Style and Inspiration
Minnie Riperton possessed a five octave vocal range and sung as a coloratura soprano. This singing style is consistent with opera singers. Not many artists have this vocal capability. The style the Riperton is known for singing in is Soul. Her light and airy sounding voice with its massive range was unique to her. Few can replicate her vocal arrangements in the correct octave and style. People that inspired her that she encountered with early on in her career singing backup for were, Etta James, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters.
Family and Upbringing
Riperton’s musical development occurred during her childhood years. Her parents kept her grounded while living in the Southside of Chicago . She attended the Lincoln Center where she partook in music, dance, and drama. By the age of 16 Riperton was already in a girl group called The Gems. After leaving the group all girl group,Riperton joins a group called Rotary Connection as the lead vocalist.
Riperton was raised in the southside of chicago. Her parents were Thelma Inez and Salleh Riperton. Although her family was large consisting of 8 siblings, Riperton’s parents were actively engaged with honing in on her talents. They recognized that she was gifted and enrolled her in various art forms at the Lincoln Center. There she received vocal training in Opera. er