Vocal Type: High Tenor
Vocal Range: 4 Octaves (F2-F6)
Vocal Pluses: Michael Jackson's voice was
predominately light and agile with a nimble, rhythmic dexterity that
allowed for complex vocal runs, as well as allowing it to mimic
instruments- such as drums- or employ trademark grunts and exclamations
that were controlled and achieved via proper technique. The voice also
had the strength and stamina to hold notes for lengths of time, without
wavering in pitch, and the ability to emote the meaning of the lyrics
The low range was the heaviest part of the voice, and was surprisingly
dark when compared to the higher parts of the modal range, in which he
usually sang. As the voice passed into the midrange it began to lighten
and brighten significantly. The chest voice had an elasticity and
flexibility that allowed for it to stretch, without much impact on the
tone, up to the fifth octave. The belting range had a number of timbres,
being either bright, light and smooth, or coarser, slightly heavier and
with an edge-see They don't care about us
. The falsetto was solid, warm and more resonate than many other male
singers, though it was also capable of a softer timbre if so required.
Comfortable in this part of the range, Michael Jackson could sing
effortlessly here holding notes, or hitting complex staccato notes- see Butterfies.
Unique and immediately recognisable voice that harmonised with itself brilliantly to create luscious and iconic layered vocals.
Vocal Negatives: Michael Jackson's tone could
be considered thin and lacking in resonance, particularly in the mid-to
high part of the modal register, when compared to other male singers. It
should be noted that many fans consider this to be a unique, and
positive, feature of the voice.