Watch and find out why @TravisGarland totally slays “Earned It” @TheWeeknd


While we are awaiting new music from L.A.-based singer Travis Garland, who made some of my favourite music of 2013 including a #1 on my chart with “Blue Electric Roses”, you must quickly head over to You Tube to check out his LIVE (!!!) cover of The Weeknd’s “Earned It”.  While I’ve been impressed with some recent covers of the song which I’ve learned about, this one is the pièce de résistance.  Travis owns this cover so much that he should be invited to perform a duet with The Weeknd (nevermind frickin’ Kanye West dropping in on The Weeknd’s Coachella set 😛 ).  Travis totally embraces everything that this song is about and of course has that beautiful voice of his to support it.  Absolutely blown away and had to write about it on a moment’s notice.  More please Travis 🙂  Goosebumps AND chills!!

Published in: on April 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Earned It” cover choices: @Simmsofficial and @CodyKarey

SIMMS, “Earned It”

CODY KAREY with MAJESTY, “Earned It”

There are so many viral versions out there and The Weeknd’s “Earned It” (currently #21 on my personal chart) is attracting countless interpreters.  Two solid ones have come my way recently and they’re both well done and different enough to warrant your attention.  You have to keep in mind that this is one tough song!!

British singer Simms (about whom I’ve written previously as Jake Sims) tackles his rendition from a pop/UK soul standpoint and his vocal is strong throughout.  He also goes for a more emotional rendition.  Occasionally I think the vocal is somewhat over-the-top, but overall it hits the marks and should garner him some new fans.

Canadian singer (and current Master Chef competitor!) Cody Karey goes more for a sultry crooner rendition in his video for the song, in collaboration with pop producers Majesty.  It downplays the emotion which detracts somewhat from the sexual desperation of the song.  His rendition is still quite a low key and sexy one nonetheless and highlights the versatility in his voice.

Be sure when listening/watching to keep an open mind – I know The Weeknd has rabid fans who may not care for these covers, but both singers have made fine and challenging choices in presenting “Earned It”. 🙂

Published in: on April 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm  Comments (1)  
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