Thanks so much to everyone who nominated vocalists for 50 Great Voices! The series has begun to air, and you can hear the 50 unfold, one voice a week, by checking the series page here and by listening to Morning Edition and All Things Considered every Monday. You can also sign up here for the Music Notes newsletter. Thanks again for all your recommendations and thoughts — your enthusiasm and passion has given us hundreds of singers from all over the world to consider.
In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 of the great voices in recorded history. With the series, we're hoping to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. Through archival material, interviews and music, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered will spend the year delving into the lives and legacies of these voices. But we don't know yet whose voices they'll be.
We'll compile your nominations, along with those of our panel of experts, academics and public-radio critics. At that point, we'll name the nominees and ask you to help us winnow them down to the 50 great voices we'll profile in the coming year. We're relying on you to remind us of those voices we may have forgotten or never got the chance to hear; those voices that may sound strange to Western ears; vocalists silenced by politics or history; the singers who are only really embraced by critics and those who are heroes of the everyday listener. No voice is too outlandish, too old or too compromised. It's All Voices Considered here, and we can't wait to see and hear what you send us.
Watch an audio slideshow of great voices from around the world.