Jean Root made the new year enjoyable from the outset with her cover version of Rufus and Chaka Khans’ ‘s’80s hit – Ain’t Nobody.
American Funk star Rufus gave Ain’t Nobody one of the most recognisable intro notes in the genre, while Chaka Khan is at her soulful best. The lyrics were instantly memorable, and the chorus hook made for an unforgettable original – listed in the top 500 tracks of all time.
Explaining the inspiration for her version Jean said –
“I grew up singing songs by soul queens like Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Whitney Houston. Therefore, it feels very big for me to commit to a song of this caliber, because it creates certain expectations. My focus has been to make a version that feels very ‘me'”
Listeners will hear that the significance of the track didn’t phase her and releases an impeccable, soulful version stripped down with a minimalist arrangement. The song’s now more soothing tempo and echoing guitar chords fully unveils Jean Root’s cotton-soft melodies, which first captured us on her R&B pop single / Thinking. The lyrics float with clarity and deliver an embraceable tribute to love.
An excellent track received an excellent interpretation.