In my opinion, covering songs is much more difficult than performing an original. Listeners already have their personal memories and prejudices even before listening to the cover song. Therefore, when an artist transforms a cover song, making it sound like an absolutely different track, I think it is nothing short of magic.
Twenty-one-year-old YouTube blogger/singer-songwriter, Daniela Andrade’s beatific but strong voice, and mature and effectual guitar tone are what initially attracts audiences. She has been compared to Cat Power and Nora Jones, and some of her musical influences include Feist and Regina Spektor. She is largely known for her acoustic covers, as well as some originals, on YouTube. Her videos have been viewed more than 17 million times by world-wide audiences, leading to more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 70,000 followers on Facebook.
Daniela has been posting her videos since she was 15 years old. After her discovery of her passion for music, she put a Fuji camera on her father’s desk and started performing and recording six years ago. Currently, she’s entered the CBC Music Searchlight Best New Artist contest. Vote for her here.
“Music is sharing and interacting,” she said son her video blog. She has been making good on her performances. So far, she covered more than 100 different songs – everything from Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, Rihanna’s ‘Stay’, and my favourite track, Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘I Will Follow You Into Dark’. Her Spanish covers with her father are also incredibly adorable.
Most recently, she challenged herself to cover Beyonce’s solo debut single ‘Crazy in Love’, one of the best-selling singles of all time. Lyrics that express Beyonce’s passionate obsession are transmuted to lyrics of a pure first love. As if it was the background music of an indie romantic movie, Andrade’s expressive style leads you to imagine a blooming romance between young two people. It is such a pleasure to hear the differences she draws out in the same song. One listeners commented on her YouTube page: “you made me love a song I could not listen to.” Andrade’s version would make you doubt that it’s actually the same song as Beyonce’s.
Listen to even more of Andrade’s music via her debut EP, titled Things We’ve Said, which has sold more than 4,000 copies in 40 different countries. Visit Last FM to purchase the album.