F#2 ~ C6 (3 octaves and 3 notes)
E3/F3 ~ E4/F4
- Second strongest vocalist in GOT7
- Shown improvement in his transitions and pitch over the years
- Able to show some sense of breath support, even if inconsistently
- Support is present in his mix up to E4/F4
- Lower range maintains a relaxed and forward approach down to E3/F3
- Falsetto transitions are better done pitch wise
- Mixed voice is strained and pushed even within his supported range at times
- Tends to use his throat when singing with more volume
- Glottal tension present within his supported range
- Unable to lift his soft palate, voice is often placed in his nose
- Lower range below E3 lacks support and becomes airy
- Runs are often pitchy and lack flow
- Support is inconsistent
- Above F4 tends to sing with a lot of throat tension and tightness
- Upper register is thin, airy and lacks development using only falsetto
- Lower register: The lower part of his range is not often used and seems to be rather underdeveloped. Down to F3 tone is present with enough amount of support, but as he sings below E3 his voice becomes airy and quiet.
- Mixed register: His mixed voice is quite bright in placement, and more on the head-dominant side in terms of mixing. He is able to remain relaxed and supported up to F4 when singing softly, but tends to sound tense when singing with more power.
- Upper register: His falsetto register has shown improvement over the years in terms of stability, tone quality and pitch. Nonetheless he’s never showcased anything but a falsetto and is unable to sing with a properly supported and developed head voice.
In the past, JB has mentioned quite a few R&B vocalists as his favorite singers and shows that he has a liking to adding vocal runs to many of his vocal performances. Not all his vocal runs are part of the songs he sings, so it is quite refreshing for him to have his own melodic ideas added to songs. Despite that, he tends to sing with a lot of airiness when performing vocal runs and due to not having developed a proper flow and rhythm by separating each individual note in his runs, he tends to rush the notes and thus becomes quite sloppy and pitchy. Most of his runs are not precise and sound a lot more like slides, since he’s unable to sing each tone by themselves clearly before putting them together in the form of a run. This can be heard in many of his vocal performances, including “Bad Girl, Good Girl“, “너를 위해“, “A“, “못잊은 거죠“, and “난 니가 좋아.”
Originally JB debuted under the duo JJ Project with fellow GOT7 member Jinyoung in 2012, but later re-debuted as the lead vocalist of idol group GOT7 in 2014. Throughout the years JB has shown improvements in his overall technique, mostly to do with pitch and support. His voice tends to stand out as his tone is quite smooth and soft, considering how light his technique is and how he doesn’t tend to favor chest-dominance in his mix, it emphasizes how boyish his voice truly is. With a higher placement in his overall range, JB would most certainly be classified as a light lyric tenor.
The lower portion of his chest voice is generally quite airy and lacks support overall. He seems to take on the teachings of JYP with his “half air, half sound” stylistic approach only in certain parts of his range. Most of his middle voice remains quite clean throughout, but his lower and upper registers are often very airy and quiet. Whenever JB sings in his lower range, support is present with a clear amount of tone down to F3 and E3, but below E3 his voice becomes very quiet, airy and disconnected. As he’s unable to use the right amount of contact between his vocal cords, his muscles lack strength and his voice is unable to remain projected and supported below E3. This can be heard in the range below E3, such as in “못잊은 거죠“, as well as “응급실.”
His mixed voice is generally quite balanced in approach, leaning more towards a head dominant overall development. He tends to sound quite light and bright, without using too much weight from his chest voice as he ascends in range. Whenever he sings softly in his mix, he’s able to remain completely relaxed and supported up to F4, a little above his first passaggio. However whenever he adds more volume to his mixed voice, he becomes more pushed and the back of his throat gets tense, creating glottal tension that blocks his voice and causes him to sound throaty and pushed even within his supported range. The contrast can be heard when comparing his E4‘s and F4‘s in “내가 노래를 못해도” and “달빛“, to his F4’s in “못잊은 거죠” and “Forever Love.”
When singing above F4, he tends to sound quite tight and strained. Most of the time his larynx raises above F4, where his voice is unable to remain opened and relaxed. This is also highlighted by his placement, where JB isn’t able to lift his soft palate. As such, his voice can project quite clearly, but tends to stay stuck in his nose a lot. This can block his sound and cause him to lose roundness in his overall tone. This alongside his throatiness and tightness above F4 causes him to sound quite whiny and shrill when belting. This can be heard with the F#4’s in “못잊은 거죠“, “Forever Love“, G4’s in “너를 위해“, “못잊은 거죠“, G#4’s in “Stay“, “Forever Love“, A4’s in “1시34분” and Bb4’s in “Honey.”
His upper register is where most of his improvement can be heard. Most of the time in the past JB would struggle quite a bit with remaining clear and stable in his falsetto, often losing the center of pitch and sounding rather weak and shaky. This can be heard in many performances such as different performances of “We All Try“, as well as different performances “난 니가 좋아.” This issue has been mostly fixed and his voice seems to be more developed in his lower falsetto range, as he’s now able to transition a lot more smoothly while remaining much closer to the overall center of pitch in songs. This can be heard in “너를위해“, “1시34분” as well as “Stay.” Even then, he’s never been able to show support in this register, as well as never using a true head voice. The airiness and the gap of sound between his mix and his falsetto are quite noticeable and this limits the overall development of his voice, as heard by the tightness and discomfort as he ascends up to Eb5 and E5 in his falsetto, such as in “온몸이 반응해” and “매일.” More recently he showed that he can push his falsetto as high as C6 during a high note battle with the other members of GOT7.
Musically speaking JB is able to project his voice with enough air flow to change the volume output in his vocal performances quite well. On top of that, he’s also able to remain clean in pitch within his supported range. Despite that, he’s not able to explore the full extent of dynamic changes in songs due to the lack of development in his overall air supply and the limit of breath support. Adding onto his mostly nasal placement, he doesn’t truly explore more sounds and texture in his tone, remaining limited to a bright and nasal quality, or an airy quality. The lack of openness, chestiness and development of his other registers makes him unable to produce true resonance as well.
Overall JB has shown good improvement from his earlier debut days until now. However so, there’s still a lot of room for more improvement. He is a young vocalist and has had a short career so far, so the future is still open for a lot more improvement. Considering the type of songs he usually sings, working on his runs and his mixing would help him explore a wider variety of difficulty and genres, where he’d be able to take on more challenging songs and truly develop the full potential of his tenor instrument.
Most of his musicianship tends to be quite subtle and he does have a tendency to add his own runs in songs quite often. However due to him having not developed to correct muscle memory and rhythmic approach to his runs, most of the time the delivery is quite pitchy and sloppy. Harmonically speaking JB is able to maintain his harmonies adequately well, even if he may not be able to support his voice as high as some harmonies may take him. Despite that he’s able to somewhat blend his voice to others, but may need to work on proper placement in order to keep his voice from sticking out in harmonies, as heard in “달빛.”
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Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)