Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Singing With Accents

In the fairly recent past, I've wondered why many Australians and British folks sing with American accents.

Was it a symptom of successful American imperialism?  

Perhaps.

Recently, though, I read this article which says a guy named Andy Gibson did a study, and he thinks it's natural.  Well, it's not natural, but it happens automatically.   Sometimes.

It has to do with the style of music.  People tend to go to an American accent when singing pop music.  When they sing a Reggae song, they tend to do a Jamaican accent  When they do country, a southern accent comes out.  

So we sing a song in the accent in which we've heard it.

Although that wouldn't explain Australians singing with an American accent when singing a song they've written themselves.  

Or maybe it's the style itself that brings about the accent.

Lately, our guilty pleasure is watching The Voice.  What's interesting to me is that the American contestants are singing with non-American accents. A few of the women sound almost Australian to me.  It's like they're faking an Aussie accent.

Then there's Adam Levine, one of the judges.  I became familiar with him as a judge before hearing him as a singer.  I was later surprised to hear his singing. His singing accent doesn't match his speaking accent.

I asked Jack the other day, Why are so many of them singing with fake accents? 

Jack replied by saying something like, YOU sing with a different accent. And that's fine. But if you're complaining about it, you're being hypocritical. 

Touché.

I do usually sing with an American accent. 

And although the Australian accent jumps out of my mouth automatically and accidentally when speaking.  I think with singing I have to force the fake accent.

Anyway.... 

Here are two contestants singing with interesting accents.   Maybe sort of Australian?




In the following video you can hear Erin Martin's speaking voice.   I don't think it matches her singing voice.