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@1FRAC1 Outstanding!

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@dramucom Nicks dominated the music scene for a long time! Distinctive voice. I especially like "Silver Springs".

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@bondojoe I recall a South Park episode which featured a sheep being confused for her. I was amused yet slightly angry 🐑

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@dramucom A radio station I listened to once had a segment called' What the hell is Stevie Nicks saying"? They would play a part of her song...then listeners would try to guess the lyrics. Not that easy!

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I've always been fascinated with octave ranges. For instance, most of the very best singers in the world only have 3 octave ranges in one note. Julie Andrews had/had 4 octaves in 2 notes, whilst the only 5 octave singers known to ever have 1 or more are only two singers (known) with 5 : Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses – 5 octaves, 2½ notes (F1 to B♭6) Mariah Carey – 5 octaves, 1 note (F2 to G7).

Even then, as singers age, their range shortens. I loved Mariah Carey's voice when she was younger (apparently in 2017 she demonstrated she can still effectively reach this range):







I'm also fascinating by Kiri Te Kanawa who is a full lyric soprano (3 octaves in multiple notes, approximately middle C (C4) = 261 Hz to "high A" (A5) =880 Hz in choral music, or to "soprano C" (C6, two octaves above middle C) =1046 Hz or higher in operatic music).

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@Ravenousbird Rare. Gifted.

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@bondojoe I imagine I can sing like that when I daydream.

It's really impressive and beautiful.

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@Ravenousbird Ummm, not my daydream!

The ability to actually sing like that. lol

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@Ravenousbird Most of us apparently have the potential for greatness in us, or we wouldn't be able to recognize it in others. The man or woman that does not imagine personal grandeur, would not be able of accomplishing it. At least in my opinion. I've created better performances than this..in my mind! LOL!

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@bondojoe I like that! 👍

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@Ravenousbird I was such a huge Mariah fan in my teens. I remember watching her MTV Unplugged performance on repeat in '92.

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@uunboundd I wonder what how many octaves Meg delivers??? lol

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@Ravenousbird i'm not sure, as my knowledge of [cunni]linguistics may be a bit rusty; even so, i'd wager she excelled at humming...


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@uunboundd Haha, both scientific and amusing!

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@Ravenousbird well, @bondojoe did say "performance" after allsmiley

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@uunboundd Indeed.

You shall hereby henceforth be known as "Sir Perspective".

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Personally, I love other perspectives and interpretations.

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@Ravenousbird you do? well, it's not like we a lot of choice heresmiley
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@uunboundd No surprise it was so good...she was having sex with God.

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This is an all female band from the early '70s called Fanny.

Fanny were one of the first all female rock bands signed to a label, and the first to achieve any real commercial success. Shame history seems to have forgotten them.


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@DemandingFemale There was quite a surge of all female bands in the late '70s and early 80s. Cool share, thanks!

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@Ravenousbird The surge came because of Fanny really. Before they were signed in '69, female bands were uniformed hair-dos and matching frocks. Fanny really paved the path for many female musicians, even though they were seen as somewhat of a novelty at the time.

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@DemandingFemale Really? That's interesting. I had no idea.

Thanks!

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@DemandingFemale I too am sorry that they didn't gain fame. I must admit that I know a woman whose actual name is Fanny. It has been a great source of pleasure for me. [her name.]

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The female singers of the North Korean Moranbong Band


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@Crutchbender That is incredibly beautiful.

It reminds me for some reason of Emi Evans who sings for the game "NIER".

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this might not be the best example of her vocal range (lotsa jubilant screaming XD) but she's still so precious
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@uunboundd can you name me some classics from bjork?--with better examples of her vocal range?I'd love to hear them.thanks!

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I'm of the opinion that "performing" is more than singing. So for me it would be musical theatre or live performances, avoiding artificial treatment of the voice as much as possible.
My favourite is, hands down, Julie Andrews singing amazingly and dancing (and of course, acting) in Victor / Victoria, the movie and also the musical on Broadway.

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@HyperFan She is fabulous.

I have always been in awe of her dynamic range on all levels.

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@HyperFan favourite quote:people believe what they see. Blake Edwards made a great movie with good casting, but i just couldn't imagine her male persona was fooling anyone.

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@uunboundd Agreed!

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@uunboundd a put-on of a put-on.

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@HyperFan Taking "My Fair Lady"from Julie,and giving the movie version to Hepburn musta been the crime of the century.--is there a recording of Julie Andrews doing it?

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Of course, looking at pop/rock music, I would go to the Queen of Rock, Tina. I had the chance to see that concert:

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@HyperFan that looks like an expensive aerobic dance classsmiley
youtu.be/LD1xSc7oRRk

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@uunboundd Thanks for the gem! I'm laughing my abs out!

