Beyonce's Band Leader's 16 Tips for Turning Pro

“There are no rules for success,” says Bibi McGill, leader of Beyonce’s band, Suga Mama.  But these 16 principles just might change your musical career.

This is the person that Beyonce trusts to manage, direct, and coordinate her backing band on tour.  The band is called Suga Mama, and it’s part of a massive roadshow that plays the biggest arenas in front of tens of thousands of people every night.

But that’s just one gig for Bibi McGill.  And it all started with a phone call to play guitar for Pink back in the early 2000s.  She had to write the guitar parts for multiple songs on a plane ride to New York — in coach class.  Then she went straight to the studio from the airport and crushed it.

These days, she’s focusing on her professional yoga career.  In fact, we caught up with her right after an intensive yoga session at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA.  We asked Bibi how she became one of the top guitarists in the world today, not to mention a professional yogi and Beyonce’s collaborator.

Here’s what she told us.

1. Bad attitudes kill careers.

“Are you the type of person that people want to work with?” Bibi asked me.  

“You may be able to play circles around me on guitar.  But if you can’t show up on stage with charisma, if you’re the person that shows up late and doesn’t do your homework and doesn’t come prepared, or you’re just a jerk and have a bad attitude and you’re egotistical… you’re not going to get the job.”  

“I’m going to get the job.”

“I’ve worked with people who are cocky, and they’re a lot better than me.  But I get more work because people don’t want to work with them.”