I’m new here but I have a band/album project conundrum that I was hoping to maybe get some additional perspective(s) on (or at the very least, get to vent about). As a bit of background, I play part-time in a worship band. We have a 4-piece rhythm section (keyboards, drums, bass, myself on guitar) and a rotating group of singers depending on who’s available. I’ve played with this band for 4 years. The worship music is kind of pop-rock with mild to moderate EDM elements; my own background is in blues and rock ’n’ roll — I'm not into EDM or modern pop music myself — but usually what I play meshes with the band’s arrangements (and when it doesn’t, I just turn myself down or sit out that particular song altogether). About two years ago, two of the singers, who have a non-worship project separate from the worship band and had taken a shine to my playing, invited me to guest on a YouTube video. It went pretty smoothly. A few months later, they approached me about joining their duo and making an album/EP of original material together. Their background is in EDM and modern hip-hop/R&B but they wanted to fuse their style with my bluesier/rock style. Although my tastes are mostly rooted in music from the ‘80s and earlier, I was curious as to how to mix my playing into a more modern context. The album project started out pretty promisingly, with everyone contributing ideas. However, over time, I have perceived that one of the singers’ has been gradually dominating the project (while the other singer goes along with it). Initially, the dominant singer would repeatedly reject others’ song ideas (mine more than the other singer’s), while pushing and lauding his own ideas. To be fair, we did still collaborate on writing and arranging many of the songs, with one of them being largely (re)written by me after they played me a demo of them singing a melody over Wilson Pickett’s “I’m In Love” (in order to avoid any copyright wrangles). Not long after, the dominant singer started singing to me the guitar parts he was hearing for the songs. I’m open to ideas and collaboration, so I went along with it while also contributing ideas I also had. Later, when listening to the rough mixes for our songs (the main singer does the production work himself on a DAW), I noticed a pattern where the guitar parts he would come up with for me to play would be mixed fairly prominently, while the parts I came up with on my own (either as riffs, solos, or harmony parts, or even bass guitar parts I played) were mixed way low or out completely. I got pretty upset with him after almost a year of working on the album and called him out on this, to which he explained that he wasn’t intentionally mixing out the parts I came up with but rather that he wasn’t familiar with mixing guitars (he himself mostly plays keyboards, synthesizers, and software instruments) or with my musical background. It seemed fair enough and I figured I was being unreasonable. He offered to collaborate on the mixing process and said he was open to feedback. Fast-forward a year later and the album is 90% complete. However, the dominant singer’s behaviours have persisted, if not intensified. My partner commented on how she could barely hear me, except for brief snatches of 2-5 seconds, when I played her rough mixes of some of the songs (and she's not a fan of guitar-based music, to begin with). I still haven’t been invited to collaborate on the mixing process. I've given up adding overdubs, since most of what I contribute doesn't seem to make it to the final mix. The dominant singer has solicited ideas for other aspects of the project like the album title, promotional campaign, etc., but always goes with the original idea he comes up with. I’m increasingly finding it futile to contribute anything without being repeatedly told something to the effect of, “I 100% agree with you, but [insert idea of his] makes more sense. Still, we’ll maybe use your idea for the next album.” It really feels like his solo album, with me playing the role of a session guitarist. The natural solution would be for me to quit the project. However, I worry about not being credited for my contributions to the songwriting and guitar playing if I do quit, since I'm on 90% of the album. I’m not doing this for money or recognition -- it's just nice to be able to play music in any realm now that Covid has taken away gig opportunities for the time being -- but I feel like I need to defend the principle of being credited for my hard work, whether it’s the composition or arrangement ideas I came up with (no matter how buried in the mix) or the work of playing them. So far, I’ve grit my teeth and promised myself I wouldn’t come back for a second album if this is how it's going to be but it’s still very frustrating and stressful. Is it possible that I’m looking at this from the wrong perspective? Am I maybe being unreasonable?