02-10-2013 08:36 PM
JD Sumner-Sang back up for the King of Rock n' Roll Elvis Presley.
James "Big Chief" Wetherington-Sang bass for the Statesmen Quartet from 1949 till his death in 1973.
02-25-2013 10:54 AM - edited 02-25-2013 10:55 AM
You wouldn't think it but Justin Vernon from Bon Iver he has a big voice probably a low baritone / bass pretty meaty! Listen to Calgary on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMgyIR2qPEU
03-02-2013 09:59 AM
03-05-2013 10:38 PM
I don't know how famous outside of Canada these guys are, but how about Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts ...
You beat me to it. That's the one I was gonna post. I like "Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm" (strangest title ever).
10-16-2013 01:09 PM
My observations are as follows:
1. Many low basses -- even those who are very good ensemble singers -- don't have solo-quality voices. They typically lack a true vibrato, don't have much variety of register, and often have not only a low range, but a low tessitura. None of these qualities is a deal-breaker, but it's often discouraging to the singer. The average voice teacher isn't equipped to train the low bass voice, IMO. It's requirements are significantly different from other voice classifications.
2. Even those who are good soloists find it difficult to make a living on their own. Most are going to be a part of a group (who hopefully will let them take a turn at singing lead from time to time).
3. Many basses, when singing as soloists, seldom sing in the lower half of the register -- they mostly sing from A2 to D4...might as well be baritones. One conspicuous exception is Tukka Haapaniemi from Club for Five. He includes the bottom portion of his compass when singing melodies. An Ab1 seems to be no problem for him in this beautiful arrangement of "Brothers in Arms." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g55JlxWYo8Q. He's easily one of the more exciting basses in pop music today.
12-05-2013 07:48 AM
Most composers of contemporary four-part harmony are actually writing SABB; the "tenor" part is often nothing difficult for a practiced baritone voice, and nowhere close to the dizzy heights of an operatic tenor.
That's a very, very narrow view of choral music sir.
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There are two types of basses IMO, from close observation: Those who, in pitch and range, meet all the criteria for singing classical bass range. This only means that your voice is placed in a naturally low frequency range. This is what I would call a bass. Think J.D. sumner for example.
The other kind of bass is a profundo, or basso produndo, usually seen in people who are abnormally large in height, and have a naturally low resonant tone. Profundo's can't necessarily go as low as basses in all cases, but they do have a very 'boomy' sound that cannot be replicated by most humans. Many quote unquote 'giants' speak in this way.