Thursday 23 July 2015

[Vocal Profile] Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser

Vocal Type: Soprano
Voice range: C3-D6 (3 octaves 1 note)
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Pluses: The overall character of the Diva’s instrument is famed for its light, airy and ethereal nature, with a slight operatic touch. Despite the fact that her real artistic strength comes from her tone, timbre, phrasing and the unique style of lyricism, she has also shown some technical proficiency.

Although naturally foggy, Fraser’s lower register extends down to C3, and is characterized by a surprising audibility given her voice type. The voice is most comfortable around the upper half of the lower register, resulting in her being capable of hitting strong and substantial F#3’s. [Athol-Brose]. The tone and volume can aptly be manipulated into sounding either soft [Make Tomorrow], or louder and stronger [Bluebeard].

Her upper register is effortless, easily accessible, and is the strongest spot of the voice. Much like the entire instrument, it retains its airy, pleasing quality.The homogeneous nature of Fraser’s instrument from top to bottom means that her voice preserves these qualities in the high(er) extremes, as well.

The Diva wields the upper part of the voice with complete freedom, so it is not surprising that this part of the range is most frequently used. The voice itself has the dexterity that allows her to access the top fifth octave notes- where Fraser is capable of pitching an A5 without the need of any vocal runs [Ups].

The voice is agile enough to execute some staccato phrases, as can be heard in Bluebeard (acoustic version). Notes in the fifth octave can either have Diva’s distinctive, airy sound, or may be sung in an operatic manner. Her vocalization in Flock Of Soul shows those abilities side by side.

Although not considered a powerhouse vocalist, the Diva has the ability to manipulate the weight and power of her voice, showing the skill to sound light and airy [Carolyn’s Fingers], or more weightier with a a beltier sound [All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun/ Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops].

Generally speaking, the voice’s distinctive character can be heard throughout the entire range, which makes it easy to recognize.

Vocal Negatives:The overall vocal style, as well as the timbre and genre the Diva sings, is not to everyone’s taste. While some may appreciate the instrument for its lightness and delicacy, others may find it hollow and emotionless.

The upper register of the voice has been reduced in quality, becoming darker and slightly laboured as a result of age related vocal problems. Also, the absence of real vocal weight can be off-putting to some.

Thanks to Baby Blues for compiling the profile !

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