Often there's a big difference between a person's singing voice and their speaking voice, sometimes so dramatic that listeners have a hard time believing it's the same individual. When it crops up in fiction it becomes a case of RealityIsUnrealistic: viewers often complain that a character sounds nothing like themselves while singing, even though this is perfectly plausible in real life. It's common, if not expected, for people's tone and inflection to change drastically when they sing, and professional singers are taught to stifle their accents from early on. When a character has two different voice actors; one for music and one for speech, that's a NonSingingVoice.

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* A lot of English-speaking singers put on a more neutral (or [[WeAllLiveInAmerica Americanized]]) inflection when singing but still speak with their native accents. The easy answer is because it's the singing accent we're all used to hearing due to the dominance of the music industry by American acts. Take AmyWinehouse for example. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6kWDfPzqO4 this video]] there's an interview cut together with samples of her songs and it barely even sounds like the same person. it goes in the opposite direction too, with many American indie acts trying to sound like Music/TheBeatles or Music/TheRollingStones, such as The Killers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, TheStrokes and many others. See InternationalPopSongEnglish for a description of the common variant.
** In the case of English singers, it could be linked to the fact that at least ''a few'', if not many, generic British English speakers feel that their accent is too 'posh'-sounding for a lot of modern music. A widespread English opinion is that a well-spoken generic English speaker sounds pretty lame if they don't neutralize their accent when they sing. Imagine the Queen trying to sing a rock number. Exactly.
** This is less common in less mainstream music, although they are (usually) still singing in English.
** Contemporaries of the Beatles, however, asked why they affected an ''American'' accent when singing, and of course many of their musical influences were American. Maybe "Mid-Atlantic" would be a better description: they sound American to Brits, and British to Americans. Likewise Elton John, who explained that all his influences were African American Rock and R&B artists and that's why he sang like them.
*** The Beatles themselves were asked this. Their response was that it just sounded better.
** Many American singers drop the "r" sound on the end of syllables, a common feature of British accents. This may be just to make singing easier.
*** American English is not wholly rhotic (pronunciation of r's), though, nor does it use just one rhotic consonant. AAVE[[labelnote:†]] (African-American Vernacular English, the dialect spoken to some degree or another by most Black people in the country; shares the same linguistic root as the dialects spoken by White Southerners; Ebonics is the extreme variant of AAVE)[[/labelnote]], the most common dialect used in hip hop, rap, R&B, and other genres, is non-rhotic. Southern American English, used in Country music, is traditionally non-rhotic as well, though it has become increasingly rhotic as the scene has become dominated by singers from Oklahoma and Texas (where the accent is highly rhotic).
** This was actually inverted by several American punk and NewWaveMusic bands formed during the 80's, who would affect pseudo-British accents since their influences came from British bands such as the SexPistols and TheClash.
** In the UK, this a phenomenon typically associated with pop and mainstream music. Artists working in niche or alternative genres typically retain a British accent, even if they may choose to normalize in the direction of Received Pronunciation.
*** {{Britpop}} is the greatest example of this, with most of the bands retaining a strong English accent which makes it easy to identify them as English.
** This used to be quite bad in South African music. However, various artists have ([[GenreSavvy consciously, it would seem]]) started to reverse this; the most obvious being some instances of the vowel "a" (e.g., "can" sounds as an American would expect, but "can't" has the same "a" as in "far"). This does not apply to types of music that are seen as being inherently American, such as Rap and Hip-Hop; in those genres, South Africans will put on American accents even in works not originally destined for the international market. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc2H1-rz-94 Some do it better than others]].
** British and Antipodean folk music generally averts this entirely, particularly if the song was written for a colloquial dialect. Adopting an American accent to sing songs such as "The Skye Boat Song" or "Come Out Ye Black and Tans" simply wouldn't make sense.
** A lot of British ska and punk is also sung with the retained British accent; see, for instance, {{Madness}} or the {{Sex Pistols}} for a couple of famous examples. The {{Psychedelic Furs}}'s Richard Butler retained his British accent while singing. So did Damon Albarn of Music/{{Blur}} fame. Mark E. Smith of Music/TheFall has always made his Mancunian accent apparent, as has [[{{Oasis}} Liam Gallagher]]. And one can argue that one can still hear a touch of British in {{The Cure}}'s Robert Smith's accent.
*** This was definitely the case with The Clash's 1977 song "I'm So Bored With the U.S.A." - which is only appropriate, seeing that the song is one big "fuck you" to America.
** Accents should be taken with a big grain of salt when it comes to singing, as singers are trained to enunciate their vowels in a certain way that has nothing to do with any particular language or accent; or if any, Italian.
