The perfect cover is both a celebration of an artist’s mastery and a reinvented affair within the lyrical confines. There have been many phenomenal musical re-creations, and I could just as easily put together a star-studded set list of mainstream moguls singing one another’s top tracks.
However, this list is for the ones you haven’t heard. These are the artists that are still hidden within YouTube’s many pages or locked away in the headphones of hipsters. It’s surprising what you can find when you’re blocking out billboards and just browsing the belittled beauties.
Lissie is a folk artist who masters a combination of country and indie rock. She has this amazingly down to earth attitude that is backed up by impressive vocals and a fun collection of covers. She brings a refreshing wave of the way music used to be. Her cover of Lady Gaga gives me chills.
Move over Sophia Grace and Rosie because there is a new adorable duo in town. Lennon and Maisy Stella have covered a handful of famous songs that easily rival the records of their founding artists. This is by far my favorite. They manage to not only demonstrate a shocking vocal maturity given their age, but they also showcase a fun and recyclable accompaniment. At 12 and 8 years old, these youngsters are proof that the best things come in small packages.
Charlie Puth and Emily Luther are a pair of ambitious young singers who were recently recognized and signed by Ellen Degeneres’s record label, Eleven Eleven. Quickly gaining momentum, their videos have gone viral and it’s hard to Google covers without coming across these kids. The two of them also have solo songs and serenades that allow you to connect with them as individuals. This cover of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” gives Mraz and Caillat a run for their money.
The Young Professionals are an Israeli electro pop band that have a fun and futuristic style. They have managed to take Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” to a whole new place. The Young Professionals explore her lyrics for the literal, and abandon its original concept to make room for a new interpretation. Not only is the song catchy and contagious but it inspires a completely different sentiment.
Rita Ora is a London-raised, Yugoslavian-born singer and songwriter with a voice like no other. Through her reinvention of OutKast’s hit “Hey Ya” she gave the lyrics new meaning and a brand new life. All of a sudden the song becomes both deep and reflective. This is one of my favorite covers because she has a diva’s voice that stirs the audience and changes the intention of the track.
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