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Cover Star: Rae Rocks Ariana Grande’s ‘The Way’

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!

For that we say bravo!

For more on Rae, visit her Youtube Page.

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Cover Star: Drastik Does Tamar Braxton’s ‘The One’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from U.S. native Drastik Williams. 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.

For that we say bravo!

For more on Drastik, visit her Youtube Page. To enter your own cover of ‘The One’, click here.

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Cover Star: Duke Does Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Cheltenham trio BeatBoxDuke. Watch as the English natives take on Robin Thicke‘s first #1 hit ‘Blurred Lines’:

Unconventional indeed, but certainly an entertaining watch!

Pots, pans, cookware, and beatboxing made this animated rendition unique, but the lead singer’s vocals (reminiscent of Adam Levine‘s) gave the tune an interesting, almost country twist.  We like!

For more on BeatBoxDuke, check out their Youtube page.

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Cover Star: Alayna, Stephani, & B.Dot Deliver ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ Cover (Janelle Monae/Erykah Badu)

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star moves in from Memphis trio Alayna, Stephani, and B.Dot. Watch as the US natives cover ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ – the latest Erykah Badu-assisted hit from the uber-talented/eccentric performer Janelle Monae:

Start at 1:15:

Did they do that or what?

Indeed, to take on and do justice to a track with the “divatude” of diva duo Monae and Badu, skill and confidence are just the beginning of qualities one must possess.  Multiplied by three, Alayna, Stephani, and B. Dot delivered that and then some.

The jazzy undertones of each lady’s solo style was only complemented by their joint harmonic offerings.  Never doing too much to overshadow one another, each songstress brought her own brand of vocal prowess to the mix – weaving together a noteworthy performance!

We give it two thumbs up! Do you?

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Cover Star: Cortez Shaw Sings Chris Brown’s ‘Fine China’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Cortez Shaw. Watch as the Texan takes on Chris Brown‘s latest hit single ‘Fine China’:

Go Mr. Shaw!

Anyone who follows us knows that we are a sucker for run-and-riffers – if used effectively and not abused.  Placement is everything, and when not solely relied on to sell a song (or disguise one’s actual vocal worth), they can be used to decorate a tune without overkill.  The former ‘Idol’ contestant effortlessly accomplished this.

Cortez let his melisma take off here and there, but much like the ‘Run It’ singer, he didn’t drown the melody with runs.  For this, we say ‘bravo’!

For more on Cortez Shaw, check out his Youtube page.

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Cover Star: Amor Kismet Cover Mariah Carey’s ‘#Beautiful’

 

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star sails in from sisterly trio Amor Kismet. Watch as the US natives take on Mariah Carey‘s latest Miguel-assisted single ‘#Beautiful’:

Absolutely beautiful!  Aside from the fact that the ladies are easy on the eyes, their harmonic twist to the duet helped make the tune their own without taking away from the performance (or what listeners expect from the performance).

No distracting melisma abuse, unnecessary belting, or overdone showy singing here – a trait that causes many a Youtuber to crash and burn.  The beauty of the sister’s performance was its simple, direct approach.  For that, we give the trio an A+!

 

For more on Amor Kismet, check out their Youtube page.

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Cover Star: Lolaca Sings Beyonce’s ‘Standing On The Sun’

After a brief rest on the bench, Cover Star is back! This week spotlight’s Berlin beauty  Lolaca Manhisse, who tackles Beyonce‘s latest song ‘Standing On The Sun’. How did she fare? Find out below…

Stunning!

The full version of the Sia-penned number may not be out yet, however – like most King B cuts- it’s clear this is yet another song that only the skilled should attempt. And skilled, Lolaca is. Indeed, a few diction issues aside, she held her own, breezing through the track’s varied vocal tones and textures well. We like…do you?

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

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