Leah McFall Does Loving You by Minnie Ripperton

Posted on June 03, 2013

Wow, I hadn’t been that impressed by Will-I-Am’s choice of artists in ‘The Voice’. But when he put through Leah McFall without having to compete for her place and then she show pieced the Minnie Riperton ‘Loving You’ track, I just thought he might have the winner here. What an amazing cover that would make, she took the high notes even higher, I thought at the time, than Minnie did way back in her heyday in 1975, a song I remember well in a year I will never forget. School leaving age is a time that you cement in your memory, a marker year that helps you recall a thing or two in what is generally a blur as the years speed by.

But then I decided to play Minnie Riperton back just to be sure, and to be honest I think she just edges it. I have included her video as well to help you decide who you think really hit the high notes. That doesn’t take it away from Leah though, that performance was top drawer and she justified exactly why she had got the free pass. So now I am looking forward to see what else she can offer in the live finals and also to find out if she is in fact going to go on to win the show. Have a look at the video and see if you hear what heard and whether you think it might just have been a bit special.

All that said winning The Voice this year is not going to be easy for anyone, every one of the coaches has got at least one potential winner and I think they all made a pretty good choice over the free pass. Anyway, time will tell and we will soon be watching the final, so remember you heard it here, Leah McFall to win the voice. Why? Because she has the broadest appeal for the people that vote, she is a pop artist not a country singer, folk singer or a rocker. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those genres, well maybe country is a bit iffy, they just have their own niches and less of a general following. And at the end of the day it is going to votes that carry people through to the final position from here on in and the broader your appeal, the more votes you are likely to get.

No doubt if she gets knocked out next week, I will have to eat humble pie. But even if I do the video is staying published. Because it was, after all, a pretty sensational performance by a pretty impressive performer.

The Power of Love, Gabrielle Aplin’s Version

Posted on January 26, 2013

Gabrielle AplinI love this version of the ‘Power of Love‘ by Gabrielle Aplin, but then I didn’t really have a problem with the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version either. Both of them were pretty good and it goes to show this particular track has legs.

There are quite a few records out there that carry the title ‘The Power of Love’ so things can get a little confusing. Jennifer Rush for example released her version of the song with the same title at around about the same time. Plus she got to number 1 in the UK after appearing on Top of the Pops. So don’t get the two mixed up.

How times change, Gabrielle Aplin’s version of the Power of Love, a Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover, got its boost by being featured in a John Lewis advert. Of course Top of the Pops no longer exists, but the power of television clearly still does, so in December 2012 when this version got to number 1 it was purely and simply as a result of that advert and the way it captured the imagination of the UK. It probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, there will be plenty that think the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version is far superior, but at the end of the day it is down to personal taste. My personal preference is this latest cover by Gabrielle.

The Frankie Goes to Hollywood version was released in 1984 as the 3rd of the singles released from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredom which, if memory serves me correctly, also features the single Relax which caused a bit of a stir back in its time and was I believe banned from being played on the BBC. Don’t think it would cause that much trouble today if re-released, even with the images that accompanied it and got it banned in the first place.