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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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Cover Star: Corey Mekell Covers Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ (Must See)

This week’s That Grape Juice ‘Cover Star‘ comes from Atlantan crooner Corey Mekell. Watch as the U.S. native suits up for a slick cover of Justin Timberlake‘s long-awaited comeback single ‘Suit & Tie’ below (start at :14):

Now this is what we’re talking about!

If ‘Suit & Tie’ is the beginning of R&B’s resurgence on charts, let’s hope that acts like Corey Mekell are part of the new school that resuscitate interest the genre.  For, as the young crooner’s Youtube page evidences, he’s certainly got what it takes to do so.

Lending a very radio friendly sound to his original and cover jobs, Mekell is giving us a much needed mix of style and substance with his offerings – one that we are certainly not mad at!  Kudos to Mekell!

For more on Corey Mekell, visit his Youtube page here.

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Cover Star: Sasha Allen Sings Whitney Houston’s ‘Saving All My Love For You’ (Must See)

This week’s That Grape Juice ‘Cover Star‘ comes in the form of an archived performance of powerhouse vocalist Sasha Allen. Watch as the beauty pays homage to Whitney Houston‘s first #1 hit ‘Saving All My Love For You’:

Wow.  Just wow.

To say that Allen did this song justice is a minimalistic review of this awesome showing.  Many-a-reality talent show contestant have tried and failed to cover Whitney’s top hits, but where Sasha succeeds was her ability to make the song without overdoing it.

The melisma, the power, and easy on the eyes?  Sasha would definitely be a fierce competitor for the next generation of top vocal divas.

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Cover Star: Travis Garland Lends His Talents To ‘Let Me Love You’ (Ne-Yo)

This week’s That Grape Juice ‘Cover Star‘ comes from the R&B/pop stylings of Youtube sensation Travis Garland. Watch as the Texas talent takes on the task of Ne-Yo‘s top 10 smash ‘Let Me Love You’ below:

Garland was nothing short of great!  With vocals uncannily reminiscent of Ne-Yo (and Justin Timberlake in parts), Garland lends a performance that could easily run side by side with some of today’s top crooners.

It’s refreshing gifts like his that gives us some hope that real talent will one day make its return to radio.  Because, without doubt, this kid has it.

For more on Mr. Garland, check out his Youtube page here.

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Cover Star: Tion Phipps Performs Alicia Keys’ ‘Brand New Me’

This week’s That Grape Juice ‘Cover Star‘ comes from up-and-coming crooner Tion Phipps. Watch as the US native puts a brand new spin on ‘Brand New Me’ – the latest single from Alicia Keys’ hotly selling 5th LP ‘Girl On Fire’:

Kudos to Tion for his try at the emotional number.  Showcasing a tonal quality similar to that of singers Lloyd and Justin Bieber, the 18-year-old was able to capture the sincerity of Alicia’s vocal performance while still putting his own spin on it.

We definitely give this one two thumbs up!

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Cover Star: Jonnathan Molina Covers Christina Aguilera’s ‘Just A Fool’

This week’s That Grape Juice ‘Cover Star‘ comes from Youtube crooner Jonnathan Molina. Watch as the US native does double duty on Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton‘s hot duet ‘Just A Fool’ below:

Coming in as That Grape Juice‘s last ‘Cover Star’ of 2012, Molina certainly sends us into the new year with a bang.  Covering any Christina Aguilera song is definitely a task, but the crooner put his own spin on the number – inserting his powerful vocals in just the right places without overdoing it.

Yes, the “shouty” parts of the song would certainly put a strain on any voice (let alone a male voice), but Molina definitely held his own.  Overall, a good showing.

For more on  Jonnathan Molina, visit his Youtube page here.

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