About DivaDevotee

DivaDevotee is my little space on the World Wide Web to  share with the world my thoughts and feelings on one of my favourite topics: music's Divas. My decision to go public with my ramblings was in the hope that I'd meet other like minded people who share my interest. So please, get involved and comment!

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt

I'm very much aware of my place in the universal pecking order (at the bottom, with all the other critics) so please take everything I write with a pinch of salt. It's really not that serious.

35 comments:

  1. Hello,

    I like your website, it's very interesting and helps me understand much more my own voice.

    Thank you for that.

    You have forgotten some great like ANGIE STONE AND YOLANDA ADAMS...

    Ciao,

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  2. Hi There.

    Where are Dusty Springfield and Diamanda Galas?

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  3. Hi There.

    Where are Dusty Springfield and Diamanda Galas?

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  4. Love your site! I would greatly appreciate a vocal profile of Dusty Springfield, one of the greatest female artists of the 20th century. Many thanks for your consideration :)

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  5. I'm wondering about Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland's vocal profiles.

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    1. I woud also like to hear profiles on these two, as well as on Miss Springfield.

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  6. I am addicted to your site. I check it every other day when i am not busy. i was thinking that maybe Elizabeth Gillies and Victoria justice would make wonderful additions to the vocal profiles :)

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  7. can you please include Charice
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu3M6tQ4lnk

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  8. I think you will enjoy my magazine blog
    www.sadobyroxy.blogspot.com.ar

    Sado, Sensual y Femenino

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  9. Oh forgot to CONGRAT YOU ON YOUR SITE!!!!!

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  10. Really interesting site! Have you ever thought about analyzing voices that are not celebrity singers? I am a professional singer, though not famous. Would love your analysis. This could be your new business service!
    Amiekoleh2003@yahoo.com

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  11. can i sent you some recordings, i want help to figure it out what kind of voice it is mine, you can send me an email adress to send the song

    atte almi

    my email adress is arquitectura@gmail.com

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  12. arquitectura3737@gmail.com sorry i was kind of tired

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  13. This is fantastic. Thanks for all of the time you put into this.

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  14. OK. As a professional vocalist with a 4-octave voice (voice coach confirmed it; sang in R&B funk cover bands & jazz on the casino and club circuit), profiles need to be added for: Ann Wilson of Heart (one of the BEST. VOICES. EVER!), Linda Ronstadt (miserable news that she has Parkinson's and can no longer sing), Pat Benatar (her cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" is EPIC), and English White Soul Diva Lisa Stansfield (seriously, her version of Cole Porter's "Down in the Depths" is just BEYOND), Anne Murray, Karen Carpenter, and Cherrelle (Saturday Love, anyone?), and Evelyn Champagne King (Shame) just to name a few - I'm a petite white girl (5'2" & 115#), and I *KNEW* some kinda soul came outta me when I'd play casinos/clubs in the South End of Seattle/Tacoma, and the Sistahs in the house would start out watching me with their arms crossed, and then start nodding their heads, and tapping their feet, and mouth to their girlfriends, "Dayum! White girl can SAANG!" - I've opened for the Dazz Band, Rose Royce, and KC & The Sunshine Band, and to have SERIOUS African-American musicians come up to me and say, "DAYUM! How does a big, black voice come out of a little white girl like you?" made me KNOW I could SING. The Sistahs and Brothas have *ALWAYS* been my litmus test, yanno? And I thank them for it! *grin*

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  15. Hi! I love this site! I've been lloing for voice styles and vocal range! What about Norah Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman?I would love to know about these awesome singers :)

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  16. Can you do one for leah mcfall?

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  17. Can you please evaluate and add Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars) voice to your site? I LOVE her voice and am so curious about how she compares next all the wonderful divas you already have listed.

    Also, THANK YOU of doing this site! I really appreciate it!! Its been fun and even instructive!!

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  18. Oh hi, I like this web site because of the comments, could you do the vocal range of Perrie Edwards from little mix? Because that girl really have a nice voice and I want to know her vocal range!!

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  19. yellowdogdemocrat13 April 2014 at 08:24

    No Jackie Evancho?? Seriously???

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    1. BTW how do I get rid of those five stupid little boxes in the upper left of the page?? They're driving me bananas.

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  20. Hello Diva Devotee!

    Thank you for your very informative and insightful site! I have learned a lot about the singers listed from your site and have really enjoyed also learning about new talent that I had never heard about; it's wonderful getting new exposure to music (always exciting!) and voices!

    There are a number of musical theater vocalist and opera stars as well that have risen to the top over the last several years that I thought you might be interested in taking a look at and perhaps analyzing their vocals. Here are just a couple that came to mind that I thought might interest you based on your current list:

    MUSICAL THEATRE:

    -Sutton Foster
    (Star of "Anything Goes", "Thoroughly modern Millie", and Tony award winner; currently staring in the musical "Violet"; beautiful voice and a singer who beautifully mixes head and chest voice )
    From Violet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Toql80Z81NE
    From the Tony's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo6lPifGnGA
    From Little Women: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSanYf07st8

    -Bernadette Peters (Sondheim star; tony award winner)
    From "Into the Woods": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLKbc2hvxk

    -Patti Lupone (Original cast for Evita & numerous others...big musical theater star; incredible voice)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYTIUgSokf0

