ReImagined At Home: Watch Payton Dig Into The Heart Of Outkast's Timeless Track "Hey Ya!"
In the latest episode of ReImagined At Home, watch singer/songwriter payton deliver an arresting performance of Outkast's classic track, "Hey Ya!"
Outkast's "Hey Ya!" has been a perennial turn-up song for so long that it might be difficult to imagine it any other way.
But when it's stripped to its bare essentials — just piano, vocals and layers of drones — the classic track reveals itself as not just a throwback jam, but a breathtakingly elegant composition.
In the below video, rising singer/songwriter payton (who has already made waves as one of TikTok’s many viral teen creators) transforms the GRAMMY-winning song into a tender ballad.
Ensconced in a rustic, mood-lit room, payton and his accompanying pianist don't flip "Hey Ya!" on its head, but get to the essence of what it truly is: a pop song with melodic integrity and emotional import.
In the newest episode of ReImagined At Home, watch payton deliver an arresting performance of the six-time GRAMMY-winning duo's signature song.
Immerse yourself in the above video and check below 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.
ReImagined At Home: Monsieur Periné Perform Enchanting Cover Of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"
In the latest episode of the ReImagined At Home cover series, Colombian band Monsieur Periné perform a gorgeous rendition of Coldplay's 2008 GRAMMY-winning song, "Viva La Vida"
In the latest episode of the ReImagined At Home cover series, Colombian band Monsieur Periné perform a gorgeous, moving interpretation of Coldplay's 2008 GRAMMY-winning song, "Viva La Vida," complete with a string section and a wooden flute.
The beautifully filmed performance ends on a powerful note, with the band holding signs that read, in Spanish, "We're not born for war," "Art over bullets," "I'm a flag of liberty," and other bold statements.
Watch Monsieur Periné's moving performance of "Viva La Vida" in full below.
"Viva La Vida," a track off Coldplay's 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, won the GRAMMY for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009; the album itself won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Album that same year.
Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra
ReImagined At Home: Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra Performs Gustav Holst's "Mercury, The Winged Messenger"
The century-old movement from Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' suite gets a socially distanced big-band makeover from the Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra
For most, Gustav Holst's omnipresent The Planets suite generally evokes celestial-scaled grandiosity, not hip, toe-tapping jazz.
In that regard, bandleader Jeremy Levy is the outlier. His 2020 album, The Planets: Reimagined, seamlessly transmutes the music of the spheres into America's Music.
And for his effort, Levy scooped up a GRAMMY nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for "Uranus: The Magician," featured on The Planets: Reimagined, at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show.
For this edition of ReImagined At Home, watch Jeremy Levy and his orchestra hip up Holst's "Mercury" while socially distanced, bringing new meaning to the phrase "jazz messenger."
ReImagined At Home: G. Love Performs A Joyous Version Of Brittany Howard's "Stay High"
In the latest episode of ReImagined At Home, G. Love (of Special Sauce fame) performs a soulful version of Brittany Howard's "Stay High," which won the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Rock Song
G. Love and Brittany Howard are rarely mentioned in the same breath, but they've contributed to American roots music in similar ways. While G. Love did so via his Philly junkyard-rap-blues aesthetic, Howard carved her place in the canon as part of the rock-and-soul band, Alabama Shakes.
Love and Howard now converge in the latest episode of ReImagined At Home. Under a clear blue sky, G. Love joyfully strums and wails Howard's hit, "Stay High," which won the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Rock Song. (It was also nominated for Best Rock Performance; in total, Howard has won five GRAMMYs and counts 16 total nominations.)
Watch the soulful and charmingly scrappy performance above and click here to enjoy more episodes of ReImagined At Home. Will Howard return the favor with a cover of "This Ain't Livin'" or "Milk and Cereal"? If so, GRAMMY.com will be here for it.