Miley Cyrus is opening up about facing criticism over her deeper voice.
While chatting with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich for Interview magazine, the 28-year-old musician revealed that she “felt free” while performing the band’s iconic hit, “Nothing Else Matters”, on the tribute album The Metallica Blacklist.
“This song means something to me on the deepest level,” Miley shared.
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Miley then explained that she felt more free to experiment because she had recorded it at home during the pandemic, rather than in a booth, where she’s often given criticism over her deeper voice by professionals.
“I even went down to some of those octaves, because singing those super-low lead vocals is so satisfying,” she said. “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?’”
Miley continued, “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.’”
But Miley doesn’t have a “false voice.”
“I am who I am,” she said. “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.”
Just recently, Miley penned an open letter to fans about her next era of music.