platforms.
  • Instagram/Twitter (1-2 sentences) — One to two quick, punchy sentences that will inspire curiosity within your potential fans.

In our soundbite generation, short-form bios and quick blurbs tend to be used the most.

Now, what type of content will keep your readers engaged, enticing them to search for you on Spotify, find you on Instagram or write a blog post about you?

Best Practices for Writing a Stand-out Bio:

  • Make sure it’s engaging and concise (and not too long!)
  • Your bio is always written in third person
  • If you’re in a band, include the band name, names of each member and their role
  • Write a short description of your music that includes 2-3 genres (if you can’t settle on one) and 2-3 influences (well-known and relevant in music today)
  • Include related history and background information. Only include what’s necessary here! It must pertain to your career as an artist
  • Mention other industry people on your team (producers, engineers, etc.)
  • Where have you played? Include prominent festivals and venues
  • Have you received or been nominated for any awards?
  • Have you opened for a big artist?
  • Do you have any third party quotes, press mentions and/or large Spotify playlist placements?
  • Radio play?
  • Brand endorsements?
  • Include a short background of past releases
  • Link back to your Web site. It’s also good practice to include one or two links to your social accounts
  • Always mention what’s happening with your music right now. Are you about to release a new single? Maybe you just released a music video? 

And finally, always, always, always have someone (or some ones ) proofread your bio! You always want to make sure you’re presenting yourself in a professional manner, especially if you’re reaching out to the media. Fact check, spell check and make sure your bio flows nicely when read aloud.

Here are a few examples to get you started!

Nashville-based pop artist Adara is best known for her collaborations with international DJs, energetic live shows and futuristic-inspired wardrobe. With lush soundscapes and big choruses, her music draws influence from artists like Lady Gaga, Sia, Ellie Goulding and Coldplay. She has collaborated with many well-known DJs, landing her deals with labels such as Enhanced Music, Seeking Blue, Universal Music Group and Sony Music.

Adara’s work with major DJ duo Adventure Club found her performing on the main stage of Imagine Festival in front of thousands. Soon after, her song titled “Moments” with DJ MitiS hit over five million plays on YouTube and propelled her to open for huge acts such as Seven Lions, Illenium, and Prince Royce. She currently has over 18 million views on YouTube.

Her most recent collaboration, “Back Home” (remix by Omar Sherif and Fady & Mina) was voted 2018’s #2 Wonder of the Year, won best remix on the 2018 TrancePodium Awards and received international support from fans and musicians alike, such as massive trance duo Aly & Fila. Her songs have also garnered her support from Armin Van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Paul Oakenfold, Said the Sky and others.

In a world of over-sexualized leading ladies and a drug-infected pop culture, Adara is a role model for youth, preaching individuality and self-love. She is releasing the music video for her anti-bullying anthem “Alien” on Oct. 2. Her music video is a tribute to her fans and their personal stories of overcoming alienation and bullying. “Alien” is available now on all streaming services. ( @adaramusic )

Victoria Blade

An Atlanta-based singer/songwriter, Victoria Blade’s classically trained pipes transfer seamlessly into her heartfelt, indie folk style. Think Feist meets the playful charm of The Moldy Peaches. Touted as “a modern folk masterpiece,” Victoria’s dynamic voice carries the clear tone and jazzy soul of a bygone era, while her hopeful lyrics and Americana-infused melodies reflect on the unpredictable life of the modern artist. Her debut solo album Lo-Fi Love Songs released via Already Dead Tapes & Records in May 2019. Keep up with Victoria on Instagram and learn more here: .

icons 2 Ashes

Matt Baggiani and Noah Becker are icons 2 Ashes , i2A for short. The pop duo met at a Calvin Klein Charity golf tournament in Spain. They produce music using a variety of sound sources from drum machines and plug-ins to guitars, and modular synthesizers receiving input signal from biofeedback microphones. Matt has a Skipper Kee named Vincent. Noah has an American Staffordshire Terrier named Alfred.

Outside the studio, the two love to spend time in the Palm Desert preparing for their 2025 Red Planet Fridays residency on Mars, where they plan to perform tracks while doing live interpretive dance on their Onewheels.

Onewheels and desert golf, vegan food and puppy dogs, and long, torturous days in the studio make up the better part of the last couple of years for these two Los Angeles-based composer/producers.

The duo will be releasing their second single “Lights Awn” in October 2019, followed by a new song released every 6-8 weeks through the end of 2020. Catch up with icons 2 Ashes on Facebook and Instagram .

Dallas String Quartet

A fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings. With the 2016 release of their fourth album DSQ they continue to expand their passionate following on Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM radio. DSQ performs intimately as a quartet or with a full accompaniment of drums, guitar and piano.

Axel is in fact the Swedish word for shoulder, but born and bred Stockholmer Mr. Boman could just as easily have been named Rumpa, the Swedish word for ass, since most of his life has been dedicated to moving just that body part. It was around 1992 that Axel’s ass started dragging the confused youngster into all sorts of weird situations – dodgy warehouses, blooming fields, sweaty basements – just about any place that had a nice sound system and someone pumping a fat bassline through it. With his older brother already being a collector of the latest techno and house records, Axel started keeping a strict diet of fresh beats which has kept him alive and kicking ever since.

Building a reputation for himself in the small but very friendly Stockholm club scene, he was soon acknowledged as one of Sweden’s most skillful and best looking DJ dudes. Naturally, production activity followed shortly. Working out of small studios in his hometown as well as in Gothenburg (where Axel took his master’s degree in fine art), tracks like the underground hit “Arcimboldo” on Ourvision Recordings soon landed in the crates of connoisseurs like DJ Koze, Magda and Seth Troxler. His sound is raw, playful and drenched in oceans of soul – just the kind of stuff the dance floor’s of today are longing for.

2010 was the big breakthrough year for Axel and his ass, with the epic screw house anthem “Purple Drank” being released on DJ Koze’s new Pampa Records imprint, going off to London to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy and starting up his own label Studio Barnhus together with Petter (Border Community) and local idiot Kornél Kovacs. 2011 will see Axel releasing a lot of new material and remixes on labels like Permanent Vacation, Moodmusic, Glass Table, Hypercolour, Tartelet and of course Studio Barnhus.

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What opportunities has your stand-out bio created for you? Comment below!

Angela Myles Beeching

How to Write an Amazing Musician Bio (+ Templates & Examples)

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Promoting your music career starts with your Bio. It’s the essential foundation needed to tell the world who you are and what you have to offer.

Having a compelling musician Bio is important because whether it’s on your website, your social profiles, in a press release, or in a concert program, your Bio is what people typically read BEFORE hearing your music—and you can’t un-do a first impression.

An effective online musician Bio activates your readers’ curiosity and gets them to take action so that they click “play” and listen to your music. That’s the crucial step needed to get someone to buy a ticket or a recording, to sign up for your newsletter, or to hire you.

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The problem is most musician Bios AREN’T effective, let alone amazing. Most musician Bios are deadly boring lists of venues, ensembles, awards, and clichés—stuff your readers don’t really care about.

To help, I’ve put together this guide based on my 30+ years of running career and entrepreneurship programs at Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, and New England Conservatory. My aim here is to help you write a Bio that actually works to help you book more performances.

In this guide I clarify what an effective musician Bio includes, tips to make the writing easier, and templates and examples to illustrate what can make a Bio amazing. Let’s start with the basics:  

What IS a musician Bio?

First, it’s NOT your biography: it’s not a detailed chronological account of your life and career. Instead, think of it as your highlight reel designed with your reader’s needs in mind.

To be clear, your Bio is a MARKETING piece. That doesn’t mean using lots of impressive-sounding adjectives and trying to “sell” yourself. It means your Bio needs to convey a real sense of who you are and what it is you offer audiences—what’s in it for THEM.

This is key: your Bio isn’t for YOU. An effective musician Bio is all about connecting with your intended reader—and conveying how you can meet THEIR needs and interests.

Man writing at a desk

Who is your intended reader?

Know who you’re writing for. Your Bio should NOT be aimed at “everybody.” Nor should it be (secretly) written to impress your family or to shore up your own ego.

You’ll need different versions and different lengths of your Bio depending on the situation. Each should be geared toward the needs and interest of the intended reader.

In terms of length, for . . .

  • Your site’s “About” page: 250-350 words
  • Presenters’ season brochures: a concise single paragraph (100-200 words)
  • Your email pitches: a two-sentence version with just the relevant highlights
  • Social platforms: a one-line “Micro Bio” blurb (Instagram limit is 150 characters)
  • Teaching: a teaching-focused 200–300 words for your site and/or school’s faculty page

What your reader wants . . .

It’s not just about length. Each Bio version should prioritize what’s relevant to that intended reader. For instance, if your goal is to book more performances, write your website Bio with concert presenters in mind. Prioritize what THEY need to know to consider booking you.

image of woman smiling as she writes

6-Step Process: How to Write an Amazing Musician Bio

1. gather your potential bio content.

Write a long single column list of items and details you might use in your website Bio. Be inclusive. List whatever you have in the following categories.

  • Venues where you’ve performed (or where your music has been performed)
  • A description of your sound, original music, or your performances (how others describe these)
  • Noteworthy programming or projects (collaborations, tours, etc.), recent or upcoming
  • Testimonials / quotes from presenters, well-known mentors, or reviews
  • Any community engagement / education offerings (AKA outreach work)

(These are what concert presenters in general care most about.)

Other content to consider . . .

Awards, grants, or competitions you’ve won (if relevant and notable) Recording projects Premiers of new works Range of your repertoire Past projects Noteworthy ensembles/individuals you’ve performed with Schools you’ve attended and degrees received (these are optional)

Man in a shirt that says "My Why"

2. Get real: include your WHY

Make an emotional connection with your readers. It’s not enough to say you are passionate about music: tell us WHY. People want to know what motivates you, what inspires you.

This can be done several ways, in just a sentence or two you can tell readers, for example how . . .

  • you first fell in love with music (an “ah-ha” moment).
  • you overcame obstacles to make your career in music possible.
  • social issues have informed your concert programming or the projects you take on.
  • the places you’ve lived and key influences have shaped your original music.
  • your ensemble first met and came together as a group.

Add whatever you come up with to your growing list of potential Bio content.

3. Lead with a great hook

Effective bios grab readers’ attention immediately and keep them reading.

Look over your list and select 1-3 items that might make a good lead. Maybe it’s your mission or what your performances or your music is like, or a noteworthy recent project. Here are . . .

Musician Bio examples of first lines

“Dubbed one of a coterie of “favorite Brazilian guitarists” by Villa-Lobos magazine, Alvaro Henrique’s mission is to connect audiences with a world of emotions and stories that spark ideas, conversation, and meaning.”

[What’s conveyed? The quote establishes credibility plus we get his Mission and what’s in it for the audience.]

“Katherine Bergman is a Minnesota-based composer who draws on literature, environmentalism, and found materials to create music that has been described as hypnotic and visceral.”

[Here we get an engaging description of the composer’s music and a description of what audiences experience.]

“Pianist Nathaniel LaNasa discovers fresh possibilities of sonority and gesture in music—especially in music being written NOW.”

[What’s conveyed here? The artist’s WHY and his repertoire focus.]

Beyond your first line, your opening paragraph should present an overview of your top credits and a sense of your sound, or your mission, or what’s distinctive about your programming.

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4. Build your Musician Bio right

Look over the remaining items on your list and group similar items together. So, if you’re a singer and your list includes opera, musical theater, and oratorio credits, you’d make three separate groupings with the details for each of these types of performance credits.

Then, use your grouped items to write draft sentences and short topic paragraphs, cherry-picking the most relevant credits to use.

For instance, a jazz guitarist might have a short paragraph on her recently released album and include the inspiration behind it, a few of the venues played on the album release tour, and a review excerpt.

Note: Don’t write in chronological order. And avoid sentences with long lists of credits. Most readers will lose interest by the 4th or 5th item, so only include what’s most relevant. Less is more.

Musician Bio Structure Template

Here’s a rough guide of what generally goes where in a musician Bio. You don’t have to have all these items. This is about inspiring you to see more possibilities.

Keep in mind that journalists typically cut from the bottom so check that your first paragraph makes an impact and can stand alone if needed.

The first paragraph Top relevant credits Range of what you offer (overview) Your mission (your WHY) Description of your sound, music, or your distinctive programming Or what your performances are actually like (what audiences experience)

The middle paragraph(s) Projects and collaborations Honors and awards Story and/or mission

Last paragraph Education: degrees, schools (optional) Your workshop, masterclass, or residency offerings Upcoming performances/projects

5. Make your Bio credible

Beware of broad, vague statements. Without backup, generalizations come off as empty advertising. Concrete details and examples make you and your Bio believable.

Instead of “has performed throughout New England,” get specific: “Regional credits include the Portland Museum of Art (ME), the Redfern Arts Center (Keene, NH), and RealArt Ways (Hartford, CT).”

If your Bio claims you have a “wide repertoire,” make sure you have specifics to back it up like “creates programs that range from Monteverdi, Rachmaninoff, and Haydn, to Higdon, Schumann, and Harbison.”

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6. Edit your Bio like a Pro

Most of the work of Bio writing is RE-writing. I’ve found effective Bios require at least 7 full rewrites: it’s a process.

Here are two free writing resource recommendations. First, the Hemingway Editor helps streamline and strengthen your language by pointing out overly complicated words, passive voice, and run-on sentences. Second, check out Grammarly which highlights grammatical errors in your writing and suggests fixes.

As you work on drafts, read it out loud: your ear will pick up many things that your eye will miss. Find and fix the typos, run-on sentences, and grammatical errors before you send out anything.

Check out this brief interview I did with flutist Meghan Shanley Alger on the Bio writing process.

How to expand your Musician Bio’s impact

To illustrate the editing process in action, here’s the “Before” and “After” Bio of one of my former clients (Thank you, Meghan!).

You’ll see the Bio that Meghan first showed me (in blue) along with my comments (in italics). And then you’ll see the final version that Meghan and I created together. Note: there were MANY drafts and conversations in between.

Bio example: the “Before”

As a prominent chamber musician and New York Times reviewed artist, Dr. Meghan Shanley Alger is a thriving independent flutist and artist-teacher in the Washington DC area. The UK Financial Times hailed her as “play[ing] sensitively” and the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Shanley sang into her flute to produce surreal, eerie timbres.”

Note: your first paragraph is the most important because many people will not get past it, so lead with your best material. It should give readers a clear idea of who you are as an artist, what you offer, and your most relevant credits. For presenters, this includes venues where you’ve performed.

These review quotes—though they’re very good—don’t have a context yet and on their own, aren’t enough to hook us and pique our curiosity. And for me, “New York Times reviewed artist” is awkward and unnecessary if you’re going to give us the actual quote.

With a passion for contemporary chamber music, Dr. Shanley Alger co-founded Balance Campaign – an ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by underrepresented composers with connections to the D.C. area. In past seasons Balance Campaign has commissioned works by Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis and Alexandra T. Bryant , been awarded a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute , and worked as ensemble-in-residence with District New Music Coalition and the UMBC Composition Department. They were also recently featured by the Intersections Festival 2020 at Atlas Performing Arts Center . Currently, Balance Campaign is recording their first fully commissioned album that will be released through Orpheus Classical in 2022 and working on a new commission with composer Viet Cuong . In addition to her work with Balance Campaign, Dr. Shanley Alger is a member of the Annapolis Chamber Players and has been a guest artist with the Georgetown Quintet, and featured soloist with the Romanian National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Alba Music Festival.

This paragraph is so full of impressive details that the reader would easily get the impression that you ONLY play chamber music. If you want to be considered for more solo recitals, I’d recommend for the first paragraph adding some impressive venues where you’ve performed and then slimming down the Balance Campaign material so that it doesn’t dominate the bio.

Also, I’d avoid having links to other people and ensembles in your Bio. This is where you want to have people NOT be distracted or pulled away. Instead, create a clear call to action so they check out YOUR music.

And a pet peeve of mine: the word “passion” is such a cliché that I’d remove it from ALL your promo materials.

Dr. Shanley Alger maintains a dynamic and diverse private lesson studio. Her students have successfully auditioned for collegiate level music degrees, local youth orchestras, All State, All County, and honors ensembles, and her flute choirs have performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Katzen Arts Center. She is also Adjunct Faculty at International School of Music and Norwood School, and held an Adjunct Faculty position at Holton-Arms School.

I recommend NOT trying to do an “all in one” performance/teaching Bio. Instead, have two separate Bios on your website. That way, on your teaching pages you can have a focused bio tailored to attract your ideal students.

And for your performance Bio, I’d suggest at the end of it focusing on the educational concerts, master classes, or workshops you offer as part of performance residencies—because that IS something presenters want to know about.

Beyond performing and teaching, Dr. Shanley Alger is also a member of the Leadership Team for District New Music Coalition , an organization dedicated to promoting the performance and appreciation of contemporary music in the Washington, DC area.

Dr. Shanley holds a DMA in Flute Performance from the University of Maryland. Her primary teachers have been Aaron Goldman, Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, Kathleen Nester, and Sue Ann Kahn.

These last two paragraphs are a bit “academic.” They might work in a faculty Bio for the school where you teach, but for your own website and for pitches, I’d trim this information. And I’d only use the “Dr.” in your teaching Bio, not here.

This Bio version is 351 words and it feels long—it could be more concise and energizing. See final version below.

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Final musician Bio example: the “After”

Flutist Meghan Shanley Alger explores sounds on everything from harmonica and beer bottles to live electronics, knitting needles, and pencils. With an uncanny ability to create specific atmospheres, even the New York Times has noted her “singing into her flute to produce surreal and eerie timbres.” Meghan’s performance credits include the Kennedy Center, AMP by Strathmore and Peabody Library, Baltimore, as well as Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall.

Shanley Alger uses commissioning and programming to advance social change, designing concerts that provoke reflection and audience participation. Current projects include a debut album of living women composers highlighting the power of the archetypal feminine energy, with works by Pamela Z, Lunon, Socolofsky, and Nourbakhsh. Other projects include a participatory concert in which audiences honor lost loved ones by co-creating a temporary memorial flower wall at the venue, using paper remembrance notes to write messages.

The ensemble she co-founded, Balance Campaign, (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion) is a laboratory for sound experimentation. Balance Campaign collaborates with composers to reimagine the concert experience and surprise listeners. The ensemble’s debut recording features a work by Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis that highlights human evolution and our impact on the planet. Upcoming collaborations include works by Alexandra T Bryant and Ashi Day that focus on everything from moms and mice to the Salem Witch Trials.

As a teaching artist, Meghan has presented workshops and residencies in Italy at the Alba Music Festival as well as University of Maryland and Catholic University. Committed to connecting with students and audiences through shared experience and insight, Meghan regularly presents community engagement performances at schools, universities, and festivals.

