Singer-songwriter Joy Chapman, from Surrey, British Columbia, set a new Guinness World Record for the “lowest note ever sung by a female.”
In February, Chapman recorded a C1 note, the lowest one on a piano and she ended up striking a chord with the officials at Guinness who enshrined her in their famous book. Her note not heard around the world clocked in at 34.21 hertz (cycles per second)
Singing unique notes is nothing new to Chapman and early on in her life, she noticed the versatility in her voice.
“I was in choirs throughout school and church, but when they scaled my voice for placement, it was realized that I not only could go extremely high but also low,” she said to Guinness World Records. “Choirs are notoriously short on male voices, and so ‘Joylow’ was born.”
It was only recently that Chapman delved further down into doing low notes.
“Working with many vocal coaches over the years, I found it strange that they did not want me to continue scaling down the piano,” she explained. “They always stopped part way and just said, ‘that’s low enough, you’re freaking me out now.’ I didn’t realize why they stopped me or that what I had was so unique.”
Chapman has plans in the not-too distant future to set an even higher standard by singing a lower note and beat her own Guinness World Record.