Friday, November 2, 2012

Vocal Range and Profile: Kelly Clarkson

Lowest Note: C3
Highest Belt: C6
Highest Note: G6
Exclamation: F7
Longest Note: 11 Seconds
Vocal Type: Lyric Soprano (3 Octaves, 4 notes)
Vocal Rating: Star
Recommended Listenings: Honestly, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Sober, Natural Woman (Live)

A vocalist with top notch phrasing that makes her an incredible emoter. A top echelon belter, with the ability to access any part of the belting range with ease (see her A5 inĀ rehearsalĀ on "Duets"). The belts are powerful, well supported, and capable of reaching Soprano C (C6), with very little to no mixing, though she mixes when appropriate. In this area, her voice can cut through even orchestral and band arrangements (My Country Tis of Thee). The belts are most resonant from Eb5-G5. Best belter of this generation.

The head voice can sound light and airy, or rich and thick. Her low notes, though the weakest part of her range, can, like the head voice, be smokey or thick (See the verse of Behind These Hazel Eyes). These notes have been getting thicker through the years, carrying the previously mentioned smokey tone down to Eb3 (See her cover of Lies). Her midrange is full and well supported.

A deep rasp can be executed on all parts of the range, and can be taken out when required (Compare the F5's in Honestly and Let Me Down). Able to flip through all her registers without the use of melisma, though she is more than capable of using the technique (See Why Don't You Try). She can use a jaw vibrato when sick (See her performance of Celine Dion's "I Surrender"), and her natural vibrato that wavers pitch is very wide and stunning (See Honestly and Mr. Know it All country version).

Though her voice is truly 'at home' in rock and pop stylings, her voice can also transcend through multiple genres, including Rock, Country, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel, and Indie. With this ability to cover multiple genres, she has covered an expansive list of artists on American Idol and on her latest tours. Some of the artists she has tackled include Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Sara Bareilles, Adele, and even Eminem.

Chest notes can sound forced, and can give the impression of vocal nodes. In earlier recordings, her upper belts are lodged deep in the throat, and sound very damaged. However a few years of experience, and better technique, have lessened this effect. The whistle register is under utilized live, and in studio.


No video shows her vocal strengths really well, but this is a good video to show off her "Star-List" qualities.

A video showing her vocal runs and melismas, since some have asked to see her complex melismas.