Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The New Vocal Trinity
Chances are, you have heard of the legendary vocal trinity, comprised of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. But this ladies have seen their reigns fall significantly since the 90's, so who should take their places to form this generations vocal trinity? The nominees are:
Beyoncé has been a game changer in the music biz since the original trinity was wrapping up. Beyoncé is consistently noted as one of this generations best, and has proven herself time and time again to deserve that kind of recognition. The coloratura melismas, the breath control, the vibrato, it just seems like she's got it all. However, does Beyoncé have enough strength to take on the trinity?
Christina is also an iconic vocalist who has been a vocal powerhouse since Genie in A Bottle. Rolling Stone even gave her a spot on the 100 Greatest Vocalists of All Time list. She has a sprawling range, lengthy melismas and that little thing called soul. But Christina's technique is under constant ridicule, can X-Tina face off with the technical queens like Mariah?
J. Hud may not have won American Idol, but don't let that fool you. Its not every day you see someone belt a Soprano C with her kind of consistency. Even though our gospel queen has the chest voice of a goddess, that towering high larynx of hers might hold her back.
Jessie rivals Beyonce and Mariah with her incredibly fluid runs and unique vibrato. She has the powerhouse belts and unforced low notes. Her voice has earned her a position on The Voice UK. But Jessie does have a tendency to become shrill, will that be what does her in?
The original American Idol has already proven herself to be a true Texas sized vocalist by beating thousands of others in one of the first singing contests. She won over america by taking on the queens of soul, Aretha, Etta and even Madonna. Esquire gave her the nifty title of "the best voice in the history of pop music." Industry mogul Simon Cowell already said that he sees her in the league of the trinity, but do you think so?
Another singing show champ, Leona has often been placed with the vocal trinity since her debut. The unreal control of her vibrato is now a trademark, her lengthy belts and stunning head voice all make her a true heavy weight. But like our girl Christina, Leona is noted for not having the healthiest technique, is Leona truely a Trinity level vocalist?
(Personally, my Trinity consists of Kelly, Beyonce, and maybe Jessie J or J. Hud.) Any other Tributes you wish to nominate? Who's in your Vocal Trinity? Comment away!