Country: (Video) Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life (Acoustic / Drovers Inn Session) (2018)

This Is the Life” is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald from her 2007 album of the same name. It was released on 20 September 2007 in the United Kingdom, and in April 2008 in most of European countries, becoming a major hit worldwide. It has so far been Macdonald’s most successful single, topping seven music charts and reaching the top ten on nine other charts around the world. Conversely, the song did not match the success of “Mr Rock & Roll” in the United Kingdom, stalling at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 in her native Scotland. The music video consists of pictures of Macdonald and her friends’ night out. (Wikipedia)

POP: (Video) Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack) (2018)

Shallow” is a song from the 2018 film A Star Is Born, performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It is the first single from the film’s soundtrack and was released on September 27, 2018, by Interscope Records. “Shallow” was written by Gaga with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt, and produced by Gaga with Benjamin Rice. It is heard three times in the film, most prominently during a sequence when Cooper’s character Jackson Maine invites Gaga’s character Ally to perform it onstage with him. The scene was filmed at Greek Theater in Los Angeles. (Wikipedia)

POP: (Video) Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up (Cover) (2009)

You Raise Me Up” is a song originally composed by Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden’s Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. After the song was performed early in 2002 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, who popularized the song in 2003; his rendition became a hit in the United States. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the UK two years later. (Source: Wikipedia)

Original version by ‘Secret Garden’

POP: (Video) Céline Dion – Ashes (Deadpool 2 – Soundtrack) (2018)

Deadpool 2 is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, and Stefan Kapičić. In Deadpool 2, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable. (Wikipedia)

Official Trailer of ‘Deadpool 2’:

Jazz: (Video) Postmodern Jukebox – Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio Cover) (ft. Robyn Adele Anderson) (2015)

Gangsta’s Paradise” is a song by American rapper Coolio, featuring singer L.V. The song was released on Coolio’s album of the same name, as well as the soundtrack for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. It samples the chorus and instrumentation of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise“. (Wikipedia)

Original version of the song:

Jazz: (Video) Postmodern Jukebox – Say Something (Live Cover) (ft. Hudson Thames) (2014)

Postmodern Jukebox, also widely known by the acronym PMJ, is a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. Postmodern Jukebox has amassed over 912 million YouTube views and 3.2 million subscribers. (Wikipedia)

Crossover: Brooklyn Duo – Say Something (Cello & Piano Cover) (ft. Cicely Parnas) (2018)

Founded in 2014, Brooklyn Duo has quickly established itself as one of today’s most successful classical crossover ensembles. Through its creative arrangements and live video performances, the piano and cello duo has garnered a huge following, with over 500,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 150 million streams annually on platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio.

Members Marnie and Patrick Laird met while attending the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine in 2006 and were married in 2012. Both worked as professional musicians after graduating from the Juilliard and Eastman schools of music, respectively; Patrick as a founding member of popular cello rock band, Break of Reality, and Marnie as principal pianist of the New World Symphony in Miami. In 2014, on a whim, the couple arranged and recorded two pop covers (Shakira’s “Empire” and John Legend’s “All of Me”) and released them on YouTube. Shakira noticed the duo’s cover of Empire and promoted it to her 130  million-plus fan base, saying: “We’re loving Brooklyn Duo’s piano/cello cover of #Empire! Great work guys.” The boost that resulted from that exposure and the positive response they were getting on YouTube encouraged the couple to continue creating videos. More on their website.

The original version of the song by Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World:

POP: (Video) Boyce Avenue – Unchained Melody (Acoustic Cover) (2018)

Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained (1955), hence the song title. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. It has since become a standard and one of the most often recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. According to the song’s publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of “Unchained Melody” have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages. (Wikipedia)

Boyce Avenue is an American rock band formed in Sarasota, Florida, by brothers Alejandro Luis Manzano, Daniel Enrique Manzano, and Fabian Rafael Manzano. The brothers attended Pine View School in Osprey, Florida. The band is named after a combination of two streets the brothers lived on as children. (Wikipedia)

The version of Righteous Brothers was released in 1965, as part of the album ‘Just Once in My Life’: