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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.
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ReImagined: Britti Offers A Jazzy Rendition Of Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind"
New Orleans-based newcomer Britti delivers a blues-inspired cover of Ray Charles' GRAMMY-winning classic, "Georgia on My Mind."
Thirty years after its original 1930 release, Ray Charles breathed new life into Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind." His 1960 cover eventually won him his first-ever gramophones for Best Performance By A Pop Artist and Best Male Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track at the 3rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1961.
Another 60 years later, New Orleans-based newcomer Britti enters the ring with her own rendition of "Georgia" for the latest installment of ReImagined.
"Georgia, Georgia/ No peace, no peace I find/ Just an old, sweet song/ Keeps Georgia on my mind," Britti sings in the video, shot by videographer Patrick Linehan. Her fast vibrato adds a haunting ambiance to her jazzy version of the classic.
On Feb. 2, Britti released her debut studio album, Hello, I'm Britti., via Dan Auerbach's label, Easy Eye Sound. The superproducer/Black Keys star also contributed to the songwriting and production of the project.
According to a press release, the songstress calls the LP "a love letter to the place she calls home, a triumphant ode to fresh starts in the face of heartbreak, and the culmination of a years-long journey she didn't know she was taking."
Press play on the video above to watch Britti's performance of "Georgia on My Mind," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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ReImagined: Watch TeaMarrr Deliver A "Radioactive" Rendition Of Imagine Dragons' Chart-Topping Single
Rising genre-bending songstress TeaMarrr offers a charming take on Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," the track that skyrocketed their career in 2013.
Over a decade ago, pop-rock band Imagine Dragons took their career to the next level with their electrifying smash "Radioactive." It became one of their highest-charting hits at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and won them a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance in 2014.
In this episode of ReImagined, promising pop newcomer TeaMarrr covers Imagine Dragons' life-altering track, and it might just be a sign of a "Radioactive" career of her own. She remains faithful to the original recording yet adds her own twist with new harmonies, quick ad-libs and light choreography.
"I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones/ Enough to make my systems blow," TeaMarrr cheers in the chorus. "Welcome to the new age, to the new age/ I'm radioactive, radioactive."
On Nov. 17, TeaMarrr dropped her debut studio album, You Should Prolly Sit Down For This, via Raedio, Issa Rae's imprint label in partnership with Atlantic Records.
"I want people to heal themselves with my sound," she explains in her artist biography. "I hope they walk away, thinking, 'TeaMarrr is my new musical pharmacist.' My catalog will heal whatever mood you're in."
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ReImagined: Prateek Kuhad Delivers A Poignant Acoustic Cover Of John Mayer's "Waiting On The World To Change"
Indian singer/songwriter Prateek Kuhad delivers a stripped-down performance of John Mayer's GRAMMY-winning single, "Waiting on the World to Change."
In 2006, John Mayer wrote "Waiting on the World to Change," feeling hopeless about the ongoing wars and society's future. Almost twenty years later, the track still finds relevancy in a world, once again, ridden by political tension.
"We see everything that's going wrong/ With the world and those who lead it/ We just feel like we don't have the means/ To rise above and beat it," Mayer croons in the opening verse. "So we keep waiting/ Waiting on the world to change."
In this episode of ReImagined, Indian singer Prateek Kuhad offers his take on Mayer's GRAMMY-winning call for peace. He remains faithful to Mayer's signature acoustic sound with a stripped-down performance, using only a guitar and a piano.
Along with Mayer, Kuhad also calls blues and folk singers Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan the primary influences on his songwriting.
Kuhad's cover comes on the heels of his latest project, Mulaqat, which was written exclusively in Hindi. In a social media post on the eve of the EP's release, Kuhad shared that the five-song collection is "stories from my life this year and are very close to my heart."
Press play on the video above to hear Prateek Kuhad's rendition of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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ReImagined: Kassa Overall Transforms Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" With Jazzy Improvisation
Contemporary jazz star Kassa Overall uses his genre-bending of hip-hop and jazz to offer a new perspective on Snoop Dogg's 2004 hit single with Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot."
While Snoop Dogg and Pharrell boast a bevy of chart-toppers across their respective careers, both artists' first No. 1 can be traced back to 2003 thanks to one special single: "Drop It Like It's Hot." The track went on to receive two GRAMMY nominations, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Duo/Group Performance. By the end of the 2000s, Billboard declared it the most popular rap song of the decade.
In this episode of ReImagined, contemporary jazz artist and drummer Kassa Overall delivers a live performance of "Drop It Like It's Hot" from a highway. Overall uses pieces of the song's original iconic production — like its tongue clicks — but ultimately turns it into his own with jazzy improvisation.
Overall's spirited performance is a teaser for what fans can expect on his Ready to Ball World Tour, which kicked off with a sold-out performance in Tokyo on Oct. 19. The trek will see Overall hit 30 cities in the United States and Europe, ending on March 21 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Press play on the video above to hear Kassa Overall's unique rendition of Snoop Dogg and Pharrell's "Drop It Like It's Hot," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.