* Countertenors are a RealLife example of this. (They're most often baritones when not singing in their falsetto.)
** High sopranos also count. Their speaking voices are usually much lower than their singing ones.
** As do low basses; most do not have particularly low speaking voices.
* Go to enough karaoke nights at bars and you'll see plenty of this.
* DeathMetal musicians sing with a '''''[[GutturalGrowler MIGHTY]] [[HarshVocals GROWL]]''''', so hearing them talk with a normal voice is rather odd if you've gotten used to their growley voice. Especially if they have a high pitched voice.
** Heck, any user of HarshVocals {{invoke|dTrope}}s this because their screaming voice and speaking voice are bound to be very different. {{Justified|Trope}} because a different part of the larynx is used to create the sound.
* Many CountryMusic artists adopt a Southern twang even if they're not native to the Southern U.S.… or, not even native to the U.S. at all, in some cases like Music/KeithUrban (born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, moved to the U.S. in the early 1990s) or Music/ShaniaTwain (born in Ontario).

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* The third [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' features Yuuno's ImageSong, which may take listeners by surprise. After all, while KaoriMizuhashi gives Yuuno a fairly deep male speaking voice, her Yuuno singing voice is very female-sounding.
* [[RosarioToVampire Mizore Shirayuki]] has a much higher pitched voice in her [[ImageSong Image Songs]] for apparently no reason. Not that RieKugimiya cannot sing with a lower voice, as she did it for [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Nemu Kurotsuchi's]] ImageSong who has a similar voice, but with no dissonance. Interestingly, in the middle of ''Snowstorm'', Mizore's voice slips and sounds deeper for three seconds, but it sounds near to her normal voice.
* An in-universe example appears in ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun''. Seo's singing on the intercom is beautiful enough to make boys fall for [[RedBaron Lorelei]] and differs so dramatically from her [[TheLadette normal rough pattern of speech]] that people not in the know can't tell that it's her.

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* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Princess Vespa is a baritone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Wheezy gets a new squeaker that allows him to sing like Robert Goulet.
* In ''LoveActually'', Prime Minister David is shocked to hear his driver's beautiful, operatic rendition of "Good King Wenceslaus."
* Averted by HilaryDuff, of all people - in ''War, Inc.'' her character not only speaks with a Central Asian accent but sings with one as well.
* Was a gag in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' with the song "She's Your Queen To Be".
* Creator/JohnCReilly's character in ''Film/TheExtraMan'' "sounds almost human when he sings".

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* PlayedForLaughs and lampshaded in ''{{Chuck}}'' when [[{{Badass}} John Casey]] reveals that he was a choir boy.
* On an episode of ''{{Cheers}}'', Lilith takes singing lessons. The gang at the bar are surprised when she sings a sweet lullabye to Frederick.
* James Marsters slips into more of an American accent during his "Once More With Feeling" solo in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.

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* [[CoheedAndCambria Claudio Sanchez's]] high-pitched, almost feminine singing voice contrast with his softer, deeper speech.
* {{Adele}} is known for her powerful singing voice, but speaks with a sort of shrill, slurring [[BritishAccents East London accent]].
** Spoofed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx_BgZR_U8k&playnext=1&list=PLD66FBD85B4400B6A here]].
* {{Rihanna}} suffers from this. Her beautiful singing voice contrasts with her ''heavily'' Barbados-accented speech. Her speaking voice is not ugly by any means, but it is hard to understand for people not used to the accent.
** Some of her early hits also showed the accent, so this one can probably be explained by [[JustifiedTrope voice training]].
* Shrieking metal singers also have this, but it's usually their speaking voice which is more pleasant than their singing voice. Examples include Music/AliceCooper,[[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]], [[Music/CradleOfFilth Dani Filth]] and Music/KingDiamond.
* JimNabors was famous for this. As [[Series/GomerPyleUSMC Gomer Pyle]], he spoke with as typical southern drawl, but sang beautifully.
* Olivia Newton-John sings with an American accent instead of Australian.
* So does KeithUrban.
* Music/{{Prince}} has a speaking voice that's considerably and quite noticeably deeper than what we usually hear him singing with.
* Music/CelineDion's French-language songs are usually sung with the barest Québecois accent. On the other side, Céline's natural speech is... well, in the words of humorist Anthony Kavannagh:
--> '''Kavannagh''': When Céline speaks, your reaction is... A: "What a beautiful woman!", B: "What a beautiful voice!", C: "What's she saying again?"