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@uunboundd hah hah yah,wearing leather work-outs!

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@HyperFan awesomeness

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@HyperFan WOW musta been a thrill!

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@HyperFan Outstanding!!

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Because we are in a movie site, the best female performances I enjoyed in movies, are the next:




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This is Shatter Me Featuring Lizzy Hale - Lindsey Stirling

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Kiesza has an amazing voice. picks crap songs to sing though.


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There's not always time to thank everyone personally. I would like to thank everyone that added to this thread. You've introduced me to some music that I was previously unaware of. I've enjoyed it all. Learning is one of the most important things in life to me. Discovering music that I wasn't aware of is learning and having fun at the same time. That's a big plus in anyone's life. Thank you all again...and please keep them coming. Each one is someone's vision or expression. Maybe even mine, or yours.

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This is the Pretty Reckless - Taylor Momsen is the lead singer - fun fact she played Cindy Lou who in the film How the Grinch stole Christmas. (2000)


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@Stephen386 That IS a fun fact!

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@Stephen386 Oh wow. That's is cool. smiley

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I’m not going to post a video on here, but I find it very interesting to see what non-musicians think singing is. Range is great, but feel and pitch are paramount. Even a tone-deaf person can have a huge range.

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@ditzygypsy To my great regret...I can't sing. But as the Supreme Court once said about porn...I know it when I see it.

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@bondojoe Isn't that a wee bit like "You don't have to be a chicken to recognise an egg"? smiley

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@Ravenousbird Pretty much. But my father raised chickens...and some would eat their own eggs. Not all chickens are created equal.

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@bondojoe They still recognised it. haha

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@Ravenousbird LOL!!!

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@ditzygypsy Who do you find amazing?

I can sing, but not like Julie Andrews or Kiri Te Kanawa or Mariah Carey (all of whom I find fantastic to watch... Mariah Carey not so much now, but the other two, always).

I presume you're a singer and have a few you consider amazing?

I'm honestly interested and not being cheeky. smiley

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@Ravenousbird Sorry I forget where I’ve been on here and then, with insomnia, the passage of days can seem like hours because I’m awake for several in a row. You nailed it with one of your posts below. No one can or ever will touch Houston for the tasteful, fearless, raw emotional performance she has pulled off Live. And as for range and pitch, her chops were nothing to sneeze at. As for others? Well, here’s a few. I have a pretty eclectic (psychotic?) taste in music. But I also had to in order to work for different writers. These are just for their voices, not the music. There are far more who have great music that I don’t think are the most amazing singers. Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones, Engelbert (such amazing tone), Jackie Wilson, Wendy Moten (largely unheard of outside of Asian countries, probably), Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Anne Wilson, Darby Mills, a young Jon Bon Jovi, Billie Joe Armstrong, Selena (Quintanilla), Luis Miguel, Marc Anthony. ...
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@dramucom It never gets old ... she was well before her time. A very complete performance artist. Everything she has done has the mark of innovation and quality.

Nice one.

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@dramucom Gosh, I give her +++ just for allowing that video to pause at her huge, gaping mouth.

I am afraid!

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@Ravenousbird That is an unfortunate freeze frame. Reminds me of the entrance to a fun house 😨

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@dramucom You got to love that voice. smiley

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@PureVodka🍺 Yes and honestly it's kind of amazing that I do like her singing so much because grown women with baby voices creep me out to no end.

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Another diva of the pop world ... Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"


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@box Em, no problem, Annie. Put the axe down!

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Any room for something modern?



Really love this song and video. I find it kind of relaxing as well. The intro has a great 80's synth vibe (a la Stranger Things intro) and I really like her voice. The video is kind of weird, but weird in a good way.

Also watch her do the song live. The singing, synth, etc all at the same time.. She has talent:


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@Smuff I love Grimes. Her stuff is trippy, but in interviews she is such a down-to-Earth, sweet person. Thanks for posting this, Smuff! smiley

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@steeleyedlily I hadn't heard of her until one day the song popped up in my YT suggestions while listening to some M.I.A. songs. I was like *click*, what's this?? Oh.. Go on.. ^^

Not sure how Youtube's robot linked her with M.I.A. other than both having a very distinct style but I'm not complaining lol.

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@Smuff *Gasp*...M.I.A.? Love her, too! Yes, YT does give links to things that are headscratchers, but sometimes you end up finding things like this. Who knows? Great find, as you said! Better than clickbait fo' sho'! smiley

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@steeleyedlily Hah, well that explains why YT linked them. Maybe I should click on suggestions more often. But yeah M.I.A. is one of my favorites for sure. Nothing like chilling outside on a warm summer day and smoking a joint while listening to the Kala album. Feels like you're having a party in the middle of the Amazon. smiley

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@Smuff People pick on her so much for her opinions...you know...you've seen the documentary? I would go on a rand here but I don't think it would go over too well. So I will concentrate on her talent. Genius, as is Grimes . A lot of talented women out there with 'feel good' tunes...

