Over the past couple of years, there have been numerous threads in GQ inquiring as to why British people sound American when they sing, etc. The short answer is that the way people pronounce words when they sing is largely dependent on what style of music they’re singing. At one point I commented that I would sound awfully strange if I were to speak with the same “accent” that I sing with. The fact of the matter, however, is that there are some words that I pronounce the way I sing them as opposed to how I pronounced them while growing up. Some examples off the top of my head are (keep in mind I have a Midwestern accent with a slight hint of Southern):
Word Old pronunciation After singing glory glorr-ree* glo-ree new nu nyew amen ay-men ah-men
I’m I the only one whose speech has been slightly altered by singing? How about the rest of y’all?
[sub]*exagerating the 'r’s here, but you get the picture[/sub]