--> ''(Audience unequivocally shouts "'''C!!!'''")''
--> '''Kavannagh''': Oh yeah, we in Québec have trouble with that, too.
* Singer Akhenaton from French rap group IAM has a Southern French accent you could cut with an axe when speaking, but not in his songs. Which are, naturally, mostly spoken. Go figure.
* CountryMusic artist Blaine Larsen has a high, nasal speaking voice, but a rather deep, rich singing voice.
* MariahCarey has a deep speaking voice but her singing voice is high pitched.
* Lead singer Bert Mccracken of The Used has a harsh speaking voice (possibly due to years of smoking) but his singing voice is relatively high and clean
* Julee Cruise has a soft, airy singing voice, while her speaking voice is significantly lower and raspier. This is most evident in her song "You're Staring At Me", which starts out with a short spoken word monologue.
* [[GreenDay Billie Joe Armstrong]] speaks with a normal California accent and sings with an English-sounding one - not surprising considering some of his biggest influences are British punk bands.
* ChristinaAguilera initially startled people with this - her speaking voice is generally on the higher-pitched, softer, girly side. Her singing voice tends toward "deep bellow".
* Compare JamesBlunt and his depressing singing tone with the enthuastic voice he speaks with.
* Freddie Mercury of {{Queen}} had a rather baritone speaking voice, but a high angelic tenor when singing.
** Roger Taylor, the drummer and occasional vocalist of {{Queen}} even moreso. His speaking voice was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nakYjO2xDoc rather high and soft]] and yet he could either sound [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_NeqJlrINc extremely masculine]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw4sSZuBDN8 extremely feminine]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRw9CW7iMZk rather normal]] when he was singing. Roger, without a doubt, had the most versatile voice and the widest vocal range in the group.
* Listen to Music/NellyFurtado speak, and then listen to her sing. It's hard to believe it's the same woman sometimes.
* When KellyClarkson speaks she sounds like a perky white girl from Texas. But then she sings like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6464zXWX5rc this.]] Before being on Series/AmericanIdol she was trying to make it in LA, sending demo tapes to record companies who were surprised to see that she was white when they met her.
* JackieEvancho sounds like a normal girl when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jOvwJQZxEw she talks]] but when she sings, she [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKhmFSV-XB0&feature=relmfu sounds like an opera singer]].
** Ditto for Katie Stelmanis, who was in fact classically trained.
* Christian Alvestam has a deep voice and a heavy Swedish accent when he speaks, but when he sings, his voice is not only much, much higher, but there is also no accent at all.
* Music/{{Namgar}} speaks in a soft, squeaky voice, but sings in a much deeper voice, as is the custom with Buryat-Mongolian folk music.
* OzzyOsbourne is practically unintelligible when speaking.
* JoyDivision's Ian Curtis sang in a deep baritone (except in the band's earliest recordings), and without much of an accent (such that he was frequently compared to [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]]), but in the few recordings of his speaking voice he sounds quite high pitched and has an even stronger Mancunian/Macclesfield accent than the other three members of the band.
* [[Music/{{Deftones}} Chino Moreno]] has a boyish, soothing tenor singing voice, but his speaking voice is so much deeper it's hard to believe it's the same guy.
* Former american idol contestant Colton Dixon speaks with a light Southern accent, but his singing voice sounds rather Australian.
* [[Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine Florence Welch]], while not a change in tone or accent, has a powerful singing voice that is in stark contrast to her typically soft, timid speaking voice.
* [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] sings in a yowling, screeching high tenor, but his speaking voice -- especially at times when he's been relaxed -- is almost a baritone. The auditory whiplash can be a little jarring.
* [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]] retains her Scottish accent speaking, but not singing (except [[OohMeAccentsSlipping a word every now and then]], such as the {{Title Drop}}s of "Stupid Girl" and "Run Baby Run").
* Jimmy Somerville of Bronski Beat sings in an angelic countertenor (not necessarily falsetto) voice, but sounds like an average Scotsman when speaking.
* Little Boots has a chirpy pop princess singing voice, but speaks with a deeper Lancashire accent.
* R&B singer Michel'le has a squeaky, high-pitched speaking voice (similar to that of comedienne Felicia Michaels), in stark contrast to her powerful singing voice.
* [[SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]]'s singing voice is a sweet, high tenor. His speaking voice sounds like DustinHoffman.
* While Music/CherylCole and Nadine Coyle of Music/GirlsAloud have lovely voices when they sing, Cheryl's Geordie accent and Nadine's Northern Irish accent are thick enough to warrant subtitles when they speak.
