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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 

We can all enjoy the lush sound of female vocals, so share your favorites and let's all gather together to discover an re discover the best in female vocals!

 

I'll start with 2 of my favorite volcalists. Kristy Hawkshaw and Linda Perhacs 

 

 

Plug you tubes in as this track is poorly mastered... Kristy voice is too far back for me ;3 needs a nice thick tube to SHOVE it forward lol [mind you even my w1000x need a tube to get that warmth in her voice!] 

 

 

The reissue sound better, but a nice compliation video [very short] to give you all a nice feel for her awesome voice! 

post #2 of 42

My soft spot is for female vocals that are more girly, sweet, breathy, cute, but at the same time, also very expressive (great at emoting different emotions), as well as have enough technique to not simply sound like some cute girl next door belting it out without any professionalism. My favorite female vocals are all variations of that ideal. My second ideal type of female vocals is the earthy, sultry, slightly gravelly, and very expressive.

 

While I can appreciate other types of female vocals in terms of skill and attitude such as rough rock n' roll, metal, bitchy gansta, classical opera, funk/soul, folksy, RnB diva, etc, they don't really resonate with me as intimately. It's a lot like how we all have our "types" when it comes to romantic ideals. 

 

There are a lot of great ones I can list (I counted about 45 of them). Should just just list them all, or take my time and introduce you to a few at a time with actual youtube video examples so you can hear for yourself how they sound?

post #3 of 42

Was just gonna post my likes, but this perfectly describes my likes

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Originally Posted by Lunatique View Post

My soft spot is for female vocals that are more girly, sweet, breathy, cute, but at the same time, also very expressive (great at emoting different emotions), as well as have enough technique to not simply sound like some cute girl next door belting it out without any professionalism. My favorite female vocals are all variations of that ideal. My second ideal type of female vocals is the earthy, sultry, slightly gravelly, and very expressive.

 

While I can appreciate other types of female vocals in terms of skill and attitude such as rough rock n' roll, metal, bitchy gansta, classical opera, funk/soul, folksy, RnB diva, etc, they don't really resonate with me as intimately. It's a lot like how we all have our "types" when it comes to romantic ideals. 

 

There are a lot of great ones I can list (I counted about 45 of them). Should just just list them all, or take my time and introduce you to a few at a time with actual youtube video examples so you can hear for yourself how they sound?

 

It can be quite obvious or not what my type of female vocals I prefer after you try out some below. Although, the rest of the band plays a big part in my decision to follow that certain singer as I really want good synergy of everything( guitars, drums, rhythms...) overall.

 

 

Cyntia】完全版PV「Through the Fire and the Desire

 

 

AREA51 - nightmare (music video)

 

 

 

Aldious - White Crow (Music Video Sample)

 

 

Rie a.k.a. Suzaku / Dreaming Eyes PV

 

 

FLiP HeyHeyHeyHey

 

 

Loud Twin Stars /DOLL$BOXX

 

 

SCANDAL - AITAI (会いたい) Sub

 

That's it for Japanese girls for now, I really need to find more though. 

 

I also like korean ballad singers and english soul singers, I haven't looked into other languages. Although some of the chinese singers in the Asian Music thread did caught my attention, I didn't like the instrumentals enough to continue.

post #4 of 42

Lunatique has pretty much gotten my taste in female vocals down as well.

 

After using vocaloid for their first album, j-pop band Supercell has picked some amazing human singers for nearly all subsequent songs.

 

For their second album, Supercell collaborated with Nagi Yanagi, who to my ears and taste, is just perfect. Amazingly soft, lush, and soothing with a good range of expression. There was one time I was listening to her that I seriously thought to myself, "are there angels who speak Japanese?". 

 

 

After Yanagi left, Supercell picked two new girls after holding an audition. First is Koeda, whose voice is just a little harsh and lacking in range, IMO. But despite that, the emotion she puts in really shines through to me. 

 

 

The other chosen singer is Chelly, who I believe can give Yanagi a run for her money. She sings under Supercell's alternate name of EGOIST.

 

 

Waiting for Supercell's 3rd album is killing me!


