Recent attempts by Taylor Swift and Britney Spears to sing R&B classics completely backfired on the pop stars, as true fans of the genre simply couldn’t accept the “unseasoned chicken” they tried to peddle in the form of music.
That doesn’t mean, however, that all singers of the Caucasian persuasion can’t handle iconic R&B records. White artists like Teena Marie gained loyal Black followings in their prime for soulful voices that reached beyond color lines.
Here, we’ve counted down five times blue eyed soul actually got it right! Check out these covers below.
Adele is very well-versed in the ways of R&B music, covering classics from greats like Etta James, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, who’s 1968 hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was handled with care by the Grammy winner.
Aretha is one of the most covered artists for good reason, as handling her iconic hits requires an exceptional voice with some serious heart, which American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, has in spades, even as she takes on the challenging record with piano alone.
We admit, most artists who attempt to cover “The Purple One,” quite frankly, fall flat on their faces. British-born vocalist Daley, however, has an exceptional range that allows him to channel the legend with relative ease. You betta hit dem notes!
Tori Kelly has covered several of her favorite R&B and soul artists, but her 2010 rendition of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” is particularly memorable considering her youth and raw talent, as she shares her gift via YouTube before her time in the spotlight.
Like Aretha, Whitney Houston is a favorite of modern vocalists who want to put their talent on full display, with Jesse J being no exception. Check out the songstress as she beautifully takes on the Houston favorite, “I Have Nothing.”