Words in this version = 270

Note: We shaved 81 words off the original Bio and the new version (in my estimation) is far more engaging. It provides a clear sense of Meghan’s purpose and brings her to life with vivid project descriptions referencing everything from archetypal feminine energy to the Salem Witch Trials. Also, I don’t know how a reader could NOT keep reading after Meghan’s revised opening sentence.

The Bottom Line

In the end, to be effective, your musician Bio needs to capture and hold your intended reader’s attention so that presenters click “play,” check out your music, and eventually hire you.

Use these tips and strategies to write a Bio that helps you make more connections so you can get more of your best work out into the world.

And if, like Meghan, you realize that you’d like personalized help and are curious about working with an expert music career coach, contact me HERE .

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Write a Killer Artist Bio (short, medium, and long versions)

Subscribers Dan and Patricia both recently asked about effective band/performer bios and promotional blurbs.

So….let’s dive in.

(Rather watch/listen to this article? Click on the video below.)

How to Write a Band Bio

How to Write a Killer Musician Bio

(for storytellers and performing artists too…).

If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you’ve heard me say  “make it about THEM, not you”  more times than you’d care to recall.

And still, I see almost nobody doing this.

There’s a huge opportunity to stand out from the crowd when you begin with the audience in mind – what does your READER care about?

Even when writing something as “all about you” as your bio or publicity blurbs, start with them.

Things Your Reader DOESN’T Care About:

  • the awards you’ve won (unless directly relevant)
  • who you’ve “shared the stage with”
  • your formal training
  • the names of each CD you’ve released
  • your radio airplay

Not that those things are not important – they are – and you’ll want to use many of them to your benefit in your promo materials.

But those aren’t the things that are going to inspire anyone to take action and book you, or come see you perform.

There has to be something in it for them.

Things Your Reader DOES Cares About:

  • will it be fun for the audience?
  • if fun doesn’t apply, will it be compelling?
  • is this act professional?
  • will people like it and come out to support it?
  • have other people liked it in the past?
  • is it a good fit for us?

Working on a Musician’s Bio

With the above in mind, let’s take a look at a bio that was sent to me recently as a rough draft by one of my subscribers.

I’m going to print it verbatim, and offer my comments and suggestions for some improvements.

My general thoughts appear below the bio, and specific comments are in red throughout.

The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS have been bringing their old-time, good-time jug band music to audiences in western New York since 2008. Hailed as “America’s happiest music,” jug band music has its roots in the country blues, old-time folk, and early jazz traditions of American music. (STOP RIGHT THERE – I  would reverse those first two sentences and sell the reader on the idea of jug band music in the very first line. Keep in mind that some percentage of your readers will drop off with every single sentence in your bio – yes, we’re all pretty lazy and distracted – so you want to sell them IMMEDIATELY on the idea that you are offering something special, and in your case, really fun, and there’s a good reason to keep reading. Sentence #1 doesn’t do that, but sentence #2 sure does.)  The band’s captivating, high-energy performances transport audiences back in time as RUCKUS JUICE blends musicianship, creativity and tradition. (Love that you are talking about what the audience will experience.) It’s a “bottomless barrel of musical ear candy” in the words of one eloquent fan. Fans tell the band time and time again that they loved dancing, stomping, singing and kazooing along, too! (I might lose the “fans tell the band” line, as it’s not as credible as the other stuff, but the description of what the audience does during a show is a keeper – how about combining that with sentence #3 so it it reads “… RUCKUS JUICE keeps them dancing, stomping, singing, ….”)

    Like any traditional jug band,   (First five words not needed and possibly work against you – you don’t necessarily want to be “like any traditional jug band”)   the JUG STOMPERS’ instrumentation juxtaposes   (The next four words aren’t necessary either – attention spans are short   – I might start the paragraph right here with “Juxtaposing  homespun instruments (jug, washboard, and kazoos) with traditional string band instruments (banjo, guitar, doghouse bass, fiddle and the less-traditional banjolin) (combine previous sentence with next sentence) This is a band that knows how to entertain. Audience members have described the RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS as “excellent musicianship combined with entertaining showpersonship,” “upbeat music with catchy lyrics that make people of all ages want to sing along,” “high energy with a feel-good vibe,” and “lots good-natured fun.” The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS are led by a three-time winner of Rochester’s Best Busker competition, and every performer in the band exudes a love of music. It’s not unusual for the unusual to happen at RUCKUS JUICE’s loose and free-spirited performances—you never know when they’ll bust out a wacky instrument or special guest musicians will hop up and raise a ruckus with them. (Love all this, a little worried about the unsubstantiated quotes but I think they work here. Over time, I would replace those with attributable quotes like “The Rochester D&C said xyz about the band.” I’m also a little concerned that some great lines are buried midway through the paragraph. If there’s a way to bring out the “best busker” line, for instance, that is strong “social proof” that you guys are talented and fun. I said earlier that mentioning awards you’ve won is not usually a priority in a bio, but the exception is when it’s DIRECTLY RELEVANT TO WHAT YOU’RE “SELLING” – in this case, you have been recognized as an exceptional “busker,” which greatly increases the likelihood that your band is a lot of fun. If you’d won “best male vocalist in the 2018 Rochester Music Awards,” that doesn’t necessarily support what you’re promoting, which is a good time.)

The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS formed when like-minded musicians kept running into each other on Bluegrass Tuesdays at Johnny’s Irish Pub and decided to form a jug band. They cobbled their name together from a line in a Memphis Jug Band song about some particularly potent moonshine (pronounced “roo-kus juice”) and dubbed themselves JUG STOMPERS to pay homage to Gus Cannon. (I would reverse first two sentences here also. #2 is more compelling than #1, and may answer a question in your reader’s mind. You could even start the paragraph with “So what IS ruckus juice?”)  The band draws its repertoire from nearly a century of musical history, true to the traditional canon of jug band music from the 1920s and ‘30s and the revival of the ‘60s, and influenced by the more contemporary music of the latest half-century. Ever-evolving, the band also peppers in several original compositions that feel like they could have been written long ago. Fans appreciate what they’ve called a “clever and eclectic repertoire” and “a great laundry list of standards that patrons of all ages can enjoy!”

Over the past decade, the RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS have performed at many clubs, breweries, wineries and cideries in western New York. The band has more festivals than they can count under their belt, including the Lilac Festival, the Real Beer Expo, Steampunk Festival, Park Ave Fest, Ribfest, Clothesline Arts Fest, I-Square Fall Festival and the Canandaigua Arts & Music Fest. (Ditto for this paragraph – sentence 2 is stronger than sentence 1. More gigs than you can count beats “have performed at many clubs, breweries, etc” any day.)  The RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS have been invited back for performances at neighborhood events, local festivals, senior living facilities, residential facilities for at-risk youth, summer camps and school art shows. (Invited back is key! If there’s a way to combine the first three sentences into two, then sentence one is all about more gigs than you can count, and sentence two is all about being invited back)  Crowds enjoy the “historical and hysterical commentary on songs, band banter, [and] accepting requests.” One of the highest compliments we receive is that we are asked to play fans’ private parties and weddings. (You switched to first person here – saying “we” – bios should always be written in the third person as if you’re talking about some entity other than yourself, as you did in the rest of this bio. I also think this last sentence is a bit too unsubstantiated and generally sounds less professional than the rest.)

General Thoughts on This Band Bio

It’s really well written.

Kudos. Covers lots of bases, plenty of variety, and written in a very accessible style. Also took the needs of the reader in mind.

It Piqued My Interest a Number of Times

You guys sound professional but also FUN, which, for the type of music you perform, is ideal. Made me want to see you perform.

It’s Damn Long!

I’d suggest preparing three versions of this bio – short, medium, and long.

(Most people will never get past the short version.)

You want to make it dead simple for media, bookers, and potential audience to get a very quick handle on what you’re about.

There will be a place for the long version (I’m thinking of your website, a concert program, festival booklet, etc), but I suspect something shorter and punchier will be used far more often.

Sample Short Band Bios

(~50 words)  Hailed as “America’s happiest music,” jug band music has its roots in the country blues, old-time folk, and early jazz traditions of American music. The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers, led by a three-time winner of Rochester’s Best Busker competition, dares their audiences not to sing, dance, stomp, and even kazoo along!

Or, how about this?

(~50 words)  What happens when the three-time winner of Rochester’s Best Busker competition assembles a jug band to perform “America’s happiest music” with all manner of banjolins, washboards, kazoos, and fiddles? Well, people dance, stomp, and sing. A lot. This is The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers.

How to Make a Medium Length Artist Bio

(80-100 words or so)  Take the short version of your bio and add some social proof (quotes, high profile gigs, etc), show some humor (if appropriate) or personality, mention some of the more intriguing or unusual instruments that you play, or your unique repertoire.

( My own band ‘s bio starts “With three voices, 55 strings and a pair of cow bones, The Canal Street String Band puts a brand-new shine on some seriously fun old American music.” )

Long Version

More or less what we ended up with above, but I might give the second, third and fourth paragraphs each a heading, just to make it a bit easier to digest.

Something like “A RUCKUS JUICE PERFORMANCE” (para. 2), “BAND ORIGINS AND ETHOS” (para. 3), and “BAND EXPERIENCE” (para. 4)

Writing an Artist Bio: Other Considerations

Some other thoughts and suggestions for writing (or improving) your own bio:

  • be intriguing
  • show personality
  • tell a story – people are wired to respond to them
  • write each sentence with one objective – to get the reader to the next sentence
  • did I mention to make it about them? who are you writing for and what do they (or their audiences) get out of a booking with you?

One More (Great) Idea

Many thanks to Dan Walpole, author of the rough draft above, for the following idea, which I love.

“Going to a website like to create a word cloud of my draft of my bio helped me see which words were used frequently and what themes might emerge if someone skims my bio. I then played around a bit with the art and generated several random ones until I found a juxtaposition that struck my fancy. I’m still not sure what I’d do with it, but here it is, in case it’s of interest to you.

As the TLDR (“too long, didn’t read”) culture emerges, this may be the new bio.”

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  • it conveys what you do almost instantly
  • it demonstrates some level of creativity and/or taste
  • it gives visual learners something very accessible

So why not make one of these to visually accompany your bio?

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39 Responses to Write a Killer Artist Bio (short, medium, and long versions)

I wanted to add, that from what I’ve seen of invite backs so far, it’s largely due to nepotism and cronyism, not actual ability. That sucks, but it’s also a reality, maybe not for you. But like I said already, my reality doesn’t matter to you.

I’m new to your blog and I have to say, this is the worst post you’ve put out, in how smug and arrogant you come across. What about newcomers who don’t yet have credentials, you ever consider that, what do we put in our bios? You only give examples of someone long in the game, have you forgotten that not everyone is in your position, with 30+ years in the business and oh yeah, the son of a banker (so you’re from wealth)?

I’m new to what I’m doing (in my 30s, not 50s like your readers) and this blog post doesn’t want to help people like me, in fact it mocks people like me who haven’t been invited back or do have to rely on audience feedback due to shitty hosts and unprofessional venues, my audience being my fanbase. It presumes performers not invited back can’t be very good at what they do, unlike you, ‘the superstar’. We don’t all live in the wonderland you do and you should remember that, when giving advice, if you can see beyond your own swelled head. I’m disappointed in you Dave, I think you’re so long in the tooth you’ve forgotten how to relate to other people not in your position. Do you even know what it’s like to be a beginner, can you even remember?? I’m sure you had shitty hosts back then too and a non-existent resume as well.

dude chill out.

Thorough, insightful and the push I needed to help a friend. Thank you for taking the time to create & share this.

My pleasure!

Hey! I wrote a short bio-inspired by this article!

“Gary Albert takes audiences on captivating, magical and awe-inspiring sonic journeys with what has been called “… a multi-instrumental dream” and “… a cosmic one-man symphony”.

The lines are blurred between a poetic neoclassical, impressionistic sound that is uniquely his own, with an emotional electronic and goose-bump-inducing cinematic flair.

Balancing a timeless sense of organic instrumentation with his fluttering flutes, pulsing pianos and velvet vocals, all combined with expertly nuanced looping, layering and dreamy FX, this compelling musical cocktail invites you to sit back and drink in a riveting and emotionally arresting live performance experience to remember”.

Glad it was helpful!

Hey folks – I just published a new YouTube video on writing a bio. Hope this is handy for you!

Very helpful, educating & eye-opening. I liked the distinction you made between promo materials & Bio. Good point. Also the analysis of their bio. An interesting point here is that they didn’t mention any band member personally nor his biography ( shouldn’t a Bio include some Biography ? ) but maybe it is unnecessary…I don’t know. The 2nd 50 words version is the killer one in my opinion. Great intro. You’ve earned a new reader 🙂

Thanks for the kind comments, and yes, a longer-length bio can certainly include personal info on the musicians.

Excellent advice.

Currently writing my artistic history now. Currently never thought it would be so hard to do. I’ve never bragged on myself before just for others. This will be the first one.

Hi Dave! I’ve been hired to write bios for a few bands for the first time and I was looking for something that would help me figure out how to plan out my rough drafts, I found this article to be incredibly helpful. What I most appreciate is the editing breakdown in each paragraph and the tips on what to focus on and cut the unnecessary things. I feel prepared to take on these assignments and turn in the best bios possible. Thank you so much!

You’re very welcome! Good luck with the bios.

What I most appreciate is the editing breakdown in each paragraph as well as the suggestion for a short, medium, and long bio. I love words and despise the TLDR culture but alas, here we are!!! You also confirm the need to highlight personality which is how I write bios! Thanks for your time.

Thanks for the good words, Alysia!

Hey Dave. Thanks for your great articles and spot on advice. I needed to write a short artist bio this week, and knew exactly where to turn to figure out what I should do. Following your blog has certainly helped me get a lot more work as a storyteller. I am grateful.

Awesome, Darrin. That makes it all worthwhile!

Thanks so much for this great post. I’m revising my bio, but was getting stuck. Your guidance is a real help.

Glad it was useful, Afi, and good luck with your bio!

Great article! I found this through a google search, and it has definitely been the most helpful for me in working on my bio! I feel weird putting myself forward sometimes and worry about coming across as boastful. That pointer of making the bio about the people who will be hearing my music really helped me to put my writing into perspective and got me over the hurdle to actually write it! In hindsight, my old bio was basically the epitome of what you said not to do, and now I think I will have something much more engaging

Awesome, Nate! Best of luck with it…

Right from the first comment I knew you nailed it. Another excellent post with truly useful advice. If musicians, songwriters, performers, artists of any kind, read this post they would have more success promoting themselves. Once again: thanks. 🙂

You are very welcome Naomi!

I always love your posts and think you were spot on with the suggestions and revisions in the bio example. However, I have to disagree with you on 2 points regarding what the reader doesn’t care about…Who you’ve shared the stage with and Radio airplay. As long as you have opened for and/or toured with a National act I think that is very relevant and adds credibility to an act. Obviously if you have just played with other “local bands” I agree…don’t out it in there but if it’s a National act and especially if you’ve shared the stage with several different ones I think it can “one up” you from other acts. Regarding Radio play…yes not quite AS relevant but obviously if you are booking a show in say Lincoln Nebraska and not from the area but a local or College station in the area is playing the heck out of your music that alone could make or break the difference as to whether a venue books you there.

I do agree with you though as I see MANY bios that say way too much “amateur” sounding things like they won a grade school singing contest etc… Again, love your stuff just wanted to share my input based on my experience as well ;), cheers

Hey Chris – great to hear from you, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. And you bring up a great point in terms of different things mattering in different situations. The Lincoln NE example is spot on – I was thinking more in terms of the kinds of gigs I do in regional arts centers, libraries, community events, etc, but for a touring musician it would be a different set of concerns.

Yes, makes sense. Either way you brought up great points 🙂

What a cool article, it’s so helpful to my blog

This is very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to share this

Happy to Chris, thanks for letting me know.

We appreciate your dedication and support to the music community.

Continued success! Johnny Bash (vocalist) & David Aaron V.O. & Tap dancer talent Chicago

awesome… This is what I av been looking for. Thanks Dave Ruch

That’s great to hear, beatbox5.

Wow, just skimming this article has provided me with invaluable info. I’m gonna dissect this thing and absorb all the goodness I can get out if it, Thank you so much for answering what I thought was a simple question and all the subsequent followup questions I would have had from a lesser article.

Glad you found this Derrick!

Dear Dave Thank you for your permanent help to musicians needing advice. I wish I had enough time to read everything you publish. Probably, I have to learn a lot more to apply your suggestions to my own needs. As a free-lance orchestra conductor, it sems to me that I miss a supporting network, money and fame. -a network : if I write (or call, or even sometimes meet) people, it is never as efficient as when someone else recommends me, especially if he (or she) has some kind of power. -money : that goes without saying. In any field, with money one opens all doors, gets the press articles needed, TV shows and the like. -fame : especially in the field of conducting, be famous (for any good or bad reason) is much more important than be good. Who knows the difference between a great conductor and a baton shaker ? Only the musicians in the orchestra. No journalist, no political man, no decision maker ever asked the opinion of the musicians… If you set a monkey in front of the New York Philharmonic, the orchestra will play anyway. Maybe less greatly than with a true conductor, but it will play. So, we face an unfair competition. I did not find the true way yet… Yours truly. JF

Greatly appreciate this blog Dave! What it impressed on me is my need to compress / focus / feature what I do best.

And I looked up the Rukus Jug Band Stompers on youtube–they do look like a lot of fun!

And I did find all of the Ohio source material you suggested.

Enjoying your posts. Thanks again.

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Writing a Musician Bio: Complete Guide & Examples

Writing a Musician Bio: Complete Guide & Examples

In order to build a successful music career, you have to do a lot more than craft music. Model musicians aren't just great at their craft, they also know how to market themselves on just about any platform. Part of this skillset is knowing how to craft an excellent musician bio.

Writing your own artist bio can feel somewhat unnatural, to say the least, but it's an essential skill to master alongside other industry professionals. Below, we'll walk you through the components of an effective musician bio and showcase a couple of exemplary musician and band bios. This way, you'll have no trouble writing your own music bio at any stage in your career. Let's dive in!

What Is A Musician Bio?

So, what is a musician biography and why is it important to your success throughout the industry? A great musician bio helps you communicate that you're professional, driven, and proven to succeed throughout the business of music. It can also help curious fans develop more of an insight into who you are as an artist, and help strengthen your artist-to-fan connection.

With that in mind, an effective musician bio is different from the short bio you share with an employer or family members. A musician bio is special because it's crafted strategically around your artist statement and achievements, helping you to grow your fanbase.

Your musician bio will be used in multiple places, essentially serving as your pitch as an artist. In some cases, potential fans and people within the industry may read your music artist bio long before getting a taste of your music. Therefore, your musician bio should help draw in future listeners, and effectively describe your sound with words alone.

