Music: The Young Professionals Cover Abba’s “S.O.S.”

The Advocate shares the latest from The Young Professionals, an electro-pop duo who are as acclaimed for their original material as they are for covering, remixing and reinventing classic pop tracks.

From their upcoming release Remixes and Covers, this video showcases their take on the ABBA mega-hit “S.O.S.”

The upcoming Remixes and Covers, due July 31, collects some of those remixes and also features TYP’s sharp takes on several songs by artists beloved to the LGBT community such as Abba’s “S.O.S.”

The video for the duo’s rendition, which sounds a lot sexier and slinkier than the bouncy original, features vintage footage of the Swedish quartet and premieres exclusively today with The Advocate.

The duo explains they they were originally asked to cover the song for an Abba tribute album. “Having the opportunity to choose the song from all these amazing songs and being able to create a new production for it and make it our own was great experience,” they tell The Advocate via email, adding, “Of course if we discuss “LGBT” music, ABBA is the corner stone of the genre.”

Matt Zarley & Haviland Stillwell Cover – “Up” (Olly Murs & Demi Lovato)

Matt Zarley continues his “UnCOVERED” series of videos with the very recent “Up” by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato.

Zarley is joined by the gorgeous and uber-talented Haviland Stillwell, who joined him previously on his cover of the Oscar winning “Falling Slowly.”

Fun video. You can see the two have great chemistry and have no problem clowning into each other’s space 🙂

Matt Zarley Covers Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You”

Second in out singer/songwriter Matt Zarley’s “UnCOVERED” series, he takes on Whitney Houston’s last single – “I Look To You” from her album of the same name.

I’m a huge Whitney fan, and loved this song written specifically for Whitney by R Kelly. But while the recording was good, it didn’t soar the way you wanted it to.

The album was meant to be a kind of “comeback” for Whitney to show she still had it, but while the voice was still quite the gift it clearly showed wear and tear by years of abuse.

I remember Whitney appearing on Good Morning America to celebrate the album release, and she performed this song. For the first verse, the cameras were close up on Whitney as she sang live, but once the song got going it was clear the recording’s vocal was dropped in and the cameras switched to long shots to help hide the lip sync. I think she just wasn’t able to handle the song live by that point.

I think the song finds it’s “destiny” in Zarley’s cover here. It builds and takes off the way you really want it to.

This is a lovely tribute to Whitney.

Music: Matt Zarley UnCOVERS Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Award-winning out singer/songwriter Matt Zarley launches a new series of cover songs titled “UnCOVERED.”

Zarley takes requests for songs to strip down and focus the attention on the lyric and melody. Plus, he shares some little known facts about the song being covered.

First up, Sam Smith’s mega-hit “Stay With Me.” About the recording, Zarley admits he had some trepidation:

“I didn’t wanna touch this song because I wasn’t sure what I could contribute…since Sam Smith’s original is pretty flawless.
But this was the most requested tune for this series so it felt obvious.”