Long before Mariah Carey catapulted to the top of the charts on the the wings of her famed 5+ octave vocal range, there was another singer who mastered the extreme limitations of the human voice. That woman was Minnie Riperton and this week’s From The Vault provides a glimpse of her incredible skill.
This performance of the song ‘Reasons’ on the iconic TV show ‘Soul Train’ displays Riperton’s utterly flawless voice. A criminally underrated artist, she was best known for the success of her classic single ‘Lovin’ You’. However, those of us who had the privilege of hearing her entire catalogue know that Riperton was capable of much more.
Thankfully, Riperton was able to leave her mark on the industry before her death at the age of 31 in 1979. Credited for introducing the use of the whistle register to mainstream music, she influenced her peers and followers alike including Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Chante Moore and Michael Jackson. In fact, Carey regularly refers to Riperton as biggest influence on her singing style (whistles, whispery tones).
Long live Riperton! Every time one of us tries to hit a high note in the shower or the car, we have her to thank for our aching vocal cords.
After many delays, Jennifer Lopez can finally celebrate the release of her ‘Love?’ LP. The entertainer teamed up with the hit TV show ‘Extra’ for the album’s launch party at The Grove in Los Angeles last evening, equipped with her usual high fashion glamour.
‘Love?’ hits stores on May 3rd. More images are available below:
By Trent on Saturday 30th Apr 2011 | Filed Under Adele
Just because Adele has sold almost 5 million copies of her ’21’ album does not mean that she is ready to relax. The powerhouse singer visited ‘The Graham Norton Show’ this week to perform ‘Set Fire To The Rain’, the latest single from the LP.
Watch her performance and her interview with the host below:
Pop heavyweight Britney Spears is busy preparing for her upcoming ‘Femme Fatale Tour’ with Nicki Minaj this Summer. Just Jared has exclusively revealed video of the icon’s dance rehearsal for the tour. Peep the video after the jump: