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Cover Star: Desi Covers Ciara’s ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week.

Today’s effort comes via Desi, who delivers his own take on Ciara‘s new hit ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love.’ 

How did he fare? Find out below…

Though pitchy at points, this was solid.

Beyond being blazing, one of the reasons we’re so enamoured with the song is how well-paired it is with Ci’s sweet tone. That said, Desi’s rendition highlights that the track also works well with a male vocal.

Again, solid.

For more on Desi, check out their YouTube channel here.

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Cover Star: Brick City Belt Janet Jackson Jam ‘No Sleeep’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week with British outfit Brick City, who tackle Janet Jackson‘s seductive comeback cut ‘No Sleeep’

How did they fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out [cover commences at 0.48 mark]

While it was telling at points that the group had – per their own admission – just learnt the track, they still turned in a commendable rendition.

Their harmony driven delivery served up a fresh take on the simply sung song and actually has us salivating at the prospect of Janet garnishing with similar sounding adlibs when performing it live.

Kudos!

For more on Brick City, check out their YouTube channel here.

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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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