10 Female Vocalists You Have To Know

There are many great female voices in the history of music, but here are ten vocalists that you have to know. They are divas and icons who will continue to inspire generations to come.

10. Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles. recently nominated for a Grammy for best solo performance for “Brave,” is now working on her first directing/producing Broadway WaitressHer heartfelt sentiments and sassy attitude combined with her amazingly smooth lower range is to die for.

9. Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar’s powerful voice was meant for 80’s rock. Her mezzo soprano range gives an extra oomph to the grungy songs while she can flawlessly reach her higher range in love songs like “We Belong.” She is carrying on her legacy still as she tours the world with her husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo.

8. Sia

Sia received plenty of attention recently for “Chandelier” and other tracks off her latest hit album 1000 Forms of Fear, but her career reaches way back. Writing for other performers like Rihanna, her artistic ability is genius. Overcoming dark times, she rarely presents herself to the public without hiding her face, adding to the mystique behind this intriguing voice.

7. Janet Jackson 

Janet Jackson is the youngest and most currently active of the famous Jackson family. Her performances from the 80’s and 90’s are still well known and mixed often into modern hip hop. Despite the Super Bowl Halftime Show controversy over ten years ago, she has carried on and continues to produce new music. Her funk and swagger are unmatched and many younger artists aspire to be at her level.

6. Stevie Nicks

Birthday girl Stevie Nicks‘ versatility as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a soloist granted her a total of thirteen Grammy nominations. Her husky voice is settling and many singers look up to her for musical and fashion inspirations. She is still well and touring with Fleetwood Mac and recently appeared on American Horror Story as a witch version of herself.

5. Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse is another explosive talent that will not be forgotten. Her bluesy R&B style was perfectly matched by her low-range, free-flowing pipes. Her iconic large, poofy, mane was nothing compared to the amount of talent this artist packed. Her documentary titled Amy will be released in July and the trailer shows her charisma as well as her artistic capacity off stage.

4.  Beyoncé

They don’t call Beyoncé “Queen Bey” without a reason! Since her days in Destiny’s Child, she has continued to slay the world of pop and R&B. Her talent has reached the world and she continues to bless us with hit after hit with her husband Jay Z. Who run the world? Beyoncé.

3. Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is an R&B sensation that will be a throwback and a current trendsetter. Her latest album featured collaborations with the likes of award-hogger Sam Smith and Emeli Sande. Her ability to keep writing lyrics that effectively complement her immaculate voice is unparalleled. She can be old school or hip. Either way, we love Mary J.

2. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston will forever be one of the most listened-to artists. Young listeners born after her time will continue to hear her songs because generations before have cherished her work. Her dynamic voice could bring you to tears. Gone too soon, we will always love you.

1. Aretha Franklin

No list of top performers is complete without Aretha Franklin. Her gospel-infused R&B has been heard all over the world and she continues to be one of the most successful in her field. She recently performed in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, blowing away even those sitting in the last seat of the hall with her powerful belting. On top of a lifetime collection of hits, Aretha Franklin’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” that she mashed up with “Ain’t No Mountain” is filled with soul and character.

PS. I would have included Mariah Carey but she’s been off her game with the awful performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at Rockefeller Center and had negative reviews from her recent residency in Vegas. Here’s the bonus video of the failed performance.

Featured Image by PH2 Mark Kettenhofen (DefenseImagery) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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