Raw Solos

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #146: Raw Solos

When I think of premier soloists in the a cappella world, I’m often drawn to folks with silky smooth vocals, impressive range, or all-around perfect musicianship. But there are other solos worth celebrating. One of the great under-recognized styles is the raw solo.

The raw solo is all about emotion. It’s about being willing to growl, to scream, to whimper; to wince, to grimace, to cry. Mind you, just because a solo is raw does not necessarily make it good, but when a skilled performer sings the right song and connects with just the right moments, something truly emotionally gripping can evolve.

I love it!