In a time when artists can just walk into a studio and technically manipulate their voice with an auto-tune, vocalists who have really mastered the art of singing and know how to move a crowd should be appreciated more.
Find below 5 of the best female vocalists of all time
With a unique vocal tone and apt ear for music, Mariah Carey has a style of singing that is second to none. She is famous for possessing the whistle register – the highest register of the human voice – and a 5-octave range which earned her the title “Songbird Supreme” by the Guinness World Records. Apart from her range, Mariah Carey is also known for her phenomenal vocal technique (Melisma) which would make one wonder if she has more than a pair of lungs.
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Whitney Houston’s ability to interpret emotions while singing on a stage was one of the many qualities that made her stand out from other vocalists. She could literally sing down a building with a voice that had raw power combined with soul. She is not called “The Voice” for nothing.
Aretha Franklin is credited for inspiring many popular female singers such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Known for her powerful range and passionate vocals, Aretha sang at a time when nothing mattered except talent. She could evoke the right emotions when she got on the piano and sang her heart out, and it is for this reason she is called “The Queen of Soul”.
Many, who have heard Celine Dion’s song “My Heart Will Go On”, would hardly deny how much of a talented singer she is. As a matter of fact, Celine Dion still sounds almost as amazing as she did decades ago and this is a testament to her vocal technique. With her ability to hit high notes effortlessly and interpret the right emotions while doing so, Celine Dion can be classified as a grade-A vocalist.
In Beyonce’s words, “Mariah Carey was the person that made me want to sing”. It should then come as no surprise that someone who was inspired by the legendary Mariah Carey would be a great singer herself. With a 4-octave vocal range and technical prowess, Beyonce is in a league of her own when it comes to singing.