Sunday, June 27, 2010

Covers: Kris and Joelle tackle the hits

I ran across these singers on youtube and I was impressed. You know I love covers. Each of these covers brought something new to the songs. Why can't I hear these voices on the radio? We all know that it's about a hot image, a great team, and great timing...not always great talent. Anyway, they really nailed these songs.

OMG
(Usher)/Rude Boy (Rihanna)




Lift Me Up (Christina Aguilera)




Unthinkable (I'm Ready)
(Alicia Keys)



Check out their Youtube Channels by clicking below:

[Channel for Joelle James]

[Channel for Kris Collins]


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"why can't u hear these voices on the radio?" huh? you do george - these kids were no better than christina or alicia (esp when consdiering these kids are in college). and each "cover" of a song brings something different to it - of course. but covers are EASY! i think you give them too much credit at the expense of the artists who created these songs from imagination and performed them, making us love them. Let's hear them perform original works and then go off about how image trumps talent.

Twin :) said...

Love. Them. Done.

george.arnett said...

Ummm the girl who covered Christina and Alicia had a very similar voice to Christina's. I will give you that. However, Alicia and Christina are also two artists in the industry who have VERY poor vocal techniques. This amateur girl made it through a taxing Linda Perry ballad without tiring and while nailing notes that Christina dodges in a live setting. She tapers phrases and decrescendos while belting. And her head voice is still in tact. I agree, that covers are not always representative of true artistry. But great singing is great singing. Alicia can write a great song but she is not a singe. Bottom line. She has not been taught which is a shame for an industry veteran. The industry focuses on marketing and packaging and not preserving the voice. Celine Dion gets accused of being too polished but her voice is still the same as it was decades ago. Whitney, Mariah, Deborah Cox, and other chicks like them were milked for all that they were worth. Now they are left with a shell of what they once had. We can blame Whitney's drugs but she was already fading post-Bodyguard. Christina will share a similar fate until she learns to sing well. The raw talent and emotion is there. I liked the girl in the videos because it is clear that she has some sort of vocal training. Maybe coming from a classical background I love it when an artist actually works on their voice and good singing. Some people call artists like that bland and void of emotion. It's relative I suppose. It's about taste.

Anonymous said...

Check out this kids covers (one word:amazing)...http://www.youtube.com/user/blairperkinstv#p/u/0/QDRxYlNSmfM

george.arnett said...

Yeah, I have featured Mr. Perkins on the blog before. He is great!!!!

Anonymous said...

I disagree. Alicia is a commendable vocalist (see BET Prince tribute) as is XTina. XTina has been in the industry for well over a decade - her voice shows signs of age, years of touring and belting, probably indulgence (alcohol, drugs), lack of continued trainging due to super stardom, etc. etc. etc. To compare a chick from Berklee undergrd, hungry and wide-eyed, with an industry veteran is ludicrious. Show me Berklee chick singing after 10 years of touring and then let's have an objective conversation. It's easy to get wrapped up in a COVER of a song by a great vocalist - see American Idol - but, cover singers will always have more place in karaoke bars than they ever will selling out arenas. Plus, compare XTina with her cohorts not a youtube college chick.

george.arnett said...

Umm Alicia has deplorable technique. haha. Her pitch ALWAYS sags. Her range is tiny and she has poor breath support. She sings with emotion. That's what saves her. People say she is "raw". No, that's just bad singing. haha.
As for the youtube girl, these performances are far from karaoke. When you talk about Christina's years of wear and tear, that's my point. Why isn't the industry (and xtina) committed to preserving the voices of the greats? There is NO reason why a singer should burn out before 30. Especially a professional. She should have access to the best pedagogy around. Instead they spend hours tweaking her hair style. Meanwhile, she more than likely has damaged her vocal folds to the point at which she probably would need corrective surgery. That in itself changes the voice so she is screwed.

Anonymous said...

it always baffles me how you attack style and image when convenient for your point......yet your blog borders on the obsession of models, shiny clothes, pretty trinkets and all things glamour (not really, i looove your blog, but hopefully you get my point...lol).

fame is a hellavu drug - i don't see how you can judge unless youve tasted it yourself. it's easy to have an opinion about what one should or should not do - living it is a whole nother story. Xtina is an amazing talent - still....period, flaws and all :-) and, i agree, alicia is not a great vocalist, but to call her technique "deplorable" and give so many others a pass, sounds more like personal preference and taste than it does an objective assessment. alicia is alicia not just because she can sing - but becauce she WRITES and produces good songs. beyonce is beyonce, not just because she can carry a note or lip synch down, but because her performances are elecrifying-her star power off the charts. all this to say - what i thought i said from the beginning -singing the hell out of a cover is easy - you got 6 bitches on speed dial who could smash a rude boy vocal, right?! good vocalists are a dime a dozen - good artists are not - that's what it's all about. i hope the Berklee chick has something truly unique to say - because if she does and we couple that with her "vocal" talent, she just might have us talking about her sometime in the future. however, if ALL she can do is sing, i doubt her buzz will become any more than that.

george.arnett said...

lol Models are meant to look pretty. Singers are meant to sing. Now, I definitely appreciate well rounded singers and I love the 80s because of the great icons that emerged. Many of them paved the way for image to be a huge component in what an artist is judged on. I never said that I don't love Christina and Alicia. I regard them as our icons as I have posted many times before. However, I do feel like the industry has failed them. They are amazing artists but they aren't taught to preserve what they have. They are instead milked for the money they can make for their labels. You are correct. I love aesthetic. I post things that are a fantasy to me. The models and many performers serve as living art. My post about these kids was based on the fact that they are amateurs. I simply said that I want to hear more artists like them on the radio. It was not initially meant as an attack on any particular artist. I named no one. The girl in the video happens to appear far less marketable than Christina. Less talented? Not at all. Let's just agree to disagree. I happen to think this undergrad girl is an amazing talent. Would she withstand industry pressures? We may never know.