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The Controversy in Madonna’s Vocal Ability…
The American singer and recording artist better known in the world as Madonna was born in August 1958 at Bay City, Michigan. Aside from being a popular and famous singer and recording artist, she’s also known to be an actress and a successful businesswoman. Her father is of Italian-American descent while her mother is a French- Canadian. She is known as the pop queen and is considered as one of the key figures in pop music culture.
What affected her singing style of music most is that it was often subject to profound scrutiny and analysis of critics. In 2005, the author of Contemporary Strategy named Robert Grant revealed that that the success of this world-famous singer was certainly brought not because of her excellent natural talent.
Madonna’s Vocal Range
Madonna is a Mezzo-Soprano with the vocal range of 3 octaves 2 notes from G2 to B5.
Vocal Strengths and Weaknesses
Because of her vocal training, Madonna singing technique is capable of adapting her vocal style to any music genre she sung easily. Madonna’s voice types is very flexible and adaptive to any type of song. The mid-range vocal technique is her most powerful area featured with warm and robust voice culture and brighter tone/timbre.
However, the only weakness is that sometimes her singing voice will become noticeable nasality and thin as she runs into the higher notes. She sounds amazing.
How Madonna Became a Famous Singer?
She stated further that as a vocalist, songwriter, musician, actress, and dancer, Madonna’s talents were considered modest. She has been observed to be always self-conscious regarding her vocal ability, especially if compared with famous vocal icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, and Prince. In 1977, she settled in NY City in pursuit of a career in contemporary dancing.
Sometime in 1983, her debut album was released after she performed in Emmy and Breakfast Club, both well-known music groups. This was followed by a series of hit albums which brought her immense popularity. She became more popular worldwide when she adopted imagery in her music videos along with the borders in the lyrical content of popular music which gained sound praises in MTV.
Madonna’s Singing Career & Achievements
In her entire career, most songs reached number 1 in record charts and comes in the hit song list, such as Like a Virgin, 4 Minutes, Hung-Up, Music, Frozen, Vogue, Like a Prayer and Papa Don’t Preach. Madonna’s performance received extensive praise from critics for her ability to come-out with diverse music productions, and serving as a link in religious controversy.
Beginning in 1979, her career moved forward further brought by her movie appearances, despite mixed opinions about her performance. At that time, she became the winner of a Golden Globe Award for being the Best Actress in the musical/comedy movie entitled Evita produced in 1996, aside from winning critical acclaim. However, some harsh feedbacks were cast upon her concerning her roles in other films.
Some of the other ventures that Madonna has indulged with include working as a producer, film director, author of kids’ book and as a fashion designer. In the year 2007, she was offered by Live Nation to sign a $120 million contract, and in the same year, she received recognition as a successful businesswoman.
Her albums garnered sales of over 300 million copies worldwide, and she has been recognized as the highest-selling female artist by Guinness World Records. Based on the rating of RIAA, she is acclaimed as the 20th century’s best-selling rock artist and number 2 in America’s highest-selling female artists after Barbra Streisand whose certified albums reached 64 million.
In 2008, she was ranked number 2 from The Beatles, in Billboard’s Hot 100 Top Artists, giving her the recognition of being the most successful single artist in Billboard chart’s history. At the same time, Madonna was also entered in the Hall of Fame, category of Rock and Roll.