R&B singer/songwriter Lyfe Jennings recently performed an ambitious cover of Michael Jackson's classic hit "Human Nature" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series at Smidi Music in Venice, Calif. 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.
"Human Nature" is one of seven Top 10 hits featured on Jackson's 1982 chart-topping album Thriller. The album garnered Jackson eight GRAMMYs, including Album Of The Year at the 26th GRAMMY Awards in 1984. In addition to his adaptation of "Human Nature," Jennings performed "Boomerang," an original song from his forthcoming album, Lucid.
"It was a song that I hadn't heard anybody else redo and I felt like I could do it on a guitar," said Jennings on reimagining "Human Nature."
Born Chester Jennings in Toledo, Ohio, Jennings' career kicked off in 2004 with the release of his debut studio album, Lyfe 268-192. The album title refers to the singer's inmate number while serving a 10-year prison term in Ohio. Featuring the Top 40 single "Must Be Nice," Lyfe 268-192 peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Jennings' sophomore effort, The Phoenix, landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 40 hit "S.E.X.," which features Lala Brown. In 2008 Jennings released Lyfe Change, followed by 2010's I Still Believe, which peaked at No. 4 and No. 6 on the Billboard 200, respectively.
Set for release on Oct. 8, Lucid features 10 tracks, including "Boomerang." Jennings developed song ideas for Lucid while serving a prison sentence from late 2010 to early 2012.