It doesn’t get any better than this. Two of my favorite current R&B singers taking on my favorite R&B singer of all-time. Since Whitney Houston’s untimely death, I’ve heard a few covers ranging from Chris Cornell’s cover of “I’ll Always Love You” to Jennifer Hudson’s moving tribute at the Grammys. All of them have been great, but I have to say Robin Thicke’s is pretty darn amazing.
It seems Thicke’s recent run-in with the law for marijuana possession hasn’t stopped him from heading to the recording studio. The soulful crooner uses his sensual vocals on Whitney’s classic “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)“. His version transforms Whit’s classic into a sexy track worthy for some down and dirty fun in the bedroom. Love the stripped down arrangement showcasing Robin’s fantastic voice.
While note as vocally perfect as Robin, but still noteworthy is Kelly Rowland’s Houston cover. Over the weekend, the “Motivation” singer performed “The Greatest Love of All” in Las Vegas for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. For some this might sound strange, but the song, originally recorded by George Benson, was actually part of the soundtrack for a 1977 Ali biopic “The Greatest“. It wasn’t til Whitney’s version that made “The Greatest Love Of All” into a major pop hit. Stevie Wonder who attended and performed at Whitney’s funeral managed to fly to Vegas to accompany Kelly on her tribute. Check out both covers below.
What did you think? Who’s cover did you like better? Do any of them even come close to Whitney’s greatness? Sound off below.