Singers who are more than just talented & timeless, but who also are "better" than GREAT!
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“ The voice, the look; song-phrasing, her endurance, surpasses most others! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ Voice -- beyond words! And ... a great actress as well. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Donna Summer
Soundtrack, American Hustle
Donna Summer rocketed to international super-stardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world. Maintaining an unbroken string of hits throughout the 70s and 80s...
“ A game-changer. The 2nd best voice ... EVAH! *** Her version of "MacArthur's Park" - mesmerizing! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Whitney Houston
Actress, The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin. She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark...
“ The B E S T voice .... EVAH, EVER, Eh-Vah! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Carly Simon
The daughter of Richard Simon, co-founder of the Simon and Schuster publishing company, Carly got her start in music singing in coffee houses with her sister Lucy in the early 60s. After an unsuccessful attempt to launch a solo career, Carly burst onto the music scene in 1971 with her first Top 10 hit...
“ Singer / songwriter who brings something actually WORTH saying in all of songs. THE STORYTELLER! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Aretha Franklin
Several Grammy award wins, the first women to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and dubbed as the Queen Of Soul. Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Aretha was born to parents, Barbra Singers homemaker, and Clarence Franklin a baptist minster. Aretha Franklin started to sing due to her father being a minister...
“ The true QUEEN OF SOUL! --- 'Nuff said. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
“ Just a REAL singer, with REAL passion. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Billie Holiday
Soundtrack, Schindler's List
Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity...
“ The Lady! The Heartbreak! The legend! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
“ PHENOMENAL! ** If you're a more cerebral, music connoisseur & need some intelligence in your music, she won't let you down. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Diana Ross
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the army...
“ Just ** WOWS ** with her beauty, style & her soothing vocal delivery. An icon & a diva till the end. :) --- Her HARSH treatment of her fellow singers (etc.) notwithstanding ... has to be my ALL-TIME favorite. I'm a sucka for elegance & drama. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Teena Marie
Soundtrack, The Goonies
“ This woman's singing skillset is/was ethereal, talent far beyond this universe. OMG to the "enth" degree!!! ~~~ Some are just from a different world of greatness; that was Teena! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey), a singer and vocal coach, who is of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer, who was of Afro-Cuban ancestry. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields High School. In June of 1990, Mariah made her debut with "Mariah Carey" which entered at #73...
“ Mariah is a GREAT singer & any critic(s) who suggest otherwise are simply just plain WRONG! --- Give this woman the full credit & accolades that she so richly deserves. PERIOD. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Céline Dion
Soundtrack, Titanic
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the know-how to performing live...
“ Not a major fan of all of her musical offerings; nevertheless, the voice is OUTSTANDING. lll Her quality, her tone, her flawless delivery ... puts her high on the list. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Minnie Riperton
Soundtrack, Jackie Brown
Minnie Riperton was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A Capella Choir...
“ Many won't remember her, but she was the ORIGINAL queen of the effortless, high octaves. SHE NEEDS TO BE REMEMBERED ... MORE! lll Even the hummingbirds took pause when she sang. Yes, she was THAT brill-yant, vocally. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Melba Moore
Melba Moore has shot to super-stardom in the early 1970s with her debut album ("I Got Love"), that garnered her a 1971 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, the following year, she also scored with a variety television show that co-starred Clifton Davis. Despite the show's being a modern success...
“ Derailed in her career by WHO KNOWS WHAT ... this former Broadway baby & TONY Award winner had a strong, authentic & special vocal instrument. Sorry her talent was carried to fruition, but boy could she sing! ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Nancy Wilson
Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio to iron-worker Olden Wilson and the former Lillian Ryan, who worked as a domestic servant. Nancy was the first of six children. Her father's love of music and the records he played at home were a huge influence on Nancy as a young girl...
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The jazz "GREAT", Nancy Wilson, is the epitome of style, grace & class. Her voice is sooooo sophisticated, yet soulful --- she just delivers a sound fit for a king & queen's ears (and yours too).

Her version of "Hello Like Before" is just irresistibly awesome. It'll 'wow' your soul. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
“ If you haven't listened to (or heard of her), please comment AFTERWARDS. ♦ ♦ You WILL then understand why she must be included. One of the prettiest voices you'll ever hear, with a 5-Octave range, I'm guessing. ♦ ♦ This caliber of talent will never twerk T&A, or 'drop it like it's hot' to generate huge sells / publicity. ” - Temperancelancecouncil
Patti LaBelle
Soundtrack, Miami Vice
Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". Patti became a solo artist in 1976 and her debut album was another success...
“ Miss Patti was inadvertently left off the list. DEEPEST APOLOGIES! One of the best performers to ever grace the stage. She's been bringing the drama, excitement and powerful chops since the 70s! ” - Temperancelancecouncil