Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Rachel Brown
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:38:38
NYC based singer-songwriter Rachel Brown had the chutzpah to cover Rihanna's aching ballad "Stay." Well, so did Vin Diesel, but his sucked a sack. We don't care if the latest Fast & Furious film made a gajillion dollars. He can't sing. Anyway, Brown's version is mez-muh-riz-ing! We fell in love with it, thanks to her ethereal, sorta-like-Flo-Welch voice. That's why we invited her into the Take Aim lounge for a chat. Anyone who can take on Rihanna can surely take on...us! She has an open invite for our column.
Brown, who has Ethiopian, Bermudian and Southern roots, fuses pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country, hip-hop and world sounds into an original and captivating groove. She has no formal training, which is even more impressive.
She collaborated with rock-jazz pianist ELEW for this cover, which will blow you out of your seat.
Watch her RiRi cover below, then find out all you need to know via Take Aim. Find out how whiskey helped her with her vocals, too!
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Bermudian-Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter from NYC with an eclectic band that represents countries including Haiti, Mali, and Brazil.
If you were not doing music, you would be...
Filmmaking while I daydreamed about making music.
Any non-music hobbies, skills or talents?
Music used to be my hobby, but then it became my 24/7 life. But otherwise, I enjoy writing and making art, and my degree is in filmmaking.
Pick ONE of your songs and put us in the moment, share a writing or recording story, something we'd only know since you told us!
When we did the vocal track for "Your Little Act," I needed to have a little attitude in my voice, but it wasn't coming across. So the producer and I poured a little whiskey and gave it another try. It did the trick!
Why did you pick Rihanna's "Stay" as a song to cover?
I just think it's such an incredibly moving song, and ELEW and I had talked about working together for a while. When I realized I couldn't pull it off with my guitar, a light bulb went off and the whole thing came together.
What did you think of the amazing Rachel Brown and her cover of Rihanna's "Stay?"