* Gary [=LeVox=] of Music/RascalFlatts has a fairly normal speaking voice (as heard in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwjzYau4h5I this radio interview]]), but a very high, whiny, and nasal singing voice.
* Tony Harnell, the former vocalist of TNT, has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtkN_aicKyw very deep and smooth-sounding]] speaking voice, but he can reach an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4f1XZ-qOfo8#t=573s upper B flat 5]] with ease. The best part? He's 50 years old and he still does it just as easily.
* {{Mnemic}}'s lead vocalist Guillaume Bideau. Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY9wjbRoeoo his speaking]] (skip to his part to hear him) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_YaL5_Rpj0 his singing]].
* Till Lindemann of {{Rammstein}} has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r__RTqqmeGI positively mellow speaking voice]] to contrast his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC9pAker_PM furious growling in-song]].
* Much like the above-mentioned Till Lindemann, MarilynManson also is a much, much calmer sounding person when he's not singing. Although, the drugs likely were partially responsible for that one.
* Joakim Brodén, singer of {{Sabaton}}, has a speaking voice which is pretty much the posterchild for "Swedish male, mid-thirties, working class background", with a slight Dalecarlian accent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zooF8c5K2So Interview in English]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38HoiDOzQsg Interview in Swedish]]. His singing voice, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZm4zseMok0 on the other hand...]]
* Colin Hay of Men At Work is a Scottish immigrant to Australia, with natural Scottish singing and speaking accents. It can be, as a result, hard to tell he sings in a new wave band that comes from the LandDownUnder if judging from his vocals alone.
* Music/{{Blur}}'s lead singer Damon Albarn sings in a regular tenor in most of the early and middle Blur songs, but his speaking voice is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH8tWzYVblU significantly deeper]].
* Shakira deserves some mention here. Hearing her speak, you wouldn't expect the passionate, throaty, thick growl she sings with.
* ToniBraxton ''does'' have a sexy, low, somewhat-deep speaking voice. It's quite soft, too. But it's vastly different from the thick, smokey, alto purr she's famous for.
* Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kJWMGdJwkk Hallbjörg Bjarnadóttir Nielsen]].
* Petri Lindroos of Ensiferum is a very, very effeminate-looking guy, so you'd think he'd have a high, soft voice, right? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2WqQY_xSSM Wrong]].
** Then again, this trope can be applied to a lot of metal singers/screamers. Alexi Laiho is another good example.
* [[TheEighties '80s]] R&B/pop singer BillyOcean has a noticeable Trinidadian accent, but sings with an American accent.
* Katy Steele, the lead singer of Australian band Little Birdy has a high-pitched girly singing voice (with little accent), but her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHlsahPn2_s speaking voice]], whilst still fairly high-pitched, is less girly, and she has a lot more of an Australian accent.
* JossStone sings with a contralto American accent, so it's surprising to hear a high-pitched girly British accent come out of her when she speaks.
* Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste has a rich, smooth singing voice quite different from the soft, lispy tone he talks with.
** Similarly, [[Music/RiversOfNihil Jake Dieffenbach]] vocally sports a [[HarshVocals midranged roar]] that contrasts with his ''heavily'' lisped speaking voice.
* R&B singer Ashanti speaks with a heavy, soft New York accent, in a lower tone. Her singing voice is far on the high-pitched, girly side, is slightly nasal, and she favors belting.
* Sarah [=McLachlan's=] speaking voice is pleasant, if not ordinary, a bit low-pitched. She's best-known for her beautiful, ethereal singing voice, which sits a fair deal higher.
* Jon Anderson of Music/{{Yes}} has a very high, ethereal tenor singing voice but has a very rural and [[OopNorth Northern]] English accent in his speaking voice.
* ElvisCostello is famous for his nasal, almost American-sounding singing voice; when he speaks, though, he sounds like an average Englishman.
* When you listen to Music/{{Seether}}'s Shaun Morgan in an interview, it's quite jarring to hear his relatively calm, South African-accented speaking voice contrast with his harsh, [[{{Music/Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]]-esque singing voice.
* Music/TheTigerLillies are probably one of the only groups to ever cause this trope multiple different ways. Martyn Jaques, the main singer, is known for using an operatic soprano for his songs, but of course he doesn't sound like that when he talks. But he also uses other voices to sing with, such as a guttural growl (''Miracle Cure'') and a slightly more nasal tone (''Angry''), sometimes flip-flopping between vocal styles in the middle of a song.

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* ChrisRock has a loud, abrasive, raspy voice when he's doing stand up but when he speaks in a regular conversation he's very soft spoken.

