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I made a thread like this for favorite Japanese female vocalists already. So this thread is for discussion of your favorite non-Japanese female vocalists!

I'll post some of my favorites tomorrow, but until then, who are your favorites? ;]

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In a band:

- Karen O (Yeah yeah Yeahs)

- Otep Shamaya (Otep)

- Courtney Love (Hole) <-- hate all you want, but she's cool for me.

- Candance Kucsulain (Walls Of Jericho)

- Debbie Harry (Blondie)

- Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)

- Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)

- Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro (Lacuna Coil)

- Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering)

- Janis Joplin (Big Brother and The Holding Company/Kozmic Blues Band/Full Tilt Boogie)

- Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes)

- All girls from Dixie Chicks

- Skin/Deborah Anne Dyer (Skunk Anansie)

In a vocal group:

- Diana Ross (The Supremes)

- Beyonce Knowles (Destiny's Child)

- Lauryn Hill (The Fugees)

- All girls from Eternal

- All girls from TLC

- Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls)

Solo:

- Karen Elson

- Alanis Morissette

- Lisa Ono

- Diana Krall

- Norah Jones

- Corrine Bailey Rae

- Lady Gaga

- Amy Winehouse

- Macy Gray

- Whitney Houston

- Sophie Ellis Bextor

- Lily Allen

- Erykah Badu

- Tracy Chapman

- Nina Simone

- Alicia Keys

- Madonna

- Shirley Bassey

- Sheryl Crow

- Tina Turner

- Shania Twain

- Chantal Kreviazuk

- Tori Amos

- Fiona Apple

- Aretha Franklin

- Sarah MacLachlan

- Cher

- Chaka Khan

- Janet Jackson

- Enya

- Sarah Brightman

- Charlotte Church

- Candan Erçetin

- Björk <-- kinda problematic where to put her best cos she was in a band or two, too.

/name parade

Still need to find more.

So will bookmark this topic, just in case some interesting names may pop up.

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(such strong vocals from a young woman!)

(the jazz singer, not the one from Heart!)

(So versatile. The scream she does in this song is :staru:tastic)

(fragile and not as trained as some of the others, but it somehow works perfectly with bossa nova. ps: ignore her scary cat eyes in this video)

(Restrained and awesome.)

(so "breathy" and light.)

(I know it's autotuned which I usually hate, but it's so calm and ethereal.)

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Yesyesyesyesyes~

Number one, for ever and for always, Anneke van Giersbergen:

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I've been smitten with her voice since I listened to the song Morphia's Waltz by The Gathering a decade ago. I was devastated when she left the band, but delighted to discover that shortly after leaving she went "solo." She has a voice that is suited to all genres, that is versatile, that commands attention and is equal parts powerful and understated. I can't contain my excitement when I babble about her, she is so magical.

Here is a live cover of the infamous "Jolene" with Anathema's own Danny Cavanagh. And

which I feel highlights her ability exceptionally.

&

  • Marcela Bovio (of experimental rock outfit
, symphonic metal band
& neofolk/darkwave
).
She has a typical "Spanish" voice. It's sultry, seductive and theatrical in Stream of Passion and ethereal and exotic in Elfonía and ?on. I recommend listening to either of those first.
Ihriel (of experimental/black metal band
& solo project
, wife of Ihsahn)
Her voice is out of this world, I can't describe it. It's an acquired taste. Sometimes it is heavenly, sometimes is downright unpleasant to listen to, but... I love it.
Astrid van der Veen (solo,
&
)
So, so underrated. Especially her solo material. And for such a young girl, she has such an intense voice. It gives me chills. She has a lot of talent and she should have more fans, bless her.
Silje Wergeland (now in The Gathering, once in doom/gothic metal band
)
She gets a lot of stick since she had big shoes to fill. Initially I wasn't going to listen to new music by The Gathering, but she does the band justice and is an excellent replacement for Anneke. She fits them perfectly. She has a lovely voice that is sort of soothing to the ear.
Julie Christmas (of noise-rock
& the short-lived sludge/post-metal Battle of Mice)
A sheer, raw, powerful voice completely drenched in emotion that rips into your skin and stays there like some kind of disgusting parasite you learn to love and live with symbiotically.

Others outside of the realm of metal and rock:

(!!!!!)

Tori Amos - A Sorta Fairytale

Clare Maguire - Ain't Nobody (!!!!) :wub:

Woo, this could have been so much longer (_ _) I love Siouxsie Sioux and Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), too, but they're not exactly "favourite" status. Ji-In Cho (Krypteria), Magali Luyten (Virus IV), Dominique Persi (Stolen Babies) and the girl on Devin Townsend Project's "Ki" album. I don't know her name, though.

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^ The girl on Ki is Ché Aimee. She does her own acoustic stuff aside from that.

Anneke is really all that needs to be mentioned though. Not that there aren't other great female vocalists, durrr. Gurrl just eclipses everyone.

