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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.'

GRAMMYs/Jun 6, 2023 - 05:00 pm

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: Watch WanMor Deliver A Melodic Cover Of Silk Sonic's "Leave The Door Open"

Sibling quartet WanMor perform a soulful rendition of "Leave the Door Open," the track that helped Silk Sonic make a "clean sweep" at the 2022 GRAMMYs.

GRAMMYs/Apr 2, 2024 - 05:01 pm

In 2022, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak had a memorable GRAMMYs night together as Silk Sonic. As .Paak declared on stage, they made a "clean sweep," winning every category in which they were nominated: Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. And it was all thanks to their smash "Leave the Door Open."

In this episode of ReImagined, R&B newcomers WanMor perform a smooth cover of the iconic track. Against a lush greenery backdrop, the foursome each take turns at the mic and come together for some silky harmonies.

"I'ma leave the door open girl/ That you feel that I feel/ And you want me like I want you tonight, baby/ Tell me that you're coming through," they croon with the same swagger Silk Sonic possessed in the 2021 single.

WanMor consists of the four sons of Boyz II Men's Wanyá Morris, with their moniker paying homage to their father's first and last names. Individually, they go by the stage names Big Boy, Chulo, Tyvas, and Rocco.

On March 29, the sibling quartet released their latest project, Alone With You — which also featured their previous singles "BABY" and "Please Don't Go" — via Beautiful Life Productions, Mary J. Blige's 300 Entertainment imprint.

Press play on the video above to watch WanMor's groovy rendition of Silk Sonic's "Leave the Door Open," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.

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ReImagined: LØLØ Flips Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" Into An Acoustic Jam

Canadian pop-punk singer LØLØ offers a stripped-down rendition of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," the GRAMMY-winning smash from her childhood inspirations, Green Day.

GRAMMYs/Mar 19, 2024 - 05:00 pm

Almost exactly two decades ago, Green Day traced the story of a lonely teenager, Jesus of Suburbia, in their seventh album, American Idiot. Its most notable chapter, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," earned the band Record Of The Year at the 2006 GRAMMYs.

In this episode of ReImagined, Canadian pop-punk singer LØLØ delivers her take on the song, an ethereal acoustic version.

LØLØ is a longtime fan of Green Day. In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, she recalled their single "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" as the first song she learned to play. She later told idobi Radio that her 2023 track "omg" was "a bunch of intrusive thoughts jumbled into a song, wondering if I will ever be enough, or ever be as cool as Green Day."

This year, LØLØ released two original singles, "poser" and "2 of us," via Hopeless Records.

Press play on the video above to hear LØLØ's fresh rendition of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.

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ReImagined: Gen Neo Delivers A Lo-Fi Cover Of Seal's "Kiss From A Rose"

Singaporean R&B singer/songwriter Gen Neo offers a sultry take on Seal's three-time GRAMMY-winning hit, "Kiss from a Rose."

GRAMMYs/Mar 5, 2024 - 06:03 pm

In 1994, Seal's completely self-written "Kiss from a Rose" won him the first GRAMMYs of his career for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Song Of The Year, and Record Of The Year. 

Nearly 30 years later, Singaporean songwriter Gen Neo takes a turn at the microphone with a synth-driven rendition of the romantic track for the latest installment of ReImagined.

"Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray/ The more I get of you, stranger it feels," Gen Neo sings in the iconic chorus. "And now that your rose is in bloom/ A light hits the gloom on the gray."

Much like Seal, Gen Neo has written the majority of his solo tracks. He also has an extensive list of songwriting credits for K-pop artists like Henry Lau, f(x), Super Junior, Eric Nam, and more.

Gen Neo has continuously released singles since 2023, including "Same Mistakes," "Unless We Try," and "Stay." His most recent track, "KISS&TELL," which dropped on Feb. 23, is a collaboration with fellow Singaporean R&B singer Ethan Low.

Press play on the video above to hear Gen Neo's cover of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.

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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."

GRAMMYs/Feb 20, 2024 - 06:00 pm

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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