What Makes PIA Such A Great Technical Singer?

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What Makes PIA Such A Great Technical Singer?

I've always been fascinated about why Pia's voice is so captivating, so compelling for me.  During her Idol days, she was always celebrated for being such a great technical singer, but as a music novice, I never knew precisely what that meant. I believe the article below answers some of the mystery that is Pia's voice, and further informs us. 

 From:  MasterClassLady.com    Posted by:  J    on:  3-9-2011    Re.:  "All By Myself"

OMG. I died when Pia hit the high notes in her song! She nailed it. Wow, what an incredible vocalist! Color me very, very impressed.

I just keep thinking, “Wow. WOW.”

I don’t think people realize how difficult a song with this range is for someone of Pia’s voice type. She is clearly a mezzo soprano, as any I’ve ever seen. The places where her voice shifts resonance are very consistent with this; that’s why her Eb5s in “I’ll Stand by You” and “Doesn’t Mean Anything” have that particular color and tonal quality.

That’s why she has a BIG, big voice; she’s a mezzo with the technical capability to sing heavier coordinations full-on. Some mezzos might be able to reach those notes by lightening up a lot, but Pia is able to hit those notes at full throttle. This is exactly the type of female contestant I’ve been waiting several seasons for. OMG. I loved it.

Ultimately, it makes no difference to me whether Pia is a mezzo or not; I love her voice all the same. I just wanted to commend her diligent work in being able to achieve a technical feat that is made more difficult by being a mezzo. I am a soprano, and I love soprano voices (listen to Kelly Clarkson’s soaring upper range; soprano, for sure!), but I also really love well-trained mezzo voices because I appreciate how difficult it must be for them to reach soprano high notes. Great voices are great voices; we can agree to that, perhaps?
 

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I used to read MasterClassLady's blogs every week during Pia's run on idol. She always had great things to say about our Pia as I recall. But you don't need to be a vocal master like her to recognize greatness in Pia's voice. That should be apparent to everyone.

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Gary_OC wrote:

I used to read MasterClassLady's blogs every week during Pia's run on idol. She always had great things to say about our Pia as I recall. But you don't need to be a vocal master like her to recognize greatness in Pia's voice. That should be apparent to everyone.

OMG absolutely Gary! I have to admit, I know nothing technical about music, or singing....but I know what sounds good, and Pia's voive sounds good. Well, not good....incredible :-)

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Pia's voice is like a drug once you hear her sing you cannot get enough. 

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Really voice is what matters for singing and feel the song and it's lyrics. Her voice is unique and the way she sings is fantastic.

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HI Adam, welcome to this site!  Yeh, I also think the mark of a great vocalist and song is the emotion that's conveyed.  IMO Pia's expressive Italian-American heritage amplifies all the raw feelings she injects into her love-themed music.  For me, it's the drama with which Pia treats every note and the melodic style that builds to a cathartic end.  Adam Lambert's compliment of Pia's "voice of gold" is testimony to her vocal proficiency.  Hope they do a duet together similar to his "Titanium" with Angie Miller.  That kind of drama and angst is where Pia really shines because of her incomparable passionate VOICE.  

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