Scottish singer Emeli Sandé has quickly become a household name across Europe, where most of her singles, including the catchy pop song detailing a faithful lover, “Next to Me”. Nowadays, Sandé’s influence is just now touching down in North America, with several performance spots booked and a best-selling album under her belt. With such international fame, a bevy of covers of the sweet tune should be expected, and there has certainly been no drought of them since Sandé’s founding an international audience. Even on popular American reality competitions such as “American Idol” and “The Voice”, you have seen recent performances of Sandé’s hit 2012 single, including but most certainly not limited to a stellar performance of the song by the most recent “Idol” winner, Candice Glover, which you can see here.
However, perhaps even more fantastically executed is one of what is perceived to be hundreds if not thousands of covers of the hit song uploaded onto YouTube by many a homegrown musician. Amongst these artists are jazzy singer-songwriter Clara C and aspiring pop artist Kady Z, both of whom have recently come together to perform their duet rendition of “Next to Me”, which you can view here. In the cover, the two’s voices come together and end up complimenting each other perfectly over an extremely impressively-produced instrumental track that is both wildly different and strangely familiar to the original track. All-in-all, these two are very clearly near the top of the YouTube crop, and their cover of Sandé’s sweet love song is evidence of that thesis.
Clara C has especially been able to find her way around the popular video sharing website since her debut on YouTube 4 years ago, having won the first “International Secret Agents” contest which had shot her into the YouTube spotlight. Since her inception as the first ISA winner, she has received over 2 million views on her viral cover of Far East Movement’s “Rocketeer” alone, set to a radically different and beautiful arrangement, and has released two full length albums available on iTunes. By comparison, Kady Z has not been in the game nearly as long as Clara has, and it shows in her comparative view count. However, given her heartfelt renditions of songs like Rihanna’s “Stay”, it is arguable that she will one day reach an audience number more comparable to Clara’s, especially with the support of the Korean-American musician and several others already under her belt.
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