Josh Groban? Sarah Brightman? Andrea Bocelli? Hayley Westenra? Or my own favorite, Jacqueline Marie Evancho?
I nominate Evancho for her depth. Lots of singers have beautiful voices--though Evancho's is outstanding solely in that regard. But it's hard to believe how a 10 year old child with an idyllic existence (so far at least) can bring such profundity to the content of the songs she sings.
And it's as if two people inhabit her body--there's the cheerful child (albeit a preternaturally diplomatic one) you see in interviews and candids...then she steps up to the mike, opens her mouth, and suddenly you see someone else in her eyes--and then, at the end of her performance, she grins and waves with both hands as the happy child takes charge again. It's downright spooky, but I've seen it so often I know that's her.
I guess that's the nature of genius. Every genius still eats and sleeps and breathes like the rest of us. Their genius doesn't show every second--like as not it just comes out when they're doing the thing they do that their genius is focused on.
Still spooky, though. Especially in a little child--heck, she's even short for her age...
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