5 Cover Songs We’d Like to Hear Sundance Head Sing
Sundance Head won Season 11 of The Voice on Tuesday night (Dec. 13) after a season-long string of killer performances in a huge variety of styles, but there are still any number of popular and country songs that we’d love to hear him cover.
Head is quite unique in that he is able to imbue basically any song that he is singing with a deep soul and communicate the heart of it in a manner that seems natural and effortless, but he also knows how to pick and arrange songs that will allow him to show off his range. That ability was at the heart of his success on the show, whether he was singing Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” covering Otis Redding or even Alicia Keys. Some of Head’s strongest performances on The Voice offered up songs from artists as diverse as Etta James and Tom T. Hall, showing that true talent knows no genre.
In the spirit of those song choices, the list of songs we’d love to hear Sundance Head cover draws from a wide variety of styles, including classic and contemporary country and all the way over into pop. We’ve got classic songs from two of country’s best vocalists, a contemporary country hit that’s swept awards season this year, and two mainstream hits from artists that are among the most influential across all contemporary genres on the list.
Check them all out below, and use the comments section to weigh in on songs you’d like to hear Sundance Head sing.
Jamey Johnson brought a real authenticity back to country radio when he scored a hit with “In Color” in 2008. The CMA and ACM Award-winning Song of the Year has the kind of message Head could really dig into and connect with, and at the same time, he’s capable of taking Johnson’s already formidable growl and expanding it into more chances to exploit his impressive upper range.
“Thinking Out Loud”
We know what you’re thinking: ‘What?! Sundance Head singing Ed Sheeran?!’ But think about it — some of his greatest successes are when he really stretches into another genre, and besides, this isn’t as big a stretch as it seems on the surface. We can easily picture Head singing “Thinking Out Loud,” delivering it in a more gravelly tone than Sheeran and really digging in deep on the bigger parts of the chorus to contrast with accompanying himself simply on acoustic guitar. That kind of dynamic contrast has often been at the heart of his best performances.
“Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man”
This one’s almost too perfect a fit. Head derives from such a blue-collar appeal, and his voice is perfectly suited to a song with this kind of grit and bluster. Travis Tritt‘s working class anthem from 1992 suits Head’s no-nonsense approach to a T, and while Tritt sang the song fairly straight to the melody, there’s plenty of room for improvisation and re-structuring to hit some big high notes in there, too.
“Humble and Kind”
Tim McGraw has a unique knack for finding once-in-a-decade gems, and that’s certainly the case with “Humble and Kind.” The song is one of the most striking in recent years, with a simple, direct and heartfelt message about the importance of being earnest and placing faith in simple things of real value. McGraw sings it straight in an understated performance, but we picture Head re-imagining it in a full-blown gospel arrangement that would blow the roof off of any church with its power, topped off with some climactic high-octane screams from the singer.
“Rolling in the Deep”
Head’s done some of his best work when he reaches outside his comfort zone into pop, and boy, would Adele be a stretch we’d love to hear. Billy Gilman covered Adele more than once during his stint on The Voice, but Head never did, and we’d sure love to hear his rough-and-ready take on “Rolling in the Deep.” The soulful track features the kind of pulsating rhythm track that lends itself to Head’s more aggressive side, and the upper reaches of the chorus would sound great delivered in his bluesy growl.