List of mezzo-sopranos in non-classical music

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The mezzo-soprano is the middle female voice and the most common of the female singing voices, which tends to dominate in non-classical music, with vocal range that typically lies between the A below "middle C" (C4) to the A two octaves above (i.e. A3–A5). In the lower and upper extremes, some mezzo-sopranos may extend down to the F below middle C (F3) and as high as "high C" (C6).[1] The mezzo-soprano voice (unlike the soprano voice) is strong in the middle register and weaker in the head register, resulting in a deeper tone than the soprano voice.[2]

The term mezzo-soprano was developed in relation to classical and operatic voices, where the classification is based not merely on the singer's vocal range but also on the tessitura and timbre of the voice. For classical and operatic singers, their voice type determines the roles they will sing and is a primary method of categorization. In non-classical music, singers are primarily defined by their genre and their gender not their vocal range.[3] When the terms soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass are used as descriptors of non-classical voices, they are applied more loosely than they would be to those of classical singers and generally refer only to the singer's perceived vocal range.

The following is a list of singers in country, popular music, jazz, heavy metal, classical-crossover, and musical theatre[4] who have been described as mezzo-sopranos.

List of names[edit]

Name Lifespan Nationality Associated act(s) Ref.
Paula Abdul 1962- American [5]
Sharon den Adel 1974– Dutch [6]
Daniella Alonso 1978– American [7]
Tori Amos 1963– American Y Kant Tori Read [8][9]
Anastacia 1968– American [10][11][12]
Mary J. Blige 1971– American [13]
Susan Boyle 1961– Scottish [14]
Pat Benatar 1953– American [15]
Kelli Berglund 1996– American [16]
Mutya Buena 1985– English [17]
Shirley Caesar 1938– American [18]
Lydia Canaan Lebanese [19]
Sunidhi Chauhan 1984- Indian
Cheryl 1983– English Girls Aloud [20]
Chilli 1971– American TLC [21]
Celine Dion 1968– Canadian [22][23]
Linda Eder 1961– American [24]
Susan Egan 1970- American [25]
Enya 1961– Irish Clannad [26]
Paloma Faith 1981– English [27]
Ella Fitzgerald 1917–1996 American [28]
Lita Ford 1958– English-American [29]
Sutton Foster 1975– American [30]
Connie Francis 1937– American [22]
Aretha Franklin 1942– American [22][23]
Inara George 1974– American [31]
Selena Gomez 1992- American Selena Gomez and the Scene [32]
Amy Grant 1960– American [22]
Ofra Haza 1957–2000 Israeli [33]
Faith Hill 1967- American [34]
Olivia Holt 1997- American [35]
Natalie Horler 1981- German Cascada [36]
Whitney Houston 1963–2012 American [22][23][37]
Jennifer Hudson 1981– American [38]
Geraldine Hunt 1945– American [39]
Janet Jackson 1966– American [22]
Katherine Jenkins 1980– Welsh [37][40][41]
Joan Jett 1958– American [42]
Lisa Johansson Swedish Draconian [43]
Janis Joplin 1943–1970 American Big Brother and the Holding Company [37][44]
Patricia Kaas 1966– French [45]
Kathy Kelly 1961– American The Kelly Family [46]
Alexia Khadime 1983- English [47]
Beyoncé Knowles 1981– American Destiny's Child [37][48][49]
Chantal Kreviazuk 1974– Canadian [50]
k.d. lang 1961– Canadian [51]
Amy Lee 1981– American Evanescence [52][53]
Ute Lemper 1963– German [54]
Nolwenn Leroy 1982– French [55]
Leona Lewis 1985– English [56][57]
Julie London 1926–2000 American [58]
Lorde 1996– New Zealand [59]
Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1945– Norwegian-Swedish ABBA [60]
Madonna 1958– American Breakfast Club [22][61]
Kirstin Maldonado 1992- American Pentatonix [62]
Edith Márquez 1973– Mexican [63]
Audra McDonald 1970– American [64]
Sarah McLachlan 1968– Canadian [22][23]
Bridgit Mendler 1992– American [65]
Idina Menzel 1971– American [66]
Ethel Merman 1908–1984 American [67]
Bette Midler 1945– American [23]
Amy Millan 1973– Canadian Stars [68]
Holly Miranda 1982– American The Jealous Girlfriends [69]
Janelle Monáe 1985– American [70]
Jane Monheit 1977– American [71]
Alanis Morissette 1974– Canadian-American [72]
Patricia Morison 1915- American [73]
Maria Muldaur 1943– American [74]
Marissa Nadler 1981– American [75][76]
Joanna Newsom 1982– American The Pleased [77]
Rita Ora 1990– Yugoslavian-English [78]
Laura Pausini 1974– Italian [79]
Édith Piaf 1915–1963 French [80]
Kelly Price 1973- American [81]
Bonnie Raitt 1949- American [82]
Jean Redpath 1937-2014 Scottish [83]
Dolores O'Riordan 1971–2018 Irish The Cranberries [84]
Kelly Rowland 1981– American Destiny's Child [85]
Santigold 1976- American [86]
Selena 1971-1995 American Selena y Los Dinos [87][88]
Simone Simons 1985- Dutch Epica [89]
Regina Spektor 1980- Russian-American [90]
Dusty Springfield 1939-1999 English [91]
Gwen Stefani 1969– American No Doubt [92]
Barbra Streisand 1942- American [93]
Donna Summer 1948-2012 American [94]
Linda Thompson 1947- English [95]
Carrie Underwood 1983- American [96]
Martha Wainwright 1976- Canadian-American [97]

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