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Jasmine van den Bogaerde

… most popularly known as Birdy, gave me chills because of her voice! She’s only 16 years old and a product of a singing competition in UK. Her voice resembles that of Leona Lewis’s but hers is way, way better. Skinny Love and Shelter are two covers featured in the soundtrack of The Vampire Diaries. I did not notice it in the series until my sister downloaded the tracks. You gotta listen to her! She’s a bit creepy, I think but really, really, really good. 🙂

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Every Cover But These…

Being a fan of Adele, I really do not appreciate singers, wanna-be singers or just anyone singing her songs. For me, her music is just untouchable. Amongst hundreds of them covers, here are a few exceptions.

Charlie Puth and Emily Luther singing Someone Like You. The blending of their voices gave me goosies with Emily’s deep voice and Charlie’s husky tone. This is a very bold cover with some notes and phrasing altered. But it paid off. Though it didn’t top Adele’s emotion, their take on it is pretty amazing.

Very seldom does Boyce Avenue produce a bad cover. This one’s very simple. It stick with the original melody with the inclusion of a very soft introduction which, by the way, I love! And the rest is just superb. Can’t say no more.

Janet Devlin from the X Factor UK! It sounds so original, don’t you think? What I love about this home video is her accent. It’s so authentic. Contrary to Adele’s very strong voice, at first I thought she won’t be able to pull this through. But her sweet voice and a little yodeling made a new sound for what seems like the song of the decade.

What Hurts the Most

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out
I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m ok
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ It
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still Harder
Getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do

Not seeing that loving you
That’s what I was trying to do

BEST COVERS [Part 1]

Lately – Stefano Langone (American Idol 10 Top 13)

This Stevie Wonder original leveled up the game for Stefano. I was rooting for him alongside Casey Abrams in the onset of the competition. This rendition is one of the riskiest I have heard. As what J. Lo said, doing a remix of a known ballad is no easy task. And Stefano definitely killed it as the audience grooved with him.

Use Somebody – Pixie Lott

The British accent put some exquisite flavor in this Kings of Leon hit song. Pixie Lott has made her own trademark in this song, almost making it her own.

Rolling in the Deep – Boyce Avenue

Adele is very hard to sing! That’s for sure. Unsurprisingly, Boyce Avenue made a decent cover out of 21’s Rolling in the Deep. The raspy voice of Alejandro puts an edge in this version, making it a little more manly.

I Need You Now – Stefano Langone (American Idol 10 Wildcard Round)

This one gives me goosebumps everytime! This is Stefano’s saving performance as he was picked as one of the Wild Card contestants afterwards. Such a clever choice! This is sung originally by Smokey Norful. His soul has been fully lifted up and touched each and everyone in the audience.

Where the Streets Have No Name – 30 Seconds to Mars

I can’t find a video of this, sad.:( However, audio is awesome. Jared Leto’s take on this U2 original gives me goosebumps with the chorale singing in the background. It’s got a gospel-y feel which makes it impossible for anyone to hate it.

Bad Romance – 30 Seconds to Mars

30 Seconds to Mars sang Lady Gaga! This is like the coolest cover of Bad Romance. The band need not do a lot to this great song as they made it their own. It’s cult-like! Oh, and the drums! Shannon has done a pretty good job!