Who Do You Sound Like?

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Who Do You Sound Like?#1
Posted: 9/19/08 at 8:10pm
Which performer have you been compared to vocally?

Which perfomer do you wish you could sound like?

I've been told many times that I sound like a much younger Judy Kuhn (well, usually, I hear "You sound like Pocahontas!" or "You sound like Cosette!")... well, obviously I'm nowhere near as good, but in style and tone, I guess she's the performer I most resemble.

Who would I like to be? Umm... Norm Lewis. Yeah, I know, he's a guy, I'm not, yadda yadda yadda. I've always semi-secretly wanted to be a bass, though. When I was little and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd say, "a deep jazz singer." I also, erm, idolize Michael Ball and his voice. My sister and I impersonate him all the time.
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Updated On: 9/19/08 at 08:10 PM
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#2
Posted: 9/19/08 at 8:25pm
Someone on this board told me that I sound like Laura Benanti.

People IRL have compared me to Lea Salonga, though that was back when I thought I was a belter and was in soprano denial. re: Who Do You Sound Like?
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#2
Posted: 9/19/08 at 8:55pm
I dunno. I played Thenardier in a community theatre production and lot of people felt like they had to come up to me and tell me that I sounded just like the guy on the CD. (Which CD is a mystery.) But, I always had to laugh because I was using an accent and emulating the vocal inflections that I'm accustomed to hearing. I don't really sound like that when I sing normally.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#4
Posted: 9/19/08 at 9:07pm
Ahh, yes. I've listened to my Les Miserables recordings so many times that I can do a pretty dead-on impression of Colm Wilkinson... my friend and I like to sing Les Miserables, and her mother has never heard any Les Mis except for that which issues forth from our mouths. So one day, we were in the car and I begun singing "One Day More" (this was about two months since the last time my friend's mother had heard me singing Les Miserables), and she groaned, "Oh, NO, Schmerg. Not HIM again."

Tobiasragg-- Too bad you haven't been compared to, you know, any BIG-name performers or anything...
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#5
Posted: 9/19/08 at 9:33pm
Lol in my head I sound like a combination of Raul and Stokes, but to others have compared me to numerous singers, male and female.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#6
Posted: 9/19/08 at 9:43pm
i've been told by numerous people that i sound like a disney character... oh well.... at least they all said i could sing and that's all that matters.. haha
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#7
Posted: 9/19/08 at 9:48pm
Well, it depends on which Disney character... like, on one hand, there's Belle and Simba and Aladdin and everyone, and then there's Timon and Pumbaa and Iago and LeFou. And it'd be pretty hardcore if people meant you sound like Scar or Frollo or Gaston.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#8
Posted: 9/19/08 at 10:11pm
I've been told I sound like Frederica von Stade.

I want to know what would happen if I sounded like George Hearn.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#9
Posted: 9/19/08 at 10:56pm
I wish I sounded like Lillias White or Orfeh.

But I kinda sound like Stephanie Mills.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#10
Posted: 9/19/08 at 10:59pm
Not necessarily that I sound exactly like a performer, but that I sound British when I sing. Probably because I learned to sing to my mom's records of Camelot and The Sound of Music (movie soundtracks, though I think she had both that and the cast recording for Camelot and Julie Andrews singing Disney songs. Some have said I picked up some of her vocal traits from listening to and singing along with those. (I know it made it hard to blend in with my church children's choir in Nashville, TN!! LOL.)
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#11
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:01pm
I have noticed myself and have been told that I sound a lot like Laura Benanti. I don't have the gorgeous soprano range that she does, I'm more comfy in a mezzo range, but in overall tone and quality we sound pretty similar. Her voice is just obviously more polished than mine.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#12
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:10pm
Sarah Palin....

It's a major problem.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#13
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:11pm
The first time I did Beauty and the Beast as Mrs. Potts I was told I sounded like Julie Andrews...
When I did it the second time as Belle I was told i sounded like Judy Garland.
I don't think I sound like either of them...I sure wish I did though!
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#14
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:16pm
i am always compared to Gavin Creel (singing) or Matthew Brodrick (acting). Which is a huge compliment.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#15
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:25pm
A few weeks ago, I was singing This Is The Moment for my musical theatre class and I could swear that I heard Anthony Warlow in there.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#16
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:27pm
Most recently I was compared to a young Maria Callas.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#17
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:35pm
I've been compared to Gavin Creel a lot, but I don't know...I don't think I'm nearly at his talent level.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#18
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:37pm
Acting wise, I was once described by a guy in the audience as a "young George Clooney." I'll take it as a compliment, though I have to admit I'm not too familiar with his work. And when I played Tevye, someone said that they way I completely became the character reminded them of Johnny Depp. I WISH I could be that good, but again, I'll take the compliment.

As for my singing, I've never really been compared to anyone, though I've heard some similarities between my own voice and some things I've heard other performers do, so maybe I'm influenced by things I've listened to forever. I'd like to think that I have my own sound, and that it can't be compared to anyone's voice, but I know I'm nowhere near good enough to be there yet.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#19
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:46pm
I've gotten Julia Murney when I was still a soprano in denial. And more recently, I've gotten Kelli O'hara too. I don't know how one person could get both comparisons...
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention...I'm the good cop, he's the bad cop.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#20
Posted: 9/19/08 at 11:51pm
theaterkid...i have the same problem.. ive been told I sound like a cross between Todd Palin and a pitbull.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#21
Posted: 9/20/08 at 12:01am
Well, no one can ever know what their voice really sounds like, unless they listen to extensive recordings of themselves, so I made two lists: head (what I think I sound like to me), and comparisons (what other people have told me that I've sounded like).

Head: Laura Bell Bundy, Sherie René Scott, Heather Headley (I'm Caucasian!), Marissa Jaret Winokur, Idina Menzel (when I sing "Take Me Or Leave Me), Lucy Scherer (only during "Heißgeliebt"), Christine Baranski (only during "Does Your Mother Know")
Comparisons: Sarah Brightman (when I sing "Think of Me" or "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again")

I'm a guy, but I normally sing womens' songs. I've never been compared to a guy before, though. Also, it really depends on what song I sing.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#22
Posted: 9/20/08 at 12:06am
ok fine. I didn't want to admit it but, I sound like Emma Zaks.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#23
Posted: 9/20/08 at 2:31am
Schmerg the Impaler... now you got me thinking there! honestly... i doubt i sound like a scar or a gaston... or a timon or pumbaa... hmmmm... people say my voice doesn't match my body (i'm a big guy but i have this soft voice but)... so now i don't quite know what they mean by that... maybe like Hercules or Quasimodo... there you go!
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#24
Posted: 9/20/08 at 2:42am
I have no idea who I sound like... I'm not really a singer and don't listen to myself enough to know. But if I could sound like anybody... probably Kelli O'Hara.
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re: Who Do You Sound Like?#25
Posted: 9/20/08 at 3:01am
A few of my friends say I am a male version of a Judy/Liza Hybrid. I don't quite know how to take that...
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