Looking for good recordings of female vocals I have not yet tried...

Most of my listeing is female vocals and classic Jazz.  I have enjoyed current and older female singers.  I have most of Billie Holiday through current Diana Krall and Julia Fordham.  I enjoy good voices mainly acoustic.  It would be helpful if it is music I can sample online.  If the backing is mainly loud elctronic I would likely pass.  Thanks for your thoughts and experience. 


Off the more usual Jazz & Pop beaten path, if you like Blue Grass, "Alison Krauss + Union Station" Live (preferably a Hi-Def version) is a favorite of mine -- both the CD and Blu-Ray.  Alison is an angelic vocalist.  

+1 for Alison Krauss, I also like Amber Rubarth, Lindi Ortega and Jennifer Warnes

Lani Hall, Fay Lovsky, Rumer, Nancy Wilson.

Jenna Mammina - You Can Close Your Eyes

Give Loreena McKennitt an audition. Amazing voice coupled with a hypnotic style.

Someone here recommended the album, “The wonderful Sounds of Female Vocals”. I bought it… outstanding album.

Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez, Shelby Lynne, Ricki Lee Jones, Dusty Springfield, Patricia Barber, Janis Ian, Julie London, Joan Armatrading, Judy Collins… great sampler.


Oh yeah… Barbra Streisand and Sara Brightman… Rita Coolidge, Lara Fabian, Kate Bush.

(Lyn Stanley) If you like acoustic backing try here London is Calling album. The Bye Bye Blackbird cut is just her and an upright base this will test the resolution of your system.. Everything she does is good. Most of her stuff is in Tital and available on vinyl. Let me know if you like her.


“Map To The Treasure” by Billy Childs has a splendid array of ladies singing the songs of Laura Nyro. A beautiful recording. 

Susanne Abbuehl “April” is nice for something less ordinary.

Thanks for starting a fun thread. 

What, no Joni Mitchell mentioned yet?

Margo Timmins

Natalie Merchant

Sandy Denny

Ella Fitzgerald (mentioned)


Thanks to all.  Some of these artists I already have and in some cases...all they have recorded..but also some new ones to explore.  Thanks for sharing.  Jim

Rickie Lee Jones

Holly Cole

Shelby Lynne

First Aid Kit

Everything But The Girl (especially earlier albums)

Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones, both on Blue Note Records (and in audiophile pressings by Analogue Productions).

Roberta Flack, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, on the album Fist Take.   Simply breathtaking.

I might suggest Amanda McBroom. Has several albums on Sheffield, maybe other labels.  And also, just to perform the song she wrote, "The Rose," Bette Midler.

One of the most insanely badass albums I've been listening to lately is Cande y Paulo, it's mind blowing...  She is amazing... Honorable female vocal albums mention goes to London Grammar, Lake Street Dive, This is the Kit... All incredible female vocals that will change your life



And on the classical side, Get all four volumes of Wagner's Ring Cycle which features numerous very competent female vocalists.  Use the recordings of the Vienna Philharmonic under Solti.  They were recorded by Decca in the early 1960's if memory serves.  Available on vinyl and lesser quality on CD.  (no heat seeking missiles, I have both.)

I'm buying female to male records at about a 5-1 ratio. Kudos to the female artist for all the great music being put out. 

My recommendations in order based on your interests.

1: Agnes Obel (album Aventine) Danish singer from Berlin writes and plays. Classical, Neoclassical,  Jazz, Indie. Have on lp and yes its mastered wonderfully. 

2: Hindi Zahra (album Homeland) Moroccan, Jazz, Folk, Blues, World

3: Eilen Jewell (albums Sea of Tears / Queen of the Minor Key) Idaho lady Bluesy, Folk, Country, edgy

4: Khruangbin (album Live at Lincon Hall) actually a trio group but has some vocals leed by female artist. Mostly instrumental and very creative fun live recording. Classic soul, rock, psychedelic,  surf rock

5: Lp (Laura pergolizzi) (album Lost on You) NY gal  rock, alternative rock, touch of country/Midwest, modern style alternative unlike the 90s.  Great recording good mastering.  Unique vocals you will either really like or hate. But give it a chance it's takes a minute to digest her sound but once you do gets stuck in your head.  Try song Lost on you first. 

6: Lake Street Dive (rachael price) (song What I'm Doing Here). See her live performance of this song. It's amazing. I have the single, not crazy about her albums but this song is special and she kills it on the vocals. 

Hope something I recommended works out to you or others


Jenifer Warnes blue raincoat, Eva Cassidy, Signe Egg, Susan Wong very nice music, Jacinta, Rebecca Pigeon Spanish Harlem...Lyn Stanley.

Barb Jungr (esp. her Dylan albums)

Maura O’Connell

Betty Levette


+1 Margo Timmins / Cowboy Junkies 

2nd Nora Jones, any of the earlier Linda Ronstadt when she was in the country folk phase, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Carly Simon, or just open Tidal and search Female Voices....25 different playlist popped it many different formats...

I am going to mention some artists, already listed.

Diana Krall

Eva Cassidy

Natalie Merchant

Alison Krause

Aretha Franklin

Rachel Price

Norah Jones

Alisa Amador

Bonnie Raitt


Gillian Welch

Roberta Flack

All these singers sound best on MQA playback and albums found on Tidal.


Jacqui Naylor :is someone new to me who I just acquired an album. 

Nora Jones

Brandi Carlile 

Anne Bison:

Carla Morrison, Mexican alternative pop singer from Tecate, MX. she has an amazing voice and sings extremely passionately and re-recorded her Amor Supremo in an acoustic version Amor Supremo (Desnudo)

She’s been mentioned before, but it bears reemphasis: Ella Fitzgerald! Arguably the greatest vocalist of any gender or style of music in the history of recording.

In the realm of the living, Kate Bush is a great vocalist.

And do not miss Ute Lemper. Try this:

Very honorable mention to DeeDee Bridgewater.

In the classical realm, there are many great female singers. Maria Callas. Joan Sutherland. Renata Tebaldi. Among living, active sopranos, Lise Davidsen.

Wagner wrote great stuff for the female voice. But perhaps surpassing him in this category is Giacomo Puccini.

I would suggest both of the following are worth purchasing on vinyl:

Kari Kirkland - Wild is the Wind

Margriet Sjoerdsma - A Tribute to Eva Cassidy

Puccini wrote amazing stuff for the female voice.  His operas Tosca, La Boheme, and Madama Butterfly contain gorgeous writing for the female voice.  To my taste, his final opera Turandot is unsurpassed in this category, with two great soprano roles.  Try this:


Another +1 on Alison Krause

Emmy Lou Harris

Sheryl Crow's duets are very soulful

Permission in advance to laugh

Janis Joplin, listen to the song Try - she's all in

Patsy Cline, a true natural and sounds so effortless

Etta James

Whitney Houston

Aretha Franklin the original diva

Cyrille Aimee…Live At Smalls album

Petra Haden…her version of Shenandoah on the new recording from the jazz group Rope

Eva Cassidy…almost any recording