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

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Meet Mary-Jane, also known as Whammy-Jane, the most brutal of all cat vocalists! Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The most anticipated concerts in Houston for 2018 (and a little beyond)," 21 June 2018 Last July came a particularly staggering shock to the music world when Chester Bennington, one of the two lead vocalists from Linkin Park, died by suicide at age 41. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss," 21 June 2018 Three Alabama singers were in the thick of things, and results on two of the vocalists were revealed. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "'American Idol' 2018: How did 3 Alabama contestants fare during Hollywood week?," 26 Mar. 2018 Right now, vocalists make up six of the eight total finalists, including Angelica Hale, Cristina Ramos, Paul Potts, and Susan Boyle. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT: The Champions' Fans Are Livid With Last Night's Results and Golden Buzzer Pick Kechi Okwuchi," 29 Jan. 2019 The amplified composition was assembled by Icelandic musician Jónsi, instrumentalist and vocalist of the group Sigur Rós, working from a recording Eliasson made in his Berlin studio. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Artist Olafur Eliasson built a 'Reality projector' of smashing beauty," 2 Mar. 2018 The poems get reworked into symphonic performances that also feature vocalists and spoken word performers. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 11 Jan. 2018 Instead, the two finalist spots were given to Spain's Got Talent 2016 winner and opera rock vocalist Cristina Ramos and knife-throwing duo Deadly Games (who received Heidi Klum's golden buzzer). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Are Outraged That Darci Lynne Farmer and Courtney Hadwin Aren’t Finalists," 15 Jan. 2019 The very next act, vocalist Noah Guthrie, also prompted ruthless remarks from Simon. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Simon Cowell Was Really Harsh During the 'America's Got Talent' Semifinals Last Night," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of vocalist

1826, in the meaning defined above

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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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