Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 14: The Top 4 Live Performances

Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 14: The Top 4 Live Performances

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This is Finale Week on The Voice and the four remaining singers – Brynn Cartelli, Kyla Jade, Britton Buchanan and Spensha Baker – are pulling out all the stops.

These talented singers will perform a solo, a duet with their coach and their own original song.

I know many MCL readers are pumped for this show and it will be interesting to see who actually wins this thing. Each is a winner in their own right and have exciting careers ahead of them. The Voice, after all, is a platform – another opportunity to emphasize the depth and strength of their talent to a wider audience.

The Voice airs on Monday, May 21st and Tuesday, May 22nd on NBC at 8:00 PM.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

49 Responses to “Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 14: The Top 4 Live Performances”

  1. Well, that’s that for another season of the Voice…I think vocally tonight Kyla wins. Don’t have a clue who will win

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  2. Well, if iTunes tells the story, it will be Britton and Brynn fighting for the win…I am so underwhelmed this season, no clear favorite, not happy with Adam over the last few weeks, and especially last night, not happy JHud is coming back. 🙁

    I have no idea who will win, I’m leaning towards a Britton win, but hoping I guess for a Kyla win. Either way I like them both so it wouldn’t matter. I think vocally, Kyla has had the most consistent season.

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  3. Brynn and Britton have both been leading on social media for several weeks, so I’m thinking they will probably be the top 2.

    Vocally, I agree with Vonnie, and would give the win to Kyla.

    My issue with both Brynn and Britton is their enunciation. There are times I can’t understand what they are singing. Of course, that’s typical with a lot of popular singers these days.

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  4. Idol Girl…I agree on your enunciation thoughts for Britton and Brynn, I had a lot of trouble with that last night as well. Yes, if they are giving the award for the “Voice” definitely Kyla, if it will be based on tween votes, Britton or Brynn. Hopefully more voted than bought songs on iTunes, lol, highly doubtful 😃


  5. I should add, I won’t be upset if Britton wins, he definitely has a presence about him. I would give the credit solely to him though, I don’t think Alisha did anything to further him on the show, her speeches come across to me as just a bunch of words said to impress and not to impact; just me I’m sure! The coaching has been lacking this year, a lot of over praising, and not enough constructive criticism. Yikes! I’m being grumpy this morning!


  6. A Voice blog I read mentioned in their review of last night’s performances, that the winner will be performing in the Voice’s Vegas show.



  7. If I were going to “cast” a new member for the Hard Rock Vegas Voice Show, it would be Britton. He is a pretty well developed “entertainer” and a decent and versatile singer. He has a fair degree of star potential, although that could fizzle while doing song and dance numbers in a Vegas Casino. At least he’s old enough to be there.

    As I said when I first saw her, Brynn has been finale bound since her blind audition, as has Britton. Is she as developed as a 33 year old professional singer with nine years on the road and on TV as part of a professional gospel group? No. Has she got more self developed talent than any 14 /15 year old I have ever seen. To each his own I guess, but if you have seen all of her performances from first to last, it’s hard to deny. It doesn’t hurt, no matter what area of popular music she ends up working in that she is a beautiful, poised, well mannered, intelligent girl. The producer who can’t develop Brynn in to a cash box is in the wrong line of work. I didn’t like the way she pronounced words in her cover of “What The World Needs Now” but she said that she was covering a highly stylized version. I didn’t like it. Her “enunciation” is an element of her style. She says she is a “soul singer” and I think that is why she slurs some of her words, to add flavor, if you will. The have miked her poorly most of the season. She isn’t a loud singer and the band or partners drown. her out. It’s easy to fix. Thank goodness she did not do a karaoke (sp) version of Adele. She will be more expensive to take to Vegas than the other contestants due to her age and need of a chaperone.

    I wonder why none of the producers that Kyla worked with picked her up as a lead vocalist? She has sung behind some high level talent. I think she fits my ringer theory. Ringers never win. They are always among the best singers of the season

    Spensha hasn’t convinced me she is headed in the right direction. Sweat, attractive lady, very low on self confidence which is a death sentence for an entertainer. Maybe she can make it happen. I hope so.

