Ariana Grande is one of the most iconic pop singers of the 21st century, known for her signature sleek high ponytail along with her incredible vocals; she’s known for her songs, “Bang Bang”, “Dangerous Woman” and “Thank U, Next,” where her sensational vocals are displayed. But just what is the vocal range of this breathtaking songstress?
Ariana’s vocal range is just over four octaves (D2-E7), and she can support as high as a B5 before straining, making her a Soprano. She can mimic the tones and voices of popular singers like Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion.
You can read more below about Ariana’s vocals and some of her most popular songs.
Natural Born Talent
It will come as a shock to many that Ariana didn’t take singing classes or partake any vocal training to achieve her impressive vocal range, it all came naturally to this star. Ariana revealed to Complex that she never really trained for anything and that music “just happened.”
Talking about her fondness for music, Ariana said, “I’ve always loved music […] it’s my passion.”
In her younger years, Ariana starred in theatrical musical performances including The Wizard of Oz, Annie and Beauty and the Beast. This could’ve given her the opportunity to improve her vocals as her roles in these plays would’ve required a bit of singing.
Let’s take a look at Ariana’s albums that have reached top of the charts.
Over the course of her singing career so far, Ariana has released a total of five studio albums, one compilation album, one live album, one remix album, two extended plays (EPs), forty-eight singles, seven promotional singles, and forty music videos.
All of her studio albums with the exception of one have reached number one on Billboard 200. Let’s take at the first two that gave Ariana her breakthrough in the music industry.
Yours Truly (2013)
Yours Truly is the first studio album Ariana produced, she co-wrote six out of twelve tracks on the album that mainly consists of R&B and pop music. The album was influenced by the songstress’ idols, including Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Mariah Carey to name a few.
In its opening week, the album sold a whopping 138,000 copies, debuting at number 1 on Billboard shortly after its release. To date, the album has sold a remarkable 1.1 million copies worldwide.
Ariana describes the album as “very honest and personal.” It’s the result of three years of tough grind and devotion.
My Everything (2014)
The year following her first album release, Ariana was back again with her second studio album My Everything, which gained the songstress recognition for tracks “Bang Bang” and “Break Free.”
Ariana expressed that “Break Free” was a breakup song involving much emotion, but that she wasn’t trying to escape a boy at the time.
Here’s what she said: “It is a great breakup song, but for me […] I didn’t have a boy to sing it about because I’m not breaking up with anybody. I sang it about my personal things that are holding me back […] I wanted to break free from all that.”
Is It All About Hitting Number 1?
For this gracious songstress, it’s not all about the numbers. Ariana revealed in a Tweet that numbers aren’t the “driving force” in what she does. She’s passionate about her fans (who she calls her “ride or dies”) and her music, and she recognizes that she’s in a “blessed” position.