    -Elaine Page: Susan Boyle's influence! Huge broadway star on West End; Laurence Olivier award winner; I believe she was the original "Grizabella" in cats (character who sung "Memory".)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqZQ5wgMpYg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVH39yj26a0

    -Audra McDonald (multiple Tony award winner)
    Summertime (From "Porgy & Bess"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SdFyGy6YDw
    From Into the Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb4n_MN5vEo

    -Donna Murphy
    (Listen to Murphy's performances in "Tangled" and recording from her Sondheim work including "Losing my mind" from Follies; "Leave you?" from Follies; "I read" from Passion; and various from Into the Woods)

    -Kelli O' Hara
    (taught by same vocal professor as Kristen Chenoweth; huge, current leading lady on Broadway; multiple tony award winner; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apnHOwWuTkQ )

    -Judy Garland & Liza Minelli (bet they don't require any introduction!)

    CLASSICAL/OPERA:

    -Renee Fleming:
    HUGE American opera star; sung at the National Anthem at the Super bowl this year; Metropolitan Opera star; lyric soprano; vocalist on numerous soundtracks including "Lord of the Rings". Here's a sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU3bJ5JJhlw

    -Diana Damrau:
    Named one of the best Opera singers of today; remarkable range and skill with vocal leaps; colortura soprano. I love her rendition of Mozart's "Queen of the Night". Notice the ease with which she sings this very difficult piece and the enjoyment on her face: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOQ7W8-_Ekg

    -Anna Netrebko: Amazing operatic soprano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFJJ1zFBWgY


    CROSS-OVER VOCALIST:

    Katherine Jenkins:
    Huge cross-over vocalist in the UK; made an appearance on "Dancing with the stars"; mezzo-soprano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR7EaHbPe54

    Haley Westerna:
    professional singer by the age of 13; 1st album, "Pure", reached #1 on UK classical charts; formerly of the "Celtic Women" group; lovely soprano voice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d97zkAanaZY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS-fBWGtd5s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZMV8Pg-iHM

    Hope you enjoy the voices above! Would love to see them up on the list if you have time. I think they would make a nice addition to the very good collection you put together so far :)


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  21. I recommend listening to Hiba Tawaji once. She has a trumpet like ringing voice (incl. whistle-register) ,always perfect in tune. Her songs are sometimes poppy symfonic poems (Khalas ) and it can be very sweet but also very dynamic and funky. She looks like the pretty,nice but clever student next door. She sings in Arabic, sometimes in French (Avec le temps). "Al Rabih Al Arabi" is unusual shocking.

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  22. Diva, long time reader, love the blog. Could you have a listen to my very rough track and give your opinion
    https://soundcloud.com/david-grehan/addicted-to-you, with an acoustic guitar and an iphone. 30 year old guy trying to sing :)

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  23. I am a HUGE Disney fan! For fun, do you think you could do a post to discuss which Disney Princess Diva is the best singer?

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  24. Hi Diva. Great website. Very informative. Can you do more "Vocal Ranges" for international divas? Especially divas in the Philippines. Divas are very big in the Phil, they even have their own titles like "Asia's Songbird " etc. To name a few (some of the heavy hitters): Lani Misalucha, Lea Salonga, Zsazsa Padilla, Kyla, Nina (Girado), Juris (of MYMP).

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  25. I really enjoy this site, it's an interesting concept! I'm curious about Jhené Aiko, Tori Kelly, Rita Ora, Lorde & Cher Lloyd for the girls though. As for the boys, I'd be interested to read about Patrick Stump & Brendan Urie who both have quite the range!

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  26. Hello! Maybe try to do more pages of foreign artists. I'd love some polish singers to have profiles; Justyna Steczkowska, Edyta Górniak.

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  27. Why why why why why why why why why won't you add a profile for Tori Amos? She has a tremendous voice and is consistently overlooked. It is baffling that your site dedicates space to everyone as popular but not vocally strong as Kesha and Britney Spears to those with similar talents as Amos--such as Kate Bush, to whom she is frequently compared--but not Amos. A lot of people have requested that you add her. Will it ever happen?

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  28. Great site, would love to see a study of the voice of Linda Eder. Her vocal range has always fascinated me, but I am curious to see other's opinions.

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  29. Hey, awesome site :) I was wondering if you could critique my voice soundcloud.com/thoughitwasalwaysclear You can message me on there and let me know what you think. I believe the highest and lowest notes I have up there are F5 and Gb3, but I can generally do E3 to A5 (my friend says I'm a mezzo-soprano) Thanks in advance! Don't bother to be too nice.

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  30. Hello! I've been checking out your site for the past few days and enjoyed what you're writing so far! I've made a little blog about it over here--->https://applesaucee.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/diva-devotee-the-place-where-music-critique-is/

    Also one question, on the lower-right corner you mentioned uploading your own musical works for us to critique but when I click the page it seems to be empty? Was it removed?

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  31. When you get a chance: Please review the vocal performance of Ann Wilson, of the band Heart.
    Thanks!

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  32. This site will never be complete without the most Diva off all English singers : Alison Goldfrapp. Most of these people listed here will never hope to know what it's like to sound like her. You should also list Annie Clark (St Vincent). Listen to Marry Me and you will understand.

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  33. Can you please add Jane Zhang's vocal range C3-G#6, she's a great singer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWmsXETF8b8

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