    Britton seems like the most sensible person to guess will win, but I’m going to stick with my first call and say Brynn will win. Britton will be second. Spehsha third and Kyla fourth.

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  8. BTW, I didn’t like the original songs. Britton’s was ok and extra points for writing it. Spensha’s was ok. I don’t think I will likely buy records from any of these artist.

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  9. Sia is an example of what I’m referring to. “Quirky” is a word often used to describe her voice/singing style. Definitely not my cup of tea.

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  10. Good thoughts Gene,

    I think for me, I was sidetracked by the two Jackie’s and failed to notice Brynn early on. I wonder if producers look at backup singers as just that, backup singers, and don’t give them the time of the day. There has been a few of backup singers on this show. Kyla’s style is definitely not a style that would normally gain my interest, but for some reason I really liked the tone and texture of her voice. That said, I think she missed her opportunity last night to win by over singing her first song. I know she has been catching a lot of flack on social media as being a “screamer”, she kinda was last night. She should have stood still and belted out a controlled ballad. I didn’t think anyone ran away with the win last night. Still hoping Kyla can pull out a win, but if not, any of the other three will be okay too!

    Oh well, on to AGT

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  11. I like powerhouse vocalists. Whitney Houston, the ladies from Heart, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Carrie Underwood, David Cook are examples.

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  12. I like the big voices too, not necessarily what I buy a lot of, but I like them

    To Vonnie’s point about back-up singers, I think most of them are back up singers for a reason. They lack that last 10% of “special sauce” that makes them special and instantly recognizable on the radio etc. There have been a few who have made it to the front and I will work on remembering their names, but some of them just had an opportunity. Keep in mind, I LOVE backup singers, always have. I like to watch them work during the course of a concert. They add a lot of depth, dimension, interest and sex appeal. Kyla was very good with J-Hud and J-Hud was less than generous with her, but when Hud kicked it up a notch, you could clearly see the difference.

    Rita Coolidge is one, Bekka Bramlett is another (you should look into her story sometime) Judith Hill who we met on the Voice is working her way to the front, Mary Wilson from the Supremes (now my brain hurts)

    And to Idol Girl’s point. Quirk is the only reason Sia is in the business. Not great for advancing the art of music but many of the top pop singers have a quirk of some sort that they are known for

    Brynn need some work with her singing style but if I’m remembering my MCL 101, she is a bel-canto singer with a nice round mouth position, a rich lower register, and beautiful head voice with subtle but well controlled and tastefully used vibrato. .She begins to sound odd to to me is when she does the Adam Lambert style thing of stick her tongue out. Kelly told once to hold back a little and I noticed her tongue withdrew into her mouth for the most part.

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  13. Congratulations to Brynn and coach Kelly!

    I think her continued association with Kelly should be fruitful in a year or two.

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  14. Hey Gene. Thanks for the shoutout. I may resurrect my MasterClass articles for Season 15. I miss my bel canto rants. Haha.


  15. Add Amanda Brown to the list

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  16. MCL,I learned way more than I can remember from your articles. I hope you do!

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  17. Oh yeah, “20 Feet From Stardom” is a good documentary / movie about backup singers.


  18. Gene and Idol Girl, congratulations, you both called Brynn as the winner way back. I wish her much success! I’m glad Kelly is sticking around.

    I didn’t watch last night, I don’t enjoy all of the hoopla, I would much rather it just be an hour of the seasons contestants and then announce the winner.

    When I say big voice, I usually think of gospel type voices, just like Kyla’s first song Monday night. I don’t care for that so much. I loved Whitney, Love Celine Dion, and others, there’s a difference between big voices, and the style Kyla sings, JHud sings like that too, and I don’t care for her, I think for my ears it sounds very sharp. That I guess is why I liked Kyla, her lower register was so full of body, tone and texture. If she could have found songs and stayed in that range, wow. If she would have even sang a Whitney song, without taking it there, staying true to the song, would have been great.

