My favorite singer of all times,even tough I don't listen to her records very often being more irish-folk-american-country oriented,is Edith Piaf.But I don't try to "emulate" her,even in a good way cause I could never match her talent and BTW I have my own voice to use which could not be the 8th world wonder but it's pretty good.I like a lots of other singers,from Dolores Keane to Ella Fitzgerald,I just can't stand pretty "folky" voices that seem to be big in these days.I like old style folk female singing like Maggie Barry ;)I like earthy voices.Janis Joplin was great and the greatest thing of her was the wonderful range she had.Sometime people didn't notice that doing to the fact her voice was so rough but she could easily sing alto or soprano as she wanted-I know it's "sui generis" soprano but she was one! Anyway I'm not a folk purist,and I like rock voices...rock musicians (good ones) don't SCREAM they just put some guts in it.In school my teacher used to say "don't shout!! when you sing don't shout" I didn't "shout" and couldn't sing properly until 17 (now I'm 22)cos I confounded "shouting" with "energy".I just did what I felt I have to do and wow...my voice sounded STRONG! Now strong is just a thing..the hardest part is trying to making it sound SOFT.In the last year I've been learning to variate my style.I'm proud to say I have a good range (uhm...nothing stellar...lol),I'm not totally deaf,and I could be clear if I want and growly if I want 5 days on 7.I'm working on the other two.My worst enemies are that I have not a perfect pitch and need some effort to hit the right note sometimes,a voice that on the high notes is too nasal and a anxiety that will condemn me to a Linda Thompson type of destiny if I don't overcome it. But I never thing about someone,I never did..I just sing. I could make a list of singers (male and females) I like and that would be a very long list.I pick something from everyone of them I suppose just as I do with the songs I write but I don't think about it.