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Cover Star: Tia Tackles Rihanna’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week with Youtube songstress Tia tagging some friends to do their thing to Rihanna’s latest top 5 hit ‘FourFiveSeconds.’

How do they fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out…

Nice!

We appreciate Tia for staying true to the tone of the song not feeling the need to flex her vocal muscle with an overabundance of melisma or other eccentricities, but we give kudos for making the song her own with the help of her friends.

Simple, smooth, effective, and to the point.  We like and am sure Ri would give a thumbs up too!

For more on Tia & co., check out her Youtube page here.

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Cover Star: Kiara Belts Ciara’s ‘I Bet’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week and shines spotlight on singer-songwriter Kiara.

Steadily building buzz online, the gifted vocalist tackles Ciara‘s newest number ‘I Bet’ in her latest upload. How did she do?Find out below…

Solid!

Kiara showcased vocal control throughout and really delivered on the song’s climatic money note.

For more on Kiara, check out her Youtube page here.

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Cover Star: Jessie J Sings Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’

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As has become custom since her untimely death this week in 2012, fans have taken to social media in droves to lend their best renditions of Whitney Houston‘s timeless classics.  From ‘Greatest Love of All’ to ‘Saving All My Love For You,’ Houston’s discography shines with no shortage of audition-ready ballads for vocalists trying to show off their vocal prowess.

This, of course, does not exclude celebs.

For, just one month after Jazmine Sullivan lent a stirring tribute to Whitney’s ‘Bodyguard’ soundtrack hit ‘I Have Nothing,‘ another of this generation’s top singers – Jessie J – recently gave the tune a whirl, as seen on Billboard.com.

Check out J’s tribute to her favorite singer below and weigh in:

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Cover Star: Vedo Does Chris Brown & Usher’s ‘New Flame’

Cover Star returns this week with Youtube star VedoTheSinger putting a hot twist on Chris Brown & Usher’s latest hit ‘New Flame.’

How does he fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out…

We like.

Usher’s signature falsetto is one that is disguised in simplicity, but in reality, is pretty hard to duplicate.  To say Vedo does it justice, however, is a gross understatement.  Sliding his seemingly well polished tenor across the tune, Vedo’s impressive rendition not only does well in comparison to the original, but it also offered a new take on ‘New Flame.’ 

One we can say with all honesty…we ain’t mad at! Do ya thang bro.

For more on Vedo, check out his Youtube page here.

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Cover Star: Alvester Martin’s Moving ‘Make It To Me’ Cover (Sam Smith)

Alvester Martin is a name you should get used to hearing.

The R&B crooner may have seen his ever-talented dancing shoes slide right next to the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and more over the course of his career, but now his feet are guiding him center stage.

In a recent cover Martin’s soulful voice can be heard blessing fellow crooner Sam Smith‘s ‘Make It To Me.’ Adding in an ever-timely twist of Janet Jackson‘s ‘Come Back To Me’ (as this week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of its parent album ‘Rhythm Nation 1814′), press play below and tell us if he does the cuts justice:

Showcasing a sincerity oft lost in the everyday cover, Martin’s delivery of ‘Make It To Me’ made us believe every word he said.

Never succumbing to the urge to “overdo it” with embellishments, the simplicity of Alvester’s arrangement complimented that of the original singers’ without sounding as if he was trying to imitate.

We go for “sangers” who recognize singing is not just a showcase of the instrument, but also how it’s handled and manipulated.  Bravo Alvester for making this a “must hear”!

For more on Alvester, check out his Soundcloud page here.

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Cover Star: Lily Elise Drops A Bangin’ Cover Of Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week with Youtube powerhouse Lily Elise & co. doing their thing to Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande‘s latest top 10 hit ‘Bang Bang.’ 

How do they fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out…

Talk about going in and out with a bang!

Lily and Julianna were playing approximately no games with this cover and we’re not mad at them for it.  Soaring vocals, melisma executed with passion and precision, and last, but not least, the injection of their own personalities helped make this an enjoyable watch.

To cover a song delivered by the likes of powerhouses Jessie J and Ariana Grande is certainly no easy task, but these ladies stepped up to the plate.  Bravisimo!

For more on Lily, check out her Youtube page here.

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Cover Star: Nycki Simz Shares Ariana Grande ‘Break Free’ Cover

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week and shines spotlight on the uniquely named songbird Nycki Simz.  Putting a mature spin on Ariana Grande‘s latest hit ‘Break Free,’ press PLAY below to see how she fares.

 

Alright then!

We definitely give this two thumbs up.  Nycki nailed all of the song’s “signature” parts with ease – a feat for anyone trying to cover an Ariana Grande song. Adding a bit of -umph to the number with her country-tinged vocals, Simz’ twist on the tune helped her make it all her own without getting lost in the travel.

Bravisimo!

For more on Nycki, check out her Youtube page here.

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