I think it’s safe to say that Donald Glover a.k.a Childish Gambino is having the best year ever. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series. His album “Awaken, My Love!” debuted at #1 on the R&B charts. And he is currently staring in the Han Solo Star Wars spin off movie as Lando Calrissian.
Then on Saturday he informally announced that he is retiring from music. Wait, what?!
I guess it’s hard keeping up with an alter ego especially when you are an actor. I bet he has a lot of existential conversations in the mirror.
During their set at BBC Radio, DJ duo Snakehips and Danish singer MØ gave a sultry performance of Redbone by Childish Gambino. This cover is pretty true to the original, but MØ’s raspy voice adds to the sensuality of this song.
They take the tempo up just a notch so it feels more like a 90s teen love song than a 70s baby-making jam. Cute.
BONUS LINK: Watch producer Ludwig Göransson break down the creation of “Redbone”.
Happy Friday, folks! Today I am featuring the Jill Scott classic “He Loves Me” covered by beautiful singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas.
This was actually the first song ever I heard from Lianne La Havas. As you might guess, I was immediately hooked because she is so talented!
Of course, Jill Scott is the duchess of modern R&B. Like many people, I consider her album Who is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 to be a staple on any R&B playlist.
In this clip from the French music channel Le Live, Lianne is in her element – just a girl with her guitar, happily singing one of her favorite songs. I wish the quality of the recording was better. She does another version for Billboard, but it’s all filled with marketing clips and other nonsense so we’ll stick with this clip.
If Lianne had been around when I was in middle school, I probably would have kept up practicing the guitar that I begged by parents to buy. #inspired
For my first cover song, I thought I’d take you to church. This is a super soulful rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity” covered by season 14 American Idol finalist Clark Beckham and one of the most striking vocalist I’ve heard in a long time, YEBBA aka Abbey Smith.
In this song, written by everyone’s favorite ex-boyfriend, Clark and YEBBA harmonize like fresh bread and warm honey butter.
Clark certainly holds his own but it’s YEBBA who really brings it to the next level. She has such killer pipes that breathe new life into an otherwise pretty depressing song.
I think we will hear a lot more from her in the future. In February this year, I spotted YEBBA and her buddies, Thirdstory (more on them later) singing backup for Chance the Rapper’s “Same Drugs” on SNL. She totally brought down the house.
So first, listen to this cover, repent and then check out that SNL performance before SNL takes it down because they stink. Ciao!