Edited by TheJazzyH - 3/29/13 at 11:36pm
post #5 of 42

There's already a thread for female vocals: http://www.head-fi.org/t/470484/beautiful-female-vocals-recommendations

 

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Originally Posted by Lunatique View Post
My soft spot is for female vocals that are more girly, sweet, breathy, cute, but at the same time, also very expressive (great at emoting different emotions), as well as have enough technique to not simply sound like some cute girl next door belting it out without any professionalism. My favorite female vocals are all variations of that ideal. My second ideal type of female vocals is the earthy, sultry, slightly gravelly, and very expressive.

 

While I can appreciate other types of female vocals in terms of skill and attitude such as rough rock n' roll, metal, bitchy gansta, classical opera, funk/soul, folksy, RnB diva, etc, they don't really resonate with me as intimately. It's a lot like how we all have our "types" when it comes to romantic ideals.

 

I can appreciate most styles of female vocals as well, but my #1 preference invariably boils down to one specific singer: Alison Krauss. smile.gif She epitomizes so much of what I prefer from female vocals:

- Voicing in an upper pitch range (i.e., is "feminine"-sounding; I'm not a fan of husky or low-pitched female voices)

- Controlled volume (I personally can't stand singers who practically "yell" and think that passes for good singing ability)

- Lyrical-sounding and ability to use her voice as an "instrument"

- Sounds like a "woman", not a "girl"

 

I always consider it a plus when a female vocalist can sing "quietly" as opposed to loudly and Alison Krauss is one of the rarest examples I've found of that. No one else I've heard really does soft volumes quite like her.


Edited by Asr - 3/29/13 at 11:54pm
post #6 of 42
Thread Starter 

nice I enjoyed the first two, the last one didn't really hit home for me though 

 

OMG COUNTRY MUSIC, I totally forgot how wonderfully I enjoy a nice southern draw! Yea her nice is very soft and nice, still too weak for me... I like strong voices and personally I think Linda can do quiet just as well! So listening to other songs and there's a little umph in her voice! So i retract my previous comment, plus I think age makes every women even better [includeing voices] 

 

 

post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by TheJazzyH View Post

 

After using vocaloid for their first album, j-pop band Supercell has picked some amazing human singers for nearly all subsequent songs.

 

 

I've never really gotten into supercell (ryo's recent Yuzuki Yukari song E.D.E.N is phenomenal though), but sasakure.UK's second album, The Fantastic Reality of Aesop, is really good. I really admire his desire to not just have both human and Vocaloid singers on the same album, but instrumental interludes as well. On top of that even though the music is pop, it is so complex at time– at least on the Vocaloid tunes – that I would at least personally call the music progressive pop. Not sure if that's the appropriate term to describe the music but for me it sounds fitting. Discounting the bonus track, sasakure.UK doesn't even use the same human singer twice on the album but keeps swapping in new blood. I find that really admirable, and combined with the incredible production value of the album and the very dynamic mastering plus the superb quality of the special edition packaging (some of the best I've seen to date), sasakure.UK has single-handedly managed to convince me that pop music can actually be ambitious and have integrity. Naturally there are other modern examples, but the album in question really impressed me.

 

Before I turn this into a wall of text, here's perhaps the loveliest human-sung song on the album. The singer goes by the name mirto and her voice is both cute and beautiful which is a combination that's really hard to beat.

 

Those interested in the album with Spotify installed can check it out for free here: http://open.spotify.com/album/0pjTNpJBejYjQ71Dbx3RRT

 


 

I find it interesting that several people have gone through the trouble of describing what kind of singers typically appeal to them. If this thread seems to be active enough perhaps I'll take the time to do the same at some point in the future. As a side note I find it interesting how many threads I've seen dedicated to specifically female vocalists, but not a single thread for male singers or even a 'unisex' thread (perhaps I'm just blind). Just an observation. I do understand the general appeal of woman singers to many people, but I also find the partial 'discrimination' of male vocalists marginally interesting.

 

As another side note I think I've yet to discover a single singer that I like through these kind of threads (I'm not always easy to please), so let's hope someone posting in this thread manages to score a home run. smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by TJ Elite - 3/30/13 at 10:08am
post #8 of 42
Thread Starter 

yea her voice is a neat combination, and ofc your hard tastes are exactly why this thread is here! Some one will wow you! That's the whole idea here ^^ 

 

People here seem obsessed with Adele so here is my favorite song by her, again I'm not a fan just posting something different (OMG she's WHITE... that's a SHOCK) 

 

post #9 of 42

Okay, time for me to start posting some examples. 

