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ReImagined Series Is Back With More Unexpected Covers
The Recording Academy is coming back with another season of ReImagined, a video series where artists bring a fresh take on classic GRAMMY-winning/nominated songs by their favorite artists – from the Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song and Best Rap Song categories.
The relaunch of the series features six new unexpected covers to be released monthly, kicking off Tues. Sept. 17 with Shawn James. The blues/folk artist brings a passionate folksy cover of Macy Gray's "I Try," which won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards.
"I chose to cover 'I Try' by Macy Gray because of the emotional heaviness of the lyrics," James shared. "I think that it can relate to most people on some level or another regarding love, loss, addiction and the reaction to dealing with those things. I wanted to reimagine the song with adding a depth of sorrow and darkness to not just the lyrics but also the ambience and delivery of the performance."
The upcoming list of performances will surely pack another emotive punch and run the gamut of sound. Victory Boyd, the young Central Park singer discovered by Jay-Z, takes on Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" and Damien Escobar, the "hip-hop violinist," gives his spin on Paramore's "Ain't It Fun," to name a few.
Sept. 18: Shawn James, "I Try" by Macy Gray
Oct. 16: Donna Missal, "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls
Nov. 13: Kimberly Nichole, "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden
Dec. 11: RuthAnne, "Waterfalls" by TLC
Jan. 8: Victory Boyd, "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal
Feb. 5: Damien Escobar, "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore