What I Have:
"Karmin," by Karmin. I love this album because of the stunning way Amy Heidemann combines rapping and pop vocals into something beautiful. What's unique about this album? She can sing very well, and also rap very well! A rarity.
"Cats" is one of my favorite musicals, ever. I just love Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, especially in Cats. It's so unpredictable, and beautiful at the same time. One of the things that inspired me to take piano and voice lessons as a kid, was this musical.
Lady GaGa's "Born this Way" album is simply amazing. I always turn this up real loud in my car, and sing along. I really enjoy how some of the songs completely fill a wide range of pitches, and leave little empty space. She also does amazing ballads, and really shows that an Alto can shine.
I absolutely love Taylor Swift, and can relate to almost every one of her songs! She has such an uncanny ability to write about love, in a realistic way, and not make it sound cheesy. She certainly isn't poetic with the way she writes, but I fall in love with all of her albums. Particularly I like "Red" because she branches out to many different styles, with a majority of her songs reminiscent of Avril Lavigne. The best part? She gives a huge "Thank You" to her fans, which I always appreciate!
Tarja Turunen is another one of my favorite vocalists, but more in the sense of her technique. She has a way of making her voice sound pure, and sings her songs in the style of classical Italian Arias. I absolutely love her, and she was a huge inspiration to me when I began performing voice myself. As for the music, she does an amazing job mixing three things I love: Musical theater, heavy metal, and classical voice!
Xandria! They recently changed their sound, and are now in the style of "old" Nightwish: Power metal riffs, mixed with piano/orchestra, mixed with a beautiful voice in the style of classical arias. Simply amazing; definitely a CD I turn all the way up in my car. Also, another tribute to a successful Alto.