How To Sing Like Vanessa Hudgens (5 Brilliant Tips)

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Vanessa Hudgens is an American- Filipino actress and musician who has been in a number of musical movies and she is most notable for her performance in Disney series High School Musical.

She has sang duets on quite a number of songs including ‘You Are The Music in Me’, ‘Breaking Free’ and ‘Come Back To Me’.

She has produced two albums, Identified and V. V charted 24 on the US Billboard 100 and has been certified Gold and Platinum.

Let’s discuss Vanessa Hudgen singing career, her voice type and vocal range, how she started singing and what makes her voice so unique. 

What Are The Steps Needed To Sing Like Vanessa Hudgens?

How To Sing Like Vanessa Hudgens
  1. Practice How To Hold a Note

Vanessa Hudgens’ ability to hold a note is the first thing that makes her truly worth listening to.

So practice like this: start with middle C on the piano, play it, hold it, and practice singing and holding that note. 

Then go up and down an octave. Each note should be held for 30 seconds.

When you match it perfectly, you and the piano will sound like one sound, and you will continue to do so until you achieve that effect.

  1. Practice The Right Mood For The Song

A song’s tune can make or break it.

The reason that good actors, such as Vanessa Hudgens, can get into the feeling of a song lyric and really pull that feeling out of themselves, is that they can get into the emotions of a song lyric and really pull that impression out of themselves. 

Sing a “happy C” and then a “sad C” while practicing. Allow someone to pay any attention to see if they can detect a difference in the way you sing the note.

  1. Learn To Sing and Move

The concept behind this is to be able to hold the correct notes while moving, which is actually much more difficult than it sounds.

Your voice will want to change as you bounce up and down and dance around. Don’t let it happen. Simply move and maintain your tone. 

When you master all three of these vocal techniques, you will be able to sing like Vanessa Hudgens.

With constant practice and dedication, you will be able to achieve your singing aspirations. 

What Voice Type Does Vanessa Hudgens Have?

Vanessa’s voice is high, bright, and girly and she has been classified as a light lyric soprano. 

A light-lyric soprano has a vibrant, young, and pleasant voice, similar to a soubrettes’ voice but not exactly the same. 

Vanessa’s voice is undeniably that of a light lyric and  she also has a high tessitura to complement, so she is classified as a light-lyric soprano.

Some are of the opinion that she is a mezzo-soprano however, a mezzo-soprano must be at ease in their lower register range.

She is far too comfortable in the fifth octave to be classified as a mezzo. Everything about her voice says she is a light lyric soprano.

What Makes Vanessa Hudgens’ Voice So Unique?

Vanessa Hudgens has this playful, bright and sweet voice which instantly connects with the audience and makes you fall in love with the songs.

Her songs in the High School Musical series such as ‘Breaking Free’ and ‘You Are The Music In Me’ which she dueted with co-actor, Zac Efron instantly endeared her to the audience.

Her voice is healthy in both her upper and lower registers and she is very comfortable in all her octaves.

We would all love to hear more of Hudgens’ voice however she has made it clear, acting had always been her focus and as such, she quit music and focused on her acting career. 

Can Vanessa Hudgens Actually Sing?

In my opinion, Vanessa Hudgens has a beautiful voice and can actually really sing. Vanessa started out with music auditions and shows and has shown us that her voice is constantly improving. 

Most singers who are termed ‘good’ actually make use of lip-sync and auto-tune for their recordings but Hudgens writes and sings her songs herself.

She sang herself in all her movies and quite recently she treated to a beautiful rendition of High School Musicals’ ‘Breaking Free’ all by herself without any accompaniments.

Vanessa has not stopped working on her voice and she is one singer I would love to see returning back to mainstream singing. 

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How Did Vanessa Hudgens Start Singing?

Vanessa Hudgens was born in 1988 in California and started singing for musical auditions as early as eight years of age.

Her grandmother was musically inclined and encouraged her to go for shows and auditions. 

She started mainstream singing when she starred in 2006 when she starred in Disneys’ global film series, High School Musical.

Hudgens and co-star Efron scored a massive hit when their High School Musical duet “Breaking Free” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006. 

Subsequently that year, Hudgens made her debut album V, and this was incredibly successful and certified gold due to her single “Come Back to Me,” which was a cover for the 1970s rock band Player’s song “Baby Come Back.” 

Identified, her second album released in 2008, debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200.

It eventually performed poorly in comparison to V, prompting Hudgens to split with her record label, Hollywood Records, and concentrate on acting.

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What Is Vanessa Hudgens’ Vocal Range?

Vanessa Hudgens has a vocal range spanning 2 octaves, 4 notes and a semitone.

Her significant notes range from F3- C#6 and she doesn’t sing with a whistle register.

The lower part of Hudgens’ range is the healthiest, with the voice sounding fuller and more significant than at any other part.

Her voice however has a thin nasal quality which runs through the full range and is more noticeable when she uses her chest voice. 

What Is The Highest Note Vanessa Hudgens Can Sing?

Vanessa Hudgens highest note is the C#6 as a light lyric soprano.

This can be seen in her song ‘Breaking Free’ where she belts out the high notes and produces resonant and melodious tones.

She keeps working with her vocal coach Eric Vetro to improve her voice.

She might have quit singing to focus on her singing career, but if she ever does come back to it, she would be giving us some melodious timbre. 

What Are Some Classic Vanessa Hudgens Songs To Practice?

  • Breaking Free: ‘Breaking Free’ is the highest charting song from the High School Music series. A collaboration with HSM cast, Drew Seele and Zac Efron, it started at No. 86 on the Billboard 100 and rose to No. 4 by the second week, making it the ‘Greatest Gainer’ for the chart week.
  • Come Back To Me: Vanessa Hudgens’ debut single from her debut album V was ‘Come Back to Me’ released in 2006 and produced by Antonina Armato and Tim James. In 2006, it peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • You Are The Music In Me: ‘You Are The Music In Me’ was the second song in the teen series ‘High School Musical’. It was a collaboration with Zac Efron and Olesya Rulin and quickly became popular with teenagers and Disney lovers. 


Vanessa Hudgens graced her screens starting from 2006 with her bookish character ‘Gabriella Montez’ in the Disney series High School Musical.

She also thrilled the audience with songs from the series including ‘You Are The Music In Me’ and ‘Breaking Free’.

She has a youthful and sweet voice and as a light lyric soprano her vocal range ranges 2 octaves 4 notes and a semitone.

We cannot deny that we do not all love her voice and it has inspired some upcoming singers who would like to sing like her. 

By Sophie Collins

Hi my name is Sophie, I am a Singer, Producer and Instrumentalist. I also love to bake and get creative with my hands. When I am not strumming my guitar, you can find me reading a good book with a glass of wine in my hands.

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