Randomness: Tahj Mowry (‘Smart Guy’) Covers John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’

Published: Friday 8th Oct 2010 by Sam

Many of your will remember Tahj Mowry from the hit show ‘Smart Guy’, or as the younger brother of twins Tia and Tamera (of ‘Sister Sister’ fame).

The young actor appears to be making a foray into music, recently posting his cover of John Legend‘s ‘Ordinary People’ on Youtube.

While we’re all for following one’s dreams, we’re also advocates for singing songs in your range; Mowry’s showing being a case, point, example of doing the complete opposite.

The 24 year old definitely has an interesting tone, one which would likely benefit from him tackling more Pop-orientated songs. For, as his showing here underscored – you simply can’t fake soul or passion in your vocal delivery. You either have it or you don’t, the latter being the case for the aspiring singer.

In any case…

Your thoughts?

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  1. NEIMAN October 8, 2010

    I’d just like to say that although this was alright, I did a better job than him on my page…www.youtube.com/Neiman07. I guess with him being the brother of the infamous Tia and Tamera, I would expect more talent. But to each its own.

    ThatGrapejuice.net daily reader.

  2. Ladia Yates October 8, 2010

    Actually that wasn’t that bad, I just felt like posting that GIF

  3. MUSIC LOVER October 8, 2010

    This isn’t the best rendition of this song, but you made it song like he can’t sing when in reality he sounds better than most artists out right now.

  4. Parisian girl October 8, 2010

    He just tries too hard but It’s not that bad

  5. Mya October 8, 2010

    This is actually really old but nice, I prefer his cover of m.j.’s human nature

  6. ~Team Weezy~ October 8, 2010


    This s*** was SOOOOOO funny! He sounded like a terrible version of MJ holding his nose! O DEAR! This was SOOOOO terrible! OMG!


    He sounded like straight S***! UUUUGGGGHHHHHHH!

    And that vibrato? *DEAD*

    Thanks for the laugh, though!

  7. Kris J October 8, 2010

    tahj is a big mj fan.

  8. ADE October 8, 2010

    what an awful voice, that s*** is annoying!

  9. carlababy October 8, 2010

    Chile boo, not good @ all, but listen to him sing the Human Nature song by MJ. Wonderful job on that one

  10. rebirthofslick October 8, 2010

    he’s a smart guy doo doo do do do doo LMAO….anyway he didn’t do so great

  11. SDW October 8, 2010

    I’ve been watching smart guy non stop for the past few months (lol) he did alright and he turned out to be a nice looking 24 year old (thought he was younger than that) his sister’s show is coming back in January yayyy.

    Frequent TGJ Reader and Smart Guy Lover

  12. UGh October 8, 2010

    just be an actor

  13. Kahari October 8, 2010

    Though this is definitely sung in the upper octave, I would have to say that Tahj held his own vocally. With the quick little trills and runs to refresh the vocally straight song, it was cool. His tone is clearly audible with a light nasally sound and a little bit of vibrato. With some vocal lessons, he can strengthen and smooth his vibrato out so it can be less noticeable when she sings. I can hear him on the radio…a mini Ne-Yo or Trey Songz!

  14. the Musicated Minor October 8, 2010

    @Neiman: Genius…=)

    I just couldn’t get into…at all. Too nasal. I think THIS guy put a bit of nice soul into it:

  15. idrag4mj October 8, 2010

    he did amazing with his cover of human nature!!!! check it out !! it brought me to tears!!

    btw check out my blog http://www.idrag4mj.wordpress.com word has it my blog iis the hottest around

  16. MrIncredible October 8, 2010

    yuck @ his face… i’m sorry.

  17. daisharochelle October 8, 2010

    Nasally/ Breh’s on helium

  18. voiceoftruth October 8, 2010

    I love thatgrapejuice….normally but now I have to say you have just become B******. Why do you have soo much hate??? I love reading your interesting blogs every now and again but COME ON GUYS – Why be soo mean to this guy who isnt even that bad – you’re not being the proper christian hearted people I thought you were….

  19. danny b October 8, 2010

    Bruno Mars much ??

  20. LIM October 16, 2010

    He trying too hard … Let it flo and it would sound better. Not bad tho..

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