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Positive Vibes Only: JP Saxe Delivers A Heartfelt, Stripped-Down Version Of "Hold On To Me"
Canadian singer/songwriter JP Saxe grabs an acoustic guitar and croons "Hold On To Me," his song that puts a clever spin on romance and its titular phrase
Sometimes a guitar and a voice are all it takes to make a performance special — JP Saxe couldn't agree more.
In the latest episode of Positive Vibes Only, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter breaks out his acoustic guitar for a stripped-down rendition of "Hold On To Me," sitting on his couch and taking on the song solo. It's a perfect setup for his soft tone, particularly when he busts out some flawless falsetto toward the song's end.
While the song's verses celebrate the ways a relationship changed him, its pre-chorus and chorus flip the titular expression into a poignant message about getting carried away with love. Yet, Saxe delivers the song in impassioned fashion, even cracking a smile as he croons.
"Hold On To Me" is featured on the deluxe version of Saxe's debut album, Dangerous Levels of Introspection, which he released last November.
Watch JP Saxe's tender performance of "Hold On To Me" above, and check out more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Lakewood Music Perform A Soul-Healing Rendition Of "Decimos Amén"
Revered worship group Lakewood Music perform an ascendant version of "Decimos Amén," a song that stays true to their mission to "extend an open invitation of hope."
The song title "Decimos Amén" translates to "We say amen." That sense of togetherness and solidarity lies at the heart of Lakewood Music, the worship collective who perform "Decimos Amén" in this captivating episode of Positive Vibes Only.
True to their message of spiritual uplift, "Decimos Amén" points its arrow skyward, building with a profound sense of dynamic tension and release. Their stated mission is to "extend an open invitation of hope"; via the universal language of music, Lakewood Music do just that.
As "Decimos Amén" builds and builds, it becomes evermore danceable; a kinetic energy is charged through the ensemble. By the end of the tune, chances are your mind will be cleared, your heart rendered at peace — and most importantly, your spirit connected to a higher purpose.
Watch the heart-strengthening performance above, and keep checking GRAMMY.com every Sunday for new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Cochren & Co. Offer A Supportive Hand In This Healing Performance Of "Be There For You"
Christian worship group Cochren & Co. vow to be a shoulder to lean on with "Be There for You," a track from their second album, 'Running Home.'
It's always hard to watch someone you love go through a difficult time. But as Cochren & Co. remind in "Be There for You," words of support can be the best medicine.
"Days fade in and leave the same/ An endless battle, seems like nothing has changed/ I wish I could tell you when this season will end/ Better days are coming," they sing in the track's chorus.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Cochren & Co. deliver a healing performance of "Be There for You." The collective's front man, Michael Cochren, performs the song alongside six other lively musicians, driving home the message of community and support.
"Be There for You" is a track from Cochren & Co.'s second album, Running Home. The project is about Cochren's return to the arms of God, and is meant to be an encouraging message for anyone who's found themselves losing their spirituality.
"When we go off looking for things in the broken world, we will never find them," Cochren said to the Christian Beat
"Ultimately, we only find what we need when we return to our loving God."
Press play on the video above to watch Cochren & Co.'s inspiring performance of "Be There for You," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Brandee Younger Reimagines The Enchantment Of Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic" In This Instrumental Cover
Using just a harp, Brandee Younger delivers a moving performance of Stevie Wonder's 1976 deep cut "If It's Magic."
Almost 50 years ago, Stevie Wonder graced the world with his critically acclaimed (and Album Of The Year-winning) studio album, Songs in the Key of Life. Beyond notable singles "Isn't She Lovely" and "I Wish" lives "If It's Magic," a song about the unavoidable failure of unprotected love.
"If it's magic/ Then why can't it be everlasting?/ Like the sun that always shines/ Like the poet's endless rhymes/ Like the galaxies in time," Wonder questions in the track's opening verse. "It holds the key to every heart/ Throughout the universe/ It fills you up without a bite/ And quenches every thirst."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, American harpist Brandee Younger performs a soothing, instrumental cover of "If It's Magic." Younger plays the harp from a well-lit room covered in plants, increasing the serene ambiance of the performance.
Last month, Younger released her latest album, Brand New Life. As one of the most prominent Black, female harpists, Younger created Brand New Life as one of her many efforts to highlight the musical contributions of Black women. In 2022, she became the first Black woman to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Instrumental Composition category.
Press play on the video above to watch Brandee Younger's tranquil cover of Stevie Wonder's deep cut "If It's Magic," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Johnny Rez Discovers Contentment Through God In This Performance Of "Preciosa"
On "Preciosa," Cuban worship singer Johnny Rez declares that his only necessity is God's presence — a statement that has become even more meaningful after his battle with addiction.
On "Preciosa," Cuban worship singer Johnny Rez turns his back on earthly desires. Through the presence of God, Rez recognizes he has enough for eternal fulfillment.
"How precious is your presence/ You are everything I need/ Nowhere else I'd rather be," Rez declares in the track's chorus.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Rez performs a version of "Preciosa" that fuses English, Spanish and Portuguese. Rez uses soft, falsetto tonation to evoke a sense of intimacy with God before growing more confident into the song's climax, proudly belting his praises.
As detailed on his website, Rez began his worship journey in 2010 after a battle with addiction that eventually led to a house arrest sentence. Today, he's found freedom and passion within music thanks to his strong relationship with God.
Since then, Rez has cultivated a fertile career in music, appearing on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol' and performing alongside Demi Lovato, Tye Tribbett, and Ricky Martin. Rez released "Preciosa" alongside "Tu Bondad," another proclamation of the strength he's received through his faith.
Press play on the video above to watch Johnny Rez's lighthearted performance of "Preciosa," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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