Macdonald rose to fame in 2007 with her debut album, This Is the Life (2007) and its fourth single, "This Is the Life". Born in 1930 in Montreal and deceased in 2010 in Toronto, she starred on the world’s most famous stages. In 2002, she received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and she dedicated her award to "all black women in England". CONTACT. A well-received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress of 1983. She is of African American and Native American descent. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. Dido shot to worldwide success with her debut album, No Angel (1999). After its release, Rolling Stone deemed her "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll." Travers regarded her singing as a hobby and was shy about it, but was encouraged by fellow musicians. Most people consider Patsy Cline to be one of the most iconic contralto singers in the world. Braxton topped the Billboard 200 with her 1993 self-titled debut album and continued that streak with her second studio album Secrets, which spawned the number-one hits "You're Makin' Me High" and "Un-Break My Heart". Except, of course, I could go see bands, and that was the kick. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song", which brought her into the number one spot on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. On the contrary, in 1997 Linn said: "I wanted to sing; I never wanted to be a singer". FORGOTTEN OPERA SINGERS IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND THE ONLY WEBSITE ENCYCLOPEDIA ON WORLD WIDE WEB. Many teachers and singers have a desire to learn more about the Contralto voice and how it should be appropriately trained, but there is not a lot of available information on the subject. Her solo performances of the, Terri Lynn Sauson (born August 5, 1968), known professionally as Terri Clark, is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Exceedingly rare, but blessed with several great parts. ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS ARE WELCOME AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times: once in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for "Stronger Than Me", once in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for "Rehab", and once in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game". She was the aunt of Academy Award winning actor George Clooney. Hayedeh performed her first hit song "Azadeh" which was composed by Tajvidi on the lyrics of Rahi Mo'ayeri. The voices of female opera singers are categorized as contralto or soprano and male voices are categorized as bass or tenor. Her. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She worked at such jobs as typist and truck driver, and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1945. She was also poised to sing on Peter Cetera's duet "The Next Time I Fall" but he picked Amy Grant instead. As Ferguson's five solo. In her early career, she worked as a street musician in Italy and Covent Garden. Her father was Swedish American and her mother was Norwegian American. Her debut solo album spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one. Here, Alice Perry introduces four to look out for, alongside a couple of legends from yesteryear…. Astra Desmond (Contralto) (Torquay, England 10 April 1893 – Faversham, England 16 August 1973) Anne Marjanna Nurmi (born August 22, 1968 in Tampere) is a Finnish singer, composer and keyboard player who is a member of the band Lacrimosa. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history. Her mother, Ada Vaughan, was a laundress and sang in the church choir. She is the only person in history to receive all of these awards. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history. Ten years after her death, in 1973, she became the first female solo, Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto) Born: April 22, 1912 - Preston suburb of Higher Walton, Lancashire, England Died: October 8, 1953 - London, England: In the 41 years that made her life, Kathleen Ferrier became one of the best-loved and most admired singers in the world. During her tenure with the company she became arguably the most popular Diva in the company's history. She died at the age of 32 from heart failure, caused by complications related to her illness which caused her to believe mistakenly that she needed to lose weight. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993. Thornton would mimic the female vocalists she saw on television or heard on radio. Terri Kathleen Nunn (born June 26, 1961, Los Angeles, California), is an American singer and actress. Lisa Gerrard was born on 12 April 1961 in Melbourne and grew up in the suburb of Prahran with her Irish immigrant parents. McEntire has since released 26 studio albums, acquired 35 number one singles, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry, Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress and former fashion model. Beal was born in Riverside, California. