The musical Jesus Christ Superstar has some incredible songs and serves as a vocal showcase its lead performer. Some mad genius edited together performances of the song Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) in which Jesus asks an essential question. Our new question: Why are you dressed like a sheriff, Lin-Manuel Miranda?
The NetMusic YouTube channel specializes in isolating vocals from the music in various songs. This edit is a true gem, highlighting the amazing vocal talents of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush as they perform their 1986 duet Don’t Give Up. After listening to this, it feels like the music was almost unnecessary.
Anna-Maria Hefele has wowed us before with her polyphonic overtone singing. Her ethereal composition Andesana is given added impact through its performance in a space that encourages rather than cancels echoes – standing underneath a musical sculpture by artist Josef Baier. Here’s an explanation of how the technique works.
Vocalist Jared Halley has wowed us before with his one-man a cappella songs. This time, he took on the 1992 Green Day track Boulevard of Broken Dreams, using his voice to layer together every track of the recording. Also, we can’t get that one a nunna, one a nunna, one a nunna out of our heads now.
Same as it ever was… or maybe not. The Talking Heads track Once in a Lifetime is a true classic. Ross Hudson wanted to know what the vocals from the 1980 track might sound like without the music and posted this clip of David Byrne’s isolated voice, which gives the song a whole new texture.
Siberian musical group Otyken performed their track Storm in the icy Krasnoyarsk Territory, home to the Chulyms indigenous people and the birthplace of members of the band. The song mixes traditional and modern sounds – including some wicked throat singing – and is about challenges people face when traveling to the East.
The Journey song Don’t Stop Believin’ is a true classic – and it wouldn’t have been anything without Steve Perry’s talents. NetMusic shows off just how good his singing was by stripping away most of the music and allowing us to hear Perry’s isolated vocals. Neil Schon’s guitar solo is also a treat.
The latest remix from The Kiffness takes an Altai throat singing video by Bai Terek and gives it a funky new beat. The words of the original track are a blessing of goodwill to their native Siberian land, and we consider videos like this a blessing to the Internet.
Geoff Castellucci has an incredible voice – and the looks to go with. After vibrating our eardrums with his deep bass, he breaks out into a multi-layered a capella performance of The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun that shows off his vocal range. Dig it? Check out his covers of Sixteen Tons and High and Dry.
Now here’s something you don’t see every day… a guy playing the accordion, yodeling as fast as humanly possible, and smoking a cigarette at the same time. We’d only wish we could have been there to see the performance in person while we glugged down a giant stein of beer.
During Fleet Week New York, singer Gabriel Brown aka Black Gryph0n took to the skies in the passenger seat of a F/A-18F Super Hornet. While riding shotgun, he turned in 34 vocal impressions, including a spot-on version of Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone. Shout out to his cool-as-a-cucumber pilot Amanda “Stalin” Lee.
Frank Maglio’s Amazon parrot Tico likes to sing along when Frank gets out his guitar. So sit back and enjoy a avian little serenade as the bird does its best Robert Plant impression, and embellishes Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with a bit of whistling.
Singer and voiceover artist Tim Storms holds two significant world records – the lowest vocal note sung by a male, as well as the greatest male vocal range – an insane 10 octaves. In this performance of Lonesome Road for Alpha Sound, his deep sub-Bass voice will shake your subwoofers and rattle your bones.
Musician Lubalin stumbled onto Internet gold with his hilarious vocalization of two people going at it in a late night chat about a rental property. He’s since done a second, even funnier episode about Helen, a woman who’s really pissed about her casserole recipe being stolen.
We’re not sure how we missed this video when it first made the rounds, but it’s too good not to share. When you listen to Italian singer Adriano Celentano’s performance of Prisencolinensinainciusol, you might think its lyrics are in English, but it’s actually complete nonsense. Bonus points for the harmonica solo at the end.
If you’re unfamiliar with the richly-layered sounds of traditional Native American pow wow singing, you’ll want to check out this footage of Antoine Edwards and a trio of talented vocalists as they perform a song in the traditional chanted style, but with lyrics in English.
Musician Jared Halley demonstrates his impressive vocal range and skill by performing all of the parts of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love, from Freddie Mercury’s lead vocals, to the layered choral parts, to the instrumentation. Be sure to check out his many other a cappella tracks on his YouTube channel.
Golden-throated, big-hearted Josh Groban raised his voice and spirits with a free bedroom performance. He also raised $15,000+ for Meals on Wheels America, on the front lines of the pandemic, so thanked fans by singing “You Raise Me Up” in his shower. (Fully clothed, though he has said the song should be used for Viagra ads.)
You will be RickRoll’d by this video. But that’s okay, because the guy doing the RickRolling is none other than Rick Astley himself, with a great, stripped back performance of the track that everyone has accidentally heard at least once in their life, Never Gonna Give You Up. From BBC Music’s Radio 2 Piano Room.
Are you a singer? Zoom’s foot pedal gadget offers up a ton of useful performance features, including a variety of vocal effects, from tweaking octaves, to adding harmonies, to pitch correction, to reverb, chorus, and a formant pedal for adjusting vocal texture, It’s also got a built-in looper for up to 3:30 of recording.
Like most people who post videos on YouTube, musician Madilyn Bailey has been subjected to an endless stream of hateful, poorly spelled comments by 12 year olds. Rather than taking them to heart, she turned their trolling into a song, and so far has racked up over 6 million views as the ultimate sweet revenge.
An amazing recording of the greatest rock vocalist of all time, captured back in 1986 as part of the 96-track Time. With the help of musician and producer Dave Clark, we now get to hear a stripped-down and cleaned up version, backed only by piano, along with HD footage of Mercury which will send chills down your spine.
The earliest forms of vocal amplification date back over 1000 years, but microphones as we know them are less than 100 years old. Cheddar looks at how mics changed the way vocalists perform when recording and in live shows, and how they put singers front and center.