Why Are Musician Bios Important?

It may not seem so at first glance, but a strong musician bio can have a real impact on your music career. Musician bios are certainly secondary to the music itself, but they can be the professional hook that draws others to your sound.

It's also a skill in itself to understand how to pitch yourself as a musician, and crafting a strong artist or band bio is a great place to start. After all, how are you supposed to market yourself if you aren't able to effectively describe your art? Marketability goes a long way within the music industry, so take the time to write your own artist bio even if you plan on hiring someone to write your official artist bio for you.

In any case, you still need to know how to describe yourself to someone in person, so writing up your bio can help you refine your pitch.

Where Should I Put My Musician Bio?

So where will others find your musician bio? And where should you place your musician bio? Here are a couple of essential spots that should include your music artist bio.

Digital streaming platforms or DSPs are one of the key places to host a music bio. Oftentimes, outlets like Spotify serve as a music discovery tool, and an artist bio might help convert a passive listener to a loyal fan while your audience is just getting to know you. It's prominently displayed within your artist profile and can be updated regularly based on your release schedule.

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Social Media

Social media has noticeably less real estate than other outlets for music bios. However, a couple of curated words can help new eyes gain an understanding of who you are and where you hope to go as an artist.

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An EPK or electronic press kit is a standard for anyone pitching themselves throughout the music industry. EPKs can be used to pitch your band to promote, book gigs, help you get signed, you name it! Basically, the EPK is the standard pitching tool throughout the music industry that every musician should have. One of the most important parts of an electronic press kit is having a great artist bio to serve as the foundation for all other assets.

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You should also have a version of your musician bio written in your phone notes or somewhere easily accessible for pitching and other purposes. You'll never know when you'll need to pull out an elevator pitch of your music and artistry, so make sure to update and refine your mission statement regularly. If you don't know who you are as an artist, no one will.

Writing A Musician Bio: 9 Essential Considerations

There are several key ingredients that come with crafting a great music bio. Thankfully, we have the recipe! Here's exactly what you should include in your artist bio.

1. Have Different Bios For Different Situations

As discussed, there are several situations where you'll need to use a musician bio. Understandably, different situations require various types of bios, so you'll want to have a different musician bio for each of the following scenarios:

The Elevator Pitch

This is the short and sweet musician bio that you have memorized if someone asks what your music sounds like. It shouldn't detail your entire musical history, and should more or less include what music genres you cover or some famous artists might help someone get a sense of your sound. One approach that may work well is describing your sound as [INSERT FAMOUS ARTIST] meets [INSERT FAMOUS ARTIST].

For instance, you might tell someone that you sound like "Lorde meets Radiohead" or something of the sort, to peak people's interest all while describing your sound.

You don't have a lot of text real estate when it comes to social media, so you'll need to choose your words wisely when coming up with an artist description for your TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram bio. This could be as simple as few words that describe what you do like "Nu-metal drummer" or "Electropop Producer". Condense down your key points to a sentence or less.

The Mid Length Bio

The mid length bio has a bit more context than the short bio. You might see this type of bio used in press pieces, as a part of an EPK, or shared by the artist. This bio can expand on your genre-inclusive musician bio with examples of your career highlights, and relevant background information on where you came from, and where you plan to be as your career moves forward.

The Full Length Bio

In the full length bio, you have the opportunity to share your full musical journey as well as all of the key points included in the short version of your bio page. These long bios are usually hosted on a website page, through DSPs, or shared by press to help listeners understand new artists. In this bio type, you might include personal stories and showcase the highlights of your debut album or release.

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2. Write A Strong Hook

In order to write a masterful bio as a musician, your bio needs to have a strong hook, just like a story. This could be an interesting fact, a couple of words that encapsulate who you are as an artist or the shocking origins of your creations. Read other artists' bios and take note of what draws you to read some over others.

Figure out what your mission is. Why are you making music? What does music mean to you? This mission can be your "artist statement" and serve as a key point to why listeners should check out your music. Are you creating music to shed light on an important topic? Do you have a unique, genre-bending production style? Figure out what makes you unique as an artist, and weave it into your artist narrative.

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3. Speak In Your Own Voice or Third Person

Most industry professionals will advise that you write your artist bio in the third person. For one, this may give off the aura that you didn't write your own bio, and that you have a team to write it for you which can speak to your professionalism. On another note, it's just the industry standard as you can see from this famous musician's bio with examples showcasing her accomplishments throughout her career:

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Most musician bios use active voice vs passive voice to make writing more direct, and easy to digest within a quick read.

In some cases, it may pay to speak in your own voice. Your long bio might be more formal, but shorter, 1st person bios can be more personal. Having that personal touch can help keep visitors engaged and make it easier for new listeners to get a first impression of your artistry.

A great example of this more personalized bio can be seen with indie pop artist Maude Latour:

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It's not a polished sample musician bio, but it does give you a keen sense of who she is and what she stands for. This short artist bio also aligns well with her brand as a creative tell-all songwriter, spilling confessional lyrics throughout her alt-pop sound.

4. Include Similar Artists

If you're just starting out, you might not be playing shows or have a lot of new songs to talk about in your music bio. When in doubt, include more recognizable artists within your bio to draw in like-minded listeners. This can make it easier for you to target a specific audience and cultivate a more dedicated fanbase.

It also makes it easier for blogs to cover your creations, since positioning your tracks appropriately will be easy. Spotify also links out directly to mentioned artists, making it easy for your listeners to trace your references.

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5. Keep Your Bio Up To Date

Within your bio, you can share news to build anticipation surrounding your release. Be sure to mention any notable music videos, upcoming tours, or a few notes on what your latest album means to you as an artist.

Your artist bio page should stay current with mentions of new material with every release. The mention can be brief, but including it gives listeners a reason to dive back into your discography, which is the ultimate goal of any piece of music press.

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6. Include Some Press Quotes and Accomplishments

It's common to include a notable accomplishment or two in your short and long bio pages as a musician. This can help provide social proof, especially if you aren't a part of a well known band (yet). One of the easiest ways to do this is by embedding a quote from a blog you've been featured in, or sharing a positive review of your latest release.

You can also include what sorts of playlists you've been featured on, testimonials from other artists, or any other projects you're working on. Ultimately, your artist bio needs to center primarily around your music, but working in testimonials or other interesting facts about you can help make you more compelling as an artist.

If you're in a band, it might make sense to introduce each founding member with a quote on their artistry.

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7. Source From Samples

Feel free to draw inspiration from other artists and bands. Screenshot a few examples from some of your favorite artists and note what you like about each artist's bio. Do you like the artist's bio because it showcases an inspiring story? Or is it because the artist writes about his or her work in an approachable manner?

There isn't one "correct" formula when it comes to writing a bio page, so figure out what resonates with you in the music business, and apply the same sentiment to your own artist statement.

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8. Proofread and Ask For Feedback

There's nothing that reads more unprofessional than a written bio that doesn't have proper spelling or grammar. Note, there might be a worthy exception when it comes to more personalized, first-person bios, but generally speaking, your musician and band bios should be as eloquent as possible, free of error.

If you really want to make your musician bio shine, create a couple of different versions and send them out to friends and trusted voices in the industry. Ask for feedback and take advice from others to heart! Someone will probably use your artist bio to determine their first impression of you as an artist, so you'll want to take your time with this.

9. Remember A Musician's Bio Is Just One Piece Of The Puzzle

There's no denying that having an effective bio as a musician is important. However, remember that this is just one component that comes with being a successful artist. Having a strong musician's bio is great for social proof, but if your art or music simply isn't there, it's not going to hold on its own. Similarly, if you can prove that you're an amazing artist and have something unique to bring to the table, your artist bio doesn't need to be perfect to land you opportunities.

Just try your best to craft a musician bio that's true to you and describes your sound as an artist. A strong bio can help you excel throughout the business when talking professionally about your music, but it isn't going to break you into the industry on its own.

Have fun building your own musician bio as an artist!

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How To Write An Effective Musician Bio (With Examples!)


This post was written by Melanie Kealey ​and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog .

One of most important pages on your website is your bio page. But a lot of bands get stuck at the part where you have to actually write about yourself! This is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a super important way to make your band look professional.

A great bio will create a first impression of you to many of your website visitors, so make it a good one! It will help convert your visitors into fans, as well as give bloggers and media a sense of who you are. Let’s look at a few ideas that will help you craft an effective musician bio.

Grab your visitor’s’ attention

Make a few notes on a piece of paper to begin. Jot down your name, where you’re from, what you sound like, and your influences. This will help you shape a sentence or two as an introduction. Make it engaging, and concise. Think about tone as well - depending on your style of music, you may want to inject some humor into your bio.

Note your name

Your musician bio should be written in the third person. This will make it quick to scan and understand, and will also help you with your website’s  SEO . It also allows media, bloggers and venues to simply copy & paste your bio if they need.

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Along with this, if you have a great media quote that mentions you or your band, include that in you bio. It’s a nice way to show that others are talking professionally about your music.

Get into the background

Include some relevant background information, but keep it short. You want to be sure to keep your visitors engaged - not lose them with lengthy paragraphs of text. Feel free to talk about your musical history, just be sure to keep it interesting and concise.

Mention your Music

Talk about what you are currently up to with your music. Have you just gone into the studio?  Opened for a well-known band, or played a big festival? Have you charted on the radio?  

Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished. Then choose two or three of the most impressive items, and include those in your band bio. Make sure not to exaggerate or embellish - stick to the facts, and present them in a positive way.

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Love the layout

Now that you’ve assembled your content, arrange it on the page in a pleasing way. Rather than adding a big block of text to your page, try mixing in some images. You can also add feature titles to break up the look of the content area.  

[How To Build a Great Band Website Bio Page]

Sample musician bio

Still feeling stuck? A sample bio might go a bit like this:

Quick introduction. Mention your name, your style of music, and your influences.

Move on to some background. Mention how long you have been playing, the bands you have played with, and a notable accomplishment or two.

End with what you are doing currently. This could be touring, recording, writing, or a mention of your latest album.

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[5 Key Elements to a Solid Band Bio]

Bios for all band members

If you’re writing bios for individual band members, this would look a bit different since some of the information would be repetitive. In that case, your musician bio could look at bit more like this format:

Write out some text about the band at the top. When you formed, your musical style, latest achievement, latest album and what you’re up to now.

Under this, add an image and text per person. Mention each band member’s name, the instruments they play, and a few tidbits about them. Add a fun fact to keep it interesting!

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Great musician bio examples

Elena & Los Fulanos have a great band bio page with bilingual text for each band member, plus images. Check it out  here . The Parlotones offer a  short and thorough text bio , then also include a longer pdf version. Another nice example of a short but sweet bio comes from  the Fresh Preps . They start with their story, move to what they are up to now, and include a press quote plus pictures.

If you’re a solo artist, Kaia Kater has an  effective bio page  that ties in her branding, with images, quotes, and concise text.  Covenhoven  is another example of a sleek bio page with some great text that builds his story.

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Check and double check

Now that you’re all done writing your musician bio, check your spelling. Then check it again. Be sure there are no errors or typos!

Keep it Current

Finally, be sure to go back and update your bio page and  EPK  with any new projects, releases, collaborations or upcoming tours. Make sure to add your accomplishments as your career moves forward.

With these tips, you’ll be able to create an effect musician bio that’s impressive and easy to read.

Melanie Kealey is an artist manager, blogger, and support manager at musician website and marketing platform Bandzoogle . 

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My 5 Step Guide To Writing A Musician Bio That Gets You Gigs

  • January 7, 2019
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  • Learn how to craft the perfect musician biography.
  • Turn a boring, lifeless artist bio into one that captivates readers and gets you the gig.
  • Musician bio examples I’ve written are included. Feel free to draw inspiration from them!

Press shots, music videos, merchandise etc are crucial branding elements that form the building blocks of your successful music career.

However, one important pillar of all of these branding elements that I see many producers and bands neglect is their artist biography .

The musician biography is a core component of any self-respecting artist’s press kit, and is prime real estate for highlighting the 5 W’s (who, what, why, when, where) of your artistry.

So why not spend the time to ensure that your artist bio is as perfect as it can be?

As a professional copywriter and someone who has written well over 100 artist bios over the years, I’ve learnt a few tricks and tips along the way and I’d love to take the time to share them with you in this article.

Without further ado, here is my step-by-step guide to writing an effective musician biography.

If you need an affordable musician bio written up by a professional, definitely consider our highly-rated service. Find out more details by clicking here .

My 5-Step Process To Writing An Effective Musician Bio (With Examples)

1. establish your tone of voice.

The tone of voice you decide on is crucial. So before pen even hits the paper, you’ll need to think about the style and writing personality of how you want to portray yourself. There is no one-size-fits-all here, so you’ll need to think about whether you want to come across as: relaxed/casual or formal/professional. Do you want to inject humor and wit into your biography? Or are you more of an introverted, self-deprecating force? Have a think about the characteristics that your music brings to the table.

An example of an opening statement from a casual/relaxed musician bio:

“Hailing from the humble streets of Port Arthur, Texas, USA, rap extraordinaire “Fresh Fred” is a force to be reckoned with.  With a taste for the 808 and dominating yet groovy basslines, Fred’s sound is driving and sub-heavy, and guarantees to have you bouncing like a Caddy fitted with premium hydraulics.”

An example of an opening statement from a formal/professional musician bio:

“Underlying any great success or accomplishment is a story of a tenacious struggle, an unyielding drive, and a passion great enough to persevere, to strive. This sentiment rings true for Buffalo rap talent, JReasn.”

2. Define your artist statement

Your artist statement defines the ‘why’ of your artistry. In other words, why do you make music? Is there an overarching mission that you or your band/project sets out to achieve? Are you fighting for any particular cause? Are you looking to reach out to and relate to a subset or particular community of people who share a common goal with you?

Having a strong artist statement with a clear vision is a great way to connect with your audience, and gain new fans who also share similar views with you.

Here is an example of a well-defined artist statement:

“One element which makes music so powerful is its capacity to take listeners for a ride.  DJ Kosta expresses progression and movement in music, transporting listeners to a magical place where unity and freedom is realised.”

Here is another example of a compelling artist statement:

3. Describe your music

Along with your mission statement, a well-defined description of your sound is critical to a good musician biography. After all, an integral part of an artist biography is to paint a picture of what your music sounds like, in reference to its tonal characteristics, emotions, and vibe.

Grab a beverage, and sit back as you put on a few of your own tracks that you feel represent the sound of your artistry best. Now, note down any adjectives that spring to mind and go over the list when you feel you have enough to draw from.

A tip from here is to pick out some of the good ones and run them through an online thesaurus. Better yet, there’s a free online tool called Visuwords that lets you type in any word you like and it will spit out a beautiful visual representation of similar words that you could use to describe your music with.

Ultimately, think of this writing exercise as an elevator pitch, i.e. you’ve got less than 30 seconds to pitch to someone how your music sounds. What do you say to them? Here are some questions to consider when approaching this section:

  • What kind of stories do you tell with your music?
  • What emotions do you bring to the table?
  • What do you hope your listeners to feel/take away from your music?
  • What makes your music unique?

Here is an example of a biography that utilizes strong adjectives and imagery to evoke a compelling description:

“InternalEye’s music is a melting pot of deep and emotionally-charged soundscapes, lush, ambient textures and new-age grooves. His productions are undoubtedly enchanting; a sensory delight capable of transporting listeners to surreal territory bound only by one’s imagination.

While his music spans a range of contemporary styles, one thing is for certain – that his auditory expeditions will take you on a journey of meditative sound and light, releasing harboured tension from within and gently easing the mind towards a state of tranquillity.”

Need more inspiration? Here is another example of a well-written artist summary:

“Asterus’s music encapsulates a brooding and mysterious energy that is intent on surfacing the listener’s deepest, most profound thoughts. A purveyor of haunting atmospherics, lush textures and silky-smooth beats, Asterus’s music is honest and implacable.

While relentlessly dark by nature, he is however, not one to shy away from letting his lighter side shine through. Elements that suggest a hopeful resolve are often utilized, which, when blended together – creates his unique style of bittersweet Trip-Hop.”

Artist Biography (Asterus), written by Producer Hive.

4. Tell your backstory

Somewhere in the body of your biography, should be a brief and succinct paragraph or two about how the artist/band formed. Not everyone has an ‘out of this world’, or mindblowing backstory to tell, but don’t worry.

Here are a few pointers that you could think about to start off this paragraph:

  • Mention where you grew up, the cities/areas you’ve lived in, and where you currently live today
  • How have those cities/neighbourhoods shaped the sound of your music?
  • If there are multiple members in the project, try and think of something interesting about how you met.
  • How did you start getting involved in music? How long have you been at it before you started taking it seriously? Is there an interesting story to tell about your musical journey?
  • Was there a certain ‘Aha!’ moment or record/song that sparked your desire to become a musician?

Here is an example of an artist biography that illustrates the backstory of an artist in a compelling way:

While only a newcomer to the rap scene, Rane has always been a creator at heart, boasting a musical development grounded in the flute and bass guitar.

Dabbling in hip-hop in his mid-teens, it was only until last year that Rane was introduced to the mechanics of fluid rhymes, wave sampling, and sequenced electronic beats.

With his dear friend ‘Keith’ riding shotgun, Rane took the wheel like a natural, immediately grasping the concept of satirical flippancy through this poignant lyric: “Shoot him in the foot and have him walking with his shell toe”. Finding this superbly comical, Rane has injected his own music with this unique sense of humour.

5. Include your released work and future plans

This paragraph should be relatively straightforward. Make a note of all the releases that have come out, and include any impressive statistics such as:

  • the number of plays
  • whether it did well in the charts
  • won an award
  • whether you collaborated on the song/release with anyone notable

Be sure to also tease in any new material that you have upcoming, and when people can expect that music to be released (if applicable).

Here’s an example of a musician biography in relation to releases and future plans:

The Fox & The Hounds have so far released two albums. Their latest album, entitled Peachy Keen, is a screaming six-song odyssey through the satin-and-smoke-filled world of love, loss, betrayal, and revenge in which the band makes its home.

It hit the shelves in 2015 and went on to release 2 music videos for the singles ‘Panic’ and ‘How The Other Half Live’. They were awarded the ‘Top Up-And-Coming Band’ by CBS, as well as ‘Best Song’ for ‘How The Other Half Live’.

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re ready to launch your music career to the next level. If you’re hard-pressed to find the time to write your own artist bio, why not check out our musician bio writing service ? We’ve written and designed press kits for over 120 happy musicians worldwide.

