I am mad as hell at the music industry….

January 5, 2009 § 8 Comments


Sorry…I did not mean for my first post of the new year to be angry, but I am a huge lover of music and vocal talent and this ish really pisses me off.

Now, I was looking up artists and listening to the growth of their voices via YouTube. And I realized that Katharine McPhee can actually sing REALLY well. So will someone please tell me WHERE THE HELL her voice is now? If you compare the two videos below, the first being her American Idol audition and the second being one of her first videos as a recording artist — you will realize how disturbing it is that the music industry decided that it was appropriate to basically dumb the child’s voice down.

I mean seriously?! Is it necessary to hide all of the amazing facets of her voice and basically place her voice in a box? With some bubble gum pop music that does not truly allow her to showcase the true talents of her voice? Or maybe she chose the easy route and wanted to sing music that was not going to challenge her voice in any way?

This is not to knock pop music — this is to knock any music producers out there who recognize that the artist before them actually can sing and actually has pretty damn good control of his/her voice and might even have clarity in his/her voice AND STILL decide to produce music for said artist that hides his/her voice in the chorus and does not allow him/her to actually flex the vocal muscle?!

It is mind boggling to me and truly hurts my heart. It truly does.

And she can actually sing….

Where has her voice gone?!

Update: I think her voice got lost somewhere in her rendition of this song — she should not have sung this song especially since Whitney Houston made it popular. Either sing it better than Whitney (which is damn near impossible) or don’t sing it at all. Poor child, her mom probably made her sing this song. Tragic.

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§ 8 Responses to I am mad as hell at the music industry….

  • Jackie says:

    Her first album is exactly how she wanted to sound and it flopped. She wanted an R & B sound even though her voice is more for Adult Contemporary. So if you don’t like her first album be mad at her. I guess she is going more to AC with her second album with David Foster.

  • Jimmy says:

    Totally agree with you. Her early recording career was totally mismanaged by her former record label (RCA), run by none other than Lord Sidious/Emperor Palpatine (a.k.a. Clive Davis). They totally wasted her talent and then dropped her like a rock when she did not sell enough “units.” RCA screwed over other ex-Idols like Bo Bice also. I have faith that David Foster and the new label will help her create material worthy of her excellence.

  • HugeKatfan says:

    I agree. Katharine is a very very beautiful young lady. She has a great combination of beauty, plus a great voice which should be a good thing in the music industry. It’s hard to find that combination.

    I hope David Foster promotes her better. She has amazing talent.

    RCA has dropped alot of idol contestants though, it’s not like Katharine is the only one.

  • Barney says:

    Katharine McPhee singing some of the material they gave her to sing on her first cd is kinda like Pavarotti singing in my sixth grade choir. Foster is a much better fit for her, he’ll bring out the best in her. She’s here to stay!

  • Bill says:

    I agree that her first CD did not showcase her voice in a way that truly shows the talent she has but what she has done since has been amazing. Check this out when you can to see just how incredible she is. This is from the David Foster show that is airing on PBS and out on CD/DVD.

    David is producing her new CD that should be out this spring and it is going to be incredible. He truly gets what makes her so special and is one of the great producers of our time. So fear not, Katharine is not going anywhere and will be with us for a long long time!

  • Randy says:

    Isn’t her main man/husband part of those decision making processes? I mean, doesn’t he work in the industry and have control over her voice?

    I am going to agree that she shouldn’t lose her voice. It may not be permanent.

    But with an eye (or ear) for that maybe you should consider getting into the recording industry. They need new people and to get into the recording industry successful in 6 months http://www.recordingconnection.com is your best bet.

  • Jasmine says:

    If you ever take the time to listen to the rest of her album, you’ll find that the majority of her album features her voice just fine. Over It was the only pure pop song on the record and the only one that goes overboard on the production. Katharine actually dislikes the song very much. She didn’t want to record it, and she didn’t want it for her first single. But it doesn’t represent the rest of the album AT ALL.

    You should listen to Better Off Alone and Neglected–two of my favorites in terms of voice. Ordinary World is great too, though a little on the boring side. And the most recent performance of hers is here at David Foster’s concert that was on PBS back in November:

    Somewhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i934alo8oxk

    The Prayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPQeS6fyKRU

    And a couple other performances of hers from 2008.

    Something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqZsTe_WN_A

    Save the Last Dance for Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5lODn8lNfs

    She has actually gotten much better since her Idol days, as you can hear in her use of the upper register. Her voice has gone nowhere. It’s improved. You might already be aware of these performances. I can’t really tell from your post how much of Katharine you’ve been exposed to.

    Anyway, the travesty that was “Over It” should not be happening on her next album. She’s working with David Foster and a new record label this time around.

  • Anonymous says:

    If you ever take the time to listen to the rest of her album, you’ll find that the majority of her album features her voice just fine. Over It was the only pure pop song on the record and the only one that goes overboard on the production. Katharine actually dislikes the song very much. She didn’t want to record it, and she didn’t want it for her first single. But it doesn’t represent the rest of the album AT ALL.

    You should listen to Better Off Alone and Neglected–two of my favorites in terms of voice. Ordinary World is great too, though a little on the boring side. And the most recent performance of hers is here at David Foster’s concert that was on PBS back in November:

    Somewhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i934alo8oxk

    The Prayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPQeS6fyKRU

    And a couple other performances of hers from 2008.

    Something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqZsTe_WN_A

    Save the Last Dance for Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5lODn8lNfs

    She has actually gotten much better since her Idol days, as you can hear in her use of the upper register. Her voice has gone nowhere. It’s improved. You might already be aware of these performances. I can’t really tell from your post how much of Katharine you’ve been exposed to.

    Anyway, the travesty that was “Over It” should not be happening on her next album. She’s working with David Foster and a new record label this time around.

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