They Have The Range: You Should Hear How These Vocalists Demolish Your Fave Back-In-The-Day Jams
We continue our #NostalgiaMonth celebration by looking at some of the dopest voice singing classic songs courtesy of the popular IG page They Have The Range.
We’re halfway through our #Nostalgia theme here at Okayplayer where we take a look back into the past. Already we have taken deep dives into DMX’s first album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot; the origins of In Living Color with David Peisner; went down hip-hop quotable lane with MSNBC’s Ari Melber; reflected on personal thoughts on Beastie Boys and Asher Roth and spoke with Houston legend Mike Jones about his contributions to making Space City a hip-hop hotbed.
To keep the back-in-the-day vibes going, we wanted to use today’s #ThrowbackThursday as an opportunity to play DJ and showcase some of the best vocalists on the web, singing those oldies-yet-goodies that we all know and love. The idea to do this was inspired by the good folks over at They Have The Range. The popular Instagram page has quickly become a tour de force in just two years—receiving shoutouts from NBA’s Kenny Smith and singers such as Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, and Keke Wyatt. Inspired by those voices who may only be in the background (ex. Jade Novah, Durand Bernarr) or unknown by the larger public (Katlyn Nichol, Kolby Cordell) — They Have The Range is the premiere destination for those who love hearing amazing singer display their vocal prowess.
As an avid follower of the page (and sincere fan of the names mentioned in this piece) — I wanted to share these classic jams we all know and love filtered through the sincerely rich and impressive vocal chords of real singers that you should connect to.
Katyln Nichol has such an amazing voice that she undoubtedly captures attentions whenever she steps in front of a microphone. Here she adds a bit of flavor and oomph to Brandy‘s classic R&B cut, “Brokenhearted”.
You might have to be careful if you take your significant other to Chrystian Lehr performance. As evident with this life-giving rendition of Floetry‘s “Say Yes,” whoever you’re with may just do exactly that once their ears catch his mood-shifting vocals.
Where was Shawn Sounds when I was in school? The way he confidently hits that falsetto and then runs it all the way down to that bass—sheesh—he should have front row seats to Anita Baker‘s farewell tour (or a background vocal spot).
Final Draft might be a work in progress in the eyes of the buying public, but for hardcore fans of sanging — these brothers are on point. Especially since R&B groups are an endangered species in the game, Final Draft is an Atlanta group who put a very fresh spin on a classic Smokey Robinson song.
Remember when you would text someone you were in a relationship with “143” because of Musiq Soulchild? Well, thanks to Randall Devon and his golden vocals lacing the Philly crooner’s “Love,” we are still giddy with that feeling even though the one we’re with broke our hearts and left us for a ballplayer.
Jade Novah has been melting faces and hearts with her stellar voice since forever. As former background singer for your faves (see: Rihanna) — it’s about damn time for this super-novah to have her rise to the top while we enjoy her solo stylings over Mya‘s “Fallen”.
Willie Spence truly is a gift from God. His rendition of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” went viral, being seen all over the socials, and commented on by some of the finest in the game. A raw, powerful, yet controlled style — Willie demonstrated why he’s truly a diamond in the sky.
Soon As I Get Home
Let’s just say that when Faith Evans came out with this song it resonated with a lot of lovelorn people. It has since got an extra level of oomph with @_iamtxs supremely smooth voice. It was so good that I just played it in the office and now people are grooving like it was the original version. Is it because “Soon As I Get Home” is so good, or is the power of the voice just that impactful?
Katlyn is so nice, we had to put her in twice. The extremely talented vocalist flexes her skills over this Lauryn Hill classic, which, in our opinion, is good enough to be performed on a stage or two here in New York City. What do you think?
I just want you all to listen to @rolynnethefirst’s tone. Her voice is so calm yet very powerful. Her voice has its own melody and it’s like a first sip of lemonade on a 90 degree day. The run and riffs are great but it’s good to hear some ppl just sing a song and take it home when they need to and @rolynnethefirst does just that! #theyhavetherange
My only gripe is that Rolynné Anderson should have more followers than she does. To add on to the comments that They Have The Range shared, Rolynné is showcasing the intelligence that goes into singing. Plus, not everyone can sing better than the song’s originator, Stevie Wonder, and it’s remake master, Luther Vandross. For Rolynné to get busy like this she needs a larger platform especially if she’s down with Musiq and his crew.
What do you think of these singers and their respective styles? Share your favorites with us @Okayplayer on Twitter.