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Why can't we hear a British accent when British singers sing?

  1. Jangaplanet profile image79
    Jangaplanetposted 6 years ago

    Why can't we hear a British accent when British singers sing?

    Do all songs when sung have no accents?

  2. lbsf1 profile image81
    lbsf1posted 6 years ago

    I'm british so I don't notice the accent, most british singers to me just sound like a normal british accent, in the same way that I think that some american singers don't sound like they have an american accent.

    The british accent is highly exadurated, 99% of us don't speak that poshly at all.

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    It seems that accents seem to really disappear or minimize when singing.  I guess we could consider the music or tune being sung the accent.

  4. Cara.R profile image75
    Cara.Rposted 6 years ago

    Interesting question, my Fiance is British and a singer and you can't hear his accent when he sings. However, as an example,The Pogues, Featuring Kirsty MacColl, (Fairytale of New York) you can hear an accent. I think it was meant to sound that way though.

  5. Alecia Murphy profile image78
    Alecia Murphyposted 6 years ago

    I hear accents in some British artists music like the Spice Girls. But I can tell a singer's British in their intonations more than their voice, it's more like how they say the word than their voice as a whole. Interesting question.

  6. GoodLady profile image94
    GoodLadyposted 6 years ago

    Great question Jangaplanet and I've decided to make a Hub about it!  Hope OK with you.  Will get to it in a few days.

  7. samanthamayer profile image71
    samanthamayerposted 6 years ago

    Yes we can, sometimes! I think of Adele. Some British artists may let their accent through in some songs more than others. I think it partly has to do with how we feel music and how we feel most natural singing.

    A lot of what has to do with producing 'good' sounds is forming vowels in a certain way. This will also have a huge impact on whether or not someone's true accent comes through. Vowels are ideally open and lengthened, so that the sound that comes through doesn't seem forced. You also have to concentrate on where you project sound - choral singers lift the soft palette in their mouths so that the sound resonates seemingly up through the top of the head, whereas pop singers using their chest voice want to push the sound forward. This is also an important factor in determining the sound of someone's voice - you don't want to sound nasal!

    Hope the technical stuff thrown in at the end wasn't too confusing. But singers really do need to hone and craft their voices. Voice is an instrument.

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    Indigitalposted 6 years ago

    Oh, you can. I assure you once I listen to anything other than British music I notice it's American or German or any other country. When first listening to Rihanna I turned to my Mother and said "Ah, another American."