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Brianna Thomas on the Art of Song Delivery

Vocalist recommends her favorite cuts that feature a unique delivery of a song's lyrics, music and message

Brianna Thomas
Brianna Thomas

For a vocalist, song delivery is everything—how you convey the message. Melody and words are married; one is not more important than the other. Melody can be beautiful, but it’s easy to hide behind and get caught up in. These artists and tracks inspire me to dig deep into what I’m saying and pull the melody out. – Brianna Thomas 

Carmen McRae
“How Long Has This Been Going On?”
Book of Ballads (Kapp, 1959)

She’s constantly aware of the words coming out of her mouth. She doesn’t waste any notes; every note is in the [emotional] context of what words she’s singing. But she doesn’t limit herself—she puts her soul in it. It’s the sassiest thing; it’s really gangsta.

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