Using what you’ve got
I was once a soprano. I sang solos in musical productions and represented our school in eisteddfods. I looked forward to a career as a tenor, a sort of Pavarotti existence.
Puberty had other ideas. My voice skipped tenor and went straight to baritone. I went from lead singer to chorus line and lost interest. I would later mess around with the odd rock band and occasionally perform. But to me, baritone was an ordinary range.
I didn’t notice some of the most successful rock singers were baritones — Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Elton John and David Bowie; anyone from blues/rock master Jimmi Hendrix to the poetic Leonard Cohen.