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Deborah Honeycutt comments Amy asks: Why is it that when you hear a British musician sing, their accent disappears?
Once on stage, they sing like someone who grew up in New England rather than old. Yet another example is Adele, who has a lovely speaking voice, a very heavy cockney accent, yet her singing pipes do not indicate her dialect. Going beyond the British, we see the same thing with other non-American musicians, such as the Swedish band ABBA, and many others singing in English, yet from various places around the world.
Once this takes place, singers are forced to stress syllables as they are accented in the music, which forces singers to elongate their vowels.
When singing, the pace is often slower. Words are drawn out and more powerfully pronounced and the accent becomes more neutral. Another factor is that the air pressure we use to make sounds is much greater when we sing.
This changes the quality of the sound. As a result, regional accents can disappear because syllables are stretched out and stresses fall differently than in normal speech.
So, once again, this all adds up to singing accents becoming more neutral. So at this point, you might be wondering if the musicians actually know they are losing their accents when they sing. Certainly not wanting to offend Keith, I began with a few genuine compliments admiring his genius guitar skills.
I think you do! Keith could not really explain the mystery behind it, and instead went on to explain why he was wearing black toenail polish the last time I chatted him up in person. His wife, Nicole, has since been his inspiration to stop, he says.
So it would seem, that at least with this sample size of one, the artist in question is not aware of any accent change when he sings.
So what about others? A study he conducted of singers with speaking accents showed indeed that they were not aware that they sounded any different; they felt they were singing naturally. She makes no apologies for her background and even themes her lyrics toward an English audience. She is as English as tea in the afternoon and proud of bucking the trend that so many British artists seem to follow, whether intentionally, or more likely in most cases, not.
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