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Reimagined At Home: Roses & Revolutions Deliver A Haunting, Hushed Version Of Sia's "Chandelier"
Roses & Revolution's Alyssa Coco channels the emotional power of Sia's "Chandelier" with a performance that uses only keyboards and her luminous voice.
As one-half of the indie duo Roses & Revolutions, Alyssa Coco and her bandmate Matt Merritt weave intricate, imaginative folk-pop. But in this solo cover performance, Coco dials into a modern-day classic, performing her rendition of Sia's hit ballad "Chandelier."
In this episode of ReImagined at Home, Coco offers a delicate rendition of the song that springboarded Sia into mainstream musical superstardom in 2014. While less theatrical than the belt-worthy original, Coco's rendition of "Chandelier" captures the drama of the dynamic song. Her voice perfectly charts its plunging vocal acrobatics and pained intimacy, alongside an accompaniment from her Nord Electro 5 semi-weighted waterfall keyboard.
Coco delivers her performance amid a backdrop of twinkling string lights, adding to the enigma and fantasy of the song — the components of "Chandelier" that most closely intersect with her own work as a songwriter.
Roses & Revolutions are big fans of cover songs, and they can do justice to a variety of different musical formats. On their Instagram, Coco and Merritt have recently posted their own renditions of Harry Styles' "Little Freak" and Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough." The pair have also built a loyal following with their original music, and will release their latest EP, Keep A Little Light On, on Sept. 23.
Press play above to watch Coco's mesmerizing cover performance of "Chandelier," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com 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.
Photo: Cara Robbins
Frank Sinatra ReImagined By Milo Greene
Folk/rock band cover GRAMMY winner's classic ballad "Strangers In The Night" and perform three original songs exclusively for GRAMMY.com
Folk/rock band Milo Greene recently performed a cover of Frank Sinatra's classic ballad "Strangers In The Night" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series at Smidi Music in Venice, Calif. Linking GRAMMY history with current music makers, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song and performances of original music.
"Strangers In The Night" is the title track from Sinatra's 1966 album, which earned a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year at the 9th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The song garnered Sinatra GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year and Best Vocal Performance, Male honors. In addition to their adaptation of "Strangers In The Night," Milo Greene performed three original songs from their self-titled debut album — "1957," "Cutty Love" and "Take A Step."
"It doesn't get cooler than Frank Sinatra," said Milo Greene's Robbie Arnett. "['Strangers In The Night' is] a classic song, something that we're all familiar with and something that we all kind of grew up with. I know Frank Sinatra was played a lot in my house growing up so it was an obvious choice and one that we could have a lot of fun with."
Formed in Northern California in 2009, Milo Greene was originally the fictional character used to promote the creative endeavors of college friends and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Arnett, Andrew Heringer and Marlana Sheetz. The band later added bassist Graham Fink and drummer Curtis Marrero and began performing as Milo Greene. They subsequently landed slots on tour with artists such as the Belle Brigade, GRAMMY winners the Civil Wars and Grouplove before releasing a four-song EP, The Hello Sessions, in 2011.
Milo Greene's self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. On April 20 the quintet will release an exclusive 7-inch vinyl single in conjunction with Record Store Day, featuring live performances of "What's The Matter" from Milo Greene and the previously unreleased "Staging Point." Milo Greene will kick off a European tour with Cold War Kids on April 24 before returning to the United States to perform select dates through August.
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."