Our Story

Worship Backing Band is brought to you by the team behind Musicademy (providers of contemporary worship training for church-based musicians). Some churches use complicated recording software like Pro Tools or Ableton to run multi tracks but for the majority of churches this can be a daunting technical hurdle as well as time consuming and expensive with the additional hardware and software needed to run such a system. Hence we felt the time was right to invest in commissioning an extremely simple to operate, cost effective, software player that would allow you to play backing tracks in a multi-track format. A format with the flexibility over how you play the song just as you would with a real live worship band but crucially without the requirement of any technical ability, further hardware or software.

From backing track DVDs...

Back in 2010 the only options for churches without musicians were dodgy karaoke-style midi files or singing along with the CD. Musicademy had generally worked with smaller churches - large churches often had plenty of able musicians that weren't in need of training. So we were acutely aware of the challenges faced by smaller churches with small and often mismatched worship teams.

In response to the need, particularly from churches without any musicians we released our first backing track DVD. There were 54 songs with adjustable vocals, on-screen words and pre-programmed play lists. That initial DVD become a great tool for small groups, churches with a single musician, or even congregations wanting to explore contemporary worship for the first time.

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Then people asked for more flexibility. They wanted greater control over the music. If they had half a band they wanted to mute the parts that they had live musicians for, and even the freedom to change the structure of a song so they could repeat verses and choruses as they wanted. A pretty tall order for a DVD!

This gave us the idea of providing studio-quality backing tracks with additional functionality for churches that wanted to sing contemporary worship songs but had very few (or no) musicians.

We had the idea of a versatile MultiTrack Player that would fill in for missing musicians and had looping, key change and other functionality that worked just like a live band. At the time the only MultiTrack software options were professional 'DAW' software such as Ableton which was (and remains) extremely complex to use and is not designed with live music in mind.

We wanted a simple-to-use MultiTrack Player designed for live worship and with musicians of varying ability levels (and often limited technological knowhow).

Developing the solution

The first challenge was to source a developer for the MultiTrack Player as well as begin the process of recording a library of songs.

We worked with 3FireMusic to develop the MultiTrack Player. 3Fire have won multiple awards for their music related technology solutions and were great at understanding the needs of musicians (not something your average software developer is able to do). We've since gone on to work with 3Fire on products such as Choir Player which uses some of the same technology that they developed for Worship Backing Band.

Kind words

We have been given multiple awards for our MultiTrack Player including, when we launched, the 2013 Editor's Pick award from Worship Leader Magazine.

Worship Leader Mazagine also reviewed our compilation DVDs and concluded:

"[They are] perfect for a small group event or retreat where a full worship band is not an option” and recognised that the DVDs are “suitable for all forms of play-back including iPad and smart phone applications."

Having developed the PC and Mac Player we then comissioned an iPad Player (again from a developer with specialist musical and worship insight). In 2019 this was joined by a totally new Mac and PC Player (the Transition MultiTrack Player) with even more useful features.

Backing track options from Worship Backing Band

From those early days we now have a suite of product options for churches wanting to utilise backing tracks. MultiTracks (and our MultiTrack Player) offer the most versatility in terms of functionality whereas Split Tracks (and the Split Track Compilation DVDs) are great for churches on a budget that simply want backing tracks with on-screen lyrics and vocals that can be mixed anywhere from zero to full.

Format Description Suitable For
MultiTracks 14 instrument stems per song. All real instruments inc. lead & backing vocals (WAV). Mac/PC or iPad. Incomplete bands
Split Tracks Video backing tracks with on-screen lyrics & mixable vocals - non MultiTrack (MP4) For churches with no musicians
Split Track Compilation DVDs Video Split Track backing tracks on DVD compilations (all region) Great budget conscious option

Our congregation-friendly MultiTracks and Mac, PC and iPad software give the versatility of live worship even when you have few (or no) musicians. It is easy to choose your instrument mix, adjust volumes, loop and repeat song sections. You can also change key and tempo to suit your congregation.

Split Tracks and Compilation DVDs are great options for churches on a budget that want easy, low cost backing tracks with onscreen lyrics and with optional lead vocals too.

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What makes Worship Backing Band different?

We have always focused on the usability and singability of our products. So our MultiTrack Player is the easiest-to-use worship player on the market. We have not included all the extra bells and whistles that some players include. These extras make the software far more complicated to use, and for most churches are not needed. Small churches don't generally have a lot of technical ability. Our aim was to make a software product as simple-to-use as a remote control device.

We also focussed on affordability. Our MultiTracks are the cheapest on the worship market. And with the launch of our DVDs and Split Tracks we provided an even lower cost option for churches not needing the extra versatility of MultiTracks.

One key difference with Worship Backing Band is that we include lead and background vocals on our tracks. It is incredibly difficult to know when to come in (and sometimes where to pitch) the opening line of a song. With lead vocals (even if it is simply delivered to your band's foldback and inaudible to the congregation) means that your musicians have the confidence to play alongside our tracks and lead worship without worrying about where they are in the song.

