Miley Cyrus reveals criticism she gets for her low voice: 'Why do you sound like a man?'
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Miley Cyrus reveals criticism she gets for her low voice: 'Why do you sound like a man?'

Miley Cyrus is bearing it all as the cover star of Interview Magazine, literally:

But the 28-year-old's vulnerability took on a different form in conversation with Metallica star Lars Ulrich as the two discussed her cover of the iconic metal band's "Nothing Else Matters" alongside Elton John, WATT, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith earlier this year.

Describing how she recorded the song led to Cyrus revealing criticisms she receives about her singing voice:

I was in my studio, and it was a completely different experience performing it in that solitary way. It was no less poignant than playing it at Glastonbury—if anything, it was more powerful. The lyrics truly f—king resonated. There was nothing that I couldn’t try, because I wasn’t in front of 250,000 people. I was in this safe place. We’ve talked about how lucky we are to have that. I stuck, on some level, to the melody. I even went down to some of those octaves, because singing those super-low lead vocals is so satisfying. 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—king falsetto, b—h? Why can’t you sing the high octave of ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ anymore?' In this song, I get to sing in that low register, and I get to live in that authentic, genuine sound. My voice is how I represent myself. It’s how I express myself. I’ve worked with so many people who tell me, 'We’re going to have to bring in a singer to hit those high parts.' You know, 'falsetto'  is this Latin term for when a boy goes through puberty, but they still want him to sing in the choir. It means 'false.'"

The one-time Grammy nominee continued:

"I don’t have a false voice. You know me personally. We've hung at parties. 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 'supposed' to sing. You can hear that at the end of the song, when I take the gloves off and just start flying. That part of the song really grabs people. It’s that lower register of my voice. So I’m grateful to have a song where I can lean into that."

Last week, Cyrus rebooted to share a handwritten letter with fans.

I am so thankful for your loyal support + great company on this ride of my life!" she wrote (h/t People) "There has been intense spurts of change in my life personally + professionally (which always co-exist). I am so [excited] to channel these experiences + use them as inspiration in my next body of work! I am so grateful to never go through these transitional times alone because I have [you]!"

Plastic Hearts, Cyrus' seventh solo studio album, arrived last November.

Check out more clips from Cyrus' Interview spread below.

Megan Armstrong (@megankarmstrong) is a writer with previous work appearing in places such as Billboard, Bleacher Report, GQ and others. She's most interested in writing about people and how they live their lives, through the framework of music, entertainment and sports.

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