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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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Cover Star: Ceron & BDot Do Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ (Must See)

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Nashvillian duo Ceron and Bdot.  Press play below to hear the twosome take on Al Green‘s signature classic ‘Let’s Stay Together’:

Amazing!  With tonal quality and stylings reminiscent of Chrisette Michele and Marsha Ambrosius (with sprinklings of Lil’ Mo), Bdot laid into ‘Let’s Stay Together’ with a melisma marathon – runs, riffs, and scats galore!  But, even in its abundance, the songstress managed restraint and allowed her passion to shine through to avoid overdoing it (a trait absent from many-her-Youtube contemporary).

Delivering a fiery rendition of the 70s hit (especially from the 2:15 mark) with the accompaniment of Ceron’s skillful guitar pluck, it goes without saying that we need many more duos like this on our radios.  Well done Ceron & Bdot!

For more on Ceron Mays, check out his Youtube page here!

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Cover Star: Caleb Rekcah Redoes Brandy’s ‘Wildest Dreams’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Youtube beau Caleb Rekcah. Watch as he lays into an acoustic cover of Brandy‘s ‘Wildest Dreams’ – the second single from her critically acclaimed set ‘Two Eleven’:

We appreciate singers who can put their own twists on tunes without taking away from it.  Caleb did just that.  Softly cooing in the beginning of his cover (giving it a “lullaby” feel almost), the second verse saw him really ramp up and bring the song home.

While maintaining the vulnerability of tone the song calls for, Rekcah opted to avoid B-rocka’s rollercoaster (and oft inimitable) ride of runs and melisma, instead inserting his own blend.

Bravo sir.

For more on Mr. Rekcah, check out his Youtube page.

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