Saturday, May 25, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Kesha

Vocal Range: C#3 - G5 - G6 (B6)
Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano (3 octaves, 3 notes)
Vocal Rating: C
Recommended Listenings: The Harold Song, Last Goodbye

Positives: A voice that can be sweet and gentle, or full of attitude and vigor. Her phrasing is top-notch, she can portray heartbroken with deft ability, have a comical approach, and also give a 'bad girl' attitude with the same deft ability. She is skilled at register transitions.

Her lows are generally comfortable, but are the weakest part of her range. Her mid-range is full and can be held for extended periods without wavering in pitch. The belting range gains resonance the higher it ascends, up to an F5.

Her voice can transition from several genres, such as Rock, Balladry, Country, Electronic, Pop, Rap and Musical Theatre. She has even developed a distinct 'Yodel' characteristic. 

Negatives: Her use of auto-tune has drawn heavy criticism, though she has stated that this is an artistic choice. Her intonation in upper reaches is inaccurate in live settings. Her breath control could use some improvement, and her tone isn't to everyone's taste.

C#3-E6 (B6)