Saturday, May 25, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Usher

Vocal Range: D2 - G5 (Bb5)
Vocal Type: Leggero Tenor (3 octaves, 2 notes)
Vocal Rating: B

Positives: Agile voice capable of rapid melismas in falsetto and chest voice. The falsetto can be used for extended amounts of time without fatigue (See Climax) and is remarkably piercing. Though the voice is at it's home in R&B stylings, it can adapt a rock edge, that allows for mixed belts up to G5.

His vocals almost drip with sexual energy, which adds to the last R&B comment. His chest voice is powerful in all extents, and his low notes are thick and velvety. His breath control allows for rigorous dance routine without sounding tired or with random breaths thrown into the song. Excellent diction which allows for powerful emoting.

Negatives: The voice can sound shrill or nasal at points. After leaving the R&B field for pop music, his voice no longer carries his distinct sexual tone, and he sounds 'hollow.'