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The Vocal Range of James LaBrie: E♭2-B♭5(-B5)

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Uploaded on Aug 30, 2011

James LaBrie is the lead singer of famed prog band Dream Theater. He is most widely known for having a light, feminine tenor voice, but in fact he is quite capable of leashing out VERY powerful chesty vocals, particularly in live settings where he shines. Much of his negative reputation comes from the fact that in 1994, at his peak, he suffered throat damage that permanently altered the quality of his voice, so for almost twenty years his singing hasn't been as clear or supported. Despite this, he is still able to bust out blistering high notes from time to time.
Before joining Dream Theater, he also served as frontman for cheesy small-time glam outfit Winter Rose.

0:00 - Emotional singing down to quiet B2s in "Scarred"
0:36 - Stronger B♭2s from the Winter Rose song "Saved by Love"
0:56 - Wispy B♭2s from "Fatal Tragedy"
1:14 - One whispery A2 and strong B2s from "Lie"
1:34 - Solid soft A2 in "Voices"
1:48 - Nice G♯2 singing in the forefront vocals in "Wither"
2:03 - A spoken-rap passage bottom at G♯2 in "Octavarium"
2:29 - Solid, scintillating G2s in "Nothing but the Best" by Winter Rose
2:51 - Spoken G2s from "Home" (damn, does LaBrie have a cool speaking voice)
3:11 - By far LaBrie's lowest, this strange passage bottoms at scratchy but solid E♭2s in "In Too Deep"
3:51 - Now for the part everyone really cares about: some very powerful singing up to E5 from "Voices"
4:05 - A relatively light E5 from "Surrounded"
4:15 - A live version of that same passage where the E is more chesty
4:28 - Incredible singing up to easy E5s in "Take the Time", a real powerhouse of a performance.
4:49 - Singing up to lots of D5s with a very seamless short F5 from "Innocence Faded"
5:10 - First singing up to an E5, then sustaining an airy F♯5 in the Ayreon song "Confrontation"
5:25 - LaBrie awesomely changes the phrasing to work up to a chesty F♯5 in the live version of "Metropolis"
5:47 - A great live passage from "To Live Forever" in Manhattan that has gained some fame on YouTube: he sings roughly up to E♭5 several times and reaches F♯5 once, ending on a surprisingly clean B4
6:30 - Another incredible live passage, he sings up to E5 twice, with a wild F♯5 in between in this great display of breath support; song is "Learning to Live" from Tokyo 1993 (not the DVD release, but a bootlegged show from a few nights earlier)
6:57 - From that same performance, the famous rising scale up to F♯5, clearer, fuller and longer than the original
7:13 - An entire line sung on G5 from the end of "Thrill of the Night" by Winter Rose!
7:22 - A blistering G5 from a live cover of "Since I've Been Loving You"
7:33 - An immensely powerful G5 from "The Killing Hand"
7:44 - Lots of F5s and a couple G5s, leading to an immense D5 and then two sustained F5s from the same song
8:42 - The classic E5, F♯5, and G♯5 (actually a semitone lower than the original) from the cover of "Cemetery Gates", with some wide vibrato
9:09 - A very wild G♯5 with a short voice crack in the middle in "The Killing Hand" live in Milan
9:18 - Taking the ending up to a raw A5 from a live version of "Octavarium"
9:36 - A surprising and extremely dirty A5 in a live version of "Lines in the Sand"
9:48 - A slightly cleaner, but incredibly powerful sustained A5 from "Number of the Beast"
10:05 - LaBrie's highest full note, a short but very strong B♭5 followed by a G5 which also trills to a thin B♭5! From "The Killing Hand" in Milan
10:19 - From a recent live rendition of "Under a Glass Moon," LaBrie takes the original E5 and breaks into a falsetto B5, presumably for his own amusement
Do not mind this last bit at the end. :)

Deepest thanks to RoyalCrimsonTheater, TheTarantinoManiac, StageHolder, Danerage, sobeto28, axisundone, and HenrikMoe90.

Edit: Hey, lots of nonmodal A5s in the new track "Build Me Up, Break Me Down"!

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