    Congratulations again you two, great call on the winner…you both have officially been bathed in confetti 🎉


  19. Instead of celebrities, I would love to see more past contestants featured on the finale. Many of them have put out EPs and singles that deserve some promo.


  20. Washington Post thinks that Brynn may be the game changer, having a good chance at becoming the show’s first mainstream star.



  21. I think that Kyla is a fine singer and it is probably a blessing for her to not win. In the article that Idol Girl linked above, the writer was pretty adamant about not allowing backup singers or band members etc of judges, past present and future, to compete. I have to agree with that.

    Hud could have promoted Kyla in many ways as previously mentioned, but another way, given Hud is returning as a judge next season and probably would have had a showcase appearance last night anyway, would have been to bring Kyla along as a duet partner. After the song say “I would like you to meet Kyla Jade, I think you will be hearing a lot more from her.” Of course Hud would be listed as her agent on the recording contract and so on. Most who heard her on one song would have a positive impression, and those interested in her style would have followed up and looked for her music on line.

    The blessing aspect is that Kyla can get as much or as little help as she wants from Blake, Wynona, Bobby Jones (Gospel) and J-Hud and do what a lot of very successful musicians are doing today, cut out the middle man and go straight to the public online. I know that Hall and Oats are doing this and Gregg Allman had been doing it prior to his death. A lot of beginners do the same thing on the other end of the scale. If I remember the introductions correctly, Britton’s folks built him a little tool shed sized outbuilding in the back yard where he has been doing his own thing for a few years. So Kyla has the best of both worlds. I think she is a fine singer but the standard, old school path to stardom via making a lable rich may not work for her.

    I think Blake may take Spensha on the road and he still shares a backup singer with Miranda, so Spensha might do some of that work as well. Any of these top contenders might find themselves in the Vegas show as well.

    No that it’s over, to be honest I hate to see Brynn entering the mainstream pop music scene, especially starting in Vegas. I wouldn’t want my kid who is just starting High School in the cesspool that is pop music today. I have stayed at a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino before and it was a pretty cool place that would be fun for the whole family. Young people can’t go into the casino but, at the location where I stayed, you had to go through the Casino to get to the performance venue. Probably not so for performers and, they are building a whole new venue at the Vegas location just for the Voice experience and show. It may even have a dorm attached {my speculation) to avoid putting these kids in expensive hotel rooms for a year.

    Vonnie, If I recall correctly, you stated watching the season after a few episodes had been aired, so you may have missed some of the early clues on who would likely win. You usually have year ear pretty close to the ground on these things. I gave in a watched the last couple of episodes of Idol on my DVR so I could fast forward through the trashy parts and was pleasantly surprised with the top 5 Mother’s Day program. It was pretty classic Idol and you could see the whole “casting” matching past successful years. One sharp male judge, one not so much, ditsy female judge who may be trouble or may bring a big heart, you never know. One top three contestant who is well prepared and versatile and will surely win after all of the industry praise (think Haley Reinhart vs the country girl) but ends up third. Many other parallels but I’ll leave it there. I liked the outcome.

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  22. I didn’t read that article Idol Girl but, yeah, I think that’s why she had so much support. She is a diamond that’s already cut, just needs some polish. I have a feeling that Kelly will be heavily involved with her development. I hope she takes a more active hand in coaching her or slips her off to Canada for a summer of Masterclasses. You can see in her singing style that someone has worked with her, and I know she was in school plays etc, but keep in mind a typical 14 year old would have just completed the 8th grade! That is not a great long time for development. I think she has huge potential.

    I hope that she isn’t committed to the stint in Vegas but will drop in now in then to join the show. Send Britton to Vegas.

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  23. Aw, thank you Gene, I was way off this year! Lol, I think with not having a favorite, I became disinterested in the show. It did however open my eyes to some of the background noise on the show…Blake seems to be the object of love him, hate him. Fans will vote for his team regardless of talent, while the Blake haters will vote against his team regardless of talent. Adam presented a side of himself that I didn’t care for this season; may be he’s been in the sand box too long.

