Leona Lewis – Pop Singer with a Flawless Technique

Lewis possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range which spans four octaves.  

Music critic Neil McCormick, of The Daily Telegraph, has praised Lewis’s technical skills, writing, “Her mezzo-soprano range allows her to take melodies from luxurious low notes to high-flying falsetto, gliding with elegant power and impressive control through all kinds of fluctuations and modulations.”Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic adds, “Lewis can hit what seems like high belted notes.”

Leona Lewis uses her head register on the high notes and never belts even tho’ it sounds like she is belting because of the sheer power behind it.   She actually extremely classically trained and has no need to strain.  The secret to her vocal prowess is that she still practises operatic scales on a daily basis.

Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge talks about Bel Canto Technique

Listening to Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge talk about the principles of Bel Canto technique and how he “would’ve blown out his voice years ago” as lead singer of the rock band Alter Bridge, is a great tribute Bel Canto. Even though it was developed some 300 years ago during the Golden Age of Italian Opera, so many great singers performing in all styles have relied on Bel Canto technique throughout their singing careers.

Even though Alter Bridge is classified as a rock to hard rock band,  Myles’ beautiful voice is powerfully and elegantly executed seemingly without effort.  As a perfect example of  what he makes reference to in the video above, the following is Myles Kennedy’s live and spontaneous rendition of Jeff Buckley’s song Hallelujah .

Bel Canto Technique and African Yodelling

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Leon Thomas
album cover from Jazz Music Archives

The free-flowing voice of  Leon Thomas is another wonderful example of  Bel Canto singing.  His pure head and chest sounds come from a grounded foundation of a rich,  warm and resonant chest register as demonstrated here in his Youtube video of a recording called “Echoes”.  Leon’s flawless technique allows him to sing a style of African yodeling. You can hear how he switches effortlessly from pure chest sounds to pure head sounds.

As explained in Wikipedia Yodeling (also yodelling or jodeling) is a form of singing which involves repeated and rapid changes of pitch between the low-pitch chest register (or “chest voice”) and the high-pitch head register or falsetto.