Vocal Type Mezzo Soprano
Vocal Range: 3.2 Octaves. A2- C6 (approx)
Whistle Register: No
Longest Note: 9 seconds - 'I will always love you'
Vocal Pluses: The timbre of Whitney Houston's
voice is her crowning glory: thick, luscious and velvety. Her midrange
is where the voice finds its strength, and she is famed for her
powerful, dark and emotive belting at the top part of this range. The
higher chest notes, past a C5, lose power and weight as they ascend
higher and are mixed with the head voice, but they still retain a
notable, and identifiable, character. The head voice, on its own, is
thick, warm, and slightly smoky with a resonance that mirrors that of
her midrange belting voice. Whitney is able to switch to this part of
her voice with apparent ease.
Whitney Houston is famed for having brought melisma/vocal runs to the
masses, and as such, it is no surprise that her voice is able to execute
incredibly fast, and complex runs with pinpoint accuracy. She also has
the stamina to hold notes- see I Will always love you- for
lengths of time without wavering in pitch. Notes can also be coloured
with the use of her impressive vibrato, which she can modify the speed
of to dramatic effect by quivering her lip. Her trademark vibrato, along
with the midrange belt and thick head voice, is one of the iconic
aspects of her remarkable voice.
Vocal Negatives: Whitney Houston's voice can become shrill in the upper range, especially when attempting to belt the higher fifth octave notes.