Meghan Markle boasts best celebrity voice to ‘calm and motivate’ listeners while her ‘slow deliberate tone’ is ‘perfect for podcasts and audiobooks’, expert claims
- Expert said Meghan Markle, 40, boasts the best celebrity voice to calm listeners
- Natalie Eastwood said Duchess’ slow and deliberate delivery soothed audience
- Vocal expert said her voice was perfect for podcasts and audiobooks
- Comments come after Harry and Meghan hired Head of Audio for Archewell
Meghan Markle boasts the best celebrity voice to calm listeners and is perfect for podcasts and audiobooks, a vocal expert has claimed.
According to Natalie Eastwood, a vocal rehabilitation expert for performing experts, the Duchess of Sussex, 40, who is currently living in her $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, can soothe audiences with her confident Californian accent and slow, deliberate delivery.
After analysing dozens of celebrity voices according to their tone, volume, pitch and rate of speech, Natalie identified Meghan’s as the best female voice for relaxing listeners.
Since stepping back from royal duty last year, the Duchess has signed a £18 million deal with Spotify for a podcast series, and released an audio version of her first children’s book The Bench.
Meghan Markle, 40, boasts the best celebrity voice to calm listeners and is perfect for podcasts and audiobooks, a vocal expert has claimed
Self-assured former actress Meghan is said to have a voice to ‘soothe, calm and motivate’ as she ‘varies her rate, pitch and volume for emphasis’.
And at an average 105 words per minute, her delivery is relatively slow and deliberate with plenty of pauses and ‘mild breathiness’.
Other celebrities analysed by the vocal expert included former host of quiz show QI, Stephen Fry, 63.
Long a favourite with advertisers for voiceovers, he is said to be ‘captivating, colourful and calming’.
Self-assured former actress Meghan is said to have a voice to ‘soothe, calm and motivate’ as she ‘varies her rate, pitch and volume for emphasis’
His Received Pronunciation is ‘authoritative’ and there is a ‘technical brilliance’ to his articulation of an average 125 words per minute.
Actor Richard E Grant, 64, is said to be similarly soothing because of his ‘confident posh voice’.
Anyone in search of motivation rather than sleep should try listening to Danny Dyer.
The EastEnders star’s working class Cockney accent apparently has a ‘slight roughiness’ that conveys ’emotion and encouragement’.
Those looking to learn should listen to author Zadie Smith or TV presenter Louis Theroux, whose voices are both thoughtful and entertaining.
Long a favourite with advertisers for voiceovers, brainy former host of quiz show QI Stephen Fry, 63, is said to be ‘captivating, colourful and calming’
And former US president Barack Obama is said to have the most ‘powerful’ voice thanks to his ‘confident, commanding pitch’
Tech firm Huawei teamed up with Eastwood, who is clinical lead in voice at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, for the study.
She said: ‘Our voice is a part of our identity. It gives away our age, gender, emotional state and social status.
‘As soon as we begin to speak, the listener is subconsciously listening to vocal tone, pitch, volume and rate of speech.
‘I’ve found that voices with varied pitch, volume, rate and full tone are the best voices to listen to whereas voices that are invariable in pitch, volume and loudness with restricted tone can come across as monotonous and less inviting to tune into for long periods of time.’
Actor Richard E Grant, 64, is said to be similarly soothing because of his ‘confident posh voice’ (pictured left) while Zadie Smith’s voice was considering ‘soothing’ (right)
Huawei’s Anson Zhang said: ‘When listening to audiobooks or podcasts for longer periods of time, comfort is key.’
The Sussexes were last heard on their Archewell Audio Spotify podcast for the 2020 Christmas special, and the platform had planned for ‘a full-scale launch of shows’ in 2021.
In the brief 35 minute episode, the couple called on a number of their famous friends to appear during the first episode, which feature a range of prominent British and American artists, activists and musicians.
These included Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden, who they invited to review 2020.
Anyone in search of motivation rather than sleep should try listening to Danny Dyer. The EastEnders star’s working class Cockney accent apparently has a ‘slight roughiness’ that conveys ’emotion and encouragement’ (pictured)
Discussions focused on mental health and mindfulness in the first episode before sweetly concluding with the gospel song This Little Light of Mine.
The royal couple promised their podcast will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’ as they spoke with a range of people who ‘inspire us’.
They also encouraged two-year-old Archie to say Happy New Year on the podcast, despite their pleas for privacy.
Harry and Meghan, who have fiercely defended Archie’s privacy since his birth in May 2019 and filed a lawsuit this year to fight to protect it, encourage their son to talk into the microphone, with Harry telling him: ‘You can speak into it.’ Meghan also asks: ‘Archie, is it fun?’
The couple haven’t uploaded anything in the seven months since the podcast.
It is understood that the couple will be paid the full £18million fee after their duties have been met, The Sun previously reported.
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