Vocal Type: Light-Lyric Soprano
Vocal Range: C3-D6 (3 Octaves 1 Note )
Vocal Pluses: Janet Jackson is a Diva who knows her instrument, working its strengths and weaknesses to best effect. The voice has an overarching sweet and warm timbre that carries throughout the range, which works beautifully to create layered harmonies [Discipline/ What's It Gonna Be].
The lower-range isn't often used by Janet, being mostly weaved into harmonies[Take Care]. When she does showcase it, it sounds to be comfortable, dark and surprisingly solid [Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)].
The mid-range is where Janet's voice begins to shine, and is where she finds herself most comfortable. Here Janet shows her versatility, being able to play with texture and weight to create contrasting tones. Most often used is a soft, breathy and warm colouring [Rock With You], but she she can also solidify the sound, adding attitude and character to her delivery [Black Cat]. Both styles can be heard used brilliantly in tandem in domestic abuse song What About.
The overall lightness of her timbre, and her head dominate mix, allows the Diva to hit chest notes with relative ease, though the resonance/power achieved isn't very strong. The tone produced is sweet, rounded warm and free from strain, even in the mid-fifth octave. As she climbs the octave her voice seamlessly transitions into her head voice [ Love Will Never Do (Without You)].
The head voice is perhaps the most resonant part of the Diva's voice, being punchy, bright and of some thickness [He doesn't Know I'm Alive]. Though under utilised, the Diva sounds to be comfortable and free singing in her upper register.
Vocal Negatives: Janet Jackon's voice lacks power and has a nasal quality.