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Female Singer with the Most Beautiful Voice?

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#41 of 311 OFFLINE   Curtis Lotter

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Posted October 04 2003 - 04:32 PM

I'll second Natalie Merchant, I'm surprised she was only mentioned once so far. How bout a duet with her and James Taylor? Now that would be smoooooth.

Kate Bush is my favorite female performer although I don't know if she quite fits in the "most beautiful voice" category. She could open a can of song writing woop ass on just about anyone though Posted Image

What about Chrissie Hynde, a unique and beautiful voice I don't think was mentioned.
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#42 of 311 OFFLINE   Will K

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Posted October 04 2003 - 06:34 PM

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#43 of 311 OFFLINE   Chuck L

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Posted October 04 2003 - 06:37 PM

Karen Carpenter (simply wonderful) Patsy Cline (one of the greatest ever and so much emotion) Olivia Newton-John (been in love with her music for 32 years) Mary Fahl (this woman's voice and talent is simply amazing) Cher (another long time fan of this women's work regardless of the medium) Annie Lennox (plain and simple...this woman is a Goddess) Barbara Mandrell (one of the most underrated women in music) Dolly Parton (a total package of nothing but talent, beauty and brains) Pat Benatar (whether a slow or up tempo song, this woman's voice has never failed to amaze me)

#44 of 311 OFFLINE   Michael Martin

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Posted October 04 2003 - 09:27 PM

Another vote for Mary Fahl,former lead singer for October Project, as well as a solo EP and full-length CD. Someone else not mentioned yet is Jennifer Noble of Grey Eye Glances, a fantastic alterna-pop band out of New England. Both have stellar pipes, though Noble's voice seems able to fit a wider variety of songs and genres of music.
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Posted October 04 2003 - 11:14 PM

Annie Lennox Judie Tzuke Kate Bush Striesand(at times) dido? don't make me laugh come on kids you can do better than that!

#46 of 311 OFFLINE   Mark H

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Posted October 04 2003 - 11:43 PM

Another vote for Lisa Gerrard here! Also:- Tori Amos Louise Rhodes (LAMB) Sinead O'Connor Kristen Hersh While I agree with everybody elses' postings here, for me these ladies do it, not just for their vocal performances but for their songwriting capability. MARKIE BOY

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Posted October 05 2003 - 12:40 AM

Billie Holiday Sarah Vaughan Bessie Smith Ella Fitzgerald Cassandra Wilson Patsy Cline Janis Joplin Carol Van Dijk Kim Deal Nico Georgia Hubley Grace Braun Heather Lewis Limited range (eg. Nico) does not mean limited beauty.

#48 of 311 OFFLINE   Chuck L

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Posted October 05 2003 - 05:14 AM

It is so wonderful to see others with Mary Fahl on their list! Now if only the rest of the world would know...Posted Image

#49 of 311 OFFLINE   James Corey

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Posted October 05 2003 - 08:37 AM

Ella Fitzgerald Cesaria Evora Carmen McRae Jonatha Brooke (The Story) Virginia Astley - check out "Some Small Hope" (w/David Sylvian)

#50 of 311 OFFLINE   Jeremy Anderson

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Posted October 05 2003 - 10:15 AM

I agree with a lot of the suggestions, but I have to throw in Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek. Her voice is simply amazing.

#51 of 311 OFFLINE   Lin Park

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Posted October 05 2003 - 11:02 AM

Some good suggestions so far but you've all overlooked the obvious winner - Eva Cassidy. Thanks for playin' though.

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Posted October 05 2003 - 02:11 PM

Allison Moyet. Beauty.

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Posted October 05 2003 - 02:23 PM

K.D. Lang is still one of the best.
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#54 of 311 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted October 05 2003 - 02:57 PM

Aimee Mann is by far my favorite female artist, her solo albums just get better and better. I hope that one day she may tour over this side of the world, I hear she is great live.
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Posted October 05 2003 - 04:32 PM


I agree with a lot of the suggestions, but I have to throw in Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.


Actually, I consider her just adequate.


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Posted October 05 2003 - 05:26 PM

Wow, all these posts and no one has mentioned my front-runner: Margo Timmins, of Cowboy Junkies This line - from "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" - gives me the shivers everytime I hear her sing it: Yeah, I'll admit there are times that I miss you; especially like now when I need someone to hold me..." Jon

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Posted October 05 2003 - 06:50 PM

My picks are Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton, Dionne Warwick, Annie Lennox, Jill Scott, Martha Wash, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Gwen Guthrie, Mary J. Blige, Ann Nesby, Gladys Knight, Mysa, Teena Marie, Stephanie Mills, Chante Moore, Nancy Wilson, Cece Winans and Patti Austin.

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Posted October 06 2003 - 03:31 AM

Phil beat me to Jane Kelly Williams and Sam Phillips. Let me add Jane Siberry, shocked that no one has mentioned her yet.
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Posted October 06 2003 - 03:39 AM

As I mentioned before in this thread, I used to have a radio show that featured female vocals. I just love the female voice, and I love reading all these names!

It's really wonderful some of the more obscure names I'm seeing! Judie Tzuke! Mary Fahl! Jonatha Brooke, Dot Allison, Loreena McKennitt, Sam Phillips, Holly Cole! Virginia Astley!!! You guys all have great taste. Posted Image

I adore Iris DeMent, but I wouldn't call her voice "beautiful" in the conventional sense. I do love her unusual voice as well as her emotional and powerful lyrics and spirit, but I can see how she'd drive some people crazy. Their loss, of course. I think she'd go in an alternate thread (something like "Very unusual voices you love"). Virginia Astley too. Victoria Williams, definitely. Alison Shaw (Cranes), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul), maybe Bjork.

And yes, I agree, Eva Cassidy has (had Posted Image) a breathtakingly beautiful voice. Simply stunning.

My favorite beautiful voices are:

Kate Bush (my all-around musical goddess anyway)

Happy Rhodes (she has the widest range of my musical loves, people say she sounds like high Kate Bush dueting with low Annie Lennox, and many can't believe there aren't two people singing on her songs)

Samples (she knows I share her songs)

Also, in no particular order:

Jane Siberry

Elizabeth Fraser

Lisa Gerrard

Anneli Drecker (of Bel Canto)

Mary Coughlan

Sheila Chandra

Karen Peris (of The Innocence Mission)

Sinead O'Connor

Too many more to mention!

Kate Bush fans (and other interested* parties) might check out this Kate site:

The Homeground + Kate Bush News & Info Forum

*In the "Other Artists" section, there's a thread called "Suspended In Gaffa" about, well, other female artists. I can't really say more, but it's worth a look, I think.
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