    I actually totally agree with the thought that backup singers, especially those of past and upcoming judges shouldn’t be on the show, hopefully this season brings that upfront to the producers. One can only image the outcry if Kyla had won, and who knows, could be why she didn’t win. I fully believe in conspiracy theories with this show! 😬😳

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  24. I’ve read in the past that Adam is a real diva and is hard to get along with. Blake is good fun and he appears to be a good coach. His team members truly love him. You can’t put too much stock in what he says though. I think the coaches know what the actual score is throughout the show as far as votes from all sources and actual numbers for iTunes sales. So they can pimp an artist who they sell in the numbers isn’t going to win, but by doing, increase iTunes sales and perhaps increase viewership in target demographics. All along promoting the intended winner with song selection, performance order, endearing moments backstage, tear from Dad and on and on.

    Only one backup singer has ever won, Jermaine Paul, who I think was Alicia Keys backup singer and he is among the many winners who never produced an album. Record labels don’t have much incentive to promote an aged out rookie singer to an aged out audience who buys very few records. I can’t blame them, it’s a business after all. Some of the smaller labels that record specialty artist like Rounder do sign older artist who come to them with an established audience. Others sign older artist who are on the dark side of the mountain in their career, so called legacy artist, for prestige and to get the rights to their past recordings hoping for a new record format to come along so everyone will repurchase their record collection or income will be derived from streaming and radio play. Kyla, in particular can make a solid income as as a specialty artist doing a blend of classic covers in pop R&B and Gospel and selling direct or through the download services. This is basically what Melinda Doolittle does. I think they went to the same College actually.

    I still think she was a Ringer. I’m not sure if they know that or not, I guess they do not. I think they are recruited to keep the performance level of the show on a high level until they get down to the winner and then they are “dismissed,” creating massive controversy. In the end, we meet new singers, evaluate their performances and progress (all real) and they get some exposure and the judges build their popularity and NBC sells advertising. All is well.

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  25. I’ve often wondered if it’s better to be an indie artist or to sign with a major label?

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  26. If anyone here is into downloading music, there are a few changes some of the major downloading programs/stores are making recently:

    News is that Apple is pulling the plug on its iTunes LP format this year. Launched in 2009, the iTunes LP was a format that encouraged iTunes patrons to buy entire albums by adding in video documentary extras, bonus tracks, liner notes, and sometimes even fancy interactive elements. It was the iTunes download equivalent of the Enhanced CD, and meant to help sell complete albums in an age where users could simply buy a song or two they liked. Some reports claim this is a sign that Apple is gradually phasing out downloads in favor of streaming. It’s a good example of why I’m backing up my digital purchases on physical formats.

    Amazon is ending their cloud storage plan that enabled Amazon customers to upload their own music to the company’s servers. The only tracks that will be stored in the cloud will be ones customers purchase from Amazon.

    Right now, the state of Google’s music streaming services is a bit of a mess. Google Play Music is the company’s most notable player, but you can also listen to tunes and watch music videos via YouTube Red. If you’re on mobile, you can separately download the YouTube Music app that also comes with a Play Music/YouTube Red subscription. This jumble of services isn’t the easiest to understand, and to fix this, Google might replace them with YouTube Remix. With Google getting rid of Google Play Music, that will be another cloud storage program for your personal music collection gone. Only option left will be iTunes Match.

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  27. That’s a good analysis Idol Girl.

    I have to confess a unhealthy relationship with iTunes, but no, my email address isn’t @ AOL ! It was the first comprehensive download service and I saw no reason to change.

    Additionally, I do as little business with Amazon in total as possible. It is literally a last resort. Google is harder to separate from, but I would like to do so. You-tube has been pretty useful to me since it’s inception but I have never paid for any service from Google, of coarse the old adage is, “if the service is free, you are the product.”

    Physical backup is a must do, and if you have time and the resources, do it on more than one type of media.

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  28. On the other topic, I would say it depends on the artist. A lot of artist have an established following and it takes very little effort to notify fans of an appearance or an album drop. A new artist has to be a very hard worker, be self motivated and willing to work for free.

    Kyla is in a much better position than most and should have worked hard today while she is in the heart of the beast.

