Michael Jackson covers are a dime a dozen. In the past few months, we’ve already had a cello cover of “Smooth Criminal” (and what could really beat a cello cover by two dueling cellists), a funky cover of “Human Nature” by Bad Rabbits, and an equally amazing country/folk cover of “Billie Jean” by rising duo The Civil Wars. But the world didn’t know what it was missing until California R&B singer Aloe Blacc released his live video cover of “Billie Jean” with a full string section. He manages to channel and capture the spirit of the late great King of Pop and make one of the best and most interesting (and soulful) MJ covers so far this year.
After previously covering the classic tale of “he said, she said” with his band The Grand Scheme, Blacc enlisted a string section for this version to capture the passion of the beloved song. The video of Blacc shows him decked out in a smooth suit, telling the story of the track not just with his silky and remarkable voice, but also with his eyes. The cover gives us a glimpse of an incredibly versatile performer, who looks like he’s capable of plenty of surprises. Aloe Blacc is definitely an artist to watch.
Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)
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