Girls Who Sing

Recently, it's seems as if a lot of women vocalists are shining in the music world. And, for a girl (me) who is a sucker for a beautiful soprano/alto voice, accompanied by piano or strings, especially, there’s nothing better.

Yesterday, I was listening to Bell. Another lovely female vocalist, and definitely an experimentalist. Her sound is different… in a very refreshing way. In fact, she has her very own cover of Radiohead’s Videotape- and it is so good. Listen here. (She often slips into a Bjorkian singing style.)

Who are some of your favorite female vocalists? Mine include:

+Tori Amos
+Beth Orton
+Camera Obscura (Okay, technically they’re a band, but I love Tracyanne Campbell's vocals.)
+Cat Power
+Jenny Lewis (Especially her solo work.)
+Emily Haines
+The Innocence Mission’s Karen Peris
+Neko Case
+Patty Griffin

Do share if you feel so inclined!


Anonymous said...

I've always loved Sarah M. and Over the Rhine. Pretty.

Katie said...

great list! I'd also add Liz Frazier of the Cocteau Twins. Totally old school, but no one can sing like her.

freerangeliberal said...

Your list is basically my list but I would add:

Sara Bareilles
Imogen Heap
Alison Goldfrapp
A Fine Frenzy's
Ingrid Michaelson
Angela McCluskey

jo said...

likewise, your list is very much like my list. (though, i don´t know karen peris, i'll look for her!). and i would add these ladies:

· isobel campbell
· charlotte gainsbourg
· regina spektor
· melanie pain
· candie payne
· maria taylor
· rachael yamagata

Kami said...

Sarah M
Rachel Yamagata
are two that I really like.

I love when you do posts like this so that I can learn of new music!

You are my go to music source. :)

Spencer said...

Liz Fraser
Harriet Wheeler
Dusty Springfield
Gal Costa
Vashti Bunyan
Francoise Hardy
Astrud Gilberto

ferardandy said...

i like your post. here a couple of others (even though i'm way out of it):
Hope Sandoval
Chrissie Hynde

Sarah said...

Without a doubt, my favourite and first loved is Kate Bush.
Missy Higgins
Hollie Smith

ali said...

Cowboy Junkies!

Ellen said...

Neko Case is my all time favorite female vocalist.

But I've also been recently digging Zooey Deschanel's voice. Love the old school feel of it.

I second Dusty Springfield.

Lucinda Williams

ali said...

Zooey Deschanel!

ali said...

Marisa Monte!

Jeremy said...

I second Ali's Zooey Deschanel!

Oh and what about Avril Lavigne? Just kidding.

I think Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks are pretty rad.

Robin said...

How about Yael Naim nowadays, and I'm not talking about New Soul, you have to listen to her Hebrew stuff..."Pachad" is beautiful, if you haven't heard it, you need to!
You can download it here:

GeogJen said...

On a British slant;

Duffy (Dusty Springfield-esque)
Bat For Lashes
Kate Nash (more poppy)

I've always loved Beth Orton since I discovered here from her folk roots over 10 years ago. Kate Rusby is of a similar vein.