FEATURE: The 900th: The Power of the Female Voice



The 900th:


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The Power of the Female Voice


 IT is not often I get to bring out my musical umbrella and give…

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IN THIS PHOTO: Héloïse Letissier (Christine and the Queens)

it a damned good shaking. Before I bivouac said precipitation protection away; I want to pay celebration to the finest female voices around – both past and present. I do enjoy doing features with no relevance and timelessness other than the fact I fancy doing it. I have been looking at articles and debates recently questioning whether there is sexism and imbalance in the music industry. I feel very few women are provided the same opportunity as men - when it comes to exposure and attention. That seems unfair, as the list below documents, there have been some fantastic female singers – many more greats emerging at the moment. To honour some of the greatest female vocalists (past and current); I have collated a collection of stunning artists and a song that defines their talent.


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Missy Elliot

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjIvu7e6Wq8&w=560&h=315]

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Kate Bush

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xckBwPdo1c&w=560&h=315]

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Nina Simone

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSbUOoq4Vg&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDbPYoaAiyc&w=560&h=315]

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Julia Jacklin

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8-sRdRHU3o&w=560&h=315]

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Carole King

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDm1xD_Kwyc&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4tD8dy9Reg&w=560&h=315]

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Aretha Franklin

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0&w=560&h=315]

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PHOTO CREDIT: Victor De Jesus

Billie Marten

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smX6xCPDbrE&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEhy-RXkNo0&w=560&h=315]

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Joni Mitchell

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAK9Pj5-QXY&w=560&h=315]

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Laura Marling

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb0yCaX_xKs&w=560&h=315]

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Lauryn Hill

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3_dOWYHS7I&w=560&h=315]

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Amy Winehouse

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJAfLE39ZZ8&w=560&h=315]

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Stevie Nicks

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrZRURcb1cM&w=560&h=315]

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PHOTO CREDIT: Betsy Rose Besser

Maggie Rogers

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNWsW6c6t8g&w=560&h=315]

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Jorja Smith

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i59Klb0S1Uw&w=560&h=315]

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Patti Smith

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPwOfwhpiW8&w=560&h=315]

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Mary J. Blige

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XNaPX6MKlU&w=560&h=315]

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Neneh Cherry

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ9VBMBS3qE&w=560&h=315]

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Anne Clark (St. Vincent)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVAxUMuhz98&w=560&h=315]

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Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGH-4jQZRcc&w=560&h=315]

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Laura Mvula

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akYnlwubDo&w=560&h=315]

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Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JgEptmz_eE&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AwXKJoKJz4&w=560&h=315]

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Tori Amos

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PDlGUdDF8Y&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WcWHZc8s2I&w=560&h=315]

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k.d. lang

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXqPjx94YMg&w=560&h=315]

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PJ Harvey

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbq4G1TjKYg&w=560&h=315]

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Dolly Parton

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9re90HG2dw&w=560&h=315]

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Hannah Reid (London Grammar)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkeDBwsIaZw&w=560&h=315]

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Annie Lennox

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y25stK5ymlA&w=560&h=315]

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Cat Power

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT9qM99l9Yk&w=560&h=315]

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Héloïse Letissier (Christine and the Queens)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzFYmz2lfT4&w=560&h=315]

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Emmylou Harris

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OomaNxkY-KY&w=560&h=315]

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Alicia Keys

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urdlvw0SSEc&w=560&h=315]

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Dusty Springfield

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjydOI4MEIw&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NLUthL6-BU&w=560&h=315]

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Debbie Harry (Blondie)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tko1G6XRiQ&w=560&h=315]

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Billie Holiday

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYUqbnk7tCY&w=560&h=315]