This one is a little different than my normal recommendation, but I guess that’s partly why I felt compelled to write about her.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, professionally known by just her first name, Adele, struck with me with her strong and heartfelt vocals. Whether the song is aggressive or down-tempo, her control over her voice and delivery is fantastic, and she really uses it to get the most out of her lyrics and instrumentation.
At only 20 years old, with one album to her credit, finding someone like Adele is great because you get the feeling that you’re in on the ground floor of a talent that will be around for awhile.
Check out this video for “Chasing Pavement,” for a strong example of her vocals.
“Cold Shoulder” is a bit more up-tempo and shows off a bit more of her range. Enjoy…