American Accent and Singing

Philippines
January 18, 2007 9:37pm CST
Do you believe that accent is very important in singing. We all came from different countries and we all have different accents. Based on my observation people find it hard to sing properly because of their accents. Correct pronunciation is a must, you have to be good at it so that you can adopt to the songs that you would like to sing.
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@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I always thought it was really interesting that accents tend to disappear in singing. A lot of singers I've heard I didn't even know they were British (particulary British folks) until they began talking. I always wondered why that was and if there were any other aspects of communication where that can be applied.
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• Philippines
19 Jan 07
I think that is how to determine a good singer.
@emarie (5451)
• United States
21 Jan 07
some singers i've seen can actually sing with no accent (or american accent) but when they speak you can deffinatly tell where they're from. i really don't think there's that much of a difference, as long as i can understand what they're saying. music itself spans through different languages.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
No it's not important. Look at Phil Collins, it's kinda hard to understand him when he talks but when he sings he doesn't have that accent he has when he talks.
@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think that well coached singing tends to eliminate accents, at least the regional ones that I have been around in America. I knew this kid in highschool that was so nasal in his speech and sounded very much like a little kid. When he sang he had a beautiful full tenor voice.
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
Yes, I agree with you, when I was watching dream academy, I noticed that there are accent teachers.
@andilla (137)
• Sweden
19 Jan 07
It's true that the pronounciation when singing can be very different from when speaking. If one wants to make a big hit, then it is important to have good (mainly American) accent. British accent is also fine. But if a German, Dutch, Indian, Bulgarian, etc singer wants to make a big break with an English song, they need to have a perfect accent, so that you can't hear their nationality when they sing. That's one reason why you don't really hear huge hits from other countries, although there are excellent singers of course in other places as well, not only in the USA or England.
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
But there are still who are very good in singing.
@JJOD2007 (160)
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
Yes I do believe it is important to sing the songs with correct pronounciation, diction, and accent in order for the listeners to understand and appreciate his/her singing. It is as important as proper breathing, pitch, posture. Singing is a form of art. It's just like math everything should be precise and exact. What the composer or record producer wants to achive in a certain song that he/she wants the singer to deliver should be done exactly as what they want.
@kiddygurl (803)
• Singapore
2 Feb 07
Hmm.. This is interesting.. I'm not an English native speaker.. When I was a teenager, I was exposed to American songs a lot.. I would try to mimic the singers as much as possible when I sang the song in the bathroom or something.. Haha.. It really helped me with my pronunciation! And I actually agree with the first response on this discussion.. I think that accents tend to disappear when people sing.. That's what I think..
• United States
27 Jan 07
If a person is singing a song that is not in their language, then they have a little problem. But, if it is in their own tongue, it is fine how it comes out.
@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
I think accent is not really important. I think what's important is if you pronounce the lyrics cirrectly and how you interpret the song.
@katenkim (240)
• Singapore
20 Jan 07
of course. accent is one major part of being a good singer. words should be pronounced clearly and in proper way so to give the listeners a feel of the song
• Mexico
19 Jan 07
the important is to sing well the form of speaking is another thing
@sunny5u (2072)
• India
19 Jan 07
Yes,what you said is correct the accent is main in singing,so many sing easily but the accent is not very good,i also saw many times this one, I totally agree with you.
• India
19 Jan 07
accent is more inportant
@tokster (165)
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
This is why I watch American Idol because of the different accents of the people due to cultural diversity in the States.