    I think that just as anyone can be an Indie artist, an individual can be a promoter or manager or talent scout. Just make the effort and have a little bit of money.

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  29. Vonnie – You mentioned about vocal tones and textures. That’s a factor into what vocalists I like and don’t like.

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  30. Vonnie,
    Just watch the backup singers then, that’s where it’s at!

    There wasn’t anybody that I liked much in my own lane this season, some I thought might pan out didn’t, and others developed. I just played talent scout this season.

    Most of my favorite artist are dead. The Blues is like that. Lot of texture there!

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  31. Most of my favorite artists are from the 60s, 70s, and 80s and have either retired from the current music scene or are dead.

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  32. This blog says that American Idol’s finale was the way The Voice’s finale used to be – about the contestants.


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  33. During the summer, my family and I catch up on Netflix rentals.

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  34. Oh wow, I fell asleep at the wheel guys! I need to play catch up now. Where to begin, texture and tone are my favorite elements of a singer. Beth Hart has these elements, Buddy Holly, Michael Buble’, Adele, Nora Jones, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson to name a few, they are pleasing to my ear, ah, but the list goes on. Yes, a lot of blues and jazz singers has that sound, that just checks all of the boxes. I don’t hear it as much in today’s singers, that’s why Kyla peeked my interest, she has that tone and texture, sadly she didn’t use it nearly enough, Britton had it too, but he didn’t use his either. Jared Leto is a good one to listen to, I’m not always crazy about the songs he sings, but I love his voice. Gosh guys, I could write a book…I will save it until morning and chat more! This is a great topic and am very interested in what tone and texture and voices you find appealing.

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  35. Gene. Thank you. I love writing those articles and am thrilled to share them with you.


  36. Josh Groban, Karen Carpenter, David Cook are some examples of tones I love.

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  37. MCL, Yes ma’am, you are very welcome and deserving. Thank you for another season of hosting this forum!

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  38. Idol Girl,

    Love Karen Carpenter, what a great loss!

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  39. The digital age killed tone and texture. The whole process is so compressed, dynamic range is lost and the over tones and under tones that are beyond the standard excepted range of human hearing, yet you can feel them, are mostly lost as well. That is why audiophiles never abandoned vinyl and a remarkable range of new albums are being offered in a vinyl version.

    Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton You can’t get more tone and texture from a Caucasian, a liitle bit of Al Green, BB KING, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Greg Allman, Amy Winehouse, Eric Burden (Animals) Ashley Monroe, David Clayton Thomas, (BS&T) Brandy Clark (love her) Buddy Guy (one of the very last of the old school blues men still working) Karen Carpenter ( If you like Karen Carpenter you should waste no time looking up a young woman who calls herself “Rumor” She sound dangerously like KC. Her name is Sara and she also does a killer “Sara Smile” absolutely Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chris Stapelton, Daryl Hall, Smokey Robinson, Cyndi Lauper (does decent old school blues believe it or not) Bonnie an Delaney Bramlett and their daughter Becka (these folks are rock and roll royalty and few people know them) Susan Tedeshi either alone, with the band of she and her husband Derek, Tedeshi Trucks band (My favorite current touring band that isn’t a legacy band) Early Tina Turner back when she and Ike did a Blues review and before she Rolled on the River, She was bad to the bone back then and Ike was a great guitarist and band leader. He recorded the first rock and roll song. Unfortunately he was the jealous and controlling type. RAY CHARLES one of the greats, ELVIS, Eric Clapton in his later blues years, EVA CASSIDY, regret never having seen this lady perform. As GEORGE JONES would say, “she’s as smooth as Tennessee whiskey” Daryl Singletary died a few weeks ago and I had only just discovered him. What a great classic country voice. Excellent new album out with Rhonda Vincent, Gladys Knight, Janiva Magness, (Empty Bed Blues) Gretchen Wilson when singing ballads, Jeff Healey, Omar Kent Dykes, Dr John, Leon Russell (and acquired taste for most but music royalty also) Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson II tone and texture to spare and one of the greatest blues harp players in the history of mankind fun to watch and listen to the stories his songs tell, unfortunately dead. Joe Cocker, particularly in his soul singer days, Joni Mitchell, Junior Brown, ROY ORBISON, Kathy Mattea, Dwight Yokum, Rachel Price who sings for a little startup band Check her out particularly “What I’m Doing Here” Lee Ann Womack, Patty Lovelace, Linda Rhonstadt, Carol King, People named “Little” or “Blind” Little Milton, Little Walter, Little Stevie Wonder AKA, Little Blind Stevie Wonder (no kidding) Blind Leomon, The Blind Owl from The Little Willies (which is Ravi Shankar’s little girl Nora Jones, Lori Morgan, Kieth Whitley, Alison Krause, Lyle Lovett tons of Tone and texture, Marcia Ball, Melinda Doolittle, Michael Grimm, Michael Johns, one of Idols best, Michael McDonald, Michael Parks, Morgan James, Nicholas David, OTIS REDDING, Patsy Cline, I liked you Rick Nelson shout out, I liked him in the sixties and the seventies, ETTA JAMES. AREATHA FRANKLIN, Paul Thorne, Pinetop Perkins, Felix Cavaleri from The Young Rascals, Rickie Lee Jones, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Sara Barelles, Levon Helm as well as the fellow who comitted suicide from The Band, Jackson Brown, Harry Neilson, Shelby Lynne, Dusty Springfield, Steve Windwood, Teea Goans, Trisha Yearwood, Ray Price, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson has it, How about I end my “short list” with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

