Vocal type: Mezzo-soprano
Whistle Register: No
Vocal Range: 3.5 G2- E6 (approx)
Longest Note: 5 seconds ("old landmark")
Vocal Pluses: Powerful, passionate voice,
which is grounded in the Gospel tradition. Both a technical and an
emotive singer, Aretha Franklin is able to sing complex vocal runs, that
can span the top of her range right down to the bottom, as well as hold
notes for lengths of time with ease.
Aretha Franklin has a well connected range, that appears to sound easily
accessible both at the top and the bottom. The lower range is thick and
weighty with a dark colouring and a slightly smoky timbre. The midrange
begins to become more nasal, and lighter as it ascends into the belting
The belting range is incredibly elastic and powerful, having been known to hit a D6 when mixed with its head voice.
This part of the range is characterful and easily attributable to
Aretha Franklin, due in part to its quick vibrato and nasal tone. Though
her voice becomes lighter as its frequency increases, it still retains
its resonance and power up into its top reaches. Her flexibility and
ease in this part of the range is almost unparalleled.
Vocal Negatives: The voice has become more nasal as she has aged which has lessened the power, and quality of the higher notes.