You can find a comparison table of the different MultiTrack providers here.

Which songs do we have as backing tracks?

We tend to record songs form the CCLI Top 250 as well as popular hymns and carols. These are all professionally recorded in a contemporary style, normally by the same session musicians that work for songwriters such as Stuart Townend, Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Delirious.

We record new songs all the time and are open to suggestions for new tracks -email [email protected]

Our band need chord charts to use with the backing tracks

Most of our backing tracks also have an optional chord chart that perfectly mirrors our arrangement as well as the correct chords. Initially we developed a 'Super Chord Chart' format but as people increasingly asked for this in multiple keys we commisioned our own software to create our Every Key Chord Charts. When you purchase one of these you get a zip file containing 12 pdfs of the song in each key as well as a Nashville Numbers chart.

Get in touch

We are based in the UK but most of our customers are in North America (and of course elsewhere in the world). We also have a US distribution centre for DVDs in Dallas, Texas.

Our office address is: 1 Batts Pond Lane, Dropping Holms, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9YU, UK

Our full FAQ help pages can be found here. For customer support and other enquiries please email [email protected]

Testimonials

Excellent bang-for-the-buck - an extremely useful tool for small worship teams or soloists. A decent selection of well-known worship songs. Vocal cues are well-placed and very helpful.

Worship Leader Magazine

Having been a worship pastor for almost 20 years, I have served in large and not so large churches. Worship Backing Band is hands down the best product I've seen in terms of cost to get started, setup and use in live worship, and flexibility for key, tem

Pastor Bill Yomes, Reedswood Christian Church VA, USA

We are a small rural church in Kansas. We are looking to truly balance our blend of music in worship with hymns and today's modern worship songs. One of our obstacles is musicians who are able to play them. Thankfully, Worship Backing Band takes care of t

Chris Thomas, Kansas, US

My wife and I comprise a 2 person worship team. Our ministry is to take worship out of the church buildings and into the public square. Worship Backing Band gives us flexibility easily and without having a degree in tech. We use it to practice and in publ

Gary Arnold, Bartow, FL. USA

I just purchased the Transition Player for use in our small church. After downloading it, the transfer of previously purchased Multitracks went seamlessly. Worship Backing Band is a blessing.

Nora Childers, Woodside United Methodist Church, Delaware USA

Our church just bought this software. Being the music director and a bit of a tech-nerd, I'm very happy with how things are going so far and all the potential this tool brings to leading worship

Nicolas DiBlasi, Deer Creek Baptist Church, Indiana, USA

Worship Backing Band works great. We have a large number of older people (65+) and I am able to turn down the electric guitars, drums, bass and we have a service almost like the youth pastor is here. I change the key so I can lead and not go out of my voc

Chris Buehrer. Ohio, USA

I am a volunteer church worship leader and I am very impressed by the cue track and also the arrangement of the songs and the overall quality. I appreciate that the songs are arranged for congregational singing and come pre-wrapped in Ableton all for a re

James Sintz, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Ohio, USA

I use the split tracks to teach the songs to the Youth Praise Team vocalists. With the lyrics already available it cuts my prep time to a simple click and download. With the setup of the songs, the lyrics, and the singable vocal ranges, we simply put the

Barry Collins, Pastor of Worship, First Baptist Church of Gray, GA USA

The Worship Backing Band MultiTrack player is incredibly easy to use. I own Ableton and a bunch of other DAWs but the majority of them are definitely too complex for many people to use for live performance if you want any degree of flexibility and reliabi

Gary Mulholland, Australia

Can't beat the price, the ease of set-up or the simplicity of performance.

Gary Arnold, Bartow, FL. USA

A downloadable multi-track player created specifically with the budget-conscious church in mind.

Worship Leader Magazine

We use WBB MultiTracks to sing "Karaoke style" with lead vocals and it is refreshing and amazingly straightforward - removing the click track, altering levels etc. I also use tracks as practice tools, muting an instrument that I fancy playing along with

Dave Frances, Dublin West Community Church, Dublin, Ireland

“Worship Backing Band is FANTASTIC! The ability to change key & speed hits the mark” He also said that the speed is.

Eric Simpson

“Love the tempo and key change“.

Ken Granger, Friedens United Church of Christ, Indiana, USA

“Thank you to you and the whole WBB crew who have put so much time and effort into creating a great product like this. You are a blessing!”

Kevin Wilbur

Rae Runge said “Thanks so much for listening and making a great product even better!!!”

Rae Runge, Canada

“Thank you for such incredible prices. You have created such content for so little in return.“

Jen Flatt Osborn

“To fellow worship leaders…This is an incredible tool. You need to check this out. If you have looked at the prices of multi-track stems before, you will know this is CHEAP!”

Clifton Worley, Christian Life Assembly of God, Mississippi USA

I like this app because it allows me to practice songs on bass with a full band. You can cut individual tracks to play your instrument and you can isolate your instrument to listen to how that piece is played.

Jac Daniels via App Store