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I really want to hear more from this Anneke van Giersbergen!

Would her solo project be a good place to start?

Yes, absolutely! If you want to try her solo music, I'd recommend the album "Air" first and foremost.

But since The Gathering is my second favourite band, I recommend them as well, they just might not be your cup of tea. :P Oh and!

(fragile and not as trained as some of the others, but it somehow works perfectly with bossa nova. ps: ignore her scary cat eyes in this video)

This was really great! :wub:

^ The girl on Ki is Ché Aimee. She does her own acoustic stuff aside from that.

Reeeeeeeeeeaaaally. I need to find some of this acoustic stuff.

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When I do lists like this I always end up with way more than I should. However, I've bolded out the ones that I find even better than the rest.

Wata (Boris)

Vivian Slaughter (Gallhammer)

Laura Bravo (Nuclear Death)

Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering)

Kaisa Jouhki (Battlelore)

Silje Wergeland (Octavia Sperati, The Gathering)

Lori S. (Acid King)

Cecilie Langlie (Skumring)

Zorgh (Darkspace)

Carmen Susana Simões (Ava Inferi)

Runhild Gammelsæter (Thorr's Hammer)

Julia Kotowski (Entertainment for the Braindead)

Audrey Sylvain (Amesoeurs, Pest Noire)

Yasuko Onuki (Melt-Banana)

Jex Thoth (Jex Thoth)

F "The Mouth of Satan"(?) (The Devil's Blood)

Alia O’Brien (Blood Ceremony)

Sara Almgren (Masshysteri)

I guess those could be said to be my favourites, but of course there's way more.

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Agnete Kjølsrud (Animal Alpha - disbanded :butwry: , now in Djerv - not so successful)

KatieJane Garside (so far I only like project QueenAdreena) *

Dominique Persi (Stolen Babies) *

Gunhild Sundli (Gåte)

Masha (?ркона) *

Lily Allen

Sa Dingding

Iva Frühlingová (is Czech but sings mosly in French)

Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes)

Paula Vesala & Mira Luoti (PMMP)

Otep Shamaya (Otep)

* - are from mixtapes, so thanks :wub:

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Masha Scream (Arkona)

Alina Roberts (Helengard)

Caterina Pontrandolfo (Corde Oblique)

Agnete M. Kirkevaag (Madder Mortem)

Aimee Mann

that girl that used to sing with Månegarm sometimes :lol:

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Kathy Coupez of Dylath-Leen

Natalie Rassoulis & Androniki Skoula who both have sung with Septicflesh and Chaostar

Alina Roberts from Helengard

Arianne Fleury who did soprano and choirs on Augury's debut "Concealed"

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Masha Scream from Arkona.

That's seriously like it, I pretty much don't like any metal bands that are female fronted except Arkona.

Whaaat? C'moooon!

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Runhild Gammelsæter was only 17 when this was recorded, and she does all the vocals.

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Don't tell me you don't like this! I was just starting to gain a huge amount of respect for you lately, don't come here and ruin all that with bullshit like that. Like it, like it and like it!!! ='(

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Masha Scream from Arkona.

That's seriously like it, I pretty much don't like any metal bands that are female fronted except Arkona.

Whaaat? C'moooon!

Don't tell me you don't like this! I was just starting to gain a huge amount of respect for you lately, don't come here and ruin all that with bullshit like that. Like it, like it and like it!!! ='(

I would say I just don't like the majority of modern metal bands with the lady singers. I asked my friends once for suggestions on lady metal bands and all I got was the same metal core crap I've heard a hundred times already or some Nightwish clone. I'm all for anything that is not like this.

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I cand understand the dislike or Metalcore and Goth or Symponic Metal bands. But the bands I linked to. None of that bullshit!

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I cand understand the dislike or Metalcore and Goth or Symponic Metal bands. But the bands I linked to. None of that bullshit!

There's honestly nothing really wrong with the Symphonic stuff, I kinda-ish like Nightwish. I can only listen to so much before I am bored and then these other Symphonic lady bands that pop up that kind of follow Nightwish style just bore me to death lol. I have trouble really listening through an entire album before I start day dreaming about sexy men.

The bands you listed though are tight, I am always for moar metal bands that don't suck or do metalcore.

aww....I actually like The Agonist. She's not one of my favorites, though =(

What was funny, was when I asked my friends for a female fronted band with no screaming, two of my friends suggested them to me and linked songs with her screaming and yelling. And they weren't even trolling me D:< I don't care if people like them, I mean I listen to some terrible ass Visual Kei bands so who am I to judge y'know? (I'm still judging everyone anyway).

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Of course there's nothing wrong with Symphonic stuff as a whole. I love early Sirenia, early Tristania, early Penumbra, early Battlelore and other Symphonic/Goth Metal bands with lots of synth and female vocals. Nothing wrong with it that way, but I have no problem understanding people that get tired of that stuff.

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