Originally Posted by funk_soul_brother
Whitney Houston --- She has become a joke thanks to her never-ending tabloid presence, and her voice has been shot thanks to drug abuse. BUT, for the first 15 years of this woman's career, she was literally as good as anyone that had ever come before her. Whitney's voice was incomparable live. Strength, Clarity, Soul, Control - all there, as well as a mesmorizing stage presence. I don't care what anyone says, there is not a contemporary singer alive today that had as much control of their voice as Whitney did. Nobody who could transition from chest to head voice as smoothly and certainly noone with the vocal POWER and enough interpretive skills to ballance that strength with more subtle singing. Whitney's recorded music never did her voice justice. But, if you listen to her live recordings, you'll hear the sheer brilliance of a legendary vocalist.
Hear hear for all the Whitney fans... Plus I have to concur with the mentions of Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin... Also, Jordin Sparks, the newest American Idol, has tremendous range and the talent to make it into this category... Finally, though I may have missed it, I don't see where anyone has mentioned Diana Ross. Amazing vocals and body of work.