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Reimagined At Home: Adekunle Gold Covers Coldplay's "Yellow" In A Shimmering, Sun-Soaked Performance
Nigerian highlife singer Adekunle Gold puts a lush, genre-straddling spin on Coldplay's classic ballad "Yellow" in this episode of Reimagined at Home.
Back in 2000, Coldplay released "Yellow," an emotive power ballad that became their breakthrough hit and introduced the world to the band’s relentless vulnerability.
Now, 22 years later, Nigerian highlife star Adekunle Gold taps into the same emotional power and soaring vocals that made the original song so special, albeit with even more stripped-down instrumentation.
In this episode of Reimagined at Home, dive into the singer's shimmering, transcendent interpretation of "Yellow." Gold relies on a piano line for his primary accompaniment on the song, putting a spotlight on his soaring, buttery vocals to drive home the song’s enduring message.
Gold is no stranger to a cover performance. His breakout hit was a 2015 highlife interpretation of One Direction's "Story of My Life," retitled as "Sade." Since then, he has released four albums, beginning with Gold in 2016. His most recent project, 2022's Catch Me if You Can, represents an amalgamation of influences, layering his highlife foundation with Afropop influences and genre-broadening ambitions.
And while his performance of Coldplay’s "Yellow" is proof that Gold's voice can find a home in any corner of the pop format he chooses, his performance of the track opts for simplicity in a way that feels very intentional. No dressed-up instrumentation or flashy production tactics appear in his performance; rather, its effect rests on the natural, emotional power of Gold's voice.
Gold takes a similar tactic with the visual elements of his performance. He performs the song from a sunroom, a sunlit garden outside the windows and a lush array of plants surrounding him as he stands at a microphone. No flashy production needed — Gold's interpretation of “Yellow” speaks for itself.
Enjoy Gold's performance of "Yellow," and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Reimagined at Home.
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ReImagined: Mathew V Offers A Jazzy Rendition Of Ray Charles' Iconic "Georgia On My Mind"
Emerging jazz-pop singer Mathew V puts his spin on Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," one of the many classic hits he covered on his latest album, 'Anything Goes.'
Over 60 years ago, musical legend Ray Charles kept Georgia on our minds with an unforgettable cover of Hoagy Carmichael's original song — rightfully topping the Billboard charts and winning two golden gramophones at the 1961 GRAMMYs.
"I said, Georgia, oh, Georgia/ No peace I find/ Just an old, sweet song/ Keeps Georgia on my mind," Charles croons in the song's chorus. "Other arms reach out to me/ Other eyes smile tenderly/ Still, in peaceful dreams, I see/ The road leads back to you."
In this episode of ReImagined, emerging pop singer Mathew V delivers his interpretation of "Georgia on My Mind." Though Mathew V remains loyal to Charles' original recording, he makes the song his own with his soft vocal tone and agile runs.
"Georgia on My Mind" is one of the many songs Mathew V covered on his latest project, Anything Goes, which also features jazzy reimaginings of other classics like Etta James' "At Last" and Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade." He'll bring his jazz stylings to the stage on Aug. 6, when he'll perform a one-night-only hometown show at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, Canada.
Press play on the video above to watch Mathew V's soulful rendition of Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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ReImagined: Nat Myers Offers A Bluesy Rendition Of John Prine's Final Song, "I Remember Everything"
Korean-American blues singer Nat Myers honors John Prine by transforming the late country great's final song into an upbeat, acoustic folk track.
On April 7, 2020, the country world had to say goodbye to beloved icon John Prine. Two months later, his final song was posthumously released, and it was a poignant one: "I Remember Everything," a reflection on a well-lived, well-loved life.
"I remember everything/ Things I can't forget/ The way you turned and smiled on me/ On the night that we first met," Prine sings in the chorus. "And I remember every night, your ocean eyes of blue/ I miss you in the morning light like roses miss the dew."
In this episode of ReImagined, Kentucky native Nat Myers performs a cover of "I Remember Everything." Known for his nimble picking style, the Korean-American singer performs the song on just an acoustic guitar. He remains mostly faithful to Prine's original recording, but increases the tempo for a more folk-inspired sound.
Aside from covers, Myers has a blooming career writing original blues music. On June 23, he will release his newest album, Yellow Peril, via Ease Eye Sound, an independent record label and studio in Nashville, Tennessee, owned and operated by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Press play on the video above to watch Nat Myers' cover of John Prine's "I Remember Everything," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagine.
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ReImagined: Sid Sriram Turns Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" Into A Stirring, Carnatic-Inspired Track
Indian singer Sid Sriram metamorphoses Alanis Morissette's 1998 single "Uninvited" into an evocative, Carnatic track using traditional vocal techniques.
In 1998, Alanis Morissette captured the heart-rending core of the romantic fantasy film City of Angels on the soundtrack's 2x GRAMMY-winning lead single, "Uninvited." Morissette rejects the idea of an unlikely partner, one unable to understand the truth of her reality — much like Meg Ryan's character, who inevitably falls in love with an angel played by Nicolas Cage.
"But you/ You're not allowed/ You're uninvited/ An unfortunate slight," Morissette commands in the chorus. Despite Cage's sacrifice of his angel status to become closer to Ryan, the two never see eye-to-eye, and it ultimately leads to a tragic ending.
Twenty-five years later, Indian singer Sid Sriram transforms this emotive piece into a Carnatic track in this episode of ReImagined. While Morissette is touted for her powerful, belting vocals, Sriram uses traditional Carnatic techniques for a soulful, haunting sound.
Beyond covers, Sriram has a prolific career as a playback singer for Bollywood films. On March 29, he released an original song called "Do the Dance."
This summer, Sriram will join Bon Iver on tour for a string of live shows in the United States, beginning Aug. 5 in Madison, Wisc., and concluding Aug. 12 in Bend, Ore.
Press play on the video above to watch Sid Sriram's rendition of Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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ReImagined: LAVI$H Offers A Soul-Stirring Performance Of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team"
LAVI$H puts his take on Ed Sheeran's emotional breakthrough single "The A Team," refreshed with the alt-R&B singer's haunting falsetto.
Since the start of his career, Zambian-Canadian alt-R&B singer LAVI$H has been commended for his unique fusion of hip-hop, pop, and metal. Now, he's traversing a new genre with a rendition of Ed Sheeran's folk ballad, "The A Team."
In this episode of ReImagined, LAVI$H takes inspiration from the street shots in Sheeran's music video for the song. He performs the cover from an abandoned park, surrounded by graffitied benches, garbage cans and a dim lantern.
While LAVI$H mostly remains faithful to Sheeran's original, acoustic version of "The A Team," he adds his own twist with agile falsetto runs.
2023 has already been a big year for LAVI$H, who made his major label debut on Feb. 24 with "World In My Hands," via Def Jam Records. He released his second single, "We Make Sense," on March 22.
Press play on the video above to watch LAVI$H's take on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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