Favourite Female Vocalist?

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  1. Full Canvas

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    That's another very good call. Eva Cassidy's voice is truly lovely. Her story is a very sad one. It is ironic that I didn't hear of this fabulous American talent until well after her death.

    The first time I heard her sing, it was on BBC radio in England around 1999. Her cover of Sting's Fields of Gold was then, and still is, otherworldly. I didn't hear her on American radio until around 2001.

    When we visited with friends in Ireland, we heard the Irish singer, Chris de Burgh, in Dun Laoghaire. He said that his song, Songbird, was dedicated to Eva.




    I hadn't heard much about Eva Cassidy until your post, FC. Thanks for the reccomendation, her voice is divine.



    Actually, it was gamelan that brought Eva's name to the thread in his post above. However, that is part of beauty of good forum such as this. The shared knowledge allows us to sample more of life than we might otherwise have the opportunity to do.

    I didn't remember Eva in my earlier posts even though we have three of her CDs in the music room. Too much music from too many artists and too little time to listen make some of us a little forgetful.

    When gamelan mentioned Eva, I went to the music room and played Fields of Gold on the speakers throughout the house. Mrs. FC says this version of the song makes her cry. This cover really does have that kind of power.

    Did you listen to Dolly Parton's After the Goldrush yet? That CD, Treasures, has some real gems in my opinion.

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    Wow whoopee mentioned my top 3, which is Tori Amos, Beth Gibbons and Jenny Lewis. I also agree with Diana Krall, who I did not think of initially. I also like: Imogen Heap Suzanne Vega Sarah Mclachlan - I think she's underrated; simple and comforting voice. Hope Sandoval
    Imogen Heap is amazing. I saw her live at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD last January. I admire her "do it yourself" approach to her music as she creates every aspect of her music herself and then repricates it in beautiful arrangements in live shows. If you don't believe me, download "Just for Now - Live in Toronto" from iTunes and compare it to the normal version.
     


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    Occasionally, in doses. She was an original, for sure.

    Just heard Allison Krauss again for the first time in a long while, on a tribute to James Taylor that aired on PBS. Fantastic.


    Okay, so I've been listening to Alison Krauss's songs repeatedly over the past week or so. She's got an amazingly clear and ethereal voice. Definitely belongs in the top 5. I heard one or two songs by her that were non-bluegrass, and I never knew she was such a huge figure in bluegrass.

    ArtisticShowcase, I will definitely check out her live stuff -- I was always curious about how she would sound live, with a vocoder and all...
     


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    not sure if she's been mentioned but i got the Songcatcher soundtrack yesterday and i'd like to add Emmy Rossum to the list.

    i love the fact that she's this classically trained opera singer singing appalachian folk songs with what sounds like a fairly authentic drawl.

    plus she's totally cute:

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    i love the fact that she's this classically trained opera singer singing appalachian folk songs with what sounds like a fairly authentic drawl.

    plus she's totally cute:

    [​IMG]

    -Jeff


    I am in complete agreement that Miss Rossum is "totally cute."

    However, she is not a classically trained opera singer. Her previous stint as a Children's Choir member of the Metropolitan Opera is not quite the same type of training!

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    Sarah Vaughan --- For the brilliant way she used her voice as an instrument. many people have criticized Sassy, saying she ignored the lyrics. But, I think that she took the lyrics and melted them into her voice. It was all one gorgeous, flowing sound.

    Aretha Franklin --- In her younger years, Aretha had a force that just emanated from her. Listen to her early recordings, whether they be pop or gospel, and you can literally feel her singing.

    Lucinda Williams --- While certainly not the most gifted vocalist, nor the most beautiful voice, she has a sincerity and rawness that I've never heard in another singer.

    Finally,

    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.

    Or now, thanks to youtube, you can watch them. haha.

    An old performance of Whitney singing the gospel hymn "A Quiet Place" with her mother's choir. Not a big stage. No lighting. No big show. Just the voice.


    Whitney's legendary performance of The Star Spangled Banner from Superbowl XXV
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=STKSdLm2r...elated&search=

    An over-the-top fan montage of some of Whitney's most spectacular vocal moments.
     


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    +1 on Patsy Cline

    Sade
    EmmyLou Harris
    Annie Lenox


    Great list.
     


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    (whats-her-name) Wilson (of Heart) has a great set of pipes
     


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    Most of my faves have been mentioned, but I believe Siouxsie Sioux, Kim Deal, Traceyanne Campbell, and Isobel Campbell (no relation) have been overlooked.

    And +1 on the singer for the Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom.
     


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    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.

    Or now, thanks to youtube, you can watch them. haha.

    An old performance of Whitney singing the gospel hymn "A Quiet Place" with her mother's choir. Not a big stage. No lighting. No big show. Just the voice.


    Whitney's legendary performance of The Star Spangled Banner from Superbowl XXV
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=STKSdLm2r...elated&search=

    An over-the-top fan montage of some of Whitney's most spectacular vocal moments.



    Whitney is great, obviously, but I still don't think she measures up to Shirley Bassey. No one can stuff emotion into each little world like Bassey does. She also is very expressive.

    Check this out, for example. She sang this at the Royal Variety Show in 2005 when she was 69. Find me another person at this age who has pipes like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qweky...elated&search=

    And, of course, her legendary performance of "My Way" from 1983 or thereabouts.



    One more...this is from 2003 I think..."I Am What I Am". The ending is magnificent.

     


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