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Ethnically Confused Voices

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January 27, 2012

Through course of music history, there have been several different music artists that have been mistaken to be of a different ethnicity simply because of the way that they sounded. Here are some of the most popular mistakes.

Vanilla Ice – Vanilla Ice is one of the more popular mistaken identities on the list. The world of rap music was turned on its ear when they found out that Vanilla Ice was Caucasian. He later lost his credibility in the African American community by making some controversial comments about race and now owns his own construction business.

Biggest Hit: Ice, Ice Baby

Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera hit the music scene with one of the biggest voices that the music industry had heard in nearly decade. Her immaculate runs sounded like those of a big woman from a Southern Baptist church. Little did we know that she was a tiny girl from the Mouseketeers.

First Hit: Genie in a Bottle

Michael McDonald – This man has soul. He has sung timeless duets with the likes of Patti Labelle, James Ingram, the Winans, and Aretha Franklin. Michael McDonald started the whole “it’s cool to misspell things” movement that the rappers are still using today in the eighties with his hit, “Yah Mo B There.”

Most Timeless Song: On My Own ft. Patti Labelle

MC Serch – 3rd Bass is noted as one of the first and most successful interracial hip-hop groups ever in existence and MC Serch was the groups leader. They were known for great lyrics and the Cactus Album was celebrated by critics. 3rd Bass began attacking rappers like MC Hammer and the Beastie Boys lyrically to show their displeasure with them and the industry. Serch ghost-wrote on several different albums following his solo career, but is now out of the music business.

Biggest Hit: Pop Goes the Weasel

Lisa Stansfield – Lisa Stansfield took the world by storm in the early nineties with her soulful alto. She hit number one on the Billboard Music Board with separate hits. She then ventured into jazz and blues in the more recent stages of her career.

Biggest Hit: All Around the World

New Kids on the Block – New Kids on the Block was the biggest American boy group that hit the world. They caused complete pandemonium when they made public appearances across the nation. They ruled the radio waves and album sales during the late eighties and early nineties with their brand of hip popular music.

Biggest Hit: Step by Step

Teena Marie – Teena Marie gained acclaim in the seventies and early eighties with her soulful voice and delivery. She sang soul music mostly with Rick James

Biggest Hit: Fire and Desire ft. Rick James

Eminem – Eminem is one of the best rappers in hip-hop. He is one of the highest selling artists of the last decade, and a giant in the African American dominated world of rap. He is also a blonde-haired, blue eyed Caucasian man.

First Hit: Lose Yourself

Adele – Adele is now known as the Queen of Pain. She is one of the only current artists that mix meaningful lyrics with beautiful composition and raw emotion in her singing. She also is one of the few second altos that have reached superstar status in the last few decades. She has an immaculate voice and poignant delivery.

Biggest Hit: Rolling in the Deep

Michael Bolton – No one sings a love song like he can. You feel his pain or joy when Michael Bolton sings and that led him to the top of the charts several times in the early nineties.

Biggest Hit: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

Bobby Caldwell – Caldwell has one of the biggest soul hits of the eighties under his belt. He started as a country singer, but finished as a rhythm and blues artist.

Biggest Hit – What you Won’t Do For Love

*Editor’s Note: Bobby Caldwell did not get his start in country music. His musical beginning was in Rhythm and Blues, and he continues to write and produce music.

2 Responses to “Ethnically Confused Voices”

  1. Bobby Caldwell January 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM #

    Country music is great, but I didn’t start as a country singer….and please, don’t say “finished”…I’m still writing, recording and performing. (Thanks for including me on your list.)

    • AFM January 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM #

      Ummm…sorry Mr. Caldwell. I thought I did my due diligence in researching your career. Two different sources said that you started in country music; it did not seem right to me, but I thought that historians might know a little more than I do. And, we are awaiting your next album here at Answers from Thank you for commenting.

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