Billy Joel is one of the most famous singer-songwriters of his time. He has a gift of creating unforgettable songs that sell and rank high in charts. With that, it’s not surprising to find a lot of artists covering his music.
One of them is Jared Halley, a popular musician and producer from Ohio. He has a knack for putting together really creative content on YouTube. What he’s done with some of Billy Joel’s classics is not only fun and entertaining – it’s certainly unique!
Instead of 1, Jared covered 19 of Billy Joel’s popular songs with just his voice. And honestly, his medley’s fantastic! He was able to deliver the songs perfectly even without instruments.
In his video, there are actually 5 Jareds, and each of them plays a unique part. The performance starts with “Uptown Girl,” a 1983 hit about a working-class man who’s trying to court a rich uptown woman. It then switches to “You May Be Right,” a song that belonged to Billy Joel’s 1980 album entitled Glass House. It’s one of his best selling hits on the US and Canadian charts.
The third song is “The Longest Time,” a single released in 1984. While the original song featured a bass guitar and snare drum, Jared was able to deliver it flawlessly a cappella style.
Many more songs followed including “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “New York State of Mind,” and “Just The Way You Are.” He also performed “My Life,” “Only The Good Die Young,” “The River of Dreams,” “Big Shot,” and “Honesty.”
If you have a Billy Joel favorite – likely it was wrapped up somewhere in this clever medley sung by five different Jareds!
“Lullabye” was also included in Jared’s list. It was a track on Billy Joel’s 1993 album called River of Dreams. And for Jared’s final song, he sang “Piano Man.” It’s the very first single Billy Joel released in North America. It’s included on his album with the same name. Eventually, the said song became Billy Joel’s signature tune.
“Piano Man” was very special to Billy Joel as it reflected his real-life experiences of working in Los Angeles as a lounge musician. He would play piano at the bar while waiting for a breakthrough in his career.
Jared’s performance is really entertaining and surely one that would make even Billy Joel himself proud. It’s garnered thousands of views and tons of positive comments. People who’ve watched it were truly amazed by his talent and vocal skills.
It’s a performance you don’t want to miss!
Her music videos are gracefully and tastefully done, showing exemplary poise and character from a singer surrounded by influential pop music. Her voice is powerful and impressive, a natural talent that is refreshing to hear.
Connie shot to stardom when she shared her incredible gift on the first series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. That same year, she signed with Rainbow Recording Company and released her debut album that sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
The somewhat shy, timid little girl was described by judge Simon Cowell as “pure magic.” It’s no wonder Simon and the other judges, along with fans, pushed her on to the final round where she finished as runner-up.
Footage of an eight-year-old Connie belting out Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston’s hit song “I Will Always Love You” shows how amazing her voice was at such a tender age. Dressed in a pale pink, modest dress, Connie stood on a glittery circular stage surrounded by blue glass beads hanging down around her.
Behind her are cotton candy-colored lights of blue and pink, shimmering against sheer curtains. Her long hair framed her face, her sharply cut bangs dipped down toward her pretty, big blue eyes.
She tightly clutched the microphone and lost herself in the moment as she poured all of her emotions into the song. For someone so young, she hit all of the high notes with incredible ease.
Her lilting yet strong and steady voice is that of someone so much older. It’s no wonder she’s become such a successful singer.
Connie’s recording of this song was released on April 7, 2009, in the U.S. to much acclaim. She also was fortunate to release popular holiday songs before and after the live performance of this song.
Her YouTube channel features many of her amazing original songs and covers, including Katy Perry’s song “Firework” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” But her rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You” drew even more fans to her site.
After Whitney’s passing, Connie recorded another hit of hers, “Run to You,” as a tribute. That version drew worldwide attention to her talent.
Who knew that, as an adorable little eight-year-old girl singing “I Will Always Love You” live on TV, Connie would one day become the star that she is now. She’s the youngest artist to place on the U.K. album charts and the youngest to release a gold-selling record.
Connie is truly one of a kind with an absolute blessing of a voice!