Super-producer Mark Ronson has collaborated with legends including Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, and Dua Lipa. And now he’s prepared to list the aforementioned artists that he considers to be the most naturally gifted.
The Silk City musician has said that his favorite artists include Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars (with whom he collaborated on “Uptown Funk”), Adele, Amy Winehouse (who sadly passed away in 2011), and Yebba.
You shouldn’t assume that I’m only mentioning the most well-known names here. Whether it’s deliberate or not, they all have what Ronson calls “this precipice in their voice where it’s almost shattering,” and they all know how much it draws you in.
He praised Bruno, saying, “He understands how to create a song on this area of his voice where it’s going to crack, where there’s that urgency.”
In his own assessment of Adele’s talent, Ronson remarked, “She was so pleased to do 16, 17, 18 takes — not because she didn’t sing it properly the first time, but she knew there’s a moment where her voice begins to become worn in a little bit, and then there’s that sorrow in it that makes us all just melt, you know?”
They collaborated on the Grammy-winning artist’s “Cold Shoulder” and “Why Do You Love Me” from the albums 19 and 25, respectively.
He is stumped, though, when asked to identify the group’s top performer. All of them are great, he said.
Why Was Lady Gaga So Successful?
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, was born and reared in the Big Apple. She began her musical training at the young age of four when she began playing the piano.
By the time she was thirteen, she was also taking singing lessons and composing songs. She didn’t start playing at open mic evenings until a year later. Lady Gaga was an accomplished classical pianist who also starred in musicals while in high school.
At the age of 17, she enrolled in CAP21, a musical theater training school affiliated with New York University, but she dropped out to pursue a career in pop music instead. In an interview with Elle, she explained, “I believed I could teach myself about painting better than the school could.”
How Did Bruno Mars Get His Start?
Bruno Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, was born on January 20, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii to a family with a long musical tradition. The entire Hernandez family performed in a Vegas-style revue led by his father, a Latin drummer from Brooklyn, New York, and his mother, a hula dancer and superb vocalist.
They entertained crowds with doo-wop medleys and impersonations. Peter’s nickname as a toddler was “Bruno” due to his brash nature and the fact that, as a chubby infant, he looked like the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Both Mars’ father and mother are of Filipino descent; his father is Puerto Rican and his mother is Jewish from Eastern Europe.
Encouraged by his uncle, who was also an impersonator, Mars began performing as the youngest Elvis impersonator in the world at the age of three. Mars began incorporating the music of Michael Jackson and The Temptations into his setlists.
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In time, Mars joined his family band, The Love Notes, playing shows five nights a week beginning when he was just four years old. After finishing high school, Mars relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in music. After being stereotyped as a Latino musician, he changed his last name from Hernandez to Mars.
Why Did Adele Go Viral?
Adele’s parents split when she was two, and her mother took primary custody of her to raise her in Tottenham, London.
At the ripe old age of four, she began singing, and her mother bolstered this budding interest by gifting her with a toy guitar purchased from a thrift store. She moved to Brighton with her mother when she was nine years old.
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When Adele was 15 she found a record shop with a collection of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald albums, and her taste in music shifted from radio-played pop to those of the two legendary jazz singers.
Her family “didn’t have a musical tradition,” she told The Telegraph in 2008. “I grew up listening to top 40 radio and never knew anything else. Consequently, I felt like I had awoken when I first heard the Ettas and the Ellas.
Oh, sure, I thought, some individuals live to a ripe old age and become legends. At the age of 15, I was already listening to music from the 1940s because of how much it moved me. The possibility of my music being appreciated fifty years from now served as a strong motivation for me to get started.