Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Miley Cyrus

Vocal Range: (D2) E2 - G#5 - E6 (C7)
Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano (4 octaves)
Vocal Rating: B-List
Recommended Listenings: The Climb, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, Cyrus Skies

PositivesInstantly recognizable voice accompanied by her unique tone. Soulful rasp (see "Jolene" and "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go) that allows genre transitions such as Pop, Rock, Country and Blues. An expansive chest/mixed range, stretching 3 octaves, while the range overall stretches an impressive 4 octaves.

Insanely resonant and healthy lower register, where C3s which are usually difficult for most female singers sound like middle register notes. The lower register is achieved (for the most part) without lowering the larynx, and has been able to project down to E2 with ease. She is able to stay in and around the 2nd octave for extensive periods without issue (very impressive for a female).

Her mid-register contains breath support up to B4, and is achieved with a fair amount of stamina.

Her upper-chest register is achieved with great stamina, and she also able to stay in this register for extended periods with ease (see MTV Unplugged's Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?).

Though underutilized, her falsetto reaches up to E6 with ease. She's also shown that she can access the whistle register, though it may be uncontrolled.

Negatives: Her rasp can be defined as "croaky" and unappealing. Chest belts can sound throaty and forced and are generally inconsistently mixed. Her head voice is also rarely used.


D2, E2, G#2, E3
The D2 is mostly air but the E2 is legit.


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