vo·​cal·​ist | \ ˈvō-kə-list How to pronounce vocalist (audio) \

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Examples of vocalist in a Sentence

hired a vocalist for their jazz band
Recent Examples on the Web Chris Shaffer, vocalist-guitarist in the Why Store. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Dashboard Confessional, Houndmouth will help raise funds for Indiana venues," 16 May 2020 This new online portal for Pasadena Symphony and Pops hosts artist talks, music lessons and concert highlights, such as jazz vocalist Patti Austin performing with the Pops last summer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Kevin Kline in ‘Present Laughter’: Your free quarantine must-watch of the day," 14 Apr. 2020 As a vocalist, Mr. Scott straddled a narrow fence between rock-’n’-roll and pop, placing 19 songs in the Billboard charts between 1958 and 1961. Terence Mcardle, BostonGlobe.com, "Jack Scott, briefly a rockabilly and pop hitmaker, dies at 83," 25 Jan. 2020 The creators of the series are Ahmir (Questlove) Thompson, Tariq (Black Thought) Trotter, Shawn Gee—who are, respectively, the drummer, lead vocalist, and manager of the Roots—and the documentarian Alex Gibney. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Four Shows at the Center of a Golden Age of Hip-Hop Television," 1 Nov. 2019 Soprano Tasha Koontz and mezzo Kira Dills-DeSurra were enchanting fairy vocalists, and the women of the San Diego Master Chorale sang with pluck. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare make magic with Mozart, Mendelssohn and Shakespeare," 13 Oct. 2019 The song and video’s most brow-raising element is the showcasing of Johnny Venus’ smooth skills as a vocalist, breaking away from his signature rapping style for the moody and romantic track. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "EarthGang's Olu Sings on "Queen and Slim" Song," 10 Oct. 2019 Full Name: Yoo Jeongyeon), 22 Jeongyeon trained for five years before launching her idol career as a vocalist in Twice. Kat Moon, Time, "Everything to Know About K-Pop Group Twice," 20 Sep. 2019 As the guitarist and vocalist in Pavement, a group that has been credibly dubbed the greatest indie-rock band of all time, Malkmus became the central avatar of the vaguely aloof slacker aesthetic. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "A Pre-Pandemic Night Out with Stephen Malkmus," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of vocalist

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vocalist was in 1790

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24 May 2020

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“Vocalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocalist. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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vo·​cal·​ist | \ ˈvō-kə-list How to pronounce vocalist (audio) \

Kids Definition of vocalist

: a person who sings : singer

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