Jessie J took to the stage during The Voice UK’s semi-finals this week, performing an interesting rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay.”
She was joined onstage by contestants Ash Morgan and Matt Henry who both added a soft balance to Jessie J’s overbearing vocals. Undoubtedly Jessie J is a phenomenal vocalist and can do impressive things with her voice but she completely over-sang this song.
The original version of “Stay” is intimate and emotional while this cover was very in-your-face. Neither did she have to belt every word of the song nor did every line of the song need a melisma.
This is one time I’ll say I prefer Rihanna’s vocals. I still love you, Jessie…but not this performance.