I decided on a Vocal Magic moment for today and then also realized that the post could equally double as a pre-debut moment. Even though Donghun and Chan recorded this cover of John Legend’s All of Me prior to A.C.E’s debut, it falls decidedly more perfect in the vocal magic category. I am not going to lie, when I first heard it, I was floored. If you are familiar with John Legend’s original, you will know it as a solo song. Let two sing it and it becomes a harmonized masterpiece of grand proportions. I could be exaggerating, but I am mostly likely not. Come have a listen.
How about today we go for a Vocal Magic moment that served as a vocal warm up prior to an actual recording? Instead of breath work, vocal runs or other vocal exercises to prepare the voice to sing, Donghun warms up with Sam Smith’s Too Good at Goodbyes and gives us a lovely vocal magic moment in time.
I don’t even know where to begin. And, we are too early in this countdown for me to have a breakdown. In and of itself, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s Shallow from the A Star is Born OST is an iconic and memorable track. That is, it leaves its mark. But when your K-pop bias steps in and covers it, it becomes all kinds of next level. Paired with the talented Sonnet, I give you a truly Vocal Magic moment with their cover of Shallow.
I have only been a Choice (A.C.E fan) for a little over two years. I am not quite a baby Choice, but I am still relatively new seeing how the group debuted in 2017. Sigh . . . I am always late to the party. Anyway, I learned very quickly that it was easy to be visually captured by this talented quintet, and I don’t mean this in a shallow way. From the get go, I found A.C.E to have an incredibly powerful stage presence. They are very dynamic dancers and early on, I took in many of their power title tracks to get to know them. When I really began to peel back the layers of all of their fantastic and artistic attributes, specifically by listening to their mellower B-sides and covers, that is when I discovered how truly adept they were as singers. They all sing well. But there is something a little extra special (to my ear anyway) in Donghun’s voice. I describe it as an added depth of emotion which can be heard in many of his solo cover pieces like SWJA’s beautiful ballad, 도망가자 (Run With Me).