Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vocal Range and Profile: Tori Kelly

Vocal Range: C#3 - A5 - B6
Vocal Type: Light-Lyric Soprano, untrained Coloratura (3 Octaves, and 5 notes)
Vocal Rating: B
Recommended Listenings: Pretty Young Thing (PYT), Nobody Love, Thinking of You

Positives: Incredible melismatic prowess, being able to ascend and descend into any area of her voice with ease. Her runs have a pearl like clarity, with each note clearly defined. The lower register maintains clarity down to D3, with C#3's being noticeably less resonant (regardless, her ability to even hit a C#3 is something to be proud of). The midrange is bright and piercing, with no strain present, allowing her to hold notes for extended periods without fatigue. Her mid-upper belts maintain a piercing quality to a lesser degree. The head voice is soft and sweet, as is her whistle register. A quick, jaw free vibrato covers her voice outside of her lower register. Overall a unique instrument with excellent musicianship and decent technique.

Negatives: She utilizes her melismas very often, which can be irritable to some. Kelly also tends to close off her throat past Eb5, causing some belts to sound choked and thin. This seems to have improved recently (see the bridge of Nobody Love).