    Wait a minute, anyone who recorded at Sun, Stax or Motown!

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  40. Wow, wow, wowza Gene, you hit on so many voices that I love, and now so many that I have to go in search of!

    Ah, one that I did not mention, that will get me to my feet and make my ears smile, Marvin Gaye, he has hands down the most beautiful voice, his tones and textures are delicious.

    Allison Kraus, patsy Cline and Sarah Borallis have what I call “bright” voices; so clear and bright. There was a young lady on the last season (I think) of Idol that had this quality, I will have to go back and see if I can find her.

    I really love Barbara Streisand, don’t appreciate her political voice but am so mesmerized by her singing voice.

    You mentioned my boy, Dwight Yoakam, love him, one of my favorite country singers (I only have two) Conway Twitty, my gosh talk about tone and texture!

    I love this conversation! 😃💕

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  41. “What’s Goin’ On” Yeah, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cook while were at it. How about The Staple Singers? A look of folks have used them to add the flavor to there own music.

    Sara Bareilles would make an awesome judge for either Idol or the Voice EXCEPT that she has a bad potty mouth and both of these shows encourage bad behavior from their judges / coaches. I love her voice. She has a quality that I call “lilt” maybe that is a real term and I didn’t just make it up! She can give me chill bumps on a good day. She also gets a resonance from the Greek influence in her nose that is very nice. She spent her college year singing in A Capella groups.

    My wife and I refer to Alison Kraus as “that girl” which is short for “that girl who sat in front of us when we went to Nashville to see Hall and Oates”. She sings like a little bird to me. Such a sweet voice and still the leading female Grammy winner at 27 !

    The girl who won this year, Maddie Poppie has sort of a Joni Mitchel style voice and musical style, folk pop rock sort of thing. Joni Mitchel would probably fit your “bright” category” And yeah, I agree on a points about “Babs” Her voice and skills are in a separate class from any other I believe. She had an album in the 70’s called Barbara Streisand and other musical instruments.” That about covers it, doesn’t it?

    You won’t believe this. After I made my previous post, I decided to check my email and I had one from the venue where Tony Jackson is scheduled to appear. It said “up coming event, you will want to read this.” Guess who is comming to this small venue that holds about 1000 folks. Dwight Yoakam (of Sling Blade fame, love that movie, yep)
    He’s not $10.00 though. Speaking of country singers, I’ve began to appreciate Marty Stewart a lot in the last few years. He has a little show on RFD TV that isn’t in current production but there are several seasons in the can. He presents some newer acts as well as some of the old er singers and has an outstanding band. I’ve been to a lot of concerts but I saw Marty Stewart and His Fabulous superlatives several months back and it was one of the best, most professional, enjoyable concerts I have ever seen.