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. Halliwell grew up on a council estate in North Watford. Tunstall has a contralto vocal range. It was a direct result of writing songs", she said at the press release of her debut album, Acoustic Soul. IT PROVIDES BIOGRAPHIES, CHRONOLOGICAL INFORMATION AND PHOTOS TO OVER 2500 OPERA SINGERS. Vaughan developed an early love, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll ( /ʃəˈkɪərə/, [ʃaˈkiɾa isa'bel] [moˈbɑːɾˤɑk] [ri'poʝ]; born February 2, 1977), known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House" written by William Saroyan and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian (better known as David Seville, the father figure of Alvin and the Chipmunks), which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me" (a cover version of the Italian song Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina by Alberto Rabagliati), "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House", although she had success as a jazz vocalist. She was also the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year. She is a favourite among Baroque lovers and for her roles in both Handel and Vivaldi. She is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, the most famous incarnation of which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest. In 1977, Nunn posed nude for the February Penthouse issue, under the name "Betsy Harris". Umm Kulthum (Arabic: أم كلثوم ʾUmm Kulṯūm; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [omme kælˈsuːm]; born فاطمة إبراهيم السيد البلتاجي Fātimah ʾIbrāhīm as-Sayyid al-Biltāǧī, [ˈfɑtˤmɑ (ʔe)bɾˤɑˈhiːm esˈsæjjed elbelˈtæːɡi]; see Kunya) (December 30, 1898–February 3, 1975) was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress. She says that she may have been first inspired to play the guitar by the television show Hee Haw. She left high school shortly before graduation and relocated to New York City to further her acting career, and toured in the musical The Music Man, but lost the part of Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It for You Wholesale to Barbra Streisand in, Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979) albums. She was managed by Denny Herman of Pacific Talent, who was also her boyfriend. She has also sung with artists such as Morrissey and John Cale. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star is Born and for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. 1. Contraltos are a neglected bunch. She reportedly amassed a $30 million fortune during her last two years in the group. Prior to the Cuban Revolution, her father was a Cuban soldier and a bodyguard to Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. She appeared in singer, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (/ˈstɛfəniː dʒərməˈnɑːtə/ STE-fə-nee jurr-mə-NOT-ə; born March 28, 1986), known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Polish singer Podles is a mature and experienced contralto with a rare voice type that produces its most powerful moments when it is truly low – the lower it is, the stronger the sound. The album did yield one chart single, "Don't Cry Ilene", a mid-tempo, piano-driven jazz-R&B flavored song dealing with the break-up of a relationship between a, Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. In addition, Beckham has released two best-selling books; one her autobiography, the other a. Lydia Fortner (born April 21) is currently the lead singer of the five-piece gothic rock band The Shroud. Most recently she appeared on the television series Spartacus: Vengeance, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, playing the major character Lucretia. Ball was nominated for an Emmy Award thirteen times, and won four times. Progressing to writing her own music, she studied under various teachers and went to Indiana University, which she left over issues regarding the relationship between classical music and the appearance of the performer. Taylor Dayne began singing professionally after graduating from high school in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York, singing in little-known rock bands such as Felony and Next. After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry. The 1952 film, With a Song in My Heart, is based on her life. Hynde is the daughter of a part-time secretary and a Yellow Pages manager. She was also ranked 72nd on Billboard's "Artists of the decade", Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, ( /ˈziːtə/; born Catherine Zeta Jones; 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. Etheridge's interest in music began early; she picked up her first guitar at 8. During her singing career, she has managed to combine country music with pop music, her vocal range was around 3 octaves. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell and her popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock" helped define an era and a generation. This album contained hits like "Quem de nós dois" and "Ela é bamba". When Mumba was 15 she was discovered on an RTÉ TV talent show Let Me Entertain You by Irish music Svengali Louis Walsh (manager of Boyzone and Westlife). Are you a fan of General or Best Contralto: Singers of All Time? Although she had successful albums and singles, Braxton shortly filed for bankruptcy, but then returned with her chart-topping third album, The Heat (2000) and spawned the international hit single "He Wasn't Man Enough". Kate never got to meet her biological father. Khan attributed her love of music to her grandmother, who introduced, Jenny Cecilia Berggren (born 19 May 1972) is a Swedish singer and former lead singer in the Swedish pop band Ace of Base. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". She is the youngest of three children born to Vita, a legal secretary, and Gerard Fitzpatrick, a communications executive. Born the sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters, commonly called The Carpenters. At the time, the band was named Ethereal, and Scabbia was first employed only as a session singer. With the advice of her singing coach, Lee Farrell, Adams moved to Kansas City where she did a variety of local gigs. She was born to a Pakistani father, Rehmat Khan (a former professional squash player from Peshawar) and to an English mother. Vitamin C is also the former lead singer of the alternative rock band Eve's Plum. The, Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu /ˈɛrɨkə bɑːˈduː/, is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist and actress. 1947). Their residence is Orlando, Florida, United States. CONTRALTO. Tennille has also done musical work independently of her husband Daryl Dragon. While in high school, Travers joined the Song Swappers, which sang backup for Pete Seeger when Folkways Records reissued a union song collection, Talking Union, in 1955. Manson's musical career began in her teens when she was approached to perform backing vocals and keyboards for Scottish band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Beal was the sole vocalist; instrumentalists included pianists Adolph Baller, Jakob Gimpel, and Marguerite Campbell; violinist Yehudi Menuhin; and an, Grace Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican American singer, actress and model. The Black Eyed Peas enjoyed further success with the release of their third album with Ferguson, The E.N.D. Bareilles attended the Communication Studies program at the, Vonda Shepard (born July 7, 1963) is an American pop/rock singer. Krall lost her mother Adella to multiple myeloma in 2002, within months of also losing her mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, Russian Jewish, Icelandic, and Sioux ancestry. When she began playing in a small club in Philadelphia to fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist she was required to sing as well. All three Berggren children took music lessons, and Jenny, along with her older sister Malin, practiced violin. Braxton was involved in the 7th season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars. WWE used the real-life drama between the trio as a storyline throughout 2005 and 2006, which led to Dumas being booed by the fans for the first time and her character becoming villainous on-screen. Her songs are constantly heard throughout the region, and still spark Lebanese national pride. Autumn draws influence for her music—the style of which she has alternatively labeled as "Victoriandustrial" and glam rock—from plays, novels, and history, particularly the Victorian era. The contralto voice was often utilised by baroque composers in opera and oratorio, but its range was, I believe, closer to that of the modern mezzo-soprano than that of the so-called 'true contralto' (an example of which is Ewa Podleś). Scabbia has a contralto vocal range and her highest note ever hit is claimed to be an A7. Vonda Shepard was born in New York but her family relocated to California when she was a child. In 2009, she returned to the spotlight with "Yesterday", a #12 R&B hit which serves as the first single off her new album Pulse, released on May 4, 2010, which debuted at #1 on Billboard R&B Album Chart. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. James speculated that her, Ana Carolina Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃nɐ karoˈlinɐ], born September 9, 1974 in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil) is a Brazilian singer, composer, and musician. Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival 2018 “Two solo singers (here the soprano Alexa Mason and the rising star contralto Jess Dandy, both superb)…” Alexandra Coghlan . Beginning in 1997, Linn appeared at her band's concerts only to perform in the dark or from behind objects; Haydée Mercedes Sosa (9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), known as La Negra (literally: The Black One), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the continent. A stage actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame (1966). Three of her albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA. Bedingfield released her first album, Unwritten, in 2004. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Bedingfield recorded rock and gospel songs for the Hillsong London Church, while Daniel went on to enjoy success with hits "Gotta Get Thru This" and "If You're Not the One". She co-wrote "Sister Morphine", which is featured on the Stones' Sticky Fingers album. See more ideas about african american, marion anderson, marian anderson. She is known primarily for her role as lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland alongside Kristian Bush. Her musical skills were encouraged by both parents early in life. As a result, she developed her musical talent and took several part-time jobs so that she could be away from home. The group, Miriam Stockley (born 15 April 1962) is a British singer. Galina Baranova was not an opera singer, she was trained in the Leningrad Conservatoire, and her voice has the power and control to perform on the stage of the world's top opera houses. Ammann is an American contralto based in Germany with the Stuttgart Opera. Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Hawkins, who was only 14 at the time. She first gained recognition with the release of her first mainstream album, One of the Boys in 2008, which spawned three Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs—"I Kissed A Girl", "Hot n Cold" and "Waking Up In Vegas". In 2008, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, "Lucky", which won a Grammy. Neuwirth was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Sydney Anne, a painter, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She won awards and accolades, leading some fans to view her as an icon at the level of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Her first three singles—"She Is His Only Need", "I Saw the Light" and "No One Else on Earth"—all reached number one on the U.S. country singles charts, as did 1996's "To Be Loved by You." During her first year of high school, she pursued a music career as Katy Hudson, releasing her first studio album, called Katy Hudson, which failed to chart. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also known for her role on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. A contralto can be defined as a female singer with a range stretching from the G below middle C to the G two octaves above it. Beckham has brought out her own range of sunglasses and fragrance, entitled Intimately Beckham, which has been released in the UK and the US. It produced her first UK top forty single, "Daniel", and was shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize. At rankly.com, we aim to give you the best of everything - including stuff like the Best Contralto: Singers of All Time list. After being signed to MarJac Productions (co-owned by managers Mark Holden and Jack Strom) and recording a promo CD titled "Get Here", she secured a deal with Transistor Music Australia. This was followed by her successful second single "Absolutely Everybody", an anthemic dance song, reached the Top 10 and became the longest, Yvonne De Carlo (born Margaret Yvonne Middleton; September 1, 1922 – January 8, 2007) was a Canadian-born American actress-singer of film, television, and theatre. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums. The acclaimed singer graduated from the University of Indiana with a major in opera and won first prize in vocal and operatic studies at … PRESS. She began touring in 2009/2010 with her group and she launched her debut fragrance, Outspoken, under Avon in May 2010. Copyright © 2021 Rankly Inc. Made in NYC. A self-confessed "frustrated performer," if Nick, as he put it, "nudged Flo in any way, it's only been to listen to the Ramones rather than Green Day." She was raised by her mother, who recognized Tracy's love of music and, despite not having much money, bought her a ukulele when she was just three. Clark's albums have accounted for more than twenty singles, including six Number Ones. Her father was Jewish and her mother was of German, French, Cuban, and African descent. She’s a name to watch.” Neil Fisher . She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist and became a television star in 1971 with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a variety show for which she won a Golden Globe. 1, including her signature hit "I Am Woman." Most of the time, female classical singers within this vocal range are categorized under the title of mezzo-soprano because it is between a mezzo-soprano and a tenor.Male classical singers who have similar ranges are … Simon was raised in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City and has two older sisters, Joanna (b. Through her own independent label Traitor Records, Autumn debuted with her classical album On a Day: Music for Violin & Continuo, followed by the release in 2003 of her album Enchant. She won two NZ Music Awards; 'Best Female Solo Artist' and 42 Below 'Best Selling Album in New Zealand'. Early in her career, she established her reputation as an actress in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit, and then as the front woman of the hip-hop group Fugees. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Due to the Red Scare and her left-leaning political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood. Her first single to be released, "Out of Your Mind", reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and is her highest chart entry to date. Five singles have since been released from A Curious Thing. She performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" live at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career by constantly performing, eventually launching another series of hits starting in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" and the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer. Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, the younger of two girls, to John Etheridge, a psychology teacher at Leavenworth High School, and Elizabeth Williamson, a computer consultant. Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents. The Egyptian Ministry of Information seems to have given either December 31, 1898, or December 31, 1904. Her songs have been covered by Jeff Buckley, Tricky, Massive Attack, and LCD Soundsystem. She played piano from an early age. Twain has won five Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards. 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