 

I'm a composer/songwriter, so usually, if only the voice is good but the music isn't very interesting, then I would have to pass on it. I tend to like music that is less conventional in its stylistic approach in arrangement, as well as utilizing multiple genre influences to form its own unique hybrid. I'm also picky about the melodic development--not all songwriters are good with composing enticing melodic contours--most are quite bland and typical. 

 

Anyway, I'll start with the first batch, and I'll post more batches later.

 

One of my favorites is Lisa Ekdahl's jazz vocals (I don't care for her folk stuff--I only like her jazz work). She's an incredible blend of very expressive voice that's also very feminine and cute--it's such a rare blend that it boggles me mind:

 

 

 

 

 

Morikawa Miho is one of those rare female vocalists who are capable of being a chameleon. On one song, she would rock out and sing with a powerful, sonorous voice, then in the next song, she'll sing in an intimate, sultry voice, and then in the next song, a cute, expressive, girly voice, and so on. Her technique is flawless--her live singing and her studio singing is identical, even when she's jumping around on stage and working up a sweat. In all of her live concerts, she has never once lost control of her voice--it's just astounding what she's capable of.

 

 

Her bright, optimistic side:

 

 

 

 

Her lyrical, intimate side:

 

 

 

 

And she'll belt it out when she needs to exert some power:

 

 

 

Her girly side. Note how even when she's being girly, her voice never loses power. Too often, the girly/cute singers have no power to speak of at all:

 

And this is her singing in a very cute voice (at age 17, when she first debuted). Note the flawless technique, despite going for the cutesy vibe. Again--this is extremely rare among female vocalists who sing in the cutesy/girly style:

 

Here's a nice youtube playlist someone made of her songs: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1417CBC1898DF5FC

 

 

Next, is a more recent favorite--South Korea's IU. Like Morikawa Miho, she debuted while still in high school, and also has a dynamic, versatile, and expressive voice that's capable of hitting powerful notes and then turn around and become intimate and husky, then soft and cute. What's more, she's got amazing stage presence--very expressive and infectious. She's just 20, and I have no doubt she'll have a long and fruitful career in front of her. 

 

 

A compilation medley of IU doing a bunch of acoustic covers on her guitar:

 

 

Her very infectious stage presence (the song starts at 1:44). She's completely at ease, having fun, and feeds off the energy of the audience

 

 

Cocteau Twin's Elizabeth Fraser is one of the most respected female vocalists in alternative/indie music. Ethereal is the most suitable word to describe her voice:

 

 

 

 

I have always loved the song "West Point" by Jonantha Brooke--it's just so expressive and emotional:

 

 

And I'll wrap up with DaiQing Tana, a Mongolian singer with a hauntingly pure voice. It's impossible to not be moved by such a beautiful sound:

post #10 of 42

mmph

 

Each one is unique in their own rights but most of these singers' music are much too slow for me to give any more attention. I listened to all of them, except IU since I already know about her.

 

I would point out your definition of: "expressive voice that's also very feminine and cute" seems to mean light, soft and semi piercing from listening to the first girl.

 

Its also a given most Japanese singers will sound better live than from a studio album, this is why I almost always detract from buying the physical album and wait for the live version.

 

good stuff

post #11 of 42
Thread Starter 

wow lot's of posts. I'll have to listen when I'm off work as it's to late for all that >.>

 

I don't mind cute and girly and very airy though. I look forward to hearing that stuff <3 

post #12 of 42

Lunatique,

 

 

Thank you, for those examples I am  not a great fan of 1980s type production so I couldn't get into those ones, but my ear was drawn to IU I really liked her a lot especially just with her acoustic guitar. Very charismatic.

What do you think of this artist her name is Jaymay she is from New York, I was very fortunate to see her live in Glasgow when I lived there. And was very impressed.

Thanks also for your very helpful advise and reviews that you post on Head-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

post #13 of 42
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Each one is unique in their own rights but most of these singers' music are much too slow for me to give any more attention.

 

Too slow you say? Try these: smile.gif

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiwcUdX7XMw

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGzltK_tlc

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTT6picaCoQ

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uco-2V4ytYQ

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfIdx5QwYsk

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIpjiYmjXh4

post #14 of 42

still too slow beyersmile.png  if you checked out the first few vids I posted, you can get a feel of what type of metal I like with female vocals. I don't really dig ambient metal with female vocals, I think male vocals do better imo.

