Press Play At Home: Watch Josh Waters Bare His Heart With A Soothing Performance Of "Cyclone"
R&B singer/songwriter Josh Waters delivers a serene performance of his emotionally vulnerable hit song "Cyclone"
Don't let his calm delivery or the soft background instrumentation fool you — R&B singer/songwriter Josh Waters wears his heart on his sleeve during his performance for Press Play At Home.
"I guess you never meant to hurt me/ And didn't mean to fall in love," Waters sings on "Cyclone," the 24-year-old Mississippi native's biggest hit to date. "And now I'm tossed like a rag doll/ And all of me is just undone."
Waters' smooth vocals paired with lines like "I keep holding on with fleeting faith'' give the track an almost holy feel, an element that may not be a coincidence. "I don't know how I feel about religion, but I know that God is unconditional love; and my music comes directly from that source," Waters explained to Spotify.
Watch Waters’ soulful performance above, and check out past Press Play At Home videos here. Tune into GRAMMY.com every Thursday for new episodes.
Press Play At Home: Watch Dodie Perform A Morning-After Version Of "Four Tequilas Down"
In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, singer/songwriter dodie conjures a bleary last call in a hushed performance of "Four Tequilas Down"
"Four Tequilas Down" is as much a song as it is a memory—a half-remembered one. "Did you make your eyes blur?/So that in the dark, I'd look like her?" dodie, the song's writer and performer, asks. To almost anyone who's engaged in a buzzed rebound, that detail alone should elicit a wince of recognition.
Such is dodie's beyond-her-years mastery of her craft: Over a simple, spare chord progression, she can use an economy of words to twist the knife. "So just hold me like you mean it," dodie sings at the song's end. "We'll pretend because we need it."
In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, watch dodie stretch her songwriting muscles while conjuring a chemically altered Saturday night—and the Sunday morning full of regrets, too.
Check out dodie's hushed-yet-intense performance of "Four Tequilas Down" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Press Play At Home.
Press Play At Home: Francisca Valenzuela Performs Her Courageous Feminist Paean "La Fortaleza"
The outspoken Chilean singer/songwriter Francisca Valenzuela sings of womanhood and will to power
For Francisca Valenzuela, feminism isn't a radical notion, but a self-evident truth. The daughter of two renowned Chilean scientists, she's published muscular, experiential poetry (like her 2000 book, Defenseless Waters, which she published in her early teens) and founded Ruidosa, a festival, platform and community that elevates female voices.
In this episode of Press Play At Home, Valenzuela sings "La Fortaleza," which contains her worldview in microcosm. "Everything that has happened has led me to today," she sings in Spanish. "I look ahead to the horizon and I bury the guilt and leave/I pack a suitcase, take a deep breath and don't look back/Setting sun, rising sun will accompany me."
Check out Francisca Valenzuela's riveting performance of "La Fortaleza" above, and watch other episodes of Press Play At Home.
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Press Play At Home: Aaron Lee Tasjan's Playful Performance Of "Computer Of Love"
"Some advanced technology is eating through my brain," Tasjan laments at the start of the lively folk-rock song
In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan offers a playful yet piercing take on technological dependency in his performance of "Computer of Love."
"Some advanced technology is eating through my brain," Tasjan laments at the start of the lively folk-rock song. Watch his full performance below.
Featured on his forthcoming, genre-bending album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, out Feb. 5, 2021, the song references the disconnection caused by technology and social media and the emotional barriers they create within and between people.
Press Play At Home: Francesco Yates Delivers A Magnetic Performance Of His Aptly Named Single "Jimi"
Toronto-born singer/songwriter Francesco Yates fuses the inspirations of rock legend Jimi Hendrix with his modern take on past R&B pop sounds. For Press Play At Home, Yates channels the classic rock star and guitar hero to deliver an electric performance.
When you name a track after a guitar-slaying rock icon, you set a high bar for the song's quality and its performance. Canadian singer/songwriter Francesco Yates lives up to that standard with his performance of his Jimi Hendrix-inspired single, "Jimi."
Operating somewhere between Hendrix and '90s R&B/pop, the bold forthcoming single allows Yates to show off his diverse skill set. Watch the 26-year-old Toronto native perform the captivating track below in his episode of Press Play At Home.
After being propelled into stardom following his contribution on Robin Schulz's 2015 multi-platinum track "Sugar," Yates earned an opening slot on Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour from 2018 to 2019. Three years later, the multi-instrumentalist has proven he’s more than ready for his own spotlight.
Check out Yates' must-see performance above, and keep track of new episodes of Press Play At Home every Thursday.