Mariah Carey - Emotions (1991)


Mariah Carey discovered her

Mariah Carey discovered her advanced technique by imitating Minnie Riperton.

Carey: My doctor showed me my vocal chords and why I can hit those high notes. It’s a certain part of the chord that not many people use—the very top. My natural voice is low. I have a raspy voice. I’m really more of an alto. But my airy voice can be high if I’m rested.

Smith: How did you come to be using that part of your chords?

Carey: When I was little, I’d listen to Minnie Riperton.

Smith: “Back down memory lane..."

Carey: Exactly. I used to hear it in the car sometimes. I would get her records, and I tried but I never could do it. When I was little, I’d talk in this really high whisper, and my mom would be like, “You’re being ridiculous.” I thought if l can talk like that I can sing like that. So I started [she goes higher and higher and higher] just messing around with it. I’d practice and practice, and she’d be like, “You’re gonna hurt yourself.” I’d tell her, "It doesn’t hurt." If I were to try and belt two octaves lower than that, that would be a strain. 1

Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You

Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You (1975)

"Popoli di Tessaglia!"

The highest note put into song in the classical repertoire is G6 (in American notation, G3 in European notation) in "Popoli di Tessaglia!", K. 316, a concert aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria, 1756-91), composed for Aloysia Weber.1

Elizabeth Vidal performs "Popoli-di-tessaglia", K.316, by Mozart: https://youtu.be/zZ97tCWclcQ

Bobby McFerrin

I particularly enjoyed the last two music videos above (Mozard and Lovin' you).

In reference to your Mariah Carey quote, Bobby McFerrin's voice has a very wide range, too, from very deep to very high. He's a very talented musician. I like him.


His voice and music are very calming :)

Patti LaBelle - You'll Never Walk Alone

The rare ability to project a full-sounding belt, right up to the soprano C6 is an incredibly impressive feat, and LaBelle has consistently shown able to do so with apparent ease. This upper-register extends right up to E6, which is marked with a dramatic, rounded and potent sound.

via http://www.divadevotee.com/2010/12/patti-labelle-vocal-profile-range.html

Patti LaBelle - You'll Never Walk Alone (1985)

Don't Worry. Be Happy!

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988)

A classic!



Farinelli - "Lascia Ch'io Pianga," composed by Handel.

Farinelli's singing voice was provided by the Polish soprano, Ewa Malas-Godlewska and a countertenor, Derek Lee Ragin, who were recorded separately then digitally merged to recreate the sound of a castrato.1

  • 1. "Farinelli (film)". Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farinelli_(film)#Production. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.

Diva Dance

Jane Zhang - "Diva Dance", The Fifth Element

Zhang Liangying (张靓颖; 張靚穎), also known as Jane Zhang...is particularly known for her signature whistle register which earned her a nickname, "The Dolphin Princess".1

Georgia Brown

Georgia Brown shows off her vocal range: https://youtu.be/rCWOggzQHB8

Georgia Brown (Brazil), has a vocal range of eight octaves, extending from G2 to G10, as verified at Aqui Jazz Atelier Music School in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 18 August 2004. The highest note that she hit, the G10, is technically not a musical note but a frequency. The full range was verified by music experts using a piano, violin and Hammond organ.1

How low can you go?

"How low can you go? Hear the world's deepest voice": https://youtu.be/AaPtiFO-NLc

Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace (First released: 1972)

How Deep's Your Love?

Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love (1977)


This brings me back to my youth...

O wie will ich triumphieren

The lowest vocal note in the classical repertoire is in Osmin's aria, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria) (1756-91), which calls for a low D (73.4Hz). 1

"O wie will ich triumphieren" - Kurt Moll

Earth, Wind, and Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire - September (1978)