Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Closer Look at What May Have Caused Mariah Carey’s Loss in Vocal Range

Question is: CAN you lose your ability to sing? Well, you most certainly can! In this article, I’m going to take a closer look at Mariah Carey’s recent, embarrassing performances that suggest the global star and icon – famous for her five octave range – is on her way down. Her fall from grace began in Tokyo, when she kicked off her Elusive Chanteuse World Tour October 4, 2014, at the Makuhari Messe Arena wherein the singer caused all kinds of backlash when she appeared to miss some top notes – with many telling her to quit now. Worse yet, when she performed her beloved holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at the Wednesday, Dec. 3 Tree Lighting Ceremony in NYC’s Rockefeller Center, the world went into utter shock and dismay at her so obviously diminished vocal range. I’ve analyzed the video – including Concourse's newly released isolated vocal track (below) and I have to say, her low notes were dreadful and her high notes were practically nonexistent. She bombed miserably. So what on earth happened to Mariah Carey’s voice? Well let’s find out.

"It's a wrap for Mariah Carey's singing career," one fan wrote, while another added: "Mariah Carey should've bowed out right when her voice was giving out—save herself the embarrassment." Another fan wrote: "I see why Mariah Carey never sings live anymore. That's why."

And this particular comment caught my attention: “Mariah had a great voice. If she's serious about her singing, she needs to hone her skills again and start being more disciplined. Barbra Streisand is almost twice her age and can still hit higher notes than Mariah. Dump the diva antics and start working with a vocal coach!” I’ll tell you this. Your voice is not forever. Never take it for granted. It can only get better with age, but only when you continue to train and look after it.

So what then could be the reasons why Mariah Carey’s voice is falling apart? From a professional standpoint—and I’m not going to speculate—I’m simply going to fill in the gaps for you as quickly as possible. Firstly, there have been reports in the media (and of her own very public admission actually), that what with her marriage to Nick Cannon appearing to be over, sources claim the diva singer is drinking her sorrows away by sipping on champagne until dawn and obsessing over why the America’s Got Talent host left her. Drinking excessively doesn’t help her voice (Whitney Houston drank, smoked AND took drugs and look at what happened to her towards the end of her life—she lost her voice!) If you're a singer, your body is your instrument. Improper care of it over long periods of time will become evident in the sound of your voice. Younger bodies, having less exposure to external influences, are more resilient. But with each passing year your body will manifest the signs of these deteriorating influences—and this afflicts both the untrained as well as the technically developed voice. I’m not saying don’t drink at all—just drink in moderation if you absolutely have to.

Mariah Carey has trained her voice her entire life. You don’t get to sing like that without proper vocal training. Period! Therefore, I’d be very surprised if she would embark on a world tour without voice training. That said, and taking into account her current situation with Nick Cannon, and most likely her lack of focus because of it—not to mention her purported high levels of alcohol intake—it doesn’t surprise me at all that her notes would fall flat. Focus! Alcohol aside—even if she didn’t drink—without focus and adequate rest, you’ll get the same negative results. I’m not defending her. I’m only stating the obvious based on what I know about the human voice. I hope this article helps you understand better the importance of taking care of your voice and what can happen if you don’t—IF you want to sing that is.

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