 

I checked them all so the other 4 seemed to be some kind of quirky pop/electro band, not really into that type of music although the last girl was really good out of all of them all.

post #15 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Lunatique View Post

Okay, time for me to start posting some examples. 

 

I'm a composer/songwriter, 

 

 

And I'll wrap up with DaiQing Tana, a Mongolian singer with a hauntingly pure voice. It's impossible to not be moved by such a beautiful sound:

Wow, wonderful warmth and AWESOME airy feel to her voice! The w1000x are  loving it! Really nice, dwnloading some of her music now! I also loved the music behind her as well :O 

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Lunatique,

 

 

Thank you, for those examples I am  not a great fan of 1980s type production so I couldn't get into those ones, but my ear was drawn to IU I really liked her a lot especially just with her acoustic guitar. Very charismatic.

What do you think of this artist her name is Jaymay she is from New York, I was very fortunate to see her live in Glasgow when I lived there. And was very impressed.

Thanks also for your very helpful advise and reviews that you post on Head-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

Her voice was a little too airy and fun for me, it lacked some depth in that song and some warmth for me. the airyness and light quality of her voice was nice, 

 

Gawd I loved that last singer you had, and her voice didn't strike me as pure, it was very old world VERY old world, so yea pure in the sense that it's free of the tarnish of today's society. Still she has some dark feelings in those vocals. Don't know what she's saying but who cares,  the song over all sounds happy but with sorrow thrown in there, like a "missing you but happy with the memories" kinda of thing

 

Of course that humming is magical, and that's really where a lot of sorrow for me comes in, but these are all compliments as the entire song and the whole sound of the song is really wonderful! Not at all sad but well composed, and yet again with the violin it's weeping almost... yet reminds of me a flower that wilts only to bloom again kinda of thing. I ofc really dig it!  Like a dish of green curry... which I'm making soon

 

Non the less wow that language is beautiful! 

 

Looking at some facts about the country on the CIA web site... omg dude I think I wanna move there xD 

 

So I'm up late again... dang you w1000x an volca thread so UI's voice did not wow me... it lacked depth. To light to airy which isn't a bad thing just not for me, in addition Jothanna Broke has a nice voice, but again to fun of a singin style xD I'd rather listen to her speak than sing. Which that should be another thread... female Vocals "Spoken word" some women can't and shouldn't sing... as their speaking voices are just fantasticly wonderful to listen to! [not all singers have nice speaking voices and vice versa]

 

which reminds me of a nice little country girl I know, who likes to sing Le Misreables... it's a shame her accent goes away when she sings but as always... voice on her is on the DEEPER side xD  

 

*sigh* DaiQing Tana and the Haya Band, got two of thier albums, listening to Gayatri and wow... it's all vocals in teh intro and is AMAZING, in addition I love the sound of the band, just listening to different songs. Some are deep, some are playful, some sad, some happy... what a great Album! I loved Mangos, this song for me is just really cool, very fun and I'm totally enjoying it! Gawd I love his voice, dang it MAN I wanna UNDERSTAND what your saying! For male voices his is the most enjoyable I've heard lol, 

 

Sadly you tube does not have the album but man what an awesome recommendation my friend! Oh wow her voice just dropped xD really a wonderful song, her beauty again'st his rugged edgy sound. Really very awesome! 

 

Well thanks man, seriously some of the best music I've heard in a while. Beautiful vocals wonder music all combined magically and in such a fashion that the w1000x eats it up! UGH love these cans, love this music! Thanks a lot my friend :D 

 

DANG it man Lisa Ekdahl' loving her sound as well, and yes very girly yet very mature and warm nice voice great accent! But DANG it man I wanna go to bed... not stay up and dwnload more MUSIC xD 

 

OK I'm finished for the night [Got her Sings s******* Poe album] , here's another song I enjoy 

 

 

Wow you tube doesn't sound to bad... I listen to this song in my car, which has pretty lame speakers and even youtube 480p and my home rig sounds better than my car... gatta hit up them flacs when I wake up >.> 


Edited by Mshenay - 4/1/13 at 9:56pm
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