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Sean is a Co-founder & Editor In Chief at Producer Hive. Under the moniker  Commit , he has released deep, downtempo music on renowned labels such as Deep Heads and Interchill Records , charting in the top 3 on the Juno Download and Beatport dubstep charts on multiple occasions. His tracks received strong support from figureheads in the scene such as Laurent Garnier, and has performed alongside numerous high-profile DnB and Dubstep acts, including Truth, Phaeleh, and Kryptic Minds. Sean also ran his own mixing and mastering services. As a Top Rated Seller on Fiverr, he helped hundreds of musicians with their mixes, and achieved a consistent 4.9/5 stars over the course of his work there.

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How to Write a Music Bio: A Guide for Bands & Artists

How to Write a Music Bio: A Guide for Bands & Artists

Your artist or band bio is often the first thing fans or press contacts will read about you. So it’s important to present yourself well.

While it’s true that ultimately your music will do the real talking, your bio is a big chance to make a first impression. Whether that’s in a press release, on your Spotify profile or on your website.

So let’s discuss how to write the perfect artist bio.

How to Write a Bio for Musicians

Use social proof.

‘Social Proof’ can be the difference between an effective bio and a forgettable one. But what is it?

In layman's terms, Social Proof is the psychological principle that people copy the actions of others because they assume that those actions are right.

The Social Proof could be positive quotes or features from bloggers, influencers or journalists. It could be your follower numbers on social media or any awards you've won or achievements you’ve earned. Anything that showcases your existing popularity.

Demonstrating an existing fan base and success will directly influence how seriously people take you as a musician.

How to Write a Music Bio

Tell Your Story

An interesting story can help people engage and relate to your music more deeply. You can break your story down into three basic parts:

- Where you came from

- When you began making music

- Where you are now

Try not to turn your story into an essay. Remember you should keep your bio snappy, so cover this in no more than one short paragraph.

How to Write a Music Bio

The Music Matters Most

Telling your life story is great, but in the end, it all comes down to the music.

While great music speaks for itself, you should try to describe your sound as vividly as possible to make sure whoever is reading your bio gets a good idea of what to expect.

Make sure to state how you fit into a certain genre (or genres), talk about any key instrumentation (is your track guitar driven or vocal-led?) and perhaps list your inspirations or comparisons to well-known artists with a similar sound.

How to Write a Music Bio

Consider the reader

Musician bios have multiple uses, so the bio you post to your Spotify account shouldn’t be the exact same one you use for a press release or on your music Wikipedia page .

You should tailor a press bio to make things as easy as possible for the journo on the receiving end. Make sure to include clear links to your music with a call-to-action like ‘Listen here’.

Here’s a good test for your press release bio. Could a journalist copy and paste your whole bio and publish it as a feature? Many journos do exactly that to save time.

Keep the structure simple

Keep your bio brief and easily digestible. Two or three paragraphs and around 200 - 300 words total is enough.

Your first sentence is arguably the most important, so try to sum up the most important points in the first 20 to 30 words. How would you describe yourself in just one sentence?

Avoid writing really long sentences too. You need to keep the reader on the hook.

Keeping the advice above in mind, here’s a quick overview of how you could structure your bio.

Intro: Try to sum yourself & your music up in one sentence. ‍ Your Music: Genres, instrumentation, comparisons, etc. ‍ Your Story: Where you began & where you are now. ‍ Social Proof: Quotes, social following, achievements.

Remember, you could change up the order of this structure, depending on the message you want to relay at the very beginning or very end of your bio. You know your music better than anyone, so it's up to you!

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How to Write an Effective Music Bio: The Musician’s Guide

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Writing an artist bio is one of the hardest things to do as a musician. It’s hard enough to write—let alone write about yourself!

But your music bio is one of the most important parts of your musician press kit. Especially once you release music, you need a solid promotion plan. So a good bio is your starting point.

A great bio will create a first impression of you to many of your website visitors, so make it a good one! It will help convert your visitors into fans, as well as give bloggers and media a sense of who you are. Let’s look at a few ideas that will help you craft an effective musician bio.

You need an ‘about’ blurb for all your social channels, gigs and festival applications because people crave the stories and context behind the music.

So here’s your step-by-step guide to writing your best artist bio possible with tips from seasoned professionals.

Hot tip: If you’re intimidated about writing your bio or if you want a seasoned professional to write it for you, connect dozens of professional music writers on WMR Music Group and get a professional bio written for you.

1. Take Notes

Open up a blank document on your computer. Write down all your basic info and everything you consider a milestone in your music career. Point form is fine!

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Need some help? Answer these questions:

Where are you based?

When did you start making music, releasing music and/or playing shows?

What was the ‘aha’ moment that made you start making music?

What genre can people expect to hear?

How do you describe your sound? Get specific.

What are your influences?

What are your releases so far? (EPs, albums, mixes, remixes, etc.)

What are the most notable shows you’ve played?

2. Start Simple

Once you’ve filled out the bullet points above, you’re ready to start writing.

Begin by fleshing out your notes into full sentences. Write in the third person (i.e. “He/She/They” instead of “I”). Start with a factual, neutral tone.

Avoid opinion based phrases like: Incredibly influential, critically acclaimed, wickedly talented, etc. Leave that up to journalists and fans.

In the editing phase, make your music bio more writerly. Think about how the sentences flow one after the other. Read it out loud to see how it sounds—it’ll give you a good idea if it reads well.

Write everything you need to, then edit ruthlessly. Cut out 50%.

If it’s too hard to even start, ask someone else to help you write it. Pick someone with writing experience. Give them the bullet point notes and your music for reference. Ask for an honest draft—and compensate when necessary!

3. Edit and Style

Structure is Key

Split up your text into 2-3 easy to read paragraphs.

The first paragraph should be the most important one—journalists might copy-paste only that part when writing about you. It should give a good picture of who you are as an artist, what kind of music you play and your top achievements (shows, releases, collaborations).

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Go more in depth in the second paragraph. Give some background. But no need to go too far back either… “Sandra became a music lover at age 9 when she first heard the Beatles…” That’s unnecessary!

The last paragraph should be about what you’re currently working on.

Once you have that, rewrite three versions of your music bio:

The ‘Tweet’ version (one-liner)

The short one paragraph version (150-200 words)

The longer 3 paragraph version (max 300-400 words)

Even if you aren’t an international touring artist, find the thing that makes you special and focus on that.

Don’t over-embellish or distort the truth. Even if you aren’t an international touring artist, find the thing that makes you special and focus on that. You don’t need to have a won Grammy to write an interesting bio.

Don’t name drop too much. You’ve opened or played with famous artists? Name 1-2, those that matter the most and best match your stylistic affinities. Even better: describe your musical aesthetic without falling back on other artists.

Hot Tip: Train yourself to become specific at describing music and sound by reading a lot of good music journalism—for example The Quietus, The Wire or the book How to Write About Music. Also read record descriptions on online stores like Beatport, Hardwax, Bleep or Boomkat. You’re a music fan anyways, so it’ll be fun!

Get a few writer friends to thoroughly spellcheck and edit your bio. The spellcheck again!

Where to Put Your Music Bio

Now that you have a killer bio it’s time to make sure it hits home.

Here are the places you should put it:

Your artist website and/or electronic press kit (EPK)

Your social media profiles (Facebook, Resident Advisor, Instagram, etc.)

Your streaming profiles (SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify*, Apple Music*, etc.)

*You may need to request access or get verified to edit these.

Don’t forget to make sure you keep it updated!

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How To Write A Perfect Artist Bio [+ Best Practices]

A strong and engaging artist bio, or ‘About,’ is often the connector to landing blog write-ups, booking a show, enticing interviewers, and establishing a well-rounded introduction to what you and your music are about. Media personnel and new listeners want to hear your unique story, even if it’s just beginning!

The Goal of a Bio 

There are a few things to remember when writing an artist bio. 

  • Your bio should act as your written elevator pitch . Think of your bio as a conversation starter; a VIP backstage pass into your creative universe. You'll often have ONE chance to draw your reader in, so you want to be sure you're effectively highlighting who you are and what makes you stand out from the crowd in one minute or less. Remember that your bio is a pitch, not a memoir. 
  • You want to develop relationships with media personnel. When you write a bio, you engage in self-promotion or publicity practices. You’ll be using this bio on your website, Wikipedia page, EPK, Spotify, for pitches, in written interviews, and more, so you’ll want to ensure you’re telling your story in a way that makes you stand out. 

The Three Types of Bios 

You’ll need three different versions of your bio written and ready for you to use:

Social Media Bio (1-3 sentences) You’ll use this for your Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. You can keep this short, sweet, and casual. Give a brief intro on who you are, highlight any quick hitters about your most recent song or album release, or write an intriguing one-liner. Use a One link, Link Tree , or Venice Marketing Link within your bio to direct visitors to your website, streaming profiles, singles, and more. 

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Venice Artist Partner Kota the Friend's Instagram Bio

Short-Bio (250-350 words)

You’ll use this bio for Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Facebook, and most online platforms.

  • An engaging introduction
  • Background information
  • Career Highlights

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Venice Artist Partner Olivia Knox's Bio  

Long-Bio (500-750 words)

You’ll use this bio for your website, electronic press kit, and Wikipedia page. In this bio, you can include:

  • An engaging introduction 
  • Background information (i.e., how you got your start in music)
  • Career highlights and achievements 
  • Media quotes
  • Up-to-date information (i.e., your current city, how many full LPs you’ve released, etc.)

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Venice Artist Partner Thuy's Wikipedia Page 

How to start writing a bio .

First and foremost, take a deep breath. Writing a professional bio can be overwhelming, but who better to do it than you? Once your mental health is in check, try writing a draft of how you’d like your long-form bio to be structured (once you’ve written your long-form bio, your short-form bio should be easy to knock out).

Your structure can look something like this:

  • 1-2 sentences introducing yourself, the city you’re from, and how you got your start in music. This part should grab the reader's attention and pull them in, so take your time here and look at other bio examples!
  • 3-4 sentences describing your music and accomplishments. Paint a picture of your sound and style, then highlight some of the festivals you’ve performed at, award nominations, or prominent headliners you’ve opened for. Use any relevant media quotes here.
  • 2-3 sentences highlighting what you’re currently doing (new studio album, touring, recording, etc.) 
  • 1-2 sentences closing your bio. Include any callbacks from your introduction, describe a goal you have for your music and career, or direct your reader to a new album or single release. 

With this structure, start writing out drafts of your bio by section. Play around with your writing style, tone, and delivery, and remember to ALWAYS write in the third person. Third-person writing will make your bio more readable, allow media and bloggers to copy and paste your bio, and help with search engine optimization . 

Best Practices for Writing Your Bio 

  • Always write in the third person
  • Include the city you’re from
  • If you’re in a band, mention your bandmates and what instruments they play
  • Include any Spotify playlist placements, awards, festivals played, or media mentions
  • Mention any past tours or more established artists you’ve opened for
  • Give a brief description of your start in music (how old were you, what sparked your love of music, who inspired you, etc.)
  • Summarize your music’s style and genre
  • Include any prominent or well-known musical influences
  • Link back to your website or social accounts
  • End with what you’re currently working on (i.e., a new album, tour, collaborative projects)

When you finish writing your bio, always check and proofread your writing. We recommend using a free tool like Grammarly to automatically review and suggest edits to your writing. 

Need Feedback on Your Bio? 

There's a reason why authors and writers have editors. What may sound great in your head could be a chaotic read for others. Before you hit "Publish", whether you're writing a bio or distributing a song, you should always seek professional feedback to gain outside perspective. Fortunately, you don't need to go far for expert guidance. 

Venice's Grow+ and Professional memberships give musicians of all career stages access to the Venice team and industry professionals in recurring digital office hours, feedback sessions, and forums. In the past, our members have learned from experts like Troy Carter, Amber Grimes, Hitmaka, Tunde Balogun, and more.

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Crafting the Perfect Artist Bio: A Comprehensive Guide for Musicians (with templates)

Crafting the Perfect Artist Bio: A Comprehensive Guide for Musicians (with templates)

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Your music career needs an artist biography to showcase your personal skills and story to potential fans, managers and other music industry professionals. It may be difficult to write the perfect artist biography, but with the right approach and industry best practices, you can create a compelling music bio that will appeal to your target audience.

The Importance of a Strong Artist Bio

A well-written musician's biography not only introduces you and your music to the world, but is also essential for personal branding and marketing . It shows your accomplishments, musical preferences, and things that set you apart from other musicians in your genre.

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Key Components and Structure of an Effective Artist Bio

  • Opening statement An opening statement is brief overview of who you are and what you do. It serves as a hook to engage readers and pique their interest, often highlighting your most unique or impressive qualities.
  • Personal story and background Your artist biography builds on your background and personal stories. Details about your upbringing, how you became interested in music, and any significant events that influenced your music career should be included in this section. When you make an emotional connection with your listeners by telling them about your personal journey, they can better understand and appreciate your artistic inspirations and goals.
  • Musical influences and style Each musical artist has their unique style, often shaped by a variety of influences. In your artist bio, write about the musicians or genres that have had a significant influence on your art career. Explain how these influences have shaped your sound and contributed to your distinctive style. This information will help your audience better understand your music and identify with your creative inspirations.
  • Achievements and career highlights Your music bio should highlight your major achievements and career milestones. These can include awards, singles that have topped the charts, notable collaborations, or appearances at prestigious events. By highlighting these accomplishments, you demonstrate your credibility and skill as an artist, which can help attract the interest of potential fans, agencies, and media.
  • Current projects and upcoming events Keep your listeners informed about your latest projects and upcoming events. This could include information about your recent album releases, new singles, or upcoming tours. By providing this information, you encourage your audience to stay engaged with your music and attend your concerts. This information also helps journalists, booking agents, and other music industry professionals stay up-to-date with your career developments.
  • Contact and social media information Where your fans and music professionals can get in touch with you and follow your career.

Different Types of Artist Bios

A short-form artist bio is typically used on social media platforms, press releases and event programs. It is a brief, condensed version of your artist biography that quickly highlights your unique qualities and catches the attention of your audience.  Focus on your unique qualities, key achievements, and your approach to music. When creating a bio for social media, consider incorporating relevant emojis or hashtags to increase visibility and engagement. 

Long form (e.g., artist statement, full biography)

A long-form bio (full biography) is a more in-depth account of your music career. This type of bio can be found on your website, in press kits, or on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The long-form bio should cover your personal story, musical influences, career highlights, and any upcoming projects. It's an opportunity to delve deeper into your journey as a music artist, discuss your creative process, and provide insight into your music's themes and messages. This type of bio should be written in the third person and be engaging, professional, and well-structured.

CV-style (e.g., for grant applications)

A CV-style musician bio is a more formal, resume-like document that highlights your professional accomplishments, education, and experience in the music industry. This type of bio is commonly used for grant applications and artist residencies. It should be organized chronologically or by categories such as education, performances, recordings, awards, and collaborations. The focus should be on your professional experience, relevant skills, and notable achievements. The tone of a CV-style bio is typically more formal, but it should still be easy to read and understand.

Artist statement

An artist statement is a written statement by the artist that explains their artistic vision, values, and motivations. Artist statements are often used for grant applications, exhibition catalogs, and websites.

A press kit is a collection of promotional materials that includes the artist's bio, press releases, photos, links to short audio and video materials and other relevant information . Press kits are often used to promote an artist's music, tours, and other projects to media outlets and industry professionals.

Bio vs Artist Statement

Both an artist statement and an artist bio are important elements of an artist's promotional toolkit that follow separate structures. Here's a breakdown of their differences:

An artist statement is a narrative crafted by the artist that delves into their artistic vision, approach, principles, philosophy and inspirations. It mirrors the artist's creative journey and acts as a channel for them to convey their thoughts and objectives to their audience. It typically encompasses a discussion of the artist's influences, methods, themes, and aspirations. 

An artist bio, in contrast, provides a concise overview of the artist's background, achievements, and career milestones. Designed to introduce the artist to the potential admirers, collaborators, and industry experts, an artist bio generally contains details about their education, artist style and journey, significant accomplishments and upcoming projects.

Common Questions Artists Have When Writing a Good Bio

  • How do I make my bio stand out from other artists in my genre? To make your artist bio stand out, focus on highlighting your unique music style, influences, and achievements. Use compelling storytelling techniques to share your personal journey and show what sets you apart in art business. Be authentic and genuine while conveying your passion for music.
  • What tone should I use when writing my artist bio (formal, informal, humorous, etc.)? The tone of your artist bio should reflect your personality and target audience or followers. While some artists may choose a more formal tone, others might opt for an informal or humorous approach. Consider your music genre, audience preferences, and personal brand when selecting the appropriate tone for your bio.
  • How can I effectively showcase my personality and uniqueness in my bio? Showcase your personality by sharing personal anecdotes, highlighting your musical influences, and describing your signature music style. Use vivid language to create an engaging narrative that draws readers in.
  • Should I mention all of my past projects and collaborations or only the most significant ones? Focus on mentioning the most significant projects and collaborations in your artist statement. Highlight those that best represent your music career, showcase your growth as a music artist, and resonate with your target audience.
  • How do I balance self-promotion with humility and authenticity in my artist bio? Balance them by highlighting your achievements without exaggerating or overselling them. Be honest about your accomplishments and give credit to collaborators when appropriate. Maintain a genuine, humble tone throughout your bio.
  • How often should I update my bio to keep it fresh and relevant? Update your artist bio regularly, ideally every few months or whenever you have significant news to share. Keep it current with new projects, collaborations, and achievements to maintain your audience's interest and showcase your ongoing growth as an artist.
  • Is it beneficial to include quotes from critics or reviews in my bio? Including quotes from critics or reviews can add credibility and social proof to your artist bio. Choose quotes that highlight your strengths, showcase your music style, and resonate with your target audience.
  • What kind of information should I include for different audiences (e.g., fans, booking agents, journalists, etc.)? Tailor your artist bio for different audiences by emphasizing the most relevant information. For fans, focus on your music style, personal journey (if you are a self taught artist, don't forget to mention that), and upcoming projects. For booking agents and journalists, highlight your achievements, collaborations, and past performances, while emphasizing your professionalism.
  • Should I have different versions of my bio for different platforms (e.g., social media, press kits, website, etc.)? Having different versions of your bio for various platforms is a good idea. Create a shorter, more concise version for social media profiles like your Instagram account, and longer, more detailed versions for your website, press kits, and artist statements.
  • How can I incorporate storytelling techniques to make my bio more engaging and memorable? Incorporate storytelling techniques by sharing personal anecdotes, vividly describing your musical journey, and using a narrative structure that flows naturally. This approach will create an engaging and memorable artist bio that resonates with your audience and showcases your unique story.

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Tips for Writing a Compelling Artist Bio

Be authentic and genuine: When writing your artist bio, let your true personality and passion for your art shine through. Avoid exaggerating or over-selling your accomplishments; instead, focus on the aspects of your work that genuinely excite and inspire you.

