Siergio follows his cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” with a cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie.” Unlike most cover stars, the Atlanta-based singer puts a lot of thought and effort into his interpretations, hence the result of his classy video shot by director Robin Hemmingway. Read More →
While playing a sold-out gig in London, Solange took a detour to 1998 to cover Nicole Wray’s “Make It Hot.” The original record featured Mocha and Missy Elliott, but Miss Knowles brought out Oliver Sim of The xx for a trippy duet. Read More →
All too often do cover stars diminish the brilliance of songs, particularly delicate songs, by including excessive grunts, growls and runs in their interpretation.
Katlynn Simone, Brittany “Brit Brat” Pitts of BET’s The Game, did just the opposite with her stirring cover of Corinne Bailey Rae’s soft and sultry ballad “Like A Star.” Subtlety and purity were of utmost importance throughout the rendition. Although it ended abruptly, the cover was effective in displaying the 17-year-old’s potential. Read More →
If you’ve ever witnessed Alicia Keys live–whether in person or via video stream–you’re well aware that she has phenomenal background singers. Jermaine Paul, who you may remember from “Diary,” went on to win season 2 of The Voice, while Amanda Brown was a finalist on season 4.
Married couple Whitney Keaton and Raphael “Raii” Smith, Alicia’s current set of background vocalists, have quickly become fan-favorites. The duo hit the studio to record an a cappella cover of Keys’ most recent hit, “Girl On Fire.” However, an inspired Raii added some piano and guitarist Hanan Rubinstein worked his magic.
Pink and Alicia Keys have a lot in common: they both scored number one albums this year under RCA, played intimate shows for VH1 Storytellers, shared a renowned post-baby personal trainer (Jeanette Jenkins) and have same-sounding names.
While performing for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Alecia covered Alicia’s most recent hit, “Girl On Fire.” The gritty diva wisely dodged the notes that took Keys some time to executeproperly, yet still managed to deliver a respectable rendition. Listen below. Read More →
In June 2011, we covered Mara Hruby in our “You Oughta Know” feature and listed Al Green as one of her many influences. In celebration of the two-year anniversary of From Your Eyes, the Oakland songstress has honored the legendary soul man with a cover of “Simply Beautiful,” an acoustic number that appeared on his I’m Still in Love with You LP. Simple and beautiful are two fitting words that can be used to describe Mara’s self-produced and engineered rendition.
Willow Smith has created yet another viral video with her cover of Adele’s “Skyfall,” the theme to the latest James Bond movie. The multi-talented hair-whipping preteen sang the chorus while playing the piano. Indeed it was a sublime cover. Read More →