For the past few years the Judiciary Report has stated Carey's voice is badly damaged and needs rest and vocal retraining to help combat the deterioration of her vocal cords. Her fans kicked a fit on my Twitter page and I kicked back. However, I know music, write it, engineer it and understand singers' voices and could hear the damage developing regarding Carey's vocal cords.
A singer undertaking a concert tour or even more difficult, a residency, will punish and batter the voice in a sustained manner if one is not careful, especially a performer who often utilizes the beautiful technique of melisma. The Judiciary Report was not trying to be mean in stating Carey should avoid a residency at this time - it was practical advice regarding her vocal difficulties and the trouble that could and has now ensued.
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Have you ever tried to sing for 60-90 minutes straight (and night after night). The throat will become parched, irritated and inflamed if you employ melisma often and you can develop headaches from belting out notes full force, as singers in Carey's genre do. It's not easy. For a damaged voice to undertake a residency is even more difficult and risky.
Carey's only other option was to lip sync the entire show, which would leave fans angry and critics like sharks spotting blood in the water. Performing night after night with vocal damage will only do more harm to the voice. Under those conditions one is supposed to rest the voice and seek treatment and therapy for it.
To illustrate my point regarding what has transpired with her voice, listen to the deterioration in Carey's voice from a strong 1991 live Soul Train performance of the George Michael/"Careless Whisper" sounding "Can't Let Go" by Carey to a 2013 concert performance of the same song, where she could not hit the high notes and asked the audience to do so, as she struggled whispering out the notes:
1991 - Mariah Carey "Can't Let Go" live on Soul Train:
2013 - Mariah Carey Live in Australia- Triumphant Tour - Can't Let Go / Love Takes Time:
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