Miley Cyrus Reveals Lifelong Criticisms for Not Singing Like a Traditional Female Artist

Miley Cyrus is standing up for her unique vocals and rejecting the idea of conforming to traditional female singing standards. In a recent interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Cyrus expressed how she felt liberated while covering their hit song “Nothing Else Matters”. Recording from the comfort of her own home allowed her to sing in a way that felt true to herself without the pressures of a studio. She even explored the lower range of her voice, which brought her immense satisfaction. Cyrus is taking pride in her individuality and breaking down gender norms in the music industry.

Living her truth: Miley Cyrus is coming to the defense of her deeper voice and rejecting the notion of singing the 'way that females are

In her interview with Interview magazine, Miley Cyrus spoke out about her decision to embrace her lower vocal range and reject societal expectations of how women “should” sing. The musician, who has been criticized for her deeper voice throughout her life, revealed that producers have often pressured her to use falsetto because it’s associated with femininity. However, Cyrus is proud of her authentic sound and is excited to have been able to showcase it in her recent cover of “Nothing Else Matters.” Overall, the singer is living her truth and refusing to conform to outdated gender norms.

Freedom: Having recently covered Metallica's Nothing Else Matters, Cyrus told drummer Lars Ulrich that she felt 'free' performing the hit because, by recording from home instead of a studio, she could sing how she wanted; Miley seen with Lars Ulrich of Metallica in September

Miley Cyrus shared with Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich that she felt liberated while singing their hit song Nothing Else Matters. The reason behind her freedom was the fact that she recorded the song from home instead of a studio, which allowed her to sing the way she wanted. The two musicians were spotted together in September.

Criticism: The 28-year-old musician lamented about being criticized her 'whole life' for her lower vocal register, with producers constantly demanding falsetto out of her because they associated it with femininity

The musician, who is 28 years old, expressed her frustration with the constant criticism she has received throughout her life due to her lower vocal range. She shared that producers have always expected her to use falsetto in her singing, as they believed it was more feminine.

She highlighted the significance of remaining faithful to her vocal style since singing is her primary means of representation and self-expression. She shared her experience of working with numerous individuals who suggested bringing in a singer for the higher notes. She also informed that “falsetto” is a Latin term used when a boy who has gone through puberty is still expected to sing in the choir. It signifies “false,” as informed by the Hannah Montana star.

Seeking falsetto: 'My whole life, whether in vocal training or just continuing to hone my craft, it's always been about, 'Why do you sound like a man? Where's your f***ing falsetto, b****? Why can't you sing the high octave of 'Party in the U.S.A.' anymore?' she recalled; Miley seen performing Part In The USA in 2009

In her pursuit of perfecting her craft, Miley Cyrus has faced criticism over her lack of falsetto in her vocals. She shared how throughout her vocal training, people would ask her why she sounds like a man and where her falsetto is. Despite this, Miley believes in being true to herself and expressing herself in the moment, even if her approach changes in the future. She was grateful for the opportunity to not conform to the traditional way females are expected to sing when she covered “Party in the U.S.A.” In her latest feat, Miley’s rendition of “Nothing Else Matters” is included on “The Metallica Blacklist,” a tribute album featuring other great artists such as Elton John and J Balvin. Miley expressed pride in her vocal performance at the end of the song, where she let loose and sang with all her heart.

Is who she is: 'I am who I am. I say what I mean in the moment, even if that changes tomorrow. I was honored by the fact that I didn't have to sing this song in the way that females are

Her identity is a reflection of her authenticity: “I am what I am, and I express myself honestly in the present moment, even if my perspective shifts tomorrow. It was gratifying to me that I had the freedom to perform the song in a manner that diverged from what is considered traditional for female vocalists,” she revealed to the publication.

The particular part of the melody that resonates with people is when I sing in my lower register. It’s fortunate that I have a song that allows me to showcase this aspect of my voice. Unfortunately, I had to undergo surgery on my vocal cords due to a condition called Reinke’s edema back in November 2019. This condition causes polypoid degeneration in one or both vocal folds within Reinke’s space. During an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience show in 2020, I revealed that my voice had undergone a significant change over the last year, and it felt heavier than before.

Authentic: Telling Ulrich that Nothing Else Matters 'means something to me on the deepest level,' Cyrus gushed over the fact she got 'to sing in that low register, and I get to live in that authentic, genuine sound'; seen with James Hetfield of Metallica in September

In a heartfelt declaration to Ulrich, Cyrus expressed the significance of “Nothing Else Matters” on a personal level. She admired the opportunity to showcase her low register and embrace an authentic, genuine sound. A photo from September shows her with James Hetfield of Metallica.

Tribute: Miley's cover of Nothing Else Matters is featured on The Metallica Blacklist, a tribute album released in September featuring the likes of Elton John, J Balvin, and Cage The Elephant

Miley Cyrus paid tribute to Metallica by covering their song “Nothing Else Matters” which was included in a tribute album called The Metallica Blacklist. The album, released in September, also featured other famous artists like Elton John, J Balvin, and Cage The Elephant.

Changes: During an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, Miley said that 'over the last year' she 'noticed a really big change to my voice, kind of a heaviness to it.' She had undergone surgery on her vocal cords in 2019 after being diagnosed with a condition called Reinke's edema


In a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, Miley Cyrus revealed that she has noticed a significant change in her voice over the past year. She described feeling a heaviness to it following surgery on her vocal cords in 2019 due to Reinke’s edema. Despite the challenges she faced during her recovery, the Plastic Hearts singer sees the experience as a gift because it helped her better understand her instrument. Interview magazine also released Miley’s November cover story, which includes a playful topless photoshoot.

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