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* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]]. His in-character voice is rather high and nasal, but when he does a video out-of-character, his more natural voice is deeper. He also has a rather strong, not-nasal singing voice when he sings in-character (tenor) or as Harvey Finevoice (baritone).
* Creator/DougWalker has a rather high-pitched speaking voice (which goes even higher-pitched when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic goes especially crazy), but when he sings (as seen in the WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl, and the MoulinRouge review), it is a beautiful operatic tenor though subverted at the time as he can sing with his normal voice which is more Musical theater tenor as opposed to his opera singing voice.
* [[JonTron Jon Jafari]] has a speaking voice that could be compared to [[Film/TheThreeStooges Curly]], and he can be very shrill when he wants to be. Not to mention his notorious "'''ECH ECH'''" CatchPhrase[=/=]VerbalTic/[=/=]what part of his throat does he even ''make'' that vocalization in, which some of his fans even find to be the MostAnnoyingSound. However, he [[TheCastShowoff studied musical theater,]] and when he wants to sing, he doesn't just do it well--he does it ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOlQUzUpsMM operatically.]]''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Many {{Disney}} films have this issue, such as ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Jodi Benson provides the voice of Ariel throughout the film, but is often for two separate actresses playing the same role.
** Taken UpToEleven in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', which uses ''four'' people to play Simba -- singing and speaking voices for both young and adult Simba.
*** In the Castilian dub, Scar is the deep-voiced Ricardo Solans...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvJhk86PuEY while Jordi Doncos has a rather fiendish-sounding high-pitched voice]]. Nonetheless, both actors are quite awesome in the role.
* {{Gorillaz}} singer 2D is voiced by two different people, and the group is often met with complaints that his speaking voice is too different from his vocals for him to be able to sing in the albums.
* ''OliverAndCompany'' deliberately averted NonSingingVoice by hiring actual singers Creator/BillyJoel and Creator/BetteMidler to play Dodger and Georgette... and Dodger ends up sounding like a completely different character when he switches from speaking to singing.
* Mikey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' had an absurdly deep, baritone singing voice for a child in Grade 4, also provided by Robert Goulet. It's used as a plot point in one episode, where Mikey reveals that he can also disguise his voice by ''speaking'' with his singing voice.
* In the Brazilian version of Disney's version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Frollo was voiced by a normal voice actor, but during the singing scenes they hired a professional opera singer. The difference between voices is blatant.
* In ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer of Seville," when Homer is lying on his back, his singing voice is majestic and beautiful, though his speaking voice (and his singing voice while upright) is the same old Homer.
** In another Simpsons episode, Homer's Barbershop Quartet, it's revealed that Barney is a ridiculously good tenor.
** Yet another Simpsons example! From the episode "Bart's Girlfriend":
-->(Bart hears a lovely female singing voice)
-->'''Bart''': Jessica!
-->'''Lisa''': Bart, be strong! You don't need that little hellcat.
-->'''Bart''': Oh, Lis, she's already drawing me to her with her beautiful siren song.
-->''(Bart opens the church's door and sees that the voice is coming from none other than [[StupidSexyFlanders Ned Flanders]]. Bart shudders.)''
-->'''Bart''': That's very disturbing.
* Candace experiences this in the ''PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Jerk De Soleil", when, due to an allergic reaction, she sings in a deep, raspy male voice.
** Not to mention Ferb, who rarely speaks, but whose singing voice is played by different voice actors.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' sings in an {{Auto Tune}}d voice, given that he once [[NoodleIncident swallowed a computer]].
** However it is still the same actor at least.
* An episode of ''HeyArnold'' reveals that Mr. Hyunh, whose speaking voice has a very heavy Vietnamese accent, sounds just like RandyTravis when he sings.
* ''JemAndTheHolograms'' featured Kimber singing a duet with Stormer of The Misfits. It was a good song, but unfortunately, they chose the breathy voice of an adult woman, whereas Kimber is a high-pitched-talking teenager.
* Cornwallis Hanky from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a tenor voice while singing.
* Paul Frees and Lance Percival as the speaking voices of {{WesternAnimation/The Beatles}} vs. the group's actual singing voices. In a glaring zig-zag (and bad bit for animation direction), John's opening of the song "Mr. Moonlight" (in the episode of the same name) is coming out of Paul's mouth.
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity's singing voice (Kazumi Evans) sounds very different from her NonSingingVoice (Tabitha St. Germain).
** In "Winter Wrap-Up", Ashleigh Ball's singing as Applejack and Rainbow Dash hardly sounds like either's speaking voice.
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