VoiceCouncil Magazine now has a huge community of singers of contemporary genres – so we thought it would be fun to discover your ultimate singers.
Our survey in June simply asked you to identify the singers that inspire you. So, here is the countdown of your top 5 female artists – along with some of the reasons you mentioned as to why they stand out. Read about the top male singers here.
Björk is an alternative icon who pushes the creative boundaries beyond most people’s imaginations! Thom Yorke of Radiohead said “she was born with a voice that’s very sexual but at the same time very childlike. Very vicious and powerful but with no sense that she would ever do damage”. She has just released her 9th studio album and shows no signs of conforming.
4. Mariah Carey
Mariah is known for her dynamic ballad performances and inspired a whole generation of millennial vocalists. You say her voice is “silky yet powerful” and you envy her “riffs and runs”. Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Anastacia, Britney Spears, P!nk and Christina Aguilera all cite her as a major influence.
3. Hayley Williams
The lead singer of Paramore is idolised by her huge teenage fan base because of her gutsy attitude and powerful voice. You say “she gives it her all” and delivers “emotive power”. She was one of Brett Manning’s celebrity students and now tours the world with the discipline of an athlete to protect her energetic larynx.
2. Aretha Franklin
A monumental Queen of Soul. She has collaborated with other world class singers such as Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and George Michael. For you, it’s all about her “belt range” and “fearlessness”. She topped the Rolling Stones chart of the world’s greatest singers.
Beyoncé is our reigning vocal Queen. You love her for her “unshakeable confidence” and “out of this world melisma skills”. Her artistry has developed from Destiny’s Child to embodying Etta James in the biopic, Cadillac Records. Her celebrity fans include Madonna, Michelle Obama and Serena Williams. Watch her belting out Love on Top below.
Close runners up were Nina Simone, Jessie J, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell. The cloud below gives an insight into the vocal traits most sought after, from the technical high notes and dulcet tones to emotional delivery and song interpretation.