Voice Crushes

voice crush

I’ve always had a thing for voices.  My husband, attractive, funny and compassionate as he is, first caught my attention with his voice (and trust me when I say it was the vocal quality and not the lines it delivered).  This was several years before I even considered our profession so it wasn’t a learned appreciation.  I’m curious.  Is it just me, or is this a typical SLP preference?

A poll done at Wake Forest University in the early 2000s found that voices that fall in the low end of the normal range (11-130 Hz males, 200-230 Hz females) were often cited as more pleasing.  Interestingly, descriptions of vocal quality, even by trained individuals have been found difficult to quantify or agree on.  I guess it’s one of those “I’ll know what I like when I hear it.”

I tend to like deeper voices with a hint of humor in them; not a slow drawl (despite living in the South), but not the rapid rate of the Northeast where I was born, somewhere in the middle.

When my kids were younger, we listened to lot of books on tape and Jim Dale was the best.  But, which voice could I listen to, regardless of content, for hours on end?  Hmmm….my voice “crushes” are:

Mike Rowe:  Lucky for me, since he seems to narrate or provide voice overs for a large percentage of TV content and he has a new series starting with an aggressive marketing campaign.

Hugh Bonneville:  I love Downton Abbey any way, but Hugh’s voice and accent really make the dismal English weather worth tolerating.

Jerry Orbach:  Something about his deep voice and humorous patter makes me feel that he’s on the brink of breaking out into song.  It’s a pick me up for my ears.  (Sadly, Jerry Orbach passed away in 2004, but it’s easy to catch his voice on old Law & Order episodes, Beauty and the Beast or in Dirty Dancing.)

Well?  I know you have them too!  Which celebrity voices captivate you?  Any that drive you nuts?


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Nikki

    I Could Listen to Gerard Butler speak all day long.

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  2. Amy

    Love Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones

    1. admin

      Classic choices!

      1. Annette Macher

        I’m with you on that!

  3. Stephanie K

    Can’t stand Fran Drescher or Rachael Ray! I like Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Laurie

    1. admin

      Hugh Laurie is interesting. I’m thrown when I hear him speak in his natural, accented voice every time.

  4. Shelli Smithers

    Benedict Cumberbatch…he could read the phone book and I would listen!

    1. admin

      Those eyes don’t hurt either!

  5. Amy

    i like James Spader and Kiefer Sutherland!

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