The great great Belt singers!
Let’s take a moment and appreciate the great Belters out there.
To belt is to take your chest voice up into a higher range with out transitioning into head voice or your falsetto and projecting it out strong. I love a great belt voice. Not many people are naturally inclined to do good belt singing. Here are a few examples of singers who are great at it:
Someone a lot of people don’t think of as a serious singer, but who was great and on Broadway in her day was Comedian Carol Burnett. She is one of those great belters with a natural placement, who is not known for having a “pretty voice”, but rather a great powerhouse free sound: About 45 seconds into the clip it gets really good.
Next is the Vocal Goddess Barbra Streisand. This woman is a freak of nature ( I mean that in the best way). Only a handful of people can attempt to sing like her- I’ll give Celine Dion a pass for that. The end of this rocks “Don’t” from Funny Girl!
Adina Menzel’s Defying Gravity from Wicked: A great singer! I can’t get the best clip from Youtube but here is the idea:
The thing about belting is that not everyone can do it or is meant to. A lot of people try and blow out there voice. It is a gift you are born with just like an Opera singer is often born into their specialty. These belters are not straining and are connected to their own sound. A straining “want to be belter”, is a tough thing to listen to and terrible for one’s vocal chords. Be very careful when belting. Try and get guidance from a good voice teacher to master it. The power does not come from the throat, rather the body and strength supporting the sound.
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