I've gone through some of the discussions in the forum and I'm surprised by how passionate and insightful the members here about singing! I thought I'd start my own thread about one of my all time favorite singers, the great Stevie Wonder.
If we are to dissect Stevie's singing, what are the things that you think make him an incredible singer? I can't really put them down in terms of techniques, but to me he's so versatile and he's a master in mellismatic singing, just to name a few. However, whenever I listen to his early records I get a sense that he doesn't always sing in a "correct and healthy" manner. In some of his records, you can hear him singing in a hoarse voice ( I don't think it's an effect or something for aesthetics purpose, it just sounds that he's tired after singing hours and hours). And if I remember correctly, Stevie has also had a surgery done to his vocal chords.
Technically, I haven't been able to figure out what he's doing exactly every time he hit those trademark high notes. Is it belting? Head/mixed voice? I also often wonder why he never did falsetto (maybe once or twice) in any of his songs? Is it always the case that is it tenors who often have trouble in doing falsetto?
Lastly, I wonder if Ken has ever done a Stevie song? I've always loved his take of soul singers e.g. Al Green, and MJ, and I'd really love to hear his Stevie cover.
Here are some of my fave Stevie's vocal performances.