Author: joehester

Broadcast Journalist in Charlotte, NC, interning for the Kelly McKay Show on 107.9, "The Link".

Dream a Little Dream of Me – Cover by Leo Cagape

Self-described Piano Player/vocalist/Keyboardist/Synth/Tc Helicon user/Youtuber, Leo Cagape, hails from Baltimore, MD. His smooth voice is perfect for this classic oldie. The first thing I thought when I heard this, was “I’d love to hear him sing some Billy Joel”. Well, he didn’t disappoint me. With his rendition of “Honesty”, I listened intently, to every note.…

Meek Mill ft. Drake – Amen Remix

Self-named “PropaneLv”, this week’s winner has some serious lyrical skills. According to his YouTube Channel, “he’s passionate about Music, light skinned women, the Atlanta Hawks, and Tarvaris Jackson”. His musical influence is solely limited to Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing”. And, oddly enough, his covers range anywhere from Justin Beiber to Meek Mill. He also has some original work, to offer; check out “Cool Again”. Why is this guy not on the radio, yet?!

What do you think about this cover? Are you feelin’ it? Drop us a line and tell use how you feel.

Who’s Lovin’ You (Jackson 5 cover) – Emily Elbert

23-year-old Emily Elbert hails from Texas and has been playing guitar, since she was 14. Her music really shows the influences of Antonio Carlos Jobim and James Taylor. She has already played over 500 shows, throughout the U.S. and in 13 countries around the world!

Having opened for artists such as G. Love & Special Sauce, Tuck & Patti, Richie Havens, Kaki King, Joan Osbourne, Ryan Montbleau, Livingston Taylor, and Patty Larkin, one might expect that she would have been signed, by now. But, alas, she is self-releasing all of her albums. Of course, that hasn’t stopped her fame! With over 1.3 million views on her YouTube Channel, it’s apparent that this girl has what it takes!

If you owned a record label, would you sign Emily Elbert?

Glad You Came – The Wanted Cover

When I found this video, I wondered why Megan looked so familiar, until I realized that I recognized her from some of Boyce Avenue’s covers. Btw, if you haven’t experienced Boyce Avenue, you should REEEEEEALLLY check them out:

Boyce Avenue (YouTube Channel)

Anyway, back to Ms. Megan Nicole. I hesitated to listen to female covers of this particular song, because I didn’t think it could cross genders . . . BUT, she proved me wrong!

With songs from Justin Bieber all the way to Lil Wayne, there’s something for everyone, on her channel, so stop by and have a listen. You won’t be disappointed!

Mariah Carey – Vision of Love by Stacy Dudero

Stacy Dudero’s performance of “Vision of Love” would make Mariah proud! While searching for this week’s winner, I found a lot of great covers, but Stacy’s outshines them all! And, if this song isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to check out her channel. From The Carpenters to Bruno Mars, this girl definitely runs the gamut!

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LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (cover by Bruce & Fozoh)

Canada wins again, this week, with Bruce and Fozoh! If this doesn’t make you dance, I don’t know what will! Creativity to the Nth degree! These guys know how to entertain, and they’re multi-lingual, too! Click through to their channel, and check out their Korean love song, “Big Bang”; it is really catchy!  If you love Pop and R&B, this is the place to be, with covers of Usher, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Adele, Drake, Alicia Keys and much more!

“Bring me to Life” – Evanescence Cover

This French Canadian has a phenomenal voice and had me on the edge of my seat, the entire time that I watched this! If you love it, as much as I do, you might want to check out her performance of “My Immortal”. Gave me chills! In fact, I had a difficult time, deciding on which one to feature. Make sure to show her some love, by clicking LIKE, commenting and subscribing. 🙂

Set Fire To The Rain – Adele Cover

With influences like Pink, Esthero, Sade, Hole and Alanis Morissette, “Masha” has a fierce sound! I’m keeping an eye on her page, hoping that she will perform Paramore’s “Brick By Boring Brick”. In the meantime, her rendition of “The Only Exception” will more than suffice. According to her Facebook page, she is working on a debut album with a man named Claude Kelly. To hear them sing, together, visit her YouTube Channel. Oh, and while you’re there, click LIKE on a video or two. 😉

“Babe” – Styx Cover by Mao Raddney Badeo

Mao is an amazing tenor, who performs from his home in the Phillipines. Singing lots of old favorites, he certainly grabbed my attention – one song after another! You’ll be transported in time, with this brilliant cover collection!

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban Cover by James Francis

James Francis, formerly of the performing group, “The Young Americans”, knocks this song out of the park! He had the honor of singing it, as part of an opening act for Restless Hearts, in Pigeon Forge’s annual fourth of July festivities, last year. James has released his first solo album, “Just the Beginning”, which was featured on 105.5 The Mixx. Unfortunately, this video is just a sample, but it’s enough to know that this guy can sing!

“Little Sparrow” – Dolly Parton Cover by Dominique Ventura

What a beautiful voice! It is very difficult to find good covers of Dolly Parton songs, so this was a real treat for me! Dominique Ventura’s accent lends a unique quality to her rendition of “Little Sparrow”. According to her bio, she is part of a group called, “No Degrees of Separation”, which writes professional jingles. If you’re in need of such services, check out their website, at:

Otherwise, hop on over to her YouTube Channel and check out some of her original music.

Krista Nicole – If I Die Young – The Band Perry Acoustic Cover

Introducing Krista Nicole, from the beautiful state of Oregon. She has a real passion, for music, and it shows! On her website (, she explains, “Music is a beautiful thing and it brings people together. I would love to someday be able to share my music with the whole world!” She has already achieved that goal, through her YouTube Channel. And, loves reading the comments that she receives, so please stop by and leave one for her. 🙂

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum Cover by Ali Brustofski & Matthew Jordan

Winner of the 2011 Z100 & State Farm Hometown Hero Contest, Ali Brustofski is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Oakland, NJ She also won the prestigious NY Songwriters Circle “Young Artist Award” in November of 2009. and has been writing and recording original songs and covers ever since.

Matthew Jordan is a keyboard player & singer-songwriter based in southern California. He has already released a full-length album, called “Horizon” (which is now available on iTunes and CDBaby).

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) Live Cover – Enrique Iglesias (Ashley The Shures)

This is Ashley (formerly of “The Shures”). For the longest time, people have suggested that she leave the group, because her talent far exceeds that of her former band mates. But, she remained loyal; that is, until recently. On Valentine’s Day, the band posted this Facebook status: “Ashley is no longer a member of The Shures. She has decided to follow her own path and direction in life. We are all still very much friends.” It will certainly be interesting, to see what she does, now.

Fans can still contact her, through her solo YouTube page.