check out Tiffany's first two albums, before she got old and her voice got deep, for an interesting slightly raspy voice. Of course there's all the outstanding R&B performers like Whitney, Dionne, Mariah, Patti, . . .
Overall though, with rare exceptions -- pop female singers these days make it by selling a contrived character, usually a slut and/or person with emotional issues and mental illnesses, which the communicate via the rhetoric in their lyrics -- as opposed to the quality of their voice. You'll note the very first post in this thread confirmed this. The low point was when Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, despite their outstanding voices, had to change their lyrical style to match the above market demand. I cannot wait for this trend to die.
Edited by ag8908 - 4/24/14 at 9:17pm