Vocal Range of Famous Singers Explained

How Does Your Favourite Singer Measure Up?

Vocal range is predominantly associated to singing. It is the full spectrum of notes and pitches that a human voice is able to produce. Vocal ranges are used to classify the voice type of a singer. In music, range is referred to as the expanse between lowest and highest pitch.
For those who have no strong musical background or training, vocal ranges are confused with vocal types. There is a big correlation to both terms, however. If you want to know how to become a famous singer, then knowing the vocal ranges of the stars will definitely help you.

Vocal Ranges of Popular Singers

There is no perfect way to vividly grasp the concept but by identifying the vocal range your favorite artists. Please take note that 1 octave is equivalent to 7 notes on the piano.

Muscical Octave

Musical Octave

Mariah Carey: 5 octaves (E2-G#7)
From top to bottom notes, Carey sounds crystal clear. She became popular with her high octave belting and airy whistle. She can easily access a note without having to do vocal runs. Ageing has made her above C5 sounds coarser.

Christina Aguilera: 4 octaves (C3-C7)
Aguilera is a mezzo-soprano and has 4 octaves, which means she can hit 28 notes on the piano. She has a dexterous voice that lets her go with incredible runs that she is famous for. Her midrange is a standout. On the other hand, her higher chest tones may tend to be forced sometimes.

Celine Dion: 3 octaves (B2-C#6)
The diva has a magnificent understanding of technical singing (placement, projection etc.). She’s considered to be one of the most pitch perfect artists, and can mix belting with head voice brilliantly. With high frequencies, she tends to be nasal sounding.

Aretha Franklin: 3.5 octaves (G2-E6) 
The queen of soul’s gospel foundation probably influenced her powerful and emotive singing. Franklin has a well-connected range making her sound perfect from top to bottom range. Her age has slightly decreased the power of her belting, which is perfectly understandable.

Taylor Swift: 2 octaves (D3-F5#)
Pop-country star Taylor Swift has a relatively weak tone and quality of her voice is shrill. The best part of her voice is midrange. She also has a subtle timbre.

Bruno Mars: 3 octaves (C3-C6)
A light tenor, Mars’ voice has an amazing stamina and dexterity. He may not sound so powerful, but his easy breezy singing is ear candy. He sometimes compared to a young Michael Jackson. However, Mars loses clarity and control with his low notes.

Usher: 3 octaves (A2-Bb5)
Usher has a creamy and rich sound to his voice. He can be pristine with his falsettos. He also has a very powerful chest tone. The multi-Grammy winner is deemed as a maven of Soul and R&B. His adoption of the artificial techniques influenced by the pop trend kills the soul in his recent records.

Michael Jackson: 4 octaves (F2-F6) 
The King of Pop’s register from top to bottom is pristine. He had this surprising dark texture to his low range. His higher range shows more of his rhythmic dexterity. Jackson had a marvellous control over his instrument. He can be nasal sometimes, though.
Oftentimes, singers are more comfortable in the middle range. The highest and lowest parts of their voice are accessible, but may not automatically produce the same desirable tone (it could also be better).

Vocal Training

Formal voice training helps singers access more notes using correct techniques and vocal exercises. Thus, making their vocal ranges extensive compared to untrained vocalists. Voice ranges mature in its own rate, so, it is not proper to use chronological age as an indicator of maturity. 
At this day and age, contemporary singers use microphones and speakers to amplify singing. These tools make their range more audible and usable. I really hope you liked this post, if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask.


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