As some of you may or may not know from reading/skimming my first blog post, you’ll know that I’m really into music (I guess that makes me an advocate of the industry in Marketing terms, which ironically is a midterm I’m currently prepping for) not just for the artist’s voice, but about what they really want to convey to their target market. Without these people, I wouldn’t be the musician I am today.
1) Michael Jackson
Cliché choice, I know, but seriously, any pop/RnB/Hip Hop musician in today’s world would be hard-pressed not to have this legend as one of their influences. I mean, there’s a reason why many refer to him as the “King of Pop.” Do songs like Beat It, Thriller, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough, Remember the Time, Dirty Diana, and The Way You Make Me Feel ring a bell? No one could touch him (which is different for some people) in terms of voice, dance, flamboyance, and overall effectiveness as an entertainer and while he is no longer with us, he will always be with us in spirit. R.I.P Mike, we miss ya!!
2) Sam Smith
When I first heard this guy sing, I thought he was an African-American male. When I realized this guy was a Brit, I honestly was blown away. Literally, the amount of soul this dude has is phenomenal, and he’s one of the few artists in today’s music industry that sounds just as good live as he does in the studio. Plus, he’s only 22. TWENTY-TWO!! (Fun fact: He’s the third cousin of Lily Allen, who you might know sang the songs “Smile” and was featured on T-Pain’s “5 O’Clock”)
3) Robin Thicke
Yes, this guy’s pretty much a one hit wonder (a la Blurred Lines) and I don’t like how he uses women in his music videos. But travel back in time to the mid 2000s, where Alan Thicke’s son was in his musical prime. Songs like It’s In the Mornin’, Love After War, and Sex Therapy really made me appreciate his voice, and it’s contributed to my voice development (particularly my falsetto. Y’all can search that up on Google if you want)
4) Ed Sheeran
Another guy that belongs in the good-live-and-in-the-studio school of thought, I think the thing that really stands out for Ed is his ability to make any song his own. Not many people can do that (unless your name is Jamie Foxx or Ray Charles), but one thing that’s kinda quirky about him is his album names. +, x, what’s next, integral?
5) James Pinhorn
My high school was home to one of the best music programs in, dare I say, all of Canada. With all due respect to all of the other teachers, the one I can really relate to is my high school vocal teacher. That’s right folks, I was at one point in time a choirboy.* Every music student knows how big of an inspiration this guy is, but personally, I liked his energy, his humour, his leadership (which in turn enabled me to be a leader both in and out of the choir setting), and how he was able to coordinate a huge number of people and make them sound like one voice, whether that be for Agincourt Singers or for Madrigal Singers. Thanks Mr. P for making my four years of high school the best #acimusic.
Until next time folks,