George Michael ReImagined By TJ Stafford
Roots rock band TJ Stafford recently performed a cover of George Michael's "Father Figure" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series. Linking GRAMMY history with current music makers, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song and performances of original music.
"Father Figure" is featured on Michael's 1987 album Faith, which garnered a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year. In addition to their adaptation of "Father Figure," TJ Stafford performed a cover of Beastie Boys' GRAMMY-nominated "Sabotage" and two original songs, "Rise Again" and "Crossroads."
Influenced by Southern rock and roots elements, Los Angeles-based TJ Stafford feature Christopher Allis (drums), Robbie Anderson (violin), Andrew Jed (mandolin/banjo/dobro), TJ Stafford (vocals/guitar), and Jacob Szekely (cello). In 2010 TJ Stafford released Hymn Project, Volume 1 with vocalist Chelsea Moon, as well as An Uncle Daddy Christmas featuring standard holiday songs such as "Silent Night" and "Joy To The World." In 2011 the band released an EP titled Psalms Before The Storm, which features the single "Long Time" and a cover of Katy Perry's "E.T." On June 26 they released their debut album Good Mourning, which features the tracks "Rise Again" and "Crossroads." Good Mourning, as well as the band's recent Uncovered EP, was produced by Michael "Smidi" Smith, who has collaborated with Tyrone Wells, Ke$ha, Myley Cyrus, and One Republic, among others. On Dec. 8 TJ Stafford will perform at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.