WELL. After an exhausting weekend of BOSS-like activities, I’m going to take a day of rest. What better way to unwind than with a list of my aca-lady crushes?
Let me explain. “Crush” does not mean that I’m romantically into them. It’s more like I have the utmost respect and admiration for their voice/skills, and if I could switch vocal pipes with them, I might do it. It depends on what the trade off would be. Like, would I have one of those Little Mermaid situations on my hands, or would I just be given 12 labours?
Anyway, when I perform, I try to channel a lil’ bit of these dynamite ladies, because…why would you not?
Kathy Hoye – Sonos
She’s probably the first acaladycrush I’ve ever had. I saw Sonos at the first/last SMACC in 2011, and I was seriously entranced. Her stage presence was amazing. She was so into the music, but still so engaging. She had this fluidity to her motions. And dat voice. It was so smooth and dark and rich and full and ugh. Oh, and did I mention that she used an octavizer to be the bass in a few songs while the normal bass had a solo? Because she did. She was THAT BAD-ASS. Kathy blends amazingly with her group, but soloistically, she is a crazy-insane powerhouse.
Amy Lynn Whitcomb – Delilah
Yeah, I get it, this is Noteworthy and not Delilah. I just kind of wanted to prove a point. Delilah is FANTASTIC, absolutely no doubt about it, but sometimes you just need to feel the rawness of a performance without all the mics and production. This performance (1:38) gives me chills every single time. These girls are just so relaxed, so completely focused on the music, truly stripped down. Amy has the highest, clearest, most controlled/supported belt I’ve ever experienced in my entire twenty-one years of life.
Mia Hafrén – Fork
This is more of a stage presence thing than anything else. Oh yeah, Mia can sing (read: BELT FEROCIOUSLY), but her movement on stage is like nothing I’ve ever seen. She’s graceful, precise, and commands attention. I saw Fork at SoJam X, and dude. DUDE. She cut off the crowd IMMEDIATELY in one movement. An entire huge auditorium of tons upon tons of people. It was breathtaking and terrifying. If I could bring just an ounce of that personality to the stage, I would be a happy girl.
Angela Ugolini – Musae
I don’t know if you own Musae’s album, but like, DOWNLOAD THAT IMMEDIATELY and find Glitter in the Air and A Natural Woman, and find the “Repeat Forever” button. I think that Angela easily has one of the strongest, warmest voices I’ve ever heard, and it’s so controlled. It’s like she’s wrapping you in the tightest of hugs every time she sings…unless it’s a really intense song. Then it’s less of a hug and more of a well-deserved slap. I think it’s also important to not that not all people can arrange an amazing piece of music, and then perform the crap out of it and bring it to life. That’s a talent, people. Girl’s got skillz to pay the billz. (But actually, she works for TVC/Sled Dog, so like, it’s verified)
Jillian Gleason – NU Nor’easters
So Jill is kind of the baby of all of these singers, but she’s certainly not any less impressive. First of all, get that alto swag in this intro. It certainly helps that Shams Ahmed makes the best arrangements to support her, but like, whoa, ladyfriend. What was that, an octave jump?! WHAT. I love her voice, and I can’t wait to see where it takes her.
There are so many amazing ladies out there, but these, at least for me, are above and beyond.
Who are your favorites? Who do you have an acaladycrush on? Let me know in the comments!