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ReImagined At Home: Dylan Sinclair Brings Grandeur & Sweeping Strings To Kirk Franklin's GRAMMY-Winning Gospel Song "Hello Fear"
Dylan Sinclair's cover keeps the R&B melodies of Kirk Franklin's "Hello Fear," but adds some gravitas and drama with help from a string section and ethereal backing vocals.
Breakout R&B singer/songwriter Dylan Sinclair taps into a modern-day classic with his cover performance of "Hello Fear," the title track from Kirk Franklin's 2010 gospel project.
Franklin — who has an impressive track record at the GRAMMY Awards, with 16 wins and 27 nominations in total — won Best Gospel Album for Hello Fear at the 2012 GRAMMYs, where he also took home Best Gospel Song "Hello Fear." The song's original version features a pulsing R&B beat, with grooving melodies and a chorus of backing harmonies.
In this episode of ReImagined at Home, dive into Sinclair's reinterpretation of the contemporary gospel favorite. The rising star begins his performance seated at a piano, his silhouette throwing a stark shadow on the white wall behind him. As he sings the song's tender opening bars, a string section slowly comes to life behind him.
As the first chorus hits, Sinclair rises up from the piano and takes his place at the helm of the instruments behind him. As the song begins to crest into its climax, backing vocalists provide ethereal, soul-inspired harmonies to meet Sinclair's gently rising vocal line. At the end, the song concludes with a stunning three-part vocal harmony.
Raised in a Filipino-Guyanese family in the suburban community of Thornhill, Ontario, Sinclair set out for Toronto to make a life in music as a young adult. Since 2018, he's released three projects. The most recent of those, the appropriately titled No Longer in the Suburbs, arrived in May 2022.
Press play above to watch Sinclair's gripping reinterpretation of "Hello Fear," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of ReImagined at Home.
ReImagined At Home: Watch Ant Clemons Croon The Cosmic Blues In Performance Of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"
Singer/songwriter Ant Clemons puts his own spin on Bill Withers' immortal "Ain't No Sunshine" in an exclusive performance for ReImagined At Home
Why has Bill Withers' immortal hit, "Ain't No Sunshine," endured for decades? And, furthermore, why does it seem set to reverberate throughout the ages?
Could it be because it's blues-based? Because it's relatable to anyone with a pulse? Because virtually anyone with an ounce of zeal can believably yowl the song at karaoke?
Maybe it's for all of those reasons and one more: "Ain't No Sunshine" is flexible.
In the latest episode of ReImagined At Home, check out how singer/songwriter Ant Clemons pulls at the song's edges like taffy. With a dose of vocoder and slapback, Clemons recasts the lonesome-lover blues as the lament of a shipwrecked android.
Giving this oft-covered soul classic a whirl, Clemons reminds music lovers exactly why Withers' signature song has staying power far beyond his passing in 2020. It will probably be a standard in 4040, too.
Check out Ant Clemons' cosmic, soulful performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of ReImagined At Home.
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Frank Sinatra ReImagined By Milo Greene
Folk/rock band cover GRAMMY winner's classic ballad "Strangers In The Night" and perform three original songs exclusively for GRAMMY.com
Folk/rock band Milo Greene recently performed a cover of Frank Sinatra's classic ballad "Strangers In The Night" 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.
"Strangers In The Night" is the title track from Sinatra's 1966 album, which earned a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year at the 9th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The song garnered Sinatra GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year and Best Vocal Performance, Male honors. In addition to their adaptation of "Strangers In The Night," Milo Greene performed three original songs from their self-titled debut album — "1957," "Cutty Love" and "Take A Step."
"It doesn't get cooler than Frank Sinatra," said Milo Greene's Robbie Arnett. "['Strangers In The Night' is] a classic song, something that we're all familiar with and something that we all kind of grew up with. I know Frank Sinatra was played a lot in my house growing up so it was an obvious choice and one that we could have a lot of fun with."
Formed in Northern California in 2009, Milo Greene was originally the fictional character used to promote the creative endeavors of college friends and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Arnett, Andrew Heringer and Marlana Sheetz. The band later added bassist Graham Fink and drummer Curtis Marrero and began performing as Milo Greene. They subsequently landed slots on tour with artists such as the Belle Brigade, GRAMMY winners the Civil Wars and Grouplove before releasing a four-song EP, The Hello Sessions, in 2011.
Milo Greene's self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. On April 20 the quintet will release an exclusive 7-inch vinyl single in conjunction with Record Store Day, featuring live performances of "What's The Matter" from Milo Greene and the previously unreleased "Staging Point." Milo Greene will kick off a European tour with Cold War Kids on April 24 before returning to the United States to perform select dates through August.
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Dwight Yoakam, Andra Day to salute GRAMMY Legends in New York
"GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" taping to feature performances honoring Sly Stone, Nina Simone, Charley Pride, and other 2017 Recording Academy Special Merit Awards recipients
GRAMMY winners Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman and Dwight Yoakam and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day will pay tribute to Sly Stone, Nina Simone and Charley Pride, among others, at "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends," an awards ceremony and live tribute concert honoring The Recording Academy's 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients.
The event will tape on July 11 at The Beacon Theatre in New York, the host city of the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
Led by GRAMMY-winner Paul Shaffer as musical director, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by artists they've inspired. Additional performers will be announced.
"GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" will recognize 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Simone, Stone, and the Velvet Underground, as well as Trustees Award recipients Thom Bell, Mo Ostin and Ralph Peer. Also being recognized are Alan Dower Blumlein and Keith Hancock, the respective 2017 Technical GRAMMY Award and Music Educator Award recipients.
In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to our cultural heritage.
Now in its second year, "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" will be produced in partnership with PBS' "Great Performances" series, and will air on the network later this year.
Dionne Warwick joins GRAMMY PBS concert. Who else is playing?
Find out who's been added to the excellent lineup of GRAMMY winners and past nominees who will be honor this year's 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" concert on Tuesday, July 11 at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Five-time GRAMMY winner Dionne Warwick and GRAMMY nominees Charlie Wilson and Catherine Russell have been added to an all-star lineup of performers that includes GRAMMY nominee Andra Day, two-time GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam, six-time GRAMMY winner Randy Newman, and 12-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin.
The live concert, which will honor The Recording Academy's 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients, will feature a series of live tribute performances by GRAMMY-winning and -nominated artists celebrating the songs that made the recipients famous.
Russell will perform in honor of trailblazing music publisher Ralph S. Peer; Warwick will pay tribute to Philadelphia sound architect Thom Bell, and Wilson will salute funk/soul pioneer Sly Stone.
Day will pay homage to the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone; Franklin will salute the First Lady of Gospel, Shirley Caesar; Newman will honor venerable Warner Bros. executive Mo Ostin; and Yoakam will tip his cap to the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers.
"GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" will air on PBS as part of the network's "Great Performances" series on later this year.
Be a part of music history: Get your tickets to the "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" now!