Write in the third person: Writing in the third person allows you to maintain a professional tone while discussing your achievements and career highlights. This approach also makes it easier for others to share or quote your bio without having to rephrase it.

Keep it concise and easy to read: An effective artist bio should be brief and to the point. Focus on the most relevant and impactful information, and avoid including unnecessary details. Break up the text into short paragraphs to make it more visually appealing and easier to read.

Use storytelling techniques: Engage your readers by incorporating storytelling elements into your bio. Describe your personal journey, share anecdotes, and explain the inspirations behind your work. This will help readers connect with you on a deeper level and understand the context behind your art.

Highlight your achievements: Mention significant milestones, awards, and collaborations in your bio. This will demonstrate your credibility and showcase your experience in the industry.

Update your bio regularly: As your career progresses, make sure to keep your bio up to date with your latest accomplishments and projects. This will help maintain your professional image and ensure that your bio accurately reflects your current work.

Tailor your bio to different audiences: Consider the needs of different audiences, such as fans, booking agents, and journalists, when writing your bio. Adjust the information and tone accordingly to cater to each group's interests and expectations.

Use a consistent format: Format your bio consistently across different platforms, such as your website, social media profiles, and press kits. This will help establish a cohesive brand identity and make it easier for readers to identify and remember you.

Proofread and edit: Before publishing your bio, proofread it carefully to ensure it is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Ask a friend or colleague to review it for clarity and readability.

Seek inspiration from successful artist bios: Read bios of successful artists in your field to get a sense of what works and what doesn't. Use these examples as a guide when crafting your own bio, but be sure to inject your unique voice and perspective into the text.

Musician Bio Template

Use the provided artist bio template as a starting point to craft your own unique biography. This template can be adapted to your personal story, music style, and accomplishments. Tailor the template to suit your needs and focus on your individuality.

Artist's bio is a crucial element of their personal branding and promotion efforts. It helps convey their unique story, influences, achievements, and current projects to various audiences. To create an engaging and memorable artist bio, musicians should focus on key components like personal background, musical influences and style, career highlights, and upcoming events. They should also consider having different types of bios, such as short-form, long-form, and CV-style, tailored for specific platforms and audiences.

When writing an artist bio, it's essential to strike a balance between self-promotion and authenticity. Artists should use a tone that reflects their personality and stay true to their creative vision. By incorporating storytelling techniques and updating the bio regularly, artists can keep their audience engaged and interested in their journey.

Using the provided templates and tips, musicians can create compelling and effective artist bios that showcase their unique story and talents. By doing so, they can not only attract potential fans and clients but also establish a strong presence in the competitive music industry.

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How to Write an Effective Music Bio: The Musician’s Guide

How to Write an Effective Music Bio: The Musician’s Guide

Writing an artist bio is one of the hardest things to do as a musician. It’s hard enough to write—let alone write about yourself!

But your music bio is one of the most important parts of your musician press kit. Especially once you release music , you need a solid promotion plan. So a good bio is your starting point.

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Your bio is a key tool that communicates why people should care about you and your music. A good bio gets people intrigued to listen to your music—especially if you’re not already known. It may well be the reason why more people come see your show!

You need an ‘about’ blurb for all your social channels, gigs and festival applications because people crave the stories and context behind the music.

So here’s your step-by-step guide to writing your best artist bio possible with tips from seasoned professionals.

Hot tip:   If you’re intimidated about writing your bio or if you want a seasoned professional to write it for you, connect dozens of professional music writers on LANDR Network and get a professional bio written for you.

1. Take Notes

Open up a blank document on your computer. Write down all your basic info and everything you consider a milestone in your music career. Point form is fine!

Need some help? Answer these questions:

  • Where are you based?
  • When did you start making music, releasing music and/or playing shows?
  • What was the ‘aha’ moment that made you start making music?
  • What genre can people expect to hear?
  • How do you describe your sound? Get specific.
  • What are your influences?
  • What are your releases so far? (EPs, albums, mixes, remixes, etc.)
  • What are the most notable shows you’ve played?
  • What are you doing right now (touring, recording, collaborating, etc.)?
  • What other related projects are you involved in (a radio show, event organizing, etc.)?

2. Start Simple

Once you’ve filled out the bullet points above, you’re ready to start writing.

Begin by fleshing out your notes into full sentences. Write in the third person (i.e. “He/She/They” instead of “I”). Start with a factual, neutral tone.

Avoid opinion based phrases like: Incredibly influential, critically acclaimed, wickedly talented, etc. Leave that up to journalists and fans.

Write everything you need to, then edit ruthlessly. Cut out 50%.

In the editing phase, make your music bio more writerly. Think about how the sentences flow one after the other. Read it out loud to see how it sounds—it’ll give you a good idea if it reads well.

If it’s too hard to even start, ask someone else to help you write it. Pick someone with writing experience. Give them the bullet point notes and your music for reference. Ask for an honest draft—and compensate when necessary!

3. Edit and Style

Structure is key.

Split up your text into 2-3 easy to read paragraphs.

The first paragraph should be the most important one—journalists might copy-paste only that part when writing about you. It should give a good picture of who you are as an artist, what kind of music you play and your top achievements (shows, releases, collaborations).

Go more in depth in the second paragraph. Give some background. But no need to go too far back either… “Sandra became a music lover at age 9 when she first heard the Beatles…” That’s unnecessary!

The last paragraph should be about what you’re currently working on.

Once you have that, rewrite three versions of your music bio:

  • The ‘Tweet’ version (one-liner)
  • The short one paragraph version (150-200 words)
  • The longer 3 paragraph version (max 300-400 words)

Do it With Style

Even if you aren’t an international touring artist, find the thing that makes you special and focus on that.

Don’t over-embellish or distort the truth. Even if you aren’t an international touring artist, find the thing that makes you special and focus on that. You don’t need to have a won Grammy to write an interesting bio.

Don’t name drop too much. You’ve opened or played with famous artists? Name 1-2, those that matter the most and best match your stylistic affinities. Even better: describe your musical aesthetic without falling back on other artists.

Hot Tip : Train yourself to become specific at describing music and sound by reading a lot of good music journalism—for example The Quietus , The Wire or the book How to Write About Music . Also read record descriptions on online stores like Beatport , Hardwax , Bleep or Boomkat . You’re a music fan anyways, so it’ll be fun!

Get a few writer friends to thoroughly  spellcheck and edit your bio. The spellcheck again!

If it makes sense for the kind of music and scenes you’re involved in, add some humour. If it doesn’t fit the music, abstain yourself.

Consider translating your bio into 1-2 other languages by natives or professional translators. A background in music will help—music genres have a lot of quirks that not all translators will get. Choose wisely!

Think of what audience and countries your music is reaching. When you release with LANDR , check your dashboard to see where your music is streaming the most. Translate your bio into the languages of the top 3 countries.

Keep it Fresh

Don’t forget to update your music bio often—take a pass at it every month or so. Edit it based on new accomplishments, releases, shows and projects.

4. Tips From People Who Read Hundreds of Artist Bios

We asked some industry professionals to give us their best tips for writing music bios. Take notes!

PATTI SCHMIDT — festival curator and radio personality

Patti Schmidt is a curator for the world-renowned MUTEK festival . She writes most of the bios on their website. She also has over two decades of experience writing for radio—everything from short blurbs to 10-page artist profiles.

Patti’s DOs

When I’m reading artist bios, I’m always looking for a conceptualization of the artist . I like a little bit of background: Where did you start? What was the revelatory entry point into creating or producing?

Think about your audience—who is the bio for? Make several versions for several audiences: for the public on your social media, for festival submissions, for the press.

Think about your audience—who is the bio for? Make several versions for several audiences.

Think about the experience you offer as an artist. The bio should make people excited to come see your shows.

I’m always trying to get people interested in something they don’t know they might like. So I’m searching for that nugget, that thing that conveys what is touching or interesting about an artist. I want people to come see it.

Describe your aesthetic with attention to precision and what is unique about you.

When it comes to music, you’re trying to create entry points—especially if you’re an experimental artist. This is a big point of debate, because some artists think that their art should stand on its own. But that doesn’t help me! My business has always been to convey. It’s not about dumbing it down, but creating access points .

Patti’s DON’Ts

Avoid a long list of releases and reviews. The music bio should not seem like a series of record reviews or lists. Mentioning recorded work can be helpful in understanding an artist, but it’s just one component to use judiciously.

Stay away from comparisons to other artists—treat yourself as a unique artist.

Avoid passive sentences . Use the active voice —where the subject of your sentence performs the verb. For example:

  • Passive voice : Boundaries get pushed by Aurora Halal’s music, which mesmerizes in a bold quest for both experimentation and intimacy.
  • Active voice : Aurora Halal’s music pushes boundaries and mesmerizes in a bold quest for both experimentation and intimacy.

Avoid boilerplate genre identifications. ‘Electronic’ is much too broad. Even ‘techno’ could use more specifics. Is it hypnotic, dreamy, dark or inspired by 90s Detroit?

CHRISTINE KAKAIRE — music journalist and editor

Christine Kakaire is a music journalist, editor, copywriter, curator and radio host. She writes for all the biggest names in music journalism—Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, Ableton, Google Play, Berlin Community Radio and Electronic Beats.

Christine’s DOs

Shorter is better. If you’ve been making music for multiple decades then take up more space—if not, 300 words is more than sufficient.

Cover your top 4-5 achievements you are the proudest of.

Include descriptions of your music and sound in your own words. This makes your bio more personal.

If someone is reading your bio in full, it’s because they already have an interest in you—let the music do the selling for you.

This is a functional piece of text geared towards media, bookers and promoters. Journalists will most likely just cut and paste the first couple of paragraphs… so front load the first paragraph with a brief overview of your most recent stuff and talk about historical stuff later.

If you’re writing it yourself, get another person to check it before you publish.

If your music bio is being written in a language that isn’t your native tongue, ask a native speaker to check the grammar.


Christine’s DON’Ts

If you’ve been active as an artist for a while, no need to include every single gig, remix, track, release, review from your entire career. A music bio should be a highlight reel, not a longhand version of your Discogs profile.

Of course, your bio should be positive, but avoid filling it with over-the-top adjectives. Substance always beats style. If you’re not sure, err on the side of toning it down.

A music bio should be a highlight reel, not a longhand version of your Discogs profile.

Don’t open with “John’s love of music started when he heard X band on the radio for the first time…” 99% of bios have a similar opening sentence.

Avoid long laundry lists of names, venues, record labels or festivals within sentences. Most readers will lose interest by the 4th or 5th name, so only include the most relevant ones.

Never skip the spell check. Check and double check that all proper nouns (names of people, record labels, magazines etc.) are spelled and formatted correctly.

CHRISTOPHER CARGNELLO — composer and songwriter

Christopher Cargnello is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He’s toured the world, written music for TV and topped the Quebec charts with his band Skinny Bros. He’s also been hired to write multiple bios for other artists.

Christopher’s DOs

Focus on career achievements more than telling your backstory.

Know (and use) correct lingo. It looks bad when a musician gets these terms wrong in their bio. It also looks awkward when an up-and-coming artist writes that they “performed with” a really big act when in fact they just performed at the same festival–maybe even on the same stage, but much earlier in the day.

Here are some terminology tips:

  • “ Shared the stage with ” means you were an opening act. Usually in a one-off situation (as opposed to touring with someone as their opening act).
  • “ Performed with ” means you were on stage with that artist while they performed, usually in their band, or as a featured performer during their show.
  • “ Compose ” usually means you wrote the instrumental portion of a song.
  • “ Write ” usually means that you wrote the lyrics.
  • If you’re speaking about hip hop and electronic music, “ produce ” means you were essentially the “beat-maker”—the person who created the instrumental track. But if you’re speaking about country, folk, rock, or other kinds of more organic music, “produce” means you were the record producer —more of a creative manager during a recording session.
  • Nowadays the term “ composer ” generally refers to someone who writes music for TV and film.
  • The term “ songwriter ” generally refers to someone who writes pop songs that contain lyrics and instrumental accompaniment.

Be ready to edit the shit out of your bio. Especially if you have lots of achievements. Shorten or remove some facts to make space for others.

When the list gets too long—especially with touring locations—lump them together in geographic regions. If you had gigs in the United States, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand… just say that you “toured across the United States, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.”

Mention something that you are currently doing! Even if you don’t have much going on at the moment, it’s better to say “Max is currently working on new, original material” than to say nothing at all.

Christopher’s DON’Ts

Don’t write bios that are too long. If it’s for an award ceremony or a festival website, give them 1-2 paragraphs, less than 200 words. If it’s for industry people, get everything into 3-4 paragraphs—under 400 words.

You want your music bio to be compelling. Rely on interesting and impressive facts, not clever wording, to make up the bulk of your bio.

A small number of achievements written in a factual, confident manner reads way better than a bloated list of hyperboles.

Don’t try to stretch an inch into a mile and make it sound like you’ve toured the world and recorded with every important person over the past decade. A small number of achievements written in a factual, confident manner reads way better than a bloated list of hyperboles.

Don’t write every single festival you’ve played at. It’s better to only mention a few. For example: “Camille is a true veteran of the Canadian festival circuit, having performed at dozens from coast to coast, including Halifax Jazz Fest, Francofolies in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver Folk Fests.”

5. Where to Put Your Music Bio

Now that you have a killer bio it’s time to make sure it hits home.

Here are the places you should put it:

  • Your artist website and/or electronic press kit (EPK)
  • Your social media profiles (Facebook, Resident Advisor, Instagram, etc.)
  • Your streaming profiles ( SoundCloud , Mixcloud , Bandcamp , YouTube , Spotify *, Apple Music *, etc.)

*You may need to request access or get verified to edit these.

Don’t forget to make sure you keep it updated!

6. Get Inspired

If you’re still having trouble, read some good music bios to get inspired.

Pay close attention to what’s included in each bio and how it’s written (style, grammar, etc.). Does it make you want to listen to an artist’s music? Does the tone fit the artist’s image and music? That’s what you should aim for.

Here are some places to look for great music bios:

  • MUTEK festival
  • Primavera Sound
  • Lapsus Festival
  • True Panther

Your Bio is Key

Writing a drum-tight music bio is the key component of a good music promotion campaign.

Your bio is the tool that will get journalists, festival-goers and future fans intrigued by you. It’s the way you represent your image and music to the world before they even press play.

Words have power—the power to get more people to come see your show and listen to your music.

Remember to make your music bio unique, keep it short and spell check!

Thanks to Patti Schmidt, Christine Kakaire , Christopher Cargnello ,  Sarah Lamb , Dave Vega , , Ruth Grader , Lowebrau , Grey People , Bruno Belluomini and Volvox for their precious contribution to this article.

Leticia Trandafir

Leticia is a lover of acid basslines and hypnotic techno. She DJs and produces under the name softcoresoft. Writer at LANDR.

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10 Best Music Artist Bio Examples

As a music artist trying to move forward in your career, writing your bio may be just one of the more difficult things to do.

Following your passion and creating music may be easier for some compared to others, but how can you convey that passion to the world?

Why Is Your Music Artist Bio Important?

Your music artist bio tells a lot about you, and it is important for you to get it right. It will help people figure out who you are, what you do, and where you come from.

More importantly, it helps people understand you . Music is a type of art, and like all art, the artist’s story and background will have a big influence on the type of art they create.

To better understand your music, fans need to be able to understand what is driving you, what your passions are, and what your outlook on life is.

That’s why telling stories in your bio can be so powerful. More on that later, however.

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Your bio helps people understand why they should care about you and what is special about your music.

Is it your style — are you a pioneer who combines different genres to produce something unique? Is it the things you sing about (love, romance, etc.), or is it the beautiful voice you have?

Your artist bio will help drive your promotional efforts. You will need one for your PR campaigns, outreach campaigns, and more.

When you get listed on sites or directories listing various musicians, or when you get your songs listed on an on-demand streaming site such as Spotify , you will also need to have a bio so people who stumble on your music can figure out what you are all about.

What Your Bio Needs To Have

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Every music artist’s bio should contain a few things. First, it should contain some sort of storyline.

You don’t have to write paragraph upon paragraph about your life. You don’t want to draw the story out too much, as that will take the spotlight away from your achievements, and people may become distracted.

Your storyline might be a single line or even the opening phrase of your first sentence. Remember, storytelling is about painting a picture in people’s minds and bringing out certain emotions.

Your story should reflect upon your personality and struggles, if you have any. It can detail your journey in the music world and how you broke onto the scene, or how you were influenced by the greats from an early age.

Don’t be afraid to point out what makes you unique in your story. It might be an early influence in your life, a famous singer you collaborated with who taught you a lot, something you struggle with personally, or anything else.

Of course, your music bio also needs to list your achievements. Talk about any hit pieces you put out that are popular.

Mention awards you have won, bands or artists you have played alongside, musicians you have toured with, and any other achievement you think will reflect positively on your career.

So, here’s a short template of how your bio might look:

Start off with a storyline, as mentioned before. It can be a phrase, sentence, or an entire paragraph.

You can talk about your childhood, influences, struggles, or career journey.

Then, move on to the music you play now. Talk about the music you produce, the genre you like, some of the songs you have put out, and so on.

Move on to some major accomplishments — while you don’t have to list every award you won or make your awards the bulk of your bio, you should mention some accomplishments to back up your credibility. Not everyone will know what each award is all about, and they might gloss over this section, but it adds credibility nonetheless.

Accomplishments aren’t limited to awards. You could be ranked at the top of a list by a famous music blog or have your song used as the soundtrack of some movie.

Finally, end with your plans for the future and with a note on where you see your career heading going forward. Make sure to allude to the fact that there is a lot more to come.

8 Tips For Writing A Great Music Bio

1. write in third person.

Always use the third person for a music artist bio. Write about he, she, or they; not “I.”

That is the standard for music artist bios.

2. Write Your First Paragraph Carefully

Your first paragraph is the most important, as you can use it to draw people in. One way to draw people in is to start with a storyline, as I talked about before.

Remember that many journalists, when talking about your bio, will just copy and paste the first paragraph.

3. Write Different Bio Versions

The length of your bio and what type of content it will contain will differ based on the platform you are using it on. Here are some different types of bio versions you can write:

  • The main version: This is your default bio. It should contain at least a few paragraphs and all the things I mentioned above when talking about what your music artist bio should contain. You will use this bio version on your own site, on streaming services such as Spotify , and on databases such as AllMusic.
  • The short version: This version should be only a paragraph long. It should be a shortened version of your main version. Make a list of the most important achievements and accomplishments in your main bio, and choose 1-3 to mention in your shorter version. Start off with a storyline, but make it concise.
  • The social media version: This version will be the shortest. It should only be a few sentences long and should fit into an Instagram bio or Twitter bio . You can use it in your Instagram bio, tweets, and on your other social media profiles.

4. Describe Your Mission

Instead of just talking about what you do, talk about why you do it. What are your values, and what is your mission?

What is driving you behind the scenes? Not all bios talk about this, but it can be a powerful addition to any bio.

This doesn’t have to be limited to music. You can talk about other charity work you do, but try to find a way to tie it into your music.

For example, if you release music in the Christian religious music genre, you can talk about charity organizations you collaborate with. You may even be donating a portion of your proceeds to a particular charity.

5. Use A Strong And Powerful Tone Of Voice

Be direct and to the point. Use the active voice instead of the passive voice in your bio.

6. Always Update Your Bio

Don’t write a bio once and then forget about it. You should always be updating your bio as your career moves ahead.

While you don’t want to change the entire layout and outline of your bio too often, you can keep the outline but edit the accomplishments and awards, for example, as you get new awards and release new songs.

Your vision and goals may also change. Let your bio reflect that.

7. Learn From The Greats

Never copy another musician’s bio; that will eventually come out, as fans and critics will see that you plagiarized.

However, you can learn and draw inspiration from other artists, including artists in your niche or those who have similar backstories.

Always look at the layout of their bios. What do they talk about?

Do they mention their personal story or family? Do they talk about their awards, and if so, which ones?

What tone of voice do they use — it is relaxed or more forceful? How do they tie in their personal stories or life beliefs to the genre they are in or the music they release?

There are a lot of places you can find bios to analyze. One method is to simply look on Google for the top artists in your genre, and then search for each artist’s personal website.

The most famous artists, like Snoop Dogg, may or may not have a bio on their personal websites, as they are already household names. However, they may still have bios on other sites.

Anyway, you want to see how smaller time music artists write their bios.

Another way to find music artist bios is to look on Spotify. Each artist will have a bio at the bottom of their profile page, under their most popular releases.

You can find popular artists in any niche on Spotify by simply looking for the top hits in any genre.

Finally, you can view bios on record label sites or on music directory websites like All Music.

8. Have Fun

Don’t be too stressed out about it. Relax and let your personality shine through your bio .

Remember, you can always tweak your bio later; you are not forced to stay with what you write the first time.

Here, I’m going to go over 10 music artist bio examples from real musicians. Some of these musicians are more well known than others, and they come from all different types of genres: rock, country, psychedelic, hip hop, Latin, metal, and more.

I’ll talk about what makes their bios unique as well.

1. Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie is a metal artist with an interesting history. Here’s the first paragraph of his Spotify bio:

“The longtime frontman for industrial metal superstars, Rob Zombie was born Robert Bartleh Cummings on January 12, 1966, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, forming the group soon after moving to New York City circa 1985. He subsequently worked as a bike messenger, porn magazine art director, and production assistant for the classic children’s TV series Pee Wee’s Playhouse, concurrently leading through a series of cult-favorite indie releases; the success of their 1992 major-label debut, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, not only launched Zombie to new prominence within the music industry, but also allowed him to try his hand at animation (most notably a hallucinatory sequence of the feature film Beavis & Butt-Head Do America) and directing (he was slated to helm the third chapter of The Crow franchise, working from his own screenplay, but Miramax Films eventually pulled out of the deal).”

It’s quite a story! It starts off with a powerful note: “The longtime frontman for industrial metal superstars.”

Often, the hardest part of your bio will be the opening sentence. Don’t go with something boring — be unique.

You also don’t want to be too extravagant in your opening line (for example, saying that Rob is a “metal superstar” himself might have been too much of a stretch).

It then goes on to detail the way he rose to fame. It wasn’t an easy journey; being a bike messenger is pretty difficult, but that didn’t stop Rob — his bio subtly demonstrates how hardworking and determined he is.

The part about being a porn magazine art director is a nice touch, considering the genre we are talking about (heavy metal).

Finally, it acknowledges that things haven’t always worked out the way he wanted (Miramax pulled out of a deal), but he forged ahead nonetheless.

2. Carly Pearce

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Carly Pearce is an American classical music artist who combines traditional classical music with modern, pop-classical music. Here’s how her Spotify bio starts off:

“Fiercely rooted in the classics, the girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood has grown into a woman who embraces the genre’s forward progression and is confident in what she wants to say. Lighting a fire with her debut album EVERY LITTLE THING and the PLATINUM-certified history-making title track, Carly has since become “Country’s ‘it’ girl” (ABC Radio), touring alongside Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, and Luke Bryan.”

The bio starts off with a strong point (“ fiercely rooted in the classics” ) and goes on to describe how her music career and style evolved.

It then goes on to add some social proof: singers she has toured with and awards she has won.

Mentioning that she started her career at a young age is important, as it shows that she has more experience and that her career has had a chance to evolve until she found her own unique music genre style.

Notice how her storyline is just one sentence long. However, that sentence says a lot about her and was written carefully.

3. Amy Grant

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Amy Grant is a famous Christian singer. She’s from Nashville, but she is well-liked all across the United States.

Here’s the first half of her bio:

“Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name.”

It’s a pretty well-written bio. It uses strong words such as “potent” and “crossover sensation” and then goes on to mention her various awards and philanthropy — the latter being particularly relevant given the type of music she produces (religious music).

4. Steve Cropper

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Steve Cropper is Stax Records’ house guitarist, focusing on blues, country, and related music genres. Let’s have a quick look at how his bio starts off:

“If Yankee Stadium is “the house that Babe Ruth built,” Stax Records is “the house that Booker T. and the MG’s built.” Integral to that potent combination is MG rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Steve Cropper. As a guitarist, A & R man, engineer, producer, songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and a dozen others and founding member of both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Cropper was literally involved in virtually every record issued by Stax from the fall of 1961 through year end 1970. Such credits assure Cropper of an honored place in the soul music hall of fame. As co-writer of (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Knock On Wood and In The Midnight Hour, Cropper is in line for immortality.”

What makes this bio powerful is the analogy. First, it links him to Stax Records; while not everyone will have heard of Steve Cropper the man, many will have heard of Stax or Booker T. & The M.G.s, Stax Records’ house band.

It then compares Stax to Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth and states that Cropper was “integral” to the “potent combination” that made up Stax and Booker T. & The M.G.s. Mentioning Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth links Steve to fame and celebrity.

5. Chung Ha

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Chung Ha is a popular Korean singer. Her bio has a few strong points, which I will point out here:

“Taking the Korean popular music industry by storm, she made six consecutive hits from her debut single, “Why Don’t You Know,” followed by… pre-release #1 “Stay Tonight” from her first official studio album.

Not only does she give fantastic performances that captivate the viewers, but she has a pure and beautiful voice that suits all kinds of music genres such as dance ballads. And this placed her at the top of the list of artists that other artists want to invite to feature in their music.

CHUNG HA has already collaborated with various artists including Wheesung…

Moreover, she is active in various areas such as participating in the original soundtracks of many popular TV dramas and releasing a song for MNH Entertainment’s music project, “New.wav.”

Remember, when reading an artist’s bio, readers will want to see what’s in it for them. While your awards may impress some, many casual listeners don’t know enough about what a particular award is, what people need to do to qualify for such an award, and how significant that award is (how many people actually get it).

This bio mentions her “pure and beautiful voice” and mentions how she has collaborated with many other artists that at least some readers will love. It also mentions her other projects, such as soundtracks she helped create for popular TV dramas — remember, your music bio doesn’t have to be only about your albums.

6. MishCatt

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MishCatt, or Michelle Gonzales, is a Costa Rican singer based in LA. Her bio is pretty intriguing — here is how it starts off:

“MishCatt– born Michelle Gonzalez – is a Costa Rican born, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter who is blessed with synesthesia, a unique condition where when one sense is activated, another kicks in at the same time. When she hears music, she sees colors and shapes. Born to a musician family, her father was a jazz pianist and commercial jingle writer and her mom was a singer and actress. While she was clearly influenced by her father’s jazzier tastes, including artists like Nat “King” Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, MishCatt’s mom imparted her obsession with 80’s pop music as well. She started writing songs at 12 and soon realized that her natural facility for languages translated to singing songs not only in English and her native Spanish, but also in French, Portuguese and Italian.”

If you’re like me, you’ve never heard of synesthesia before. In fact, you might be wondering if it’s a real thing or whether it’s a made-up syndrome.

It is, however, a real neurological condition, and it causes people to experience two senses from one stimulating cause at the same time. You might see something instead of just hearing or smelling it; in MishCatt’s case, she sees colors and shapes when she hears music.

It’s not a very common condition, but it’s pretty interesting. In the case of MishCatt, her bio points to it as a blessing and a strength.

It makes her more creative and artistic and sets her apart from other singers and songwriters, almost all of which do not experience music the same way she does.

It also explains how she was exposed to music at a young age, with both her father and her mother being musical artists and professionals (that’s her background). Pointing out that she can sing songs in various languages other than her native language shows how talented she is as well.

7. Gregory Porter

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Gregory Porter is an American jazz musician who has twice won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

“One of eight siblings raised by a minister mother in Bakersfield, California, Gregory Porter found his voice both by singing in church and by studying her Nat King Cole records at home. Though Cole’s talent, wisdom, and poise made him something of a surrogate father to a musically gifted boy who lived in his own head, it was a football scholarship that eventually carried Porter from California’s Central Valley to San Diego State University. An injury derailed his athletic career, but he found a mentor in producer Kamau Kenyatta, who has worked with Porter ever since. After college, Porter moved to New York to work the kitchen in his brother’s Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn cafe by day, and jazz clubs by night.”

Again, what you can see here is a powerful story. Being one of eight siblings isn’t easy, but Gregory got involved in music at a young age.

The bio talks about how he struggled to find a voice for his musical talent, something that is alluded to when talking about how his talent and wisdom made him a “surrogate father” to the musically gifted boy who lived in his own head.

It goes on to detail how he left athletic sports for music and played as a musician in iconic New York cafes and bars until he ended up receiving various Grammy Awards (that comes later in the bio). All in all, it’s a powerful story that is told well and paints an image of a talented, hard-working, courageous individual.

8. Nancy Ajram

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Nancy Ajram is a popular Lebanese singer. While her songs are mostly in Arabic, they are still popular around the world for their catchy tunes.

Her music videos also tell potent stories, and they are popular around the world as well. Here’s how her biogeography starts off:

“Nancy Nabil Ajram is a multi-platinum Lebanese singer and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

By 2007, Ajram had sold over 2 million records ranking 3rd best-selling female artist in Lebanese history.

She has released seven studio albums to date and appeared in numerous music videos and commercials.

She participated in the most significant Arabic festivals and won multiple awards, most importantly the 2008 World Music Award of best-selling Middle Eastern artist, the youngest Arab WMA winner to date, 2012 WMA for the second time and 2014 WMA for the third time.

Nancy Ajram is the first and only female sponsor and spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Middle East and Arab world.

Considered by many as an Arabic music icon of the decade, Nancy was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.”

It’s simple but to the point. Before getting to the awards she has won, her bio states that she was ranked as the third best-selling artist in Lebanese history.

While readers might not know enough about individual awards, if you were ranked at the top of a specific list, consider adding that to your bio, as it adds a lot of credibility and authority (make sure readers from all backgrounds can understand what the list is about).

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Becky G is a popular Latin singer, who became famous for some viral hit pieces she did in collaboration with other popular Latin singers such as Bad Bunny.

Although she has produced songs in both English and Spanish, it is her Spanish language songs that are the most popular, not only in Spanish-speaking countries but in the United States as well.

“Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Becky G was born for the spotlight and her multifaceted career is shaping up to be nothing short of iconic. The 24-year-old global superstar’s achievements include two number one hits on the Billboard Latin Airplay Charts (“Mayores” & “Sin Pijama”), a starring role in “Power Rangers,” and guest-starring in Fox TV’s Emmy-winning “Empire” series.

She has toured alongside Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, J Balvin, Fifth Harmony, and Jason Derulo and has recorded collabs with Daddy Yankee, Maluma, Anitta, Natti Natasha, ZAYN, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Pitbull, and CNCO, among others.

Becky won the first-ever American Music Award for Favorite Latin Female Artist (2020) and the E! People’s Choice Award for The Latin Artist of 2020.”

I really like how her bio hints that the best of her career is yet to come ( “is shaping up to be nothing short of iconic” ). In other words, she still has a long way to go, even though she is already a popular superstar.

It goes on to list some of her top songs and some of the famous singers she has collaborated with, such as J Balvin, Katy Perry, Demo Lovato, Bad Bunny, Pitbull, and Maluma.

10. Roky Erickson

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Roky Erickson, who passed away in 2019, was often considered the pioneer of psychedelic rock. He was one of the founding members of the popular psychedelic rock band, 13th Floor Elevators.

His bio starts off by comparing him to Syd Barrett. Syd Barrett was a founding member of Pink Floyd, a British rock and psychedelic band that was popular throughout the 60s, 70s, and to this day.

“Like Syd Barrett, a common point of reference, Roky Erickson rose to cult-hero status as much for his music as for his tragic personal life; in light of his legendary bouts with madness and mythic drug abuse, the influence exerted by his garage-bred psychedelia was often lost in the shuffle.”

The storyline here is very powerful. It’s a gritty one; it’s not all sunshine and roses, but that didn’t stop Roky from achieving “cult hero status.”

The bio is very open about his struggles with drug abuse.

However, that won’t fit in every genre. Mentioning such struggles in the psychedelic rock genre is okay because it actually enhances his story and perhaps the image of him being a “cult hero”; many outlaws and counter-culture singers had such struggles.

In another genre, it might not be something you would want to mention.

Wrapping It Up

So, there you have it — 10 great music artist bio examples. While there are many other bios that are amazing as well, I couldn’t fit all of them into this article.

The point here, again, is to take inspiration from these artists when writing your own bio. Don’t copy, but do learn what makes a bio good by analyzing the bios of famous artists.

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Musician bio: how to write a good bio to promote your music .

How to write a good biography to promote your music?

As an artist , writing a musician bio for yourself or your musical group should be the first step you focus on in order to effectively promote your music . It is a genuine prerequisite, as it is the first descriptive link between you, media outlets , and your audience; the bio is often difficult to write – and sometimes can be difficult to read, if not written with care!

Here are a few tips to write a good music bio as an artist :

1. What is a good bio for a musician?

A musician’s bio is a crucial aspect of their promotional materials, providing a concise yet informative overview of their background, accomplishments , and artistic journey. Crafting a good artist bio involves capturing the essence of their musicality and personality while showcasing highlights of their career.

2. What information should be included in a musician bio?

We recommend that you include a few essential elements in your music bio:

  • Where you/your group originated from
  • The general music style/genre you play (with potentially other sub-types for more precision)
  • The names and roles of the artists/musicians
  • When the band was formed (incl. number of albums released)
  • Important news (e.g. concerts, an upcoming release party, EP/album releases, music videos)

It can be wise to quote music journalists , especially when they are highlighting distinctive aspects and qualities of your artistic universe.

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3. How long should a musician bio be?

The more concise and effective you can be, the better. Many media outlets are inundated with emails and demo submissions. They want to focus on what’s essential: listening to your music . It is therefore better to add ten short, effective sentences about your artist background and music than a drawn-out essay of credentials or musings.

A short and factual music bio shows an immediate sincerity that can be more convincing to music industry professionals than one that’s all over the place. Putting your streaming links before your bio when contacting professionals can also help demonstrate that you’re leading with your music rather than just your personality .

4. Example of a good musician bio

Biography of the artist Metò - Example of a good musician bio

5. Mention influences and references wisely

Mentioning who has influenced you is a great way for others to understand who you are and where your musical roots lie. In supplying musical references, it is always better to focus on  2 or 3 artists who are very close to you (independent of whether they’re well-known) than to create a never-ending list of musicians you love. Music professionals are more likely to remember you, and better understand what your vision is, if you limit your bio to containing just a few names .

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6. Avoid writing mistakes

A music bio is often addressed to media outlets or journalists — people whose daily work is to write! Thus, they know when time and care has been put into a bio.

A well-written music bio can be a good way to keep your audience engaged, and show that you’re willing to put effort into something that will help your career. If you feel confident in your writing, you can certainly write it yourself, as that will bring more of your character and personality to the bio (if this is the route you take, we still recommend asking at least one other person to review it). However, if writing isn’t your strong suit, you can always enlist the help of others to write it. In this case, you’ll want to provide them with all the key info listed above, and you’ll want to re-read the bio when they finish writing it to make sure it’s still reflective of you and your musical endeavors.

7. Avoid writing a Marcel Proust novel

A music bio should be easy-to-read. You don’t need to pepper your bio with words like ‘elegiac’, ‘ethereal’ or ‘oneiric’ — words strangely now more common in artists’ biographies than in 19th century French romantic poetry. Instead, try getting straight to the point. Introduce yourself/your group and background, highlight your key info and news , and mention past and future concerts and album releases . If you do this in a concise and effective manner, and enlist at least one other person in the review process, you’ll likely have a solid bio .

8. What are some tips for writing a killer music bio?

Some tips for writing a killer music bio are to take the short version of your bio and add social proof, show humor if appropriate, use concise language, tell your artist story authentically, and focus on what makes your music unique and special.

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How To Write A Great Musician Bio By Yourself [With Examples]

How To Write A Great Musician Bio By Yourself

In an ideal world, you would get a professional to help you with this. But hiring a writer can be pricey. And, if you’re just getting your start in music, you probably don’t have much money.

I understand. I’ve been in your shoes.

Early on in my music career, I once had my sister write my bio. Not necessarily because she was the best candidate to write it, but because I felt an outside perspective might be helpful. I also wanted to enlist the help of family, friends and fans to further my career.

Getting help is not a bad idea. But if you get your 14-year-old cousin who spends all his time in a basement staring at a computer to write your bio, you might end up regretting that decision because you will probably have to rewrite and edit it yourself when all is said and done.

It’s altogether too easy to end up with a crappy bio. So, my commitment to you is to help you understand what makes a good bio and what doesn’t. I want to set you up to win.

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Your Music Bio Is Not A Long List Of Credentials

Great. You were a finalist at such and such contest. You played at XYZ festival. You shared the stage with Gene Simmons. You got a bit of radio airplay from that station down the street.

If I was a publicist or media person looking to cover you in a blog or magazine feature, I would be horrified to find your bio read like a long list of credentials. Even as an event organizer, I would be at a loss as to how to promote you.

Why? Because I wouldn’t be able to tell a story .

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying your credentials shouldn’t be a part of your bio. They can lend credibility to your name and boost your profile. If you can get Jay-Z to write a great quote for you, go for it!

But don’t make your bio read like a resume. You can always create a section under your bio called “Career Highlights” or something like that and share your accomplishments in point form. First and foremost, your bio should tell a story. About you.

