9:30 Coffee Break: Great Vocalists

Adele at the 85th Annual Academy Awards
Singer Adele, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Skyfall,' poses in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013, in Hollywood, Calif. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Friday is the universal album-release date, and a new album that's getting a lot of global attention today is Adele's latest, 25.

At the heart of Adele's music is her arresting singing ability. Adele's soulful voice comprises a two-octave and a three-note mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has remarkable sustain, and, as BBC Music wrote, "Her melodies exude warmth."

And while Adele is certainly talented, she is not alone among singers who stun us with their delivery. There are a number of performers who have impressed and delighted with their vocal performances, be they soul singers, crooners, balladeers or belters. Who are some of your favorites? That's what we're asking you today.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature great vocal performances? Send us your requests.

Songs Played


Aretha Franklin "Chain of Fools"
Roy Orbison "Crying"
Jeff Buckley "Last Goodbye"
Big Brother and the Holding Company "Piece of My Heart"
Nilsson "One"
Etta James "At Last"
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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  • Adele performs in The Current studios At just barely 20 years old and still living at home with her mom, Adele has a debut album that has already hit number one in England. With a strong, crisp voice that was perfected at her rock-and-roll high school, she got a record deal based on the first song she ever wrote, 'Hometown Glory.'
  • Adele performs live in The Current studio Back in 2008, when Adele last joined us in our studio, she was a 20-year-old with a strong debut album and a number one hit in England. Two years later, she has accomplished wonders. Her soulful blues vocal style won her a Grammy in 2009 for Best New Artist as well as a number eleven slot on the Billboard 200.
  • Adele performs live in The Current studio Back in 2008, when Adele last joined us in our studio, she was a 20-year-old with a strong debut album and a number one hit in England. Two years later, she has accomplished wonders. Her soulful blues vocal style won her a Grammy in 2009 for Best New Artist as well as a number eleven slot on the Billboard 200.

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