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    Question Female singers

    Getting back into audio. Mostly always listened to rock & roll, which is pretty much male dominated; country, western swing; likewise.

    Now looking to er... - ahem - broaden my music library -- girls just have way prettier voices. Pursuant to that, I bought two discs by Norah Jones last couple days, whom I have heard a lot of good about. I love it!!, even if she doesn't exactly belt it out (somewhat 'airy' or 'breathy' voice).

    I also have and like:

    - Tish Hinojosa (she has THE beautiful voice [voz mas bonita], but the 'Watermelon Records' engineering is sometimes crap)
    - Patsy Cline ('nuff said, 'cept that there was not a molecule of air passed her larynx that didn't get pressed into useful service )
    - Kelly Willis (older stuff; just bought her Easy album and was a bit underwhelmed, but maybe it'll grow on me)
    - Dixie Chicks (again, older stuff)
    - Toni Price
    - Rosanne Cash
    - Blondie (Debbie seems to be AWOL from here; all I can find is a ripped copy)
    - Janis Joplin

    Given the above, can anyone suggest something I'd like?

    I could go into the record store with a sack of money and the shotgun approach and no doubt emerge with some goodies (along with a lot of crap). I prefer to increase my odds by asking y'all - the experts. Thanks.
    -Jon

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    Broaden -- heh-heh.

    If you dig vocal blues/jazz (a la Billie Holiday, et al), try Madeline Peyroux.

    Do you like Melissa Etheridge? She rocks.

    Most of the femmes I listen to are either harder (Collide, Tapping the Vein, Curve, Garbage, et al) or more alternative (Halou, Tori Amos, et al) than what you've already mentioned. Kate Bush? Renaissance (Annie Haslam)?
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    Hi and good luck on your journey of discovery.
    Here are two or four you might like, great voices.

    Anne McCue
    Natalie Merchant
    Cowboy Junkies
    Lucinda Williams

    Peace

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    diana krall haves a wonderful voice too, try that.
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    I like Beverly Craven. See one of her music videos here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmS43Kdu44A

    Also like newcomer Julie Gribble, check out samples on her website - http://www.juliegribble.com/

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    K.D. Lang (!)

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    Aimee Mann (?)
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    Don't forget legends like Ella fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

    Someone just a bit back mentioned Nina Simone, who would be very good to give a listen to. And, maybe some Etta James.

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    How about Jon Anderson/YES? Just kidding, I LOVE their stuff.
    If you like progressive rock, how about Renaissance. They can Rock but refined most of the time. It's incredible considering they pretty much changed band members every months. I dont know much about them as history, but I dont care.

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    A big favorite of mine is Marilyn Scott. In addition to having her own albums, Marilyn has made guest appearances on a number of other artists' albums.

    Website: http://www.marilynscott.com/mscott/index.html

    Sound samples: http://www.towerrecords.com/Music/De...arilyn%20scott&
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    Annie Lennox

    Pat Benatar

    Lacuna Coil (alternating male and female singers)

    Eleven (again -male and female singers)

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    Thanks

    Appreciate all the good leads. Those will keep me busy a while.

    Didn't make it to the record store today, so dug out Patsy Cline to listen to on my commute. My God! I need to get everything she ever did.

    Hey Hawkeye, thanks for the Beverly Craven link. What a lovely voice; I'll have to add her to my library ASAP. Haven't had a chance to listen to Julie Gribble samples yet, but I saw her pictures. I see a potential WAF problem there.

    Hey Rob7, I have Pat Benatar ... on vinyl. Forgot about that -- she's fine. Waiting on a cartridge to see if my old TT will work.

    Glen, I'll have to check out Marilyn Scott, if for no other reason than the Dylan tune. The jazz is a little heavy for my taste as things stand now... but who knows?

    The rest I'll have to google - lots of useful & fun work ahead for me. Thanks.

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    If you like Norah Jones' voice, check out a Canadian singer by the name of Amanda Marshall. She released three albums then fell off the face of the earth. Her first CD is her best and the one to pick up if you're only gonna get one.

    Amanda's voice is much more powerful than Norah's, but on her first two CDs the genre is about the same pace. She tried to go a little more hip hop for her third CD. I don't think that worked out very well for her.

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    You might also like Alison Kraus, Carie Underwood or Leann Rimes. If you can go this direction one of my favorite female voices is Anita Baker. See what you think of Blackmore Night featuring Candace Night's voice, my favorite album of theirs so far is Ghost of A Rose. You know that Melissa Etheridge isn't bad either. Ever heard the Cranberries or Jewel?

    I agree with you on Patsy. I am amazed at even with those old recordings her voice comes through strong and clear. She must have been something in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tin ear
    Peter, fabrik means factory or producer? He he; so this makes you unique.. how?
    Not at all. It's just another word for "mammal". (This came about from a pet thread.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Chalk
    Not at all. It's just another word for "mammal". (This came about from a pets thread.)
    Ah. Of course -- an idiom I don't know about. All I could do was translate literally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    I agree with you on Patsy. I am amazed at even with those old recordings her voice comes through strong and clear. She must have been something in person.
    I searched out videos of her last evening to see what kind gyrations and toil she went through to be able to sing like that. Unless she was lip-synching on those old tv shows (entirely possible), her manner of singing was apparently effortless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tin ear
    Ah. Of course -- an idiom I don't know about. All I could do was translate literally.
    No, you had it right. Here is the thread in question. Hopefully it will explain my choice of moniker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Chalk
    No, you had it right. Here is the thread in question. Hopefully it will explain my choice of moniker.
    OK. No offense intended, Peter (well maybe a little, but only in fun) -- please tell me that's not how Dusty Springfield looks nowadays.

    jon

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    That's not how Dusty Springfield looks nowadays.

    And no offense taken -- what could you possibly have said to offend? I'm cool with it.

    And "Dusty" doesn't come from her, it comes from something else entirely (my name, indirectly).
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    here are some

    shirley horn (you wont forget me & heres to life), dianne reeves (good night and good luck), rene marie (vertigo), dont forget bonnie raitt, and minnie riperton. carmen mac rae is always a good bet as well.
    ...regards...tr

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    I dont think she's been mentioned yet.
    Betty Carter- Finally Betty Carter on vinyl of course...

    Oh yea. I think I'll spin that next
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    carmen and betty at the great american music hall

    purty good on vinyl!
    ...regards...tr

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    Thank U hifitommy :thumbsup:

    Quote Originally Posted by hifitommy
    shirley horn (you wont forget me & heres to life), dianne reeves (good night and good luck), rene marie (vertigo), dont forget bonnie raitt, and minnie riperton. carmen mac rae is always a good bet as well.
    Thanks HifiTommy, I've beeen trying to recall the name Minnie Riperton for about 2 months now.
    Which album do you suggest?

    -JRA

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