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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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Cover Star: Jouelle Young Sings Ciara’s ‘Body Party’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star comes from Youtube songbird Jouelle.  Watch as she shines with her cover of ‘Body Party’ –  the latest single from Ciara‘s highly anticipated 5th album ‘One Woman Army’ (start at :30):

Sang Jouelle!  We definitely give kudos to the songstress for putting her own soulful spin on Ciara’s softly sung number.  Opting to inject a bit more melisma and “umph” into the tune than its seductively cooed original, Miss Young put on display an instrument somewhat reminiscent of Elle Varner‘s (in part).

Yes, a few missed lyrics and misfired runs here and there, but what shines through is Young’s undeniable potential.  Overall, a fairly solid showing!

For more on Miss Jouelle, check out her Youtube page.

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Cover Star: Damita Does Rihanna’s ‘Stay’

This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is delivered from Youtube sensation Damita. Watch as the soulful songbird soars with ‘Stay’ – the latest single from Rihanna‘s #1 album ‘Unapologetic’:

(Start at :19)

The beauty of the song is its vulnerability – the somberness in its lyric and sound.

And, to say Damita took that and ran with it is a clear understatement.  Maintaining the tone of the song, she lifted the lid on a cover that not only does the original justice, but also puts her signature stamp on it – providing a power that its original performer has yet to quite master.

Bravo!

For more on Damita, check out her Youtube page.

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Cover Star: Resound Sings ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’ (Must See!!!)

This week’s That Grape Juice ‘Cover Star‘ pays homage to Black History Month with an epic showing of ‘Lift Every Voice’ from Virginian trio Resound (Joseph, Mariah, and Jessica). Watch as the three take on the Negro national anthem below (start at 1:10):

Absolutely breathtaking!  It is no wonder that famed gospel artist Byron Cage sought to shine a spotlight on this talented trio.  Never have we ever heard such effortless harmonic transitions, passion, and masterfully executed melisma by three awesome vocalists who are just as powerful jointly as they are solo.

Here is hoping the coming months will let us hear more from ReSound as they are truly deserving of the attention being brought their way!

For more on ReSound, see their Youtube page here.

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