First, a little unfinished business…
Last week, as you might remember, I threw five songs named “Evil Woman” at you and asked you to pick your favorite. Only the first three got any votes, which basically tokld me don’t make these battles any more than three songs. The results:
Spooky Tooth: 3
Congratulations to ELO on this decisive victory, and a hearty “well done” to Spooky Tooth (who was actually kind of a surprise) and Crow (which, if I gave myself a vote, would have gotten it). And to The Doobie Brothers and Black Sabbath, what can I say? Sorry, guys.
Now on to the regularly scheduled portion of our program.
This week, we were given the task of playing songs from our favorite American Idol or The Voice pewrformer(s). This put me at a definite disadvantage because I’ve only ever seen one episode of the former and only the ads for the latter, because life is too short. So, I was going to do something completely different, except when I was browsing around, I found a bunch of videos for the British version of Little Big Shots, which precedes the US version by a few years. It’s hosted by Dawn French, who starred in The Vicar Of Dibley and was one of the talking paintings in the Harry Potter movies. She featured a young woman named Sapphire one evening…
Of course, when I heard she had a YouTube channel, I had to find it, and when I did, I knew who I was going to feature today. DuckDuckGo-ing her led me to Famous Birthdays, where I learned she was 16 and that this Little Big Shots appearance was two years ago. Here’s what else they said about her:
- She became the youngest ever to have a #1 song featured on the Beat100.com chart. (I just checked and the page is down for maintenance. I have no idea how long it’s been down: might be a couple of hours or a couple of years.)
- She first gained a following as a singer when she won Kids Got Talent in 2012.
- She was a grand finalist on OpenMicUK 2014 and was the winner of Music For Kids International 2013 broadcast live on RTV in Romania.
- She was the winner of the Ryanseacrest.com best cover of an Ellie Goulding song in 2014.
Let’s get to the tunes…
- “And I Cry” Her first single, recorded in 2013 (she was 10). A song dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. Sapphire says “The lyrics were written by Demelia Denton on the day of the 9/11 event in New York, Demelia [Denton] wrote the words as she watched and listened to the events unfolding, the words flowed as she felt such sadness for the loss and heartache of loved ones. Demelia then approached me this year to sing/produce a melody to her words along with Bret [Sinclair, composer and producer] and Marco [Turrini, string arranger]. I know this song is very special to Demelia and feel honoured to have been given this opportunity.” She doesn’t say she came up with the melody…
- “On My Mind” Recorded in 2015, this is a cover of an Ellie Goulding song (though I’m not sure if this is the one she won the Ryan Seacrest contest with).
- “Sorry Not Sorry” Recorded last year, a cover of Demi Lovato’s song. Her voice is a lot stronger here.
- “Havana” From 2017, a cover of the Camilo Cabello song.
- “…Ready For It?” Sapphire has a younger sister named Skye, a YouTube star in her own right. Here they team up to cover Taylor Swift’s song.
- “Gorgeous” This is from her album Candy 3, from 2017. The whole album (along with a Katy Perry song that ended up in there) is on YouTube as well.
- “Best Part Of Me” A recent (a week ago) cover of Ed Sheeran. Skye shows up here as well.
- “Someone You Loved” Some more acoustic goodness from June of this year. A cover of Lewis Capaldi.
- “Exhale” A cover of Sabrina Carpenter, also from June.
- “On My Way” From April, this cover of a song originally by Alan Walker, Sabrina Carpenter, and Farruko.
What can I say? She’s fantastic, and there’s nowhere but up to go. Follow her on YouTube, Soundcloud and Spotify, visit her website and Instagram (she’s on Twitter and Facebook as well), and someone get this young lady a contract…
That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 22, 2019.