As promised, here are more black singers covering songs made famous by white artists:
1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Tamara Wellons
Tamara Wellons is from my old stomping grounds... Prince George’s County, Maryland. Go on, girl!
2. “Sledgehammer” – Maiysha
Maiysha – from Brooklyn by way of Minneapolis (or maybe it’s the other way around) – is nominated for a Grammy for her debut single, “Wanna Be.”
3. “What I Am” – Sy Smith
Howard University graduate Sy Smith makes her main living these days as a background vocalist on “American Idol.”
4. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Alana Davis
Native New Yorker Alana Davis is a daughter of the late Walter Davis, Jr., a jazz pianist who recorded with the likes of Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey.