ANNA, IL (KFVS) - Lots of people try to break Guinness Book of World Records, but have you ever met someone who's actually done it? Roger Menees of Anna is now the record holder for the "lowest note recorded by a human voice."
Roger Menees says he's always been known for his low-singing voice, and now, after two attempts, he can finally say he holds a world record for the deep sound. Whether it's in church or bands, Roger has been singing most of his life. His friends and family knew his deep voice stood out from the rest and encouraged him to try for the Guinness record.
"I never heard another bass singer sing lower than me,"Menees said. "I thought if I'm going to do this, I'd better do it now."
What's more? While we think he sounds pretty low, Roger says he was pretty congested during the interview. He also says the record-holding sound would actually require a special bass microphone to even hear it.
"The record gets down below singing voice," he said.
Guinness also required Roger to have two college music professors be present when he recorded the low note. Roger says he'll now use his voice to get back to gospel singing, but he'll be ready to try again for the title if someone else tries to beat his world record.
"When God gives you the honor to have this ability to have a low-voice, then it's up to me to practice it up and exercise it," he said. "It doesn't seem to be out of the normal for me though, something God gave me to do."
Roger said proving you have the Guinness record is a very timely process. You need patience and diligence. Just as soon as he made the first attempt, someone else had mailed in a recording and beat the old record, so he had to do it again.
It was with mixed emotions Roger beat the record of one of his favorite singers, J. D. Sumner who sang bass sometimes with Elvis Presley.