F#2 ~ Bb5 (3 octaves and 2 notes)
D3 ~ F4/F#4
- Strongest vocalist in GOT7
- Support is consistent within his supported range up to F#4
- Most consistent sense of support amongst GOT7 members
- Pitch is generally clean
- Transitions into falsetto are generally smooth
- Occasionally able to maintain a degree of support up to G4
- Lower range maintains tone below his supported range
- Chest voice remains supported and forward down to D3
- Falsetto is generally relaxed
- Falsetto register is rarely used and under explored
- Tends to place his voice in his nose
- Lacks openness in his voice
- Lower range becomes muffled below D3
- Improper throat shape and jaw position when singing wide vowels
- Tends to place his voice too low in his chest and throat within his supported range
- Above F#4 his mix tends to become thinner and tighter
- Lower register: He’s able to maintain tone quite consistently down to C#3 most of the time, but support seems to only start being present from D3. Below that he tends to become airier and muffled.
- Mixed register: Mixed voice is consistently supported and better approached when singing phrased lines, as opposed to sustained notes. Above F#4, he tends to become throaty and tight.
- Upper register: Falsetto is rarely used and seems to be his least developed register. He doesn’t seem quite comfortable singing in this register, although he can stay quite relaxed even up to D5.
Youngjae’s main singing style seems to derive more from traditional pop and ballad. Even though he’s cited American and foreign R&B vocalists as his favorite singers in the past, such influences aren’t quite as noticeable in the way he sings. He rarely ever does vocal runs, which may indicate he is not truly very confident in this area of his voice. He has shown very few examples of vocal agility, where he’s able to actually sing slow melismas by singing each individual note quite clearly, even with quick thrills in the middle. Examples of this would be “A” and “Fly.” However, it is rare to hear him sing anything more complex or faster than this, but when he does sing more complex runs he lacks clarity and becomes pitchy such as in “Moves Like Jagger” and “주문 (Mirotic).”
Youngjae debuted as the main vocalist of GOT7 in 2014. Although their main style focuses a lot on rapping and hip hop, Youngjae gets his fair share of lines and has had many chances to showcase his abilities as a vocalist. Throughout the years it is possible to hear improvements in his singing, mostly to do with his voice maturing as well as him getting more comfortable and confident as a vocalist. His voice is generally mellow, light and bright. He has very little weight to his tone and the placement of his voice matches that of a light lyric tenor.
The bottom of his chest voice is actually quite extensive in range. He can stretch his voice all the way down to an F#2, although tone and support are not present until the third octave. His chest voice is developed quite well down to D3, where support is present and his thyroarytenoid muscles have been properly developed to produce a more projected and fuller sound. He’s also able to place his voice well in his chest down to D3, but below that he seems to lack proper vocal cords connection. This can be heard by the F3 in “바람기억“, the E3 in “소주한잔“, the Eb3 in “금요일에 만나요“, “오래된 노래“, “이미 넌 고마운 사람“, and the D3’s in “응급실.” However whenever he goes below D3, his vocal cords are unable to remain fully closed and his muscles seem to lack development, so the quality of his voice becomes a lot airier and more muffled, as he’s unable to project and maintain the right amount of support the lower he sings. This can be heard with his F#2 in “소주한잔“, and B2’s in “이미 넌 고마운 사람“, as well as his C3’s in “하늘을 달리다” and C#3’s in “오래된 노래.”
His mixed is actually a very well used part of his voice. Most of the time Youngjae can remain quite relaxed and is able to place his voice in his mask, even if some of his sound may project from his nose as well. The amount of nasality in his singing isn’t too excessive, as he’s able to remain relatively opened and bright when singing phrased lines in his mixed voice. Generally he’s able to keep a relaxed and supported sound up to F#4 quite consistently, as he’s been heard phrasing F4’s and F#4’s quite well very often. Examples can be heard with multiple performances of “Honey“, as well as performances of “Sunday Morning“, “친구의 고백“, “달빛“, “응급실” and “하늘을 달리다.” Occasionally he’s also able to keep the same amount of support even up to G4, as heard by his G4’s in “Honey.”
Above F#4 the main issue with Youngjae’s singing is his tendency to push his voice out from his throat a lot more, by compressing his throat muscles and keeping his sound trapped inside his throat. That causes him to sound tight and strained whenever singing notes above F#4, such as the G4’s in “죽어도 못보내“, “LA Song“, G#4’s in “Honey“, “빛이나“, A4’s in “1시34분“, Bb4’s in “I Was Made For Dancing“, “This Love“, “Forever Young“, B4’s in “Mr. Chu“, “Fly“, as well as the D5’s in “10점만점에 10점.” Another issue quite often noticeable in his mix is his tendency to drop his jaw too low and open his mouth too wide on sustained mixed voice notes, causing his voice to be placed too low in chest and in his throat. This often causes him to lose the brightness of tone even within his supported range, where his voice tends to more stuck as opposed to free and opened. Examples of this include his F4’s in “이미 넌 고마운 사람“, “바람기억” and “금요일에 만나요.”
His upper register is by far his least developed register and also his least used register overall. Most of the time Youngjae seems to sing in a fairly comfortable and low range for a tenor, when singing GOT7’s repertoire. Rarely do their songs require any form of high falsetto notes, so it’s not usual for Youngjae to really explore this part of his voice. As a result, he has never shown enough development of his cricothyroid muscles and so he’s never been able to utilize a more connected head voice. Anytime he’s sung in his upper register, he’d use a falsetto instead of a head voice. Despite that, he seems quite relaxed singing in this register even up to D5, as heard in “Fly.” Most of his issues in his falsetto seem to be with placement, which tends to be quite inward or overly nasal, as heard in “오늘은 가지마.” However his transitions into falsetto are well done and seem mostly smooth, considering how rarely he uses this part of his voice. More recently he has explored the full extent of his falsetto register being able to sing as high as Bb5 in a high note battle with the other GOT7 members.
Overall as a vocalist, Youngjae shows enough understanding of style and dynamics. Musically speaking, within his supported range he can sing with a limited amount of dynamic variations, as his voice lacks enough power and balance in his mix for him to truly produce the right amount of resonance in his voice. Due to issues with lack of openness and improper placement, he’s never been able to show proper resonance in his voice but support is quite consistent and clean throughout his voice. Most of his issues tend to be with improper jaw position, as well as aspiration of air and pushing when singing sustained notes. Stylistically, he has enough control of his voice and seems particularly fond of growling, as heard in “Moves like Jagger” and “Honey.”
Although quite a recent debut and with a short career so far, Youngjae has shown potential as a vocalist overall. Debuting as an idol at a very young age, it is very likely that with proper training and more experience Youngjae could improve his overall vocal technique easily. It is imperative for him to be mindful of his technique in order to prevent vocal damage, so properly and thoroughly developing his voice and skill can go a long way for him as he furthers his career as an idol and young vocalist. In order for him to remain a healthy vocalist throughout the years, improving and working on his craft can help him earn respect and establish his name as an artist and musician.
Youngjae’s singing style is quite simple. He doesn’t tend to add anything too complicated to his vocal performances and instead chooses to deliver the song lyrics more effectively by singing the melody as closely as possible to the original. Since the main focus of GOT7’s isn’t as vocal, Youngjae doesn’t often get chances to sing harmonies. He can and has shown very few times that he can blend his voice with others, even if not by singing a harmony. This can be heard in “달빛.” For the most part, Youngjae isn’t known for adlibbing too high nor singing anything too complex, he doesn’t add his own melodic ideas to most of his vocal performances.
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Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)