    “Hello Darlin'” Conway Twitty and the Twitty Birds. I have never seen Conway but I can get to within 6 degrees of him. Loretta Lynn, The Coal Miners Daughter herself, was Conways longtime duet partner. She is also the current and long time “Queen of Country music. I saw her in concert about five years ago and it was oddly thrilling, like when I saw the Rolling Stones. No kidding! She is such a one of a kind, old school throwback self made, rags to riches story, woman. i love her. And if any shouts out “I love you Loretta” at anytime, she will respond, every time, I love you too baby.” So I mention Rhonda Vincent earlier. She is the energizer bunny herself and is billed as “The Queen of Bluegrass.” and that she is, she grew up singing with her parents and her brother. Her brother also has a show on RFD, Daily and Vincent and they always end with a Bible verse. So Rhonda, in addition to bluegrass also has a great love for traditional country music. She has recorded with many other artist but the most resent completed project was an album of duets with the now late Daryl Singletary, who died suddenly after making the album at the age of just 46 years. This album is great and features at least one Conway and Loretta duet that I can think of, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” I saw her and her outstanding band at a High school in North Alabama and had a chance to speak with her afterward. She said she had many projects going at the time this duet album idea was presented to her and that God had put it on her heart to move forward with it instead of the others. She also won a Grammy this year for another album. She has collaborated with Alison Krauss as well as many others. She has moved high on my list as well.

    My guess is that your original post was referring to the type of tone and texture that is most frequently generated by folks of African Heritage. Something about the makeup of those instruments and the life behind the older ones that can’t be Matched by others. Oh, here is another one “The Blind Boys of Alabama” I may have put them under people named “Blind” but they are currently working and have massive tone and texture. In ‘O Brother Where Art Thou” They are the grave diggers before the big flood.

    OK, hit iTunes and you tube and check some of these folks out.

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  42. My pleasure Gene and company. I was thinking- are there other reality shows you watch? I should add blog topics of shows that interest the MCL readers.


  43. Other than some favorite American Idol and Voice alums, most current music I purchase is classical and country. For those genres, I prefer crossover vocalists such as Celtic Woman, The Canadian Tenors, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood.


  44. Gene, great list…I grew up listening to those artists; in our dining room growing up was a small radio that from sun up to sun down, belted out the tunes from the likes of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline (as she was a local gal) Charlie Pride, Elvis, Conway, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Whispering Bill, Barbara Fairchild, a very young Tanya Tucker, and the list goes on; my the memories of summer days singing and dancing to that radio. At 5:00 pm it would end broadcasting, they played “There Will be peace in the Valley” and then static…if you wanted music after that you grabbed the vinyl, I wish I had my dad’s collection now.

    You got any French fried tators in there, mmm-umm? Dwight was great in Sling Blade, he was also in panic room with Jodi Foster.


  45. Idol Girl,

    I much prefer the older style country to today’s music too. I like classical music too and love the Symphony. There’s a venue that has symphony on the lawn, it’s a little bit of a drive, but I would love to go sometime, it’s not the hubby’s favorite style, he could always take his lounge chair and sleep! 😂


  46. Vonnie – You misunderstood. I did not say that I like classical and country to sound old. I said that I like pop elements in those genres.

    For example, in the country genre, I like certain artists, such as Shania Twain, because they don’t sound “hicky”.

    For example, in the classical genre, I like that Lindsey Stirling adds EDM to her violin music. I like that Celtic Woman don’t sound operatic.


  47. Lol, Idol Girl, Gotcha, I stand corrected. I have flat spot syndrome and tend to get things confused with one another. I like a little ping and twang in my country music, but that said, I don’t listen to country music! I don’t think I have ever listened to the Celtic Lady…I will give her a listen! 😃💕


  48. Celtic Woman is a group.


  49. Brynn Cartelli will be managed by Kelly Clarkson’s husband.



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