This is an interesting discussion for myself I like to do my own thing. My voice is opera, my heart is rock, blues and from there I stretch and am influenced in many directions. People in hearing me espeacially live assume it's Geoff Tate which is way off( i think thats from some of Kyles technique) most of my foundational influences are only very subtlely noticeable.
( i'm referring to vocals only here and not technique only style)
Theres a lot i like! Starting off I grew up in a very old fashioned traditional european house hold Caruso,maria callas,renata tabaldi and other Opera greats were like breakfest so they are kind of ingrained.
my first non opera likes(some of which i still like ,some i don't they've chaned) early pre disco bee gees( great simple harmonies), Bread, Buckingham/ nicks pre fleetwood mac,fleetwood mac pre-stevie nicks, karen carpenter, jim morrison,jefferson airplane
next came- journey, The original Heart, judas priest, deep purple,the cars,foriegner, billy squire,ramones, early U2 on the imports,scorpions,ac/dc, iron maiden, black sabbath, boston, old elton john, Aerosmith
then Queensryche came in lol along with, the cult, shriekback and a lot of stranger more experimental groups there were really too many to list. I still find Karen carpenters voice to have had some very exceptional warm quality to it. Other then Opera since 1990 or so I don't keep other music around much. I will for example buy a Queensryche release listen to it for a week or so and then give it away, same with all the rest. I listen to various radio stations of all musical types and just do my own thing. I find i'm draw to other artists as the round out my observing, learning and loose interest after. Can't say I'm a great fan of any one in particular, but i respect different qualities of different vocalist and artist. Billy joel,elton john, barry manillow are great simple storytellers. Bon jovi, twisted sister and the bands of their like great athems, the same with hardcore rap just different formats. I generally like most progressive metal, Not much trash metal these days but used to listen to all that years ago.
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