Recognize that your bio isn’t for you. It’s for your fans, event organizers, venue owners and media people. It’s a tough balancing act, but there is a way to satisfy everyone.

I have an example of an artist whose bio reads like a list of credentials. But I’m not going to link to his site. I’m also going to blur out his name to protect his anonymity. Still, it’s a good example of what not to do , so I’m going to show you. This is not a bio. It is a resume .

Your Bio Is Not A Long List Of Credentials

Your Bio Is A Story

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It should be a compelling story .

Your bio should be full of interesting and compelling facts. If your band is made up entirely of brothers and cousins, mention that! If you were a carny for a few years before you discovered your love of music, mention that! If you went on a trip across the country on a train in search of yourself and ended up reuniting with your long-lost songwriting partner, mention that!

I’m not going to point to my bio as a shining example of what and what not to do, but people who’ve read it have generally been impressed. I’m not surprised by that, because I concentrated on just the highlights in my life – the critical events and turning points that shaped who I am, especially as a musician.

In my bio, I talk about:

  • Growing up in Japan, and how I came to love manga, video games, artwork, and J-pop.
  • How my dad passed away in a motorcycle crash when I was 13.
  • How one of my dad’s colleagues ended up coming all the way to Canada from Japan to give me her deceased son’s guitar.
  • Learning to play the guitar at 17.
  • Recording and releasing my first solo album in 2006.

So, when I say you should tell a story, I’m not saying you should tell your life story. Please focus on the most interesting bits and don’t be afraid to dramatize a bit.

Now, I’m going to show you an example of a bio that tells a great story – Christian rocker Lincoln Brewster’s bio .

To be honest, I hate how the bio begins:

For as long as he can remember, music has been an integral part of Lincoln Brewster’s life.

I’m sure that’s not unique to Lincoln. There are a lot of musicians that could say that! But then, at the end of the first paragraph, it gets into the meat of the story:

[Music] was a refuge for Lincoln and his mom in a home plagued by substance abuse and domestic violence.

Whoa. Now I’m drawn in.

His bio goes onto tell the story of how his mom went through a painful divorce, forcing his family to relocate in California . It also highlights his work with Journey singer Steve Perry.

Overall, Lincoln’s bio is simple, to the point, and engaging. It’s not overly long either. That’s what you want. If a media person was interested in covering you, this is what they’d be looking for.

Your Bio Is A Story

Gather Relevant Quotes & Testimonials

So, you probably aren’t a household name yet.

And, that’s perfectly fine. But that means you could use a bit of a credibility boost.

Now, the same thing that applies to credentials also applies to quotes – you can easily insert too many into your bio, making it completely unreadable.

A big collection of quotes is about as bad as a big list of credentials. Why? Because, again, they don’t tell a story. And, even if they do, it won’t be a cohesive story.

But used sparingly, they can enhance your bio and bring it to life.

I love Helen Austin’s bio. It’s the perfect mix of story, credentials, and quotes.

It begins like this:

After years of writing songs while making a living as a musical stand-up comedian, Helen Austin’s move to Canada in 2002 was the catalyst for her music career.

Perfect. I’m drawn in immediately.

Then, the second paragraph establishes the kind of artist she is while also drawing attention to the things she’s accomplished:

15 years and six albums later, Helen is a prolific songwriter with over 70 TV, movie and ad placements, awards and competition wins under belt including a JUNO, a Canadian Folk Music Award and the top John Lennon Songwriting Contest Prize of Song of the Year.

Again, perfect. It doesn’t drone on and on about what she’s accomplished. It nicely summarizes the most important points of her career in just one paragraph.

Then, you’ll find a couple of quotes that add to the bio and Helen’s credibility. These quotes come from Indie Music Review Magazine and I Am Entertainment Magazine.

Gather Relevant Quotes & Testimonials

Now, it doesn’t matter whether we've heard of these publications. The only thing that matters is that these quotes add to the bio.

Sometimes quotes are better left out than in. I’ll talk more about editing in a moment, but testimonials can sometimes kill the flow of the bio or not add anything to it.

Something general, like “the sounds coming from this band are truly inspiring” or “the best music I’ve ever heard” may stroke your ego but do nothing to explain who you are or what you sound like. Save these quotes for your press or testimonials page.

The point is that quotes are not mandatory. But if they help tell the story, by all means, use them.

Edit Your Bio Mercilessly

Example of a good music bio

Once you’ve put the basic structure of your bio together, it’s time to start editing. This is the last piece of the puzzle, but it's one of the most important.

Your bio should be engaging. As I mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t tell your life story. You can save that for your memoirs or autobiography. What you want to do is identify and highlight the key moments that brought you to where you are.

Editing is an important process, no matter how good a writer you may think you are. When I write bios for artists, I help them create four assets:

  • A short bio.
  • A medium length bio.
  • A long bio.

It’s nice to have all four, because you’re going to need bios of varying lengths for different purposes. Places like Twitter and Bandcamp don’t leave enough room for you to post longer bios, right? So, if you only have one version of your bio, you’re going to have to edit it down at some point anyway.

Also keep in mind that if Lincoln Brewster only needs three paragraphs (three longer paragraphs to be fair) to relay his story, you don’t need much more than that either. Don’t get too long-winded.

While editing, you’re also going to want to look out for spelling, grammar, punctuation, tone and voice. You’re going to want to get rid of filler words like “that”, “really”, “actually”, “totally”, “a lot”, “a bit” and others where possible.

I know it may seem tedious. That’s why I say in an ideal scenario you would be working with a pro to get this done because it can get kind of technical. Even if you just hire someone to edit your bio after it’s been written, you could benefit from that. These are the kinds of things I’m aware of as a writer, but you may not be aware of as an artist. You may notice that the only time I’ve used the words “really” and “actually” in this guide is when I told you not to use them!

So, it’s okay to get all your thoughts down on paper upfront. But once you have it all in place, edit mercilessly. Determine exactly what needs to be said and what doesn’t need to be said. Remove extraneous words and sentences. Make your bio thoroughly engaging.

Always End With A Call To Action

Putting your musician website together with a bio

Why do I say that?

Because they don’t offer the reader any next steps.

To me, the best place to have a contact form is below your bio. If someone was reading it and interested in booking you or featuring you on their blog or publication, this is what they’d be looking for.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying they wouldn’t visit your contact page. But why leave it to chance?

If your name is Britney Spears, then disregard what I just said. But I’m relatively certain Britney is not reading this.

If you’re a household name, then you probably have tons of people coming to you wanting to work with you already. But if not, then you’re only sabotaging yourself by not including a clear call to action at the end of your bio.

Even if it’s just “have a listen to our latest single below”, you should give your readers something to do after perusing your bio.

How To Write A Great Musician Bio By Yourself, Final Thoughts

I’ve long held that the best bio is a “copy and paste” bio – a bio that media people can literally copy and paste into their article, blog post or document as need be. That’s how you know you’ve done a good job – your bio tells a good enough story that the media person doesn’t feel the need to go to work on it from scratch.

Pique the curiosity of the reader. Make them go, “wow”. Make them go, “I’d love to learn more about that”. Provide interviewers with potential talking points so they can dig deeper into your story with you.

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How to Write a Music Artist Biography: Crafting Your Story with Precision and Appeal

how to write music biography

Crafting a compelling music artist biography requires a thoughtful approach that balances personal storytelling with professionalism. An artist bio serves as an essential tool to introduce musicians to their audience, industry professionals, and the media.

It encapsulates the essence of the artist’s journey, showcasing their background, personality, and musical evolution .

This narrative must strike the right chord, offering a concise yet engaging summary of the artist’s career, including their early life, rise to stardom, and notable achievements.

The biography needs to provide more than just a list of facts—it should capture the reader’s imagination. The narrative should reflect the artist’s unique style and brand, weaving in key aspects of their public image and the connection they share with their fans.

Crucially, the bio must tailor its content to the intended audience, highlighting elements like the artist’s influence within their genre, the evolution of their sound, and their vision for future projects.

By combining these components effectively, the biography positions the artist within the larger music ecosystem, inviting readers to explore their work more deeply and solidifying their professional identity.

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Key Takeaways

  • An artist bio is a professional narrative that highlights an artist’s background, journey, and style.
  • The bio should balance personal anecdotes with career accomplishments to engage and inform readers.
  • Tailoring the bio to the intended audience helps position the artist in the music industry and fosters connections.

Early Life and Musical Beginnings

early life of music artist

The early life of a music artist often sets the stage for their future endeavors. Key elements such as family background, education, and initial exposure to music are pivotal in shaping an artist’s career. This section uncovers how artists’ beginnings and educational experiences contribute to their artistic development.

Influences and Inspirations

The family environment and cultural setting are critical in nurturing an artist’s early appreciation for music. Many artists attribute their passion for music to the influence of parents or relatives who either played instruments or had a profound love for music .

Education often plays a role, whether through formal musical training or self-taught practices. Exposure to iconic musicians and diverse genres forms a solid foundation for their musical identity and can spark the desire to pursue a career in music .

First Steps in Music

The first foray into music typically begins with the artist experimenting with various instruments or vocal styles, often during childhood or teenage years.

School programs, church choirs, and local music groups offer opportunities for the artist to perform and hone their skills . This phase is also characterized by the formation of early bands or collaborations with fellow aspiring musicians.

These initial experiences are invaluable, providing not only technical skills but also introducing the challenges and exhilarations of live performance.

Rise to Fame

rise to fame music artist

The path to fame for a music artist often hinges on two pivotal aspects: a breakout moment with a single or album, and the subsequent recognition by peers and critics.

Breakthrough Single/Album

The breakthrough single or album represents a defining moment in an artist’s career. It is often the result of a compelling mix of musical innovation and engaging content that resonates with the public.

For example, an artist might release an album that features a fusion of genres, demonstrating not only versatility but also a distinct style that captures the audience’s imagination.

Critical Acclaim and Achievements

Recognition comes in various forms, such as critical acclaim and accumulated awards which serve as milestones in an artist’s journey.

Achievements may include Grammy Awards , chart-topping sales , and glowing reviews from respected music critics. These accolades not only validate their music but also often act as a springboard to further opportunities and collaborations within the industry.

Musical Style and Genre

When crafting a music artist biography, articulating the musical style and genre is crucial as these define an artist’s core identity within the music landscape. This section distills the essence of the artist’s sound and the narrative behind any stylistic shifts they have experienced.

Defining Sound

An artist’s sound is a distinctive blend of vocal traits, instrumentation, rhythm, and other musical elements that collectively present their unique audio identity.

Describing one’s music involves pinpointing specific genres and stylistic influences that can resonate with the target audience. For instance, an artist might fuse jazz rhythms with folk instrumentation, creating a unique sound that features complex time signatures and acoustic storytelling.

Evolution of Style

Over time, artists often experience an evolution of style , shaped by personal growth, changes in musical trends, or technological advancements. Documenting this progression gives context to their current work and paints a picture of a dynamic career.

It’s not uncommon for a musician to start with a raw, gritty blues tone and gradually transition into a more polished pop-rock sound with sophisticated production values.

Career Highlights and Discography

music artist career highlight

In a music artist biography, detailing an artist’s key releases and notable collaborations underscores their success and artistic breadth.

This section maps out an artist’s journey, reflecting major milestones and the evolution of their sound through different works and partnerships.

Key Albums and Singles

Discography is the backbone of a music artist’s career. It generally begins with the artist’s debut album , which often sets the stage for their future work, featuring singles that may have charted on platforms like Billboard or gained significant airplay.

Following albums often showcase the artist’s growth, including their most acclaimed work —these may have received awards or critical praise, cementing the artist’s position in the industry.

  • Hit Single: “ Breakthrough Song ” (Chart Position)
  • Lead Single: “Sophomore Hit” (Awards/Accolades)

Notable Collaborations

Collaborations can play a significant role in an artist’s career by expanding their reach and showcasing versatility. They often include team-ups with other notable artists or producers, which can lead to groundbreaking tracks that combine different genres or styles.

These projects may also result in performances at high-profile events or contribute to the artist’s influence across different audiences.

  • Hit Collaboration: “Summer Anthem” feat. Famous Artist (Year)
  • Award-Winning Track: “Best Collaboration” with Renowned Producer (Year, Award Info)

Public Image and Branding

The public image and branding of an artist are critical elements in building a connection with their audience and standing out in the music industry. Both must be crafted thoughtfully to reflect the artist’s unique identity and music style, ensuring consistency across all platforms.

Media Appearances

Artists should carefully manage their media appearances to align with their brand identity . Whether it is interviews, live performances on television, or features in magazines, each appearance contributes to the public’s perception of the artist.

An artist’s profile should consistently communicate their image, using tailored messaging for different types of media to maintain a coherent narrative.

Social Media Engagement

Social media engagement is a powerful tool for artists to forge a personal bond with their followers. Regular, authentic interactions on platforms like Instagram or Twitter can reinforce an artist’s image and brand.

They should share their journey, celebrate milestones, and respond to fans to create a loyal community. Strategic content such as behind-the-scenes looks, teasers for new music, or personal stories can translate to increased visibility and resonance with their social media audience.

Live Performances and Touring

Crafting a music artist biography goes beyond studio achievements; live performances and touring are pivotal aspects that showcase an artist’s connection with fans and their on-stage charisma. These experiences often define their musical journey and solidify their place in the hearts of listeners.

Memorable Shows

Artists often have breakthrough performances that mark a significant turn in their careers. Detailing such memorable shows can illustrate their live appeal and audience impact.

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert or The Hollywood Bowl debut is the kind of notable event to feature, outlining the crowd’s energy and the artist’s electrifying presence.

Touring Stories

Touring stories carry the essence of an artist’s road experiences, from the tour bus camaraderie to the encore chants of fans in a packed arena. This section should cover highlight reel moments from tours, such as a sold-out international tour or a charity concert series . It should depict how touring shapes their musicianship and forges deeper connections with their audience.

Connection with Fans

Crafting a music artist biography with a strong focus on the connection with fans is an essential strategy for building a dedicated fan base. It’s not only about listing achievements but also about establishing a rapport and demonstrating social proof to show that the artist is both relatable and validated by their audience.

Fan Engagement

Effective fan engagement is the backbone of any artist’s relationship with their audience. Artists should update their biographies with anecdotes or quotes that show their appreciation for fans, creating a narrative that includes the fan’s role in their journey. Engaging content helps fans feel included and important to the artist’s story. Bullet points can be a great way to organize key engagement strategies:

  • Respond to fan comments on social media.
  • Share stories or content that gives insight into the artist’s life and values.
  • Post updates about upcoming projects or behind-the-scenes content to create anticipation.

Social Proof and Fan Base

The inclusion of social proof in an artist’s biography validates their success and impact in the industry. An artist’s fan base serves as a testament to their popularity and appeal. Here are concise methods to highlight social proof:

  • Mention notable collaborations, endorsements, or mentions from industry influencers.
  • Include statistics such as the number of followers, concert attendance, and music streaming numbers.
  • Showcase awards and recognitions received in recognition of their work.

Building a biography that emphasizes connection with fans ultimately solidifies an artist’s reputation and fosters a sense of community around their music.

The Artist’s Professional Bio

A music artist’s professional biography is a concise narrative that showcases their career achievements and musical identity. It often serves as a key component in an electronic press kit (EPK) and is beneficial for media, promoters, and fans.

Crafting a Compelling Bio

When writing a musician bio , it’s important to be concise yet informative. This bio should introduce the artist, detailing notable milestones, influences, and their unique attributes. It must reflect the musician’s personality, but also maintain a professional tone suitable for a press kit. The following structure can be considered:

  • Introduction : Begin with the artist’s name, genre, and a powerful statement about their music.
  • Background : Include information on how they started, their musical journey , and education.
  • Accomplishments : Highlight awards, notable performances , collaborations, and releases.
  • Musical Style : Describe the sound, influences, and any signature techniques or themes.
  • Current Work : Mention recent projects or upcoming plans.

Keep the bio up-to-date, and aim for around 200-300 words to ensure it’s comprehensive yet digestible.

Press Kit Essentials

The professional bio is often the centerpiece of a musician’s EPK (electronic press kit) or musician press kit . Alongside the bio, an EPK should include:

  • High-Resolution Photos : Professional images that portray the artist’s image.
  • Music Samples : Links to streaming platforms or files for listening to the artist’s work.
  • Contact Information : Clear details on how to get in touch for bookings or inquiries.
  • Press Coverage : Any articles, interviews, or reviews that have featured the artist.
  • Press Release : If available, a recent press release can be added to provide the latest news.

Remember, an EPK is an extension of the musician’s bio, providing a more in-depth look at their career — a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in their music.

Industry Relations and Future Endeavors

music artist future

A music artist biography not only reflects on past achievements but also casts a vision for future aspirations and potential collaborations. It’s an invaluable tool in fostering industry connections and communicating upcoming endeavors to fans and professionals alike.

Collaborations with Industry Professionals

Artists often enhance their industry presence through collaborations with established producers, songwriters, and fellow musicians . In their biographies, artists should detail notable partnerships and how these relationships have contributed to their growth.

Mentioning a cooperation with a renowned music producer can underscore an artist’s credibility, while collaborations on upcoming releases signal to the industry active involvement and relevance.

Upcoming Projects and Goals

Regarding plans, clearly articulated goals demonstrate drive and direction. Artists should outline anticipated releases such as singles, albums, or EPs, including relevant details like release dates or thematic concepts.

An effective biography will also touch on the artist’s promotion plan , highlighting how they intend to engage with their audience and expand their reach. Listing related upcoming projects not only generates excitement but also portrays a forward-thinking mindset, keen on continuous development and artistic ventures.

Contact Information and Further Reading

artist contact information

When crafting a music artist biography, it’s essential to include contact information to ensure journalists, bloggers, and media outlets have a clear path for follow-up inquiries. They may want to feature the artist in interviews, TV segments, or magazine articles. Here’s how the contact information should be presented:

  • Email Address : List a professional email address dedicated to the artist’s business inquiries.
  • Phone Number : Provide a business number if available, primarily for urgent contact.
  • Press Contact : If the artist has a publicist, include their contact details.
  • Social Media Profiles : Bullet a list of official social media accounts where the artist can be followed.
  • Official Website : Include the URL to the artist’s official website for comprehensive information.

For Further Reading , the biography should guide readers to additional resources that delve deeper into the artist’s work and background:

  • Press Kit : Offer a link to an electronic press kit if available.
  • Recent Interviews : Provide a list of recent interviews with anchor texts that give context, such as “Discussing the latest album on Music Magazine”.
  • Feature Articles : Link to feature articles or reviews of the artist’s work.
  • Upcoming Performances : If relevant, list information about future shows or appearances.

