Vocal Obsession: Tituss Burgess

Arguably my favourite voice in terms of versatility, Tituss Burgess is rightfully a star! He could sing literally anything, the ingredients to a cake even, and it would sound amazing! I had the honour of seeing him before over a year ago and was just blown away by his work ethic, his showmanship and dedication. I’ve collected some highlights of his below because you have to know this man’s voice – it will cleanse your soul!

Firstly, his range is out of this world
It doesn’t matter what key a song might be in, because Tituss can do it all. And he’s a Frank Wildhorn fan – here he sangs “Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde.

 

He could play any role, and has!
Tituss has actually played the Witch in a production of Into the Woods. What I would kill to see that because this is honestly, breathtaking:

 

Did I mention he sings songs intended for women?..
#TitussForEffie

 

..When he’s not crabbing around!
He created the role of Sebestain in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid, and reprised that role for a special Hollywood Bowl concert last year. Those vocals take the song to a whole other level compared to the animated film version:

 

He’s an incredible actor if you haven’t already guessed
Jason Robert Brown can surely write a story-song and who better to express that than Tituss. Phenomenal!

 

And how can you not love him on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
Many viewers of the hilarious Netflix series might not know the background of this big Broadway star, but he sure as hell let’s them have it:

 

 

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Vocal Obsession: Jeremy Jordan

Man crush alert!! (thought that better be the disclaimer before I start!) Now, this man continues to leave me astonished beyond belief, not only does he have my favourite male voice in the world, but his consistency, determination, pure talent and genuine likeability is what makes him one of the best in the business. I’ve… Continue reading Vocal Obsession: Jeremy Jordan

Vocal Obsession: Linda Eder

My favourite voice of all-time. Don’t think I need to say much more than that. This highly-acclaimed performer exceeds across the board – in tone (it’s actual liquid gold), pitch (I don’t think she’s ever sung a rough note) and belt (damn can she hold a note!). Her big break was in her then-husband Frank Wildhorn’s epic Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” which he wrote for her, and you can tell; the role of ‘Lucy’ personifies all that Linda’s voice is. I can’t believe what I’m hearing whenever I listen/watch her. My ultimate goal is to see this woman live one day, hopefully it will happen soon enough! But before that day, I’ll just have to live with these perfect examples…

“Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde
One of my favourite recordings of one of my favourite songs, Linda performs it with her natural incredible vocal strength and then subtlety when the song needs it, and it’s like she’s singing it all to Frank who wrote the song for her, so I mean, can that get any more perfect?!!

 

“Bring on the Men” from Jekyll and Hyde
So f you haven’t guessed already Jekyll and Hyde is my favourite score of all time, and this is another perfect example why. I love this song so much, its catchy, fun and just a big show-stopper. Such a mistake to cut it from the Broadway version of the show, and in this performance, Linda reminds us why. And that last note, bloody hell!!

 

Title Song from “Man of La Mancha”
Proof that she can sing anything. Her range is unbelievable in this. The straight belting, the growls, and that soprano, holy shit! The way this woman wraps her voice around a phrase in unlike anything I’ve ever heard.

 

“After All”
From her 1990 album, this song is an incredible, emotive power ballad, and Linda’s vocals just soar!

 

“In His Eyes” from Jekyll and Hyde
Possibly my favourite musical theatre song of all time. It’s powerful, poignant and damn, those vocals! This is my favourite version of the song, taken from the concept album of the song and featuring the incredible Carolee Carmello as ‘Lisa’, later renamed ‘Emma’ in the show.

 

“Vienna”
Now we come to this. I don’t have any words to describe this. My favourite voice of all time singing my favourite non-musical song of all time. Plain and simple. I cannot listen/watch this song without getting chills and feeling emotional. Another song written for her by Frank, you can tell this is a very special and personal song to Linda and she, of course, owns it every time!

Vocal Obsession: Caissie Levy

In light of the very exciting announcement that this woman is slated to play Elsa in the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Disney’s Frozen, I thought I’d share my love for the insane talent that is Caissie Levy. The Broadway and West End star rose to centre stage through understudying Elphaba in Wicked on the Great… Continue reading Vocal Obsession: Caissie Levy