C3 – G5 (2 octaves, 3 notes and 1 semitone)
E3 – D4/Eb4
- Semi agile voice
- Possesses enough vocal tone to sing through songs without a throaty, flat sound
- Able to produce decently relaxed and somewhat supported E3’s and F3’s in his lower range
- Able to mix with a relaxed enough tone up to as high as F4 and F#4 at times
- Able to transition into his falsetto without too many issues
- Never sings with a raised soft palate, nasality is very present in every register
- Throaty, squeezed placement throughout his entire range
- Pushes his larynx down when singing in his lower register
- Low notes are airy, quiet and unclear in tone below E3
- Notes above F4/F#4 are often squeezed, pushed, or shouted with a closed throat and high larynx
- Fast, uneven vibrato that is always present in singing
- Sings in an airy, pushed, nasal falsetto that lacks true cord connection to make up for inability to mix high
- Tries to overcompensate for his flaws by doing excessive runs
- Improper breath support
- Neck and Jaw tension from bad posture when singing
- Pitch issues
- No Improvement has been made in his singing throughout the years
- Lower register: Unsupported, usually accompanied by a lowered larynx and a lack of stability in tone. Is able to keep enough vocal tone even as low as D3 and Eb3 at times, but without enough considerably support and clarity of tone.
- Mixed register: Undeveloped, placed in the throaty and nasal cavities. Notes above F4/F#4 are squeezed and yelled with a high larynx, tension is mostly present in his mix as low as his first passaggio starts up until as high as he can take his mix.
- Upper register: Possibly his most developed register. Though the lack of support carries here as well, since the full tone of his voice is still closed by the tension in this throat, the voice still lacks stability, airiness is present and the tone is whiny.
Possibly the only part of his voice that he really takes care of, Jay is able to do runs with relatively good pitch and note separation. Jay enjoys adding runs into his songs and performances. However most, if not all, of his runs are show offy and actually don’t add anything to the song. His vocal style is very reminiscent of R&B vocalists, which shows that he has been influenced by American R&B vocalists given the color and tone of voice he uses in his singing. Due to this style, he has the tendency to favor vocal runs and is able to do them relatively well considering his vocal level, but the execution is usually tight, tense and the overall creativity of the runs is limited to about the same sequence of notes repeatedly, such as in “When A Man Loves A Woman“. Instead of developing his voice to fully expand on the full potential of an R&B singer, Jay has limited his technique to only a small range of notes with over usage of vocal runs. When attempting to do vocal runs outside his comfort zone, he can often become pitchy and lose the center of the key he’s in, such as in “나를 돌아봐” and “I Believe I Can Fly“.
Starting off as the Leader of 2pm, Jay “Jaebeom” Park has since left the group and become a very popular solo artist. A light lyric tenor, his voice is small and light with natural agility, sitting generally high in range. Jay’s sound has become synonymous with what his fans would call “swag” and “sexiness.” Due to the lightness of his voice, he has been able to find the correct use of his lightness, R&B-like sounds and airiness to fully create his own mark and sound in the Korean music industry as what would sound like the usual American Contemporary R&B style of today.
Starting with his lower register, Jay doesn’t truly support the lower end of his voice. While not entirely airy, it is usually accompanied with a lowered larynx, nasality, and a lack of stability causing the note itself to be rather shaky and unsure even on notes that shouldn’t be a challenge for him. His tone and color can be heard quite clearly as low as Eb3, such as in “매일 그대와“, even though the actual tone of his voice becomes shaky and unbalanced. The true issue with his lower range is when he descends below E3 and into the C3 area, where his voice becomes airy, unsupported and almost half-spoken, such as the C3’s in “잠못드는 밤 비는 내리고“. The reason for he lack of clarity in Jay’s lower range is mainly due to the fact that he mostly sings with an airy tone and with a shaky, uncontrolled wobbly vibrato, causing his vocal cords not to come together properly and for his breath support not to be entirely working as he sings and tries to place the lower part of his range.
Unfortunately, Jay brings his lack of support into his middle voice as well. Nasality and throatiness is extremely present even as low as C4 and as such there is no true resonance in his voice. Although arguably speaking, he has some support in his voice and is able to hit Eb4’s with stability, such as in “매일 그대와“, or E4’s, such as in “Love” and “Girlfriend“, there’s a general tension accompanied by his lack of ability to truly relax when singing and allowing for a fuller and more controlled tone in his voice. This tension is usually caused by a bad habit of trying to always lock the jaw and his neck when trying to sound R&B-like and add in vocal runs to his singing. Adding to his already extensive list of issues, Jay struggles with throat and tongue tension which causes him to struggle as low as F4 such as in “When A Man Loves A Woman“, F#4’s “사랑이란 두글자” and G4’s in “Nothing On You” and G#4’s in “나를 돌아봐“. The strain is caused by his lack of development of his voice above his first passaggio. As a tenor, E4 would mark the area of his voice where the bridging from chest voice to mix happen, which is a part of his voice he didn’t properly develop and is accompanied by tension and tightness all the way through. Despite this, Jay isn’t a vocalist who tries to belt high and damage his voice and generally only mixes as high as G#4 consistently.
Jay’s most developed register is his falsetto, which is still relatively weak, airy, nasal, and throaty. Because of his near nonexistent mix voice, Jay has learned to transition into falsetto as low as F#4 to avoid having to strain or belt. Sadly, because of his placement and lack of technique, Jay’s pitch naturally suffers causing him to go off far too often as a vocalist. His transitions into falsetto are usually sloppy and cause him to sound shaky, out of breath and tight, such as his Eb5’s in “When A Man Loves A Woman” and his transitions into falsetto during “그대여 변치마오” which are caused by the usage of a heavy falsetto register muscle coordination and no true development of a fully connected head voice.
The weakest part of Jay Park’s technique isn’t just the lack of development of his voice as a whole, but also how he carries issues in his singing all the way throughout his range. His voice is often shaky, uncontrolled, tight and his neck and jaw are always locked. He lacks in terms of breath support and his overall placement is always nasal. His tone is always shaky due to the bad habit of creating a fake, uncontrolled wobbly vibrato that he has yet to learn how to manage. Most of all, musically speaking and in terms of interpretation, his voice always has the same kind of tone, sound and volume throughout his singing. His singing lacks in terms of dynamics and is often just the same throughout, shaky, pitchy and lacking in support, such as in “널 사랑하겠어” and “약속해“.
Despite his flaws, Jay has shown to have a serious love of music and refuses to give up on it for any reason. He is less of a vocalist and more of a full entertainer, being always able to showcase multiple skills, with performances full of dancing and rapping as well. He is a vocalist who uses his voice stylistically to get the best out of his sexy image and is able to fully use his artistry to cover up for his lack of vocal technique, using powerful performances as a way to fully express himself as an artist. If he were to ever improve his vocals, he’d have to relearn singing altogether from the basics which may or may not interfere with the stylistic choices he likes to make as a vocalist.
Jay’s musicianship seems to be focused completely around performing rather than telling a story through song. Most of his performances (even covers of ballads) are turned into uptempo songs with rapping and dance breaks. Even his runs are randomly done without any thought to the song itself, showing that his ear is yet to be fully developed to understand music as a whole, and instead his understanding of musicianship is on the overall performance than the vocal delivery and arrangement of songs.
Vocal Range Video(s)
video by: Vocal Range K-POP
Analyzed by Haruko and Ahmin3 (Kitsunemale)