"Perhaps known for his ability to sing rough and sweet. Ex-Temptation's member, David Ruffin had a voice that sent chills down many generations of backs. Gravelly & sweet, no man sang with more passion"
"In terms of vocal power (especially in the upper register), few could outdo him; an electrifying on-stage showman. His intense, soul-drenched delivery places his music into the realms of timeless hits"
"Vandross had an elastic tenor and emotive range. He was blessed with a voice that is warm & soulful. Luther was the primary voice who provided the soundtrack for romantic rendezvous in the Reagan era"
"Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential R&B singers of the 50s and early 60s. He had a gentle high tenor who, superficially at least, seemed more suited to the angelic strains of gospel music."
"The musical genius Donny Hathaway was possessed with a smooth, gospel-inflected romantic croon that was at home on fiery protest material, ranging from the depressed, atmospheric, to downright driving"
"The definition of R&B elegance, Kings plaintive baritone had all the passion of gospel but the settings in which it was displayed were tailored more for his honey smooth phrasing and crisp enunciation"
"Tex made his mark by preaching over tough hard soul tracks, clowning at some points, swooping into a croon at others. His raspy-voiced, jackleg preacher style produced Southern Soul's first hit record"
"Billy Paul was in fact one of the most gifted and affecting talents to grace the Philadelphia International stable. He was blessed with a smokey tenor that could woefully mourn with the best of them."
"A truly incendiary deep soul performer. O. V. Wright's melismatic vocals had the grit of Otis Redding (minus Otis' occasional tendency to oversing) & the spiritual grace of Sam Cookes pre-secular work"
"K-Ci & JoJo were born into the wrong era of music, which is completely evident on K-Ci's version of Bobby Womack's "If You Think Your Loney Now." Raised in the Choir, harmonies are rich, & vocals soar"