It’s Ciara’s birthday weekend! In honor of one of our favorites, this week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is Ashleigh Paylor singing ‘Sorry’ from Ci’s latest critically acclaimed self-titled set. Watch below:
As ‘Sorry’ continues to ring as one of our favorite numbers from Cici, we always love to hear a cover that does the tune justice. And, Paylor did just that and then some!
Uncannily sounding just like the ‘Promise’ singer in parts, Paylor was able to capture the emotion and sincerity of the lyrics without drowning them out or attempting to overcompensate with with dramatics and theatrics (see: excessive melisma, volume, etc).
To that, we say bravo!
For more on Ashleigh Paylor, check out her Youtubepage.
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is acapella group Pentatonix. Watch as the amazing group deliver an awesome, must see version of the #1 U.S. hit ‘Royals’ by newcomer Lorde:
Well, it’s pretty safe to say if you weren’t in love with this song before now, this version should have your ear bought and sold. This cover simply drowns you in a glorious wave of intricate harmony – all the way down to the instrumentation.
Adding a level of energy to the tune that the original lacks, it’s also refreshing to hear a cover of the song that there is actual…umm…singing. Go Pentatonix!
For more on Pentatonix, check out their Youtubepage.
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is singer/songwriter Derran Day. Watch as the Youtube crooner hits a homerun on Drake‘s latest top 10 hit ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’:
Is it us or does he sound like Craig David in parts?
Anywho, as much as we go for the “big voice” divas here at TGJ, we often tip our hats to simplicity. Granted, we know ‘Home’ isn’t exactly the most challenging song to sing, so we’re sure that even Cassie the least experienced singers could handle it.
But, that doesn’t take away from Derran’s performance. Clear, simple, and devoid of embellishment, Derran managed to capture the song’s emotion while still injecting a bit of himself in the tune. Such ability is certainly what separates “covers” from “bad karaoke”. To that, we say bravo Mr. Day!
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is soulful songbird Asia Major. Watch as the US native take on K.Michelle‘s latest hit ‘V.S.O.P.’:
Yes, yes, yes! Asia smashed this.
The clarity of her voice is just simply wonderful. A tricky song to sing (see: back and forth transition of higher and lower notes), but not only did she “handle” it well, she mixed and molded it into something of her own.
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Chanel Nicole – the New York singer/songwriter making a splash on Youtube. Press ‘PLAY’ below to see Nicole cover Fantasia‘s Kelly Rowland-enlisted hit ‘Without Me’ – the second single from her 4th album ‘Side Effects Of You’ (in stores now).
Start at :45…
Yes, ma’am Miss Nicole. We can get with this.
Packing a very radio-friendly voice, Chanel conveyed the song’s sass in a way that seemed authentic and devoid of caricature. While a few noticeable misfired runs and notes, overall the presentation was pleasant and provided indication that with fine tuning Chanel could shine with the new school of R&B chanteuses.
For more on Chanel Nicole, check out her Youtubepage.
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star sails in from South Floridian crooner Random Wright. Press ‘PLAY’ below to see Random take on Katy Perry‘s latest smash hit ‘Roar’ – the first release from her forthcoming album ‘Prism’ (October 22).
Alright then Mr. Wright.
Some of you may remember Random from his casting on MTV’s ‘Making the Band 4′, but for those of you who don’t, the video above provides just a glimpse of his ability. Taking a lighthearted approach to Perry’s thunderous empowerment anthem, Wright was sure not to take away from the intensity of the song when it mattered most (i.e. the chorus).
Quite reminiscent of Jason Mraz in his approach to this tune, the simplicity of Random’s performance may seem just that when compared to the original. But, after just a few seconds of listening you quickly see that somehow, someway it just works.
For more on Random Wright, check out his Youtubepage.
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from North Carolinian cutie Rae. Watch as the Youtube sensation shows us the way to really rock a cover. Click ‘PLAY’ below to see her take on Ariana Grande‘s hit ‘The Way’:
Start at :44
Admittedly, while there were a few bumps along the ride, Rae definitely shined where it mattered most. Showing off a clear and sharp tone coupled with her strong execution of the song’s “highlights”, the North Carolinian easily made this vid a definite ‘must replay’.
Never succumbing to the temptation to overdo it (a failure many-her-Youtube contemporary can attest to), Rae was able to deliver the fun/lighter sides of the song while demonstrating her vocal chops in places that called for it. With work on timing and consistency, the Youtube songstress will soon be one to watch!
This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from U.S. native DrastikWilliams. Watch as the Youtube siren answers the call to cover Tamar Braxton‘s summertime hit ‘The One’. Click below to learn more and enjoy Drastik’s cover:
Cute, fun, and flirty, Drastik’s cover of Tamar’s tune certainly checks every “descriptive box” related to the number. While certain parts did seem a bit “talk-sung”, it’s evident that Drastik definitely shined where it mattered most – injecting her own flavor of emotion into the number.