Wait…WHAT?’s Favorite Cover Songs of 2015

Blame it on American Idol, or even Glee, but I love a well-done cover song. Hearing an artist take on a fellow creative’s song has become one of my favorite things, because it allows the listener to become acquainted with a song in a new way. Take a listen to some of my favorite cover songs from this past year.

Ed Sheeran – “Dirrty” (Christina Aguilera)

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VIDEO: David Cook Covers Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch”

The other night at David Cook’s show in Springfield, MO , he was apparently asked to cover “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks in honor of a couple’s anniversary. Who was the couple? His tour manager Jody and his wife, singer Meredith Brooks! Check out his performance below!

Yeah, so this is pretty much my new favorite cover that I didn’t even know I wanted.

What do y’all think of the new cover song? And what other female singer’s music catalogue should DCook dive into? I’m thinking Liz Phair…

Jackie Gage Covers Neon Trees During Recent Recording Party

Last Friday, I attended singer-songwriter Jackie Gage’s recording party for her upcoming live jazz album at SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery in Downtown San Jose.

I first learned about Jackie this past June at the Left Coast Live 365 event, where she performed with her jazz/rock band, Distant Dice. I was very much impressed with the band’s sound, as well as Jackie’s vocal ability. When I found out about her recording party, I figured it would be a great opportunity to check out Jackie’s solo jazz endeavor.

I had such a great time, and Jackie’s live album is going to be incredible! One of the highlights of her set was a very jazzed up rendition of Neon Trees’ hit song, “Animal.” Take a listen below!

Cool cover, right? I think it’s just fantastic!

I also have to give props to the Mark Arroyo Trio, who kicked off that night’s show. They were fantastic! If you’re in the Bay Area, you definitely should check them out at Left Coast Live on October 8!

Support local Bay Area music & check out the links below!

Jackie Gage: Website, Twitter, Facebook

Mark Arroyo Trio: Facebook

Distant Dice: Website, Twitter, Facebook

The Voice’s Tyler Robinson To Release His Debut Single July 5

Last week after Javier Colon took the title as The Voice, some people claimed that Dia Frampton had been “robbed” of the title. As much as I love Dia’s voice, in my opinion, the only contestant on The Voice this season that was “robbed” of another chance to move on was Tyler Robinson.

After Tyler took on Patrick Thomas during The Voice’s battle rounds, Blake Shelton chose not to take a risk and advanced Patrick to the next round. For me, it was the disappointment of the season, because Tyler stood out as the stronger vocal contestant.

Fear not, Tyler tweeted that he will be releasing his debut original single, “Get Some” tomorrow, July 5! Take a listen to a short clip of “Get Some” below!

“Get Some” was written by Tyler, Joshua Horne (executive producer), and Phen Mas (producer). The track was additionally produced and engineered by Dan Whittemore. The track was mastered by Donny Baker at Studio 22 in Sun Valley, CA.

You can keep up with Tyler Robinson on Twitter!

Don’t forget to go “Get Some” tomorrow!

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Video: Nick Jonas Covers Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory”

Nick Jonas, one-third of the popular Jonas Brothers, performed over the weekend and covered Lady Gaga’s latest hit, “The Edge of Glory.” Check out the video below!

I actually really like this. I wonder if this will kick off a trend of covers for this song a’la Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”? Only time will tell!

Hope everyone’s having a great 4th of July!

Video: Linkin Park Covers Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”

If you were to ask me which artist or band would be least likely to cover Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” I’m pretty sure Linkin Park would have been included on the list. Nevertheless, check out the band’s cover of “Rolling in the Deep” they recorded in Hamburg, Germany.

This is the power of a great and somewhat magical song. Everyone covers it. And hats off to Linkin Park, I think they did a pretty solid job with the song.

Dulling The Magic of “Rolling in the Deep” One Cover at a Time

Late this past Thursday night, the tracks for next week’s Glee episode “Prom Queen” leaked onto the interwebz. Included in next week’s batch of tracks is Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” which is sung by Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff as a duet.

This Glee cover is the latest in a string of “Rolling in the Deep” covers that have hit the web, since the song was released last fall.  One of the issues I have with all the covers of this song is that most of them pale in comparison to the original.

As someone that loves music, I feel like “Rolling in the Deep” could possibly be on it’s way to being played out. The fact that Glee is has now covered it says a lot. And I’m not gonna front, I was excited at first to hear that Glee was taking on the song. I love Lea and Jonathan’s voices together, and I thought the result was going to be this intensely passionate, angsty vocal performance from the two of them. The Glee version actually sounds like a take of the John Legend cover of the song. To be honest, I was expecting more of a rock vibe from them, instead of a gospel vibe.

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‘Idol’ Contestant Luke James: “Third time’s a charm!”

I was browsing the videos at AmericanIdol.com of contestants that have made it through to Hollywood and came across a familiar face from last season, Luke James.

Check out his season nine audition below.

Luke was an early favorite of mine last season, I was super bummed when he didn’t make the Top 24 during “Hollywood Week.” The guy is super talented and I am stoked that he’s back on the show this season. I would really love to see him make at least the semi-finals.

Here is Luke covering Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”

Yeah, another guy with a guitar. I obviously have a type. ;) But, on a serious note, he’s pretty talented, and his voice is really radio friendly. You can see more performance videos of Luke at his YouTube channel.

Check out Luke’s interview with AmericanIdol.com where he talks about why he decided to try out for Idol again!

David Cook Performs at Ronald McDonald House Benefit

David Cook, Ruben Studdard and Melinda Doolittle were all present last night at the Ronald McDonald House Benefit in New York City.

Mike Woods from Fox 40 took video of the three former Idol contestant’s performances, including these three videos of David Cook performing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer,” a Radiohead cover of “High And Dry,” and a mash up of “Heroes” with Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova.”

Check it out!

How awesome is that mash up? It’s done so well, I just love it.

David Cook, I am pleading with you to hurry up and get your sophomore album finished. You’re killin’ me, smalls. I need new music from you. Like yesterday.

I know I am not the only one that feels that way. But, I’ll keep waiting…