Remember to format this information clearly and keep it up to date to facilitate seamless communication with the press and ensure opportunities for publicity are not missed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Crafting an effective music artist biography requires attention to detail. These answers to common questions guide creating a bio that resonates.

What are the key components to include in a music artist’s biography?

A music artist’s biography should encompass their background, musical influences, notable achievements, and unique value proposition. It’s essential to communicate the artist’s story, musical style, and any milestones such as album releases or awards.

How can an emerging artist compose an engaging bio without professional experience?

Emerging artists should focus on their musical journey, passion, and aspirations. They can discuss their education in music, their inspirations, and any informal experiences that demonstrate their dedication and potential.

What is the appropriate length for a music artist’s bio?

The ideal length varies depending on the platform, but a general guide is a short bio of 100-150 words for social media and a more detailed one of up to 500 words for official websites or press kits.

Can you provide tips for translating a musician’s unique style into a written bio?

Translating a musician’s unique style into a bio involves descriptive language that reflects their sound and personality. Use vivid adjectives and metaphors that relate to their music and persona, painting a picture of their artistic identity.

How should musicians structure their biography for social media platforms?

For social media platforms, musicians should craft a concise bio highlighting the most compelling aspects of their artistry. This might include the genre, what sets them apart, and recent accomplishments.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when writing a biography for a music artist?

Common mistakes include overusing clichés, providing irrelevant details, making unsubstantiated claims, and neglecting to update the bio regularly. Artists should also avoid writing in a promotional tone and instead focus on authenticity.


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by Aaron Alon | May 20, 2016 | Auditions & Interviews , Careers in Music , Marketing and Promotion , Musical Theatre & Opera , Professionalism , Writing Resources | 0 comments

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At some point in your career, you’re going to need to provide a short biography (or “bio”). Here are some tips on constructing a suitable bio.

  • Third Person:  Write your bio in the third person.  (Use he/she, for instance, rather than “I”)
  • Formal Tone:  Keep the tone fairly formal. Some contexts may demand a less formal tone, but err on the side of formality if you’re unsure.
  • Last Name:  After you give your full name at the beginning, you should use a shortened form of your name.  The standard for professional bios is to use your last name, with or without a title.  (Remember, you’d say “Stravinsky,” not “Igor.”)  When you’re young, it’s often better to use your first name. Sometimes, a less formal approach is called for, which might also recommend the use of your first name. If you’re not sure, err on the side of caution and use your last name.


All Bios Include

  • Your full name
  • This is highly recommended for composers, because concert programs usually give the birth year of the composer. It can help those designing programs if this is readily accessible in your bio.

Things to Include Early in Your Career

You might think that you’re too young or inexperienced to write a bio.  You’re not!  Here are some things you can include:

  • Your hometown (optional)
  • When you started composing, singing, or playing your instrument
  • Early performances, awards, honors, etc.
  • Instrumentalists, you’d include this only if you play something other than the instrument for which you’re being featured/
  • Hobbies and interests (optional)
  • Who you’ve studied with; where you’ve studied
  • Include your website if you have one (I recommend you have one)

General Guidelines

  • Keep early career bios  short , about a paragraph.
  • A less formal tone is acceptable when you’re younger, but you still want to read as a professional. Err on the side of formality.
  • A thank you note in your program is acceptable when you’re young.

A Sample Early-Career Bio

Gregor Samsa (b. 1985) was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  He started playing the violin at age 7, later switching to the contrabassoon.  He started composing in 2007, and this is his first summer attending AFA, where he studies with Colonel Sanders.  He wishes to thank his mother and father, without whom he couldn’t be here today.

Things to Include Later in Your Career

  • Notable Performances
  • Optional: List all of your degrees and schools, undergrad and higher
  • Who you’ve studied with
  • Notable prizes, awards, and honors
  • Professional recordings
  • Composers also often put their PRO affiliation (in the US: ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC)
  • A quote or two from major reviews
  • Include your website
  • Have bios of different lengths for different purposes. I recommend having at least a short bio (about a paragraph) and a long bio (about a page).
  • While there are different strategies as to how to organize a bio, you generally are looking for an inverted pyramid structure, starting with the most critical information and moving to the least critical information.  ( Recommended Further Reading )
  • Who You Are:  Open with who you are and what you do. Try to grab our attention with something impressive, such as the inclusion of a quote from a major reviewer.  Include at least one accomplishment that backs this up.  (Length: 1-2 sentences in short bio; 1 paragraph in long bio)
  • What You Do:  A more expansive section that includes some of your impressive activities and achievements.  (Length: 3-6 sentences in short bio; 1-3 paragraphs in long bio)
  • Education and Things to Come:  Most bios close with information about education and training. Some also include information about upcoming or current projects.  (Length: 1-2 sentences in short bio; 1 paragraph in long bio)

Sample Bios

  • COMPOSERS: Karim Al-Zand (short)  |   Libby Larsen (short)  |   Michael Remson (long)
  • INSTRUMENTALISTS: Hilary Hahn (long)  |   Webster Trio (3 sample short bios)
  • VOCALISTS: Weston Hurt  (web bio)  |   Marin Mazzie  (long bio)
  • CONDUCTORS: Han-Na Chang  (short bio)  |   Sean Newhouse (long bio)
  • PRODUCERS: Wire Road Studios (numerous medium-length bios)
  • Many other bios are available on musician websites and on the faculty pages of music departments, such as the one at the college where I teach .

Student Bio Template

This basic template gives you a  starting place for writing a bio when you’re a student.  Each of these would be one or more sentences:

SAMPLE:  Jane Doe (born 1999 in Hollywood, CA) is a Houston-based pianist and composer, currently pursuing a BM in Piano Performance at University of Houston.
SAMPLE: She began her studies in piano at age 7 and in composition at age 12. 
SAMPLE:  In high school, Jane performed as a soprano in her concert choir and earned top marks at solo and ensemble competitions for her last two years.
SAMPLE FOR CURRENT UNDERGRAD: Jane is currently a junior at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where she studies with Courtney Crappell and Timothy Hester. She was chosen as one of only five instrumental music scholars for the 2018-2019 school year and was the winner of the 2018 concerto competition. She also performs as a soprano in the university choir and teaches tutorials for sight singing for freshmen music students. SAMPLE FOR CURRENT GRAD STUDENT:  Jane studied with Courtney Crappell and Timothy Hester at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, earning her BM with honors in 2018. While there, she was an instrumental music school and the 2018 concerto competition winner.
SAMPLE: She currently studies with Brian Connelly at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she will complete her MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy in Spring 2020. She also performs with the Shepherd School New Music Ensemble and is a staff accompanist.
SAMPLE:  In 2018, Jane was awarded a scholarship from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation to spend a semester in Germany, where she studied historical performance practice at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Her research led to a lecture-recital series she has performed throughout the United States and in the UK.
SAMPLE:  After completing her BM in Music, Jane plans to pursue graduate study in piano performance, working toward a career as a collaborative pianist and university professor of music.
SAMPLE: Jane also enjoys reading and writing in her free time, and has had poems published in  Vanity Fair  and  The New Yorker .
SAMPLE:  For more information, please visit Jane’s website at

Common Bio Errors

  • Weak Opening : Your opening should grab our attention without being overhyped and make us interested in you.
  • Unsubstantiated Hype : Don’t start with unsubstantiated hype, such as “One of the great talents of his generation…” Instead, use your accomplishments to speak for themselves or use quotes from major reviewers.
  • Amateur Tells : Some people’s bios unintentionally show that they are amateurs.  What does “He learned the guitar last year,” for instance, suggest?  To me, it suggests that you have no idea how much there is to learning guitar or that people dedicate their lives to mastering their instruments.
  • Outdated : All of us fall into this trap periodically, but don’t forget to keep your bio up-to-date. Web bios in particular need additional attention, and some artists keep them very current, even starting with current and upcoming projects.
  • Badly Ordered : Tend to put the most important information sooner. These tend to follow the reverse pyramid structure from journalism. Alternative, open with critical details, briefly recount your career chronologically, and lead to the present. Keep acknowledgments and hobbies at the end.
  • Don’t be too informal
  • Don’t use words that you think make you sound impressive if you don’t know what they mean.  Be especially wary of malapropisms and homophones.
  • Make sure that your sentences are grammatically and syntactically sound.
  • Use correct punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.
  • Extraneous Details:  If it doesn’t have to do with the career you’re advertising, don’t include it.  Some people, especially in actor bios and in bios of young and inexperienced musicians, will opt to include one line with hobbies.  In some cases, that’s OK, but don’t let it happen elsewhere on your bio.

It’s often helpful to examine a bio that doesn’t work.  Here is a fictional sample based on real errors seen in bios on the web :

John Doe is a musical prodigy. He is an uncommonly gifted songwriter, a preponderant composer, a singularly gifted guitarist, and a sensational music producer. John’s songwriting began with performing for his family at holidyas.  But yet he went on from there to become the talent you see today.  John obtained his license as a hair stylist and is an online certified minister able to perform marriages in the state of New Wyoming. He also has an associate’s degree in geology from the University of Atlantis. Stay tuned to this page to watch him crush it in the music world.  And watch for his greatest hits CD, which will be released in 2009.

I’ve annotated that here to show where these common errors occur in this fictional example:

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Musical Theatre Actor Bios

Bios for theatre are something of a unique beast, so I wanted to address these separately. Here are some guidelines:

  • Write in third person.
  • If you use a stage name, use that here. Some actors have to choose an alternate name when they join AEA, since their name may already be taken.
  • Keep it short (about a paragraph). Remember that these will likely be printed in a program. If you don’t keep it really short, they may cut it for you. Some actors also require a longer bio (about a page) for personal websites.
  • Avoid telling us that you’re “passionate,” “knew you had to be an actor since you were five years old,” or that the stage is a “second home.”  These are clichés that make you look less unique, even if they’re true.
  • Actor bios often include lists of roles, broken down by theatre, and sometimes by type of theatre (REGIONAL, OFF-BROADWAY, BROADWAY, FILM, etc.)
  • These can be a little less formal and often include thank yous for your family or friends and special skills (the sort you’d put on an acting résumé).
  • Include your website and/or social media handles.

The best place to find examples is to look up the website of your favorite running shows. They should have actor bios there.

What Do You Think?

What bio tips do you have to share?  What bio mistakes have you seen when you’ve received bios from artists?

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A good biography is nothing more than making an appealing story from your curriculum vitae. I know for many people, this stresses them out. They don't like to do it, wait until the very last second, and sometimes the biography comes out messy or too long because they don't know what to write or think they do  not have the talent to write. So, what is crucial is to understand and master the three steps you need to create your curriculum vitae.

Working on a complete, bright, attractive biography is crucial for you. It is part of your branding!

1. figures and facts.

You need to work methodically and precisely to assemble the figures and facts that shaped your career in a logical order. Start with your education, when, where, and with whom you started and continued your studies. Next, write down milestones like prizes won at a competition, special awards, or graduations. Then, move on to your stage experiences, including solo and chamber music, and finish by assembling the masterclasses and summer courses you attended and with whom. Should you have made recordings, mention them, the year of production, and the repertoire; any reviews with links are also helpful.

2. What's your story?

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So, how can we build an exciting and appealing biography out of facts and figures? A suitable method is to use the "interview" format. Interview yourself, or have someone interview you. Take the sheet with the dry figures and facts and start to tell the story that comes with it. Just talk usually, like you had a conversation, and record your voice. After you interview yourself, sit down with the recording and start putting it on paper as a storytelling biography. Feel free to write it out roughly and start polishing only after!

Now you have two parts of the biography:

  • a Fact and Figures sheet

3. Extract a short and long version and the elevator pitch

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• FACTS > The base for your biography, build on the dry facts

• A STORY > The story that comes with the facts

• Flavours > What colors light up your biography, or do you want to put them in the front?

• IMPRESSION MAKERS > What impresses people? Did you perform with a famous orchestra? Have you won an exceptional price? In what way are you unique in your performance?

Compose a short biography and have your elevator pitch ready!

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Last, be consequent in writing, find your style, and be authentic .

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For Her Third Album, Angélica Garcia Adds Her First Language: Spanish

“Gemelo” is a largely electronic exploration of all kinds of dualities: “With any music I make from now on, I’m going to be writing in both languages.”

A woman in a draped red top poses in front of greenery, with one bare arm brought up over her head and the other arm, wrapped in fabric, curved around the back of her head.

By Jon Pareles

“My blood speaks Spanish to me,” Angélica Garcia sang in “Red Moon Rising,” a track on her 2016 debut album, “Medicine for Birds.” Garcia, who was born in California, was living in Virginia; the album leaned toward indie-rock and Americana. But the lyric turned out to be prophetic.

She was already thinking about the legacy of her maternal grandparents, who are from Mexico and El Salvador, and the musical heritage her parents maintained. Garcia’s second album, “Cha Cha Palace,” delved further into what it meant to be a Chicana growing up bicultural in the San Gabriel Valley — a quintessentially American experience, yet a very individual one. “Been wearing my roots and flying this flag,” she sang in “Jícama,” which former President Barack Obama listed among his favorite songs of 2019 .

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Garcia’s new album, “Gemelo” (“Twin”), out Friday, expands on both her bloodlines and her ambitions, and features lyrics in Spanish. True to its title, its songs are full of dualities: angels and demons, grief and healing, dreams and realities, mirror images. The album opens with a somber chorale titled “Reflexiones” (“Reflections”), while in “Gemini,” Garcia sings, “I see double everywhere I go.”

The music is largely electronic, unleashing the directness of Garcia’s voice — sometimes ghostly and airborne, sometimes a near-scream — amid programming, loops and layering. There are moments that hint at Kate Bush, Bjork, M.I.A. and Santigold.

Garcia grew up speaking Spanish at home with her grandparents, but said she lost it “once I got into the public school system.”

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But, she explained, “I just realized that this is something I want to do. With any music I make from now on, I’m going to be writing in both languages — or all three if you count Spanglish as its own language.”

For Garcia, each has its own mood and musicality. “To me, English feels like a sword fight,” she said. “It’s very cutting and sharp and quick. Whereas Spanish feels like there’s just this poetry to it. You stroll around something to get to it. Or you’re sitting in front of a window on a rainy day writing. And then Spanglish feels like a party.”

“Cha Cha Palace” was released in 2020, and Garcia was mid-tour when the pandemic set in. “Gemelo” got its start amid pandemic isolation and introspection.

“I was putting a lot of work and intention into understanding where I came from and where my family came from,” Garcia said. “I remember keeping all these journals like a madwoman, brainstorming and putting everything on the wall and trying to connect everything. I was trying to understand what things, what qualities of theirs that I maybe carried, like nature versus nurture. What is ingrained in me? And what is all mine?”

One of the first songs she came up with was “ Juanita” ; it arrived, she said, like “a gift.” It’s an electronic cumbia — a bedrock Latin American rhythm — with lyrics about a mystical encounter: “You made me wake up/ Your voice the sound of stars,” Garcia sings. Only after she wrote it did she learn that one of her great-grandmothers was named Juanita.

Garcia grew up surrounded by music, singing and harmonizing with her family. Her mother had a recording career in the 1990s, billed as Angelica ; her stepfather worked in A&R, though he later became an Episcopal priest in Virginia. Garcia passed auditions to study at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she learned the subtleties of classical and jazz technique; her classmates included Phoebe Bridgers and members of Haim.

But some of her most important lessons came from her mother, who was steeped in the volatile emotionality of Mexican rancheras. “Her way of teaching was to just make me start over,” Garcia recalled. “‘No, do it again. I don’t believe you!’ When you’re singing dramatic music, you have to go all the way. I was learning the power of tapping into my emotions.”

The indie scene in Richmond, Va., gave Garcia the room to try different styles and experiment; she was playing in five bands at once while she was making “Cha Cha Palace.” She moved in with her grandparents when the pandemic set in, and then to Brooklyn, where she spent a year and a half before returning to Los Angeles early this year. In New York, she worked at House of Yes, a dance club, performance space and party room in Bushwick.

“Every night was a different theme,” she said. “I’d be biking home at 4:30 in the morning in my little go-go outfit, watching the moon and the sun exchange places, and avoiding rats.”

At the same time, she was constructing new songs — largely with her voice, singing and beatboxing the rhythms, melodies, harmonies and hooks. During the interview, she picked up a TC Helicon looper, a gadget that she uses constantly, onstage and off. “The most free that I feel is singing, so the looper would help me a lot to flesh out ideas,” she said. “It’s almost my wife.”

Garcia was already in touch with Carlos Arévalo, the guitarist for the eclectic, retro-tinged Los Angeles band Chicano Batman. He had discovered her music among prospective opening acts for a 2020 tour that was canceled by Covid. In 2021, she began sending him songs in progress; he suggested ideas and possible producers. Eventually, she convinced him to produce the album himself — his first album production.

“I knew this was a pivotal record for her in her career,” Arévalo said via video interview from a Chicano Batman tour stop in Oklahoma City. “She wanted the world to really see for the first time who she was on her terms, not what the label thought she should be and not what her community thought she should be.”

Garcia had firm ideas for what she wanted: “She didn’t want it to sound like a band,” Arévalo said. “She wanted it to sound like pop, electronic. She had a running joke: ‘Like Radiohead with booty.’”

“Gemelo” doesn’t aim for dance-floor simplicity; nor does it latch onto the world-conquering pop beat of reggaeton. It’s an album of introspection and catharsis, about what Garcia calls “cycles of grief.” Garcia concocts her own beats, often irregular ones, and she revels in dynamic contrasts, from quiet and dulcet to explosive.

As she was writing the songs, Garcia said, “there were things that had me in my room crying, very low points. First it’s just the grief, right? But then you get up and try to voice it and you get excited when you hear, ‘Oh, but with that bass line, it sounds really cool.’ It’s kind of the coolest superpower ever that musicians have,” she added. “We can take something that really could debilitate so many people and make it into something else — a whole other experience.”

In “Color de Dolor” (“Color of Pain”), she sings about drawing inspiration from sorrows: “Even though I will never sever the tie with my pains/ I paint them full of colors,” she vows. And in “El Que” (“He That),” she confronts a figure who undermines her, who “Makes cold, robs energy, controls, bewitches,” with a crescendo building as she warns, “Don’t follow me with your shadow — I have my light!”

For Garcia, music has always been “the one place where I could say exactly what I thought,” she said. “My whole life, I’ve just tried to follow where the music was calling me.”

She smiled and pointed to her head. “It’s very loud in here.”

An earlier version of this article misstated a song title on Angélica Garcia’s new album. It is “Gemini,” not “Gemini II.”

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Jon Pareles has been The Times’s chief pop music critic since 1988. He studied music, played in rock, jazz and classical groups and was a college-radio disc jockey. He was previously an editor at Rolling Stone and the Village Voice. More about Jon Pareles

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