FEATURE: The 900th: The Power of the Female Voice



The 900th:


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The Power of the Female Voice


 IT is not often I get to bring out my musical umbrella and give…

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IN THIS PHOTO: Héloïse Letissier (Christine and the Queens)

it a damned good shaking. Before I bivouac said precipitation protection away; I want to pay celebration to the finest female voices around – both past and present. I do enjoy doing features with no relevance and timelessness other than the fact I fancy doing it. I have been looking at articles and debates recently questioning whether there is sexism and imbalance in the music industry. I feel very few women are provided the same opportunity as men – when it comes to exposure and attention. That seems unfair, as the list below documents, there have been some fantastic female singers – many more greats emerging at the moment. To honour some of the greatest female vocalists (past and current); I have collated a collection of stunning artists and a song that defines their talent.


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Missy Elliot

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Kate Bush

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Nina Simone

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Julia Jacklin

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Carole King

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Aretha Franklin

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Billie Marten

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Joni Mitchell

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Laura Marling

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Lauryn Hill

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Amy Winehouse

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Stevie Nicks

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Maggie Rogers

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Jorja Smith

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Patti Smith

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Mary J. Blige

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Neneh Cherry

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Anne Clark (St. Vincent)

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Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine)

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Laura Mvula

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Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters)

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Tori Amos

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k.d. lang

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PJ Harvey

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Dolly Parton

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Hannah Reid (London Grammar)

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Annie Lennox

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Cat Power

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Héloïse Letissier (Christine and the Queens)

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Emmylou Harris

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Alicia Keys

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Dusty Springfield

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Debbie Harry (Blondie)

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Billie Holiday


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