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ReImagined At Home: Sammy Rae Scats Through A Bouncy Rendition Of Billy Joel's "The River Of Dreams"
Using just her voice and a ukulele, the Sammy Rae & The Friends frontwoman breathes fresh new energy into a Billy Joel classic.
Billy Joel put plenty of soul into his 1993 hit "The River of Dreams," but Sammy Rae found a new way to bring the soul out — and did so with just a ukulele and her voice.
In this episode of ReImagined At Home, Rae — the frontwoman of eight-piece group Sammy Rae & The Friends — takes center stage with her uke to deliver a scat-filled cover of Joel's GRAMMY-nominated single. She puts her own spin on the track with undulating vocals, showing off her range as well her jazz sensibilities.
Before the third verse, Rae demonstrates her scatting skills, giving "The River of Dreams" a playful new addition. She's clearly having fun breathing new life into the '90s classic, her head bopping along as her voice bounces and her hands pluck the ukulele.
Rae recorded her Billy Joel cover while on the road with her band, who kicked off their If It All Goes South Tour in Austin on Oct. 1. Though they'll be on the road until Nov. 17, Rae declared in a heartfelt Instagram post that "This is already the tour [of] a lifetime."
See if Sammy Rae & The Friends' are stopping by your city here. In the meantime, watch Rae's reimagination of Billy Joel's "The River of Dreams," and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of ReImagined At Home.
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ReImagined: Nat Myers Offers A Bluesy Rendition Of John Prine's Final Song, "I Remember Everything"
Korean-American blues singer Nat Myers honors John Prine by transforming the late country great's final song into an upbeat, acoustic folk track.
On April 7, 2020, the country world had to say goodbye to beloved icon John Prine. Two months later, his final song was posthumously released, and it was a poignant one: "I Remember Everything," a reflection on a well-lived, well-loved life.
"I remember everything/ Things I can't forget/ The way you turned and smiled on me/ On the night that we first met," Prine sings in the chorus. "And I remember every night, your ocean eyes of blue/ I miss you in the morning light like roses miss the dew."
In this episode of ReImagined, Kentucky native Nat Myers performs a cover of "I Remember Everything." Known for his nimble picking style, the Korean-American singer performs the song on just an acoustic guitar. He remains mostly faithful to Prine's original recording, but increases the tempo for a more folk-inspired sound.
Aside from covers, Myers has a blooming career writing original blues music. On June 23, he will release his newest album, Yellow Peril, via Ease Eye Sound, an independent record label and studio in Nashville, Tennessee, owned and operated by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Press play on the video above to watch Nat Myers' cover of John Prine's "I Remember Everything," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagine.
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ReImagined: Sid Sriram Turns Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" Into A Stirring, Carnatic-Inspired Track
Indian singer Sid Sriram metamorphoses Alanis Morissette's 1998 single "Uninvited" into an evocative, Carnatic track using traditional vocal techniques.
In 1998, Alanis Morissette captured the heart-rending core of the romantic fantasy film City of Angels on the soundtrack's 2x GRAMMY-winning lead single, "Uninvited." Morissette rejects the idea of an unlikely partner, one unable to understand the truth of her reality — much like Meg Ryan's character, who inevitably falls in love with an angel played by Nicolas Cage.
"But you/ You're not allowed/ You're uninvited/ An unfortunate slight," Morissette commands in the chorus. Despite Cage's sacrifice of his angel status to become closer to Ryan, the two never see eye-to-eye, and it ultimately leads to a tragic ending.
Twenty-five years later, Indian singer Sid Sriram transforms this emotive piece into a Carnatic track in this episode of ReImagined. While Morissette is touted for her powerful, belting vocals, Sriram uses traditional Carnatic techniques for a soulful, haunting sound.
Beyond covers, Sriram has a prolific career as a playback singer for Bollywood films. On March 29, he released an original song called "Do the Dance."
This summer, Sriram will join Bon Iver on tour for a string of live shows in the United States, beginning Aug. 5 in Madison, Wisc., and concluding Aug. 12 in Bend, Ore.
Press play on the video above to watch Sid Sriram's rendition of Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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ReImagined: LAVI$H Offers A Soul-Stirring Performance Of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team"
LAVI$H puts his take on Ed Sheeran's emotional breakthrough single "The A Team," refreshed with the alt-R&B singer's haunting falsetto.
Since the start of his career, Zambian-Canadian alt-R&B singer LAVI$H has been commended for his unique fusion of hip-hop, pop, and metal. Now, he's traversing a new genre with a rendition of Ed Sheeran's folk ballad, "The A Team."
In this episode of ReImagined, LAVI$H takes inspiration from the street shots in Sheeran's music video for the song. He performs the cover from an abandoned park, surrounded by graffitied benches, garbage cans and a dim lantern.
While LAVI$H mostly remains faithful to Sheeran's original, acoustic version of "The A Team," he adds his own twist with agile falsetto runs.
2023 has already been a big year for LAVI$H, who made his major label debut on Feb. 24 with "World In My Hands," via Def Jam Records. He released his second single, "We Make Sense," on March 22.
Press play on the video above to watch LAVI$H's take on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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ReImagined: Ambré Delivers A Charming Cover Of D'Angelo's "Really Love"
Emerging R&B singer Ambré puts a feminine twist on D'Angelo's 2014 comeback single, "Really Love," with her airy vocal tone, backed by an intense drum pad and electric guitar.
Almost 10 years ago, D'Angelo valiantly ended his 14-year sabbatical from music with his third studio project, Black Messiah. The confessional album unveils the myriad of tumultuous experiences the neo-soul singer lived through, from existing in society's racial climate and grappling with intimate relationships.
Leading Black Messiah is the GRAMMY-winning track "Really Love," an earnest ode to genuine connection. "When you look at me/ I open up instantly/ I fall in love so quickly/ I'm in really love with you," D'Angelo sings in the chorus.
In this episode of ReImagined, R&B songstress Ambré modernizes the romantic ballad with electronic drum beats and a hypnotic bassline, while simultaneously offering a feminine twist to the track with her airy vocal tone.
Beyond covers, Ambré hosts a rich discography including her most recent single, "I'm Baby" (featuring JVCK James), as well as appearances on the soundtracks for Netflix's Bruised and HBO's Insecure and collaborations with Kehlani and Eric Bellinger. On March 7, Ambré announced the Wild Magnolia Tour, which kicked off on April 6 in Philadelphia and concludes April 30 in Los Angeles.
Press play on the video above to watch Ambré's sweet rendition of "Really Love," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of ReImagined.
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