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@steeleyedlily I've watched little over half of the documentary. I was mainly curious about her early life. I've been following her music since around 2004 so I was curious about early life. Like the civil war in Sri Lanka part etc. I think her music is amazing and that's all that matters to me. And tbh if anyone lived her early life they'd have opinions too.

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@Smuff Exactly! And her music is the main thing.

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It depends upon what you mean by "outstanding" performance as one genre like Albanian throat singing might not appeal to you versus polyphony by the Anonymous 4 singing a song from the 6gth century in parts. Or doing what Bobbie McFerrin does by using his voice emulating various instruments across a tremendous range. This gets into urban performance art.

Vocals, instrumentals, the self-confident actions within these combined through delivery are all part of a "performance".

Then you have someone like Michelle Shocked making a wicked counterversion from a female perspective of Simply Irresistable by Robert Palmer.

Various Worldbeat artists are very different than standard western civilizations' sensibilities.

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@AnhedoniaNightmare www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HgKMe5e...

Charlotte Church "Pie Jesu" performed as a woman. She famously sang this as a child. Most singers would have massive stage fright as the song is so difficult.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LhCd1W2...
Cindy Blackman playing a funk rock virtuoso performance on a drumset.

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Whitney Houston.
I don't know how I didn't think of her before because to me, she was truly amazing.


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@Ravenousbird Incredible voice, nice person, great actress too. The Bodyguard was an excellent movie. WE needed her to listen to for another 30 years. There seems to be a correlation between talent, and dying young. Maybe it's taking everything to the limit.

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@bondojoe She was truly held hostage by expectations on who she "should be".

She seemed like a truly lovely individual. I watched a documentary on her recently and there was a lot of footage and "video diaries" that she kept that were shown.

I felt like I got to know her a bit there.

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@Ravenousbird Sometimes when people come from "historical" families...they are expected to act a certain way. That often leads to tragedy. I liked Dionne Warwick, but she didn't have Houston's talent. Not by a long shot.

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@𝓜𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓮*🐭 I love this song! One of the great classics. "If it makes you happy, then why are you so sad'? What a voice! What a question!

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@bondojoe Yes, she had other great tunes as well! Also Happy Easter!

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@𝓜𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓮*🐭 Thank you! I hope that you have a happy Easter too!

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@𝓜𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓮*🐭 Another excellent song! We have similar tastes in music!

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Here's something a little different. Meet Charlotte de Witte, by many considered to be the best female DJ. This is a live set from Tomorrowland (worlds biggest EDM festival). It's techno with a slightly "dark" undertone and trance-like vibe. This is one of the best sets I've ever heard and quite possibly the best ever by a woman in this genre.



Ntss Ntss Ntss smiley

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Florence and the Machine



For all the old and new BIG GODS/GODDESSES

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I'm sure I shared this one on another thread... but I'm sharing it again 'cause it's still awesome!


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@DemandingFemale I would second that emotion. Truely masterful cover of a beautiful song.

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@box Thanks for commenting, Box, so I can listen to it again lol.

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@DemandingFemale This truly IS an outsanding performance! I thought CSNY wrote it for years. It was an amazing time.

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@bondojoe LOVE the CSNY version - There are a couple of different mixes of it too.

Joni Mitchell's original is wonderful!

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@Crutchbender The older I get, the better they sound. And they sounded fantastic 40 years ago.

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Nancy Griffith - Storytelling at its finest.


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I've been a Nancy Griffith fan for a long time. I saw her at a concert, aand she explained that there was a note in this song that was the sound of an elevator dinging, at a woolworths. She said the sound made her want to go and fill her purse with useless plastic items!

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@bondojoe I heard that on a live album and that made me fall in love with her songs, voice and personality. She was very popular in Ireland and may have recorded there.

I was tempted to include that version here but when I herard this one I felt there was less distraction around the song and the quality seemed better. And you get to have her all to yourself in the acoustic version which must be worth an extra point.

She does a great version of "Boots of Spanish Leather" if you ever go into youtube Joe.

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@box Thanks! I'll look for it. I often plug in the headphones and just walk aound doing what I need to, listening to the videos on Youtube.

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@DemandingFemale That's quite a performance!

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@torrac Great song, great artist, great performance! Joan Baez was one of a kind.

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discovered this lovely lady a last year (give or take) haven't looked back :) such an enchanting singing voice, smile and personality. she often does live streams on weekends on youtube

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