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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.

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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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Cover Star: Amazing Quartet Cover Michelle Williams’ ‘Say Yes’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week with a U.S. quartet trying their hands at Michelle Williams’ latest soon-to-be hit ‘Say Yes’ (ft. Kelly Rowland & Beyonce). How do they fare? 

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No pun intended, but…YES YES YES!

We can certainly say yes to these ladies’ rendition of the infectious gospel tune.  It doesn’t hurt that they opted to have fun while doing it.  Relaying a magnetic wave of harmonies and handclaps to provide the song’s instrumentation, we couldn’t help but hurt the replay button on this!

Go girls (especially on that ending).

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TGJ Cover Star: Desmond Dennis Does Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pills N Potions’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week with crooner Desmond Dennis doing this thing to Nicki Minaj‘s latest hit ‘Pills N Potions.’ How does he fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out…

Nice.

Receiving a mountain of submissions of covers of the tune, Desmond’s stood out for one simple reason:  it actually sounded good.  Offering sung/rap verses, his take on the tune certainly served mini-doses of TGJ favorite Elijah Blake.

Be that as it may, Dennis made the song his own. Do your thing boy, we ain’t mad!

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

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Cover Star: Louie Lends A Cover Of Selena’s ‘Dreaming Of You’

After a brief rest on the bench, That Grape Juice “Cover Star” returns to shine a spotlight on the talented Singer Louie.  In honor of the late Tejano music sensation Selena (who would’ve celebrated her 43rd birthday this week), the aspiring singer lent an updated version of one of her biggest hits, “Dreaming of You”.

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

We like.

Yes, we were a little disappointed that he didn’t go for the song’s famous climax, but we still enjoyed his very updated take on the 90’s ballad.  Making the song all his own while not straying too far from the original, we applaud Louie for daring to perform the tune from a fresh perspective.

Youtube has proven time and time again that such approach can often yield undesirable results.  Thankfully, such was not the case here.

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

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Cover Star: Amen Kelly Sings Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star returns this week and shines spotlight on the uniquely named songbird Amen Kelly.

The dedicated Rihanna fan (…) tackles one of the star’s biggest hits ‘Diamonds’. How does she fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out…

 

Impressive.

For all the justified critique levelled Rihanna’s way, it’s hard to deny that ‘Diamonds’ serves as one of her better performed songs. Hence, Amen’s rendition not only held its own in comparison to the original, it was rendered offered something new with the slower arrangement and fresh riffs and runs.

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

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Cover Star: Korin Deanna Covers Whitney Houston’s ‘All The Man That I Need’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Youtube belter Korin Deanna. As we near the two year anniversary of the untimely passing of pop icon Whitney Houston, watch as the songstress tackles the legendary diva’s 1991 #1 hit ‘All The Man That I Need’

Bravisimo!

With power, passion, and poise, this cover gave us all that we needed (no pun intended)!  Admittedly a bit shaky in the beginning, Korin picked up as the song went on and delivered where it mattered most.  Nailing the dramatic tune’s climactic moments with relative ease, we appreciate Deanna’s ability to not get deterred from any mishaps along the way.

We are sure with time, polish, and ironing out of misfired melisma and the like, this Youtube songstress will shine amongst the best of them.  Already leagues above many of her Youtube contemporaries, if this video’s demonstration is just a hint of what she is capable of, we expect big things from her in the future.

Great work!

For more on Korin Deanna, visit her Youtube Page.

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Cover Star: Fortunate Drop ‘Drunk In Love’ Cover [Must See!]

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is from Aussie male singing group Fortunate. Watch as the fab foursome knock Beyonce’s latest hit ‘Drunk In Love’ out of the park:

Intoxicating to say the least!  With flawless harmony on deck, the quartet took the bass driven Beyonce number and turned it into a sexy acoustic slow jam.  Steering clear of overdone melisma and opting out of inclusion on “team too much”, the fab foursome deliver what we think is the best cover yet of ‘Drunk In Love’.

For that we say bravo!

For more on Fortunate, visit their Facebook Page.
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Cover Star: L.E.D. & G. Curtis Cover Lady Gaga’s ‘Do What U Want’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is L.E.D. and partner in crime G. Curtis, Jr. Watch as the Youtube duo do a cover of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Do What U Want’:

Excuse us while we regain our composure.

This, my friends, is how you do a cover.  What separates covers from karaoke is the singer’s ability to inject his or her personality into the tune without taking away from the original.  Unquestionably, such feat was accomplished by L.E.D. & co.

With jazzy vocals reminiscent of British beauty Duffy, this leading songstress is one we will definitely have our eye on in the future.

For more on L.E.D., visit her Youtube Page.

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