May 12 — Singer Jessie Wagner is taking on one of Solomon Burke’s biggest hits for her latest single.
Wagner premiered her cover of Burke’s hit 1962 single, ‘Cry To Me’ Friday. Originally written by Bert Berns, it has gone on to be performed and recorded countless times by well-known artists, such as Kelly Clarkson, Sir Tom Jones, and Marc Broussard just to name a few familiar performers who have taken on the song.
Wagner’s take on the timeless soul song stays true to its source material, making only the slightest change from the original song, with the use of a saxophone line as its base in place of the guitar line used as the arrangement’s base in the original composition. Another subtle change made in Wagner’s rendition is that it steps up the song’s tempo ever so slightly. The marimba used as an added accent in the original is also omitted in the update from Wagner. Other than those few subtle changes, the song largely sticks to the original, with the soul in Wagner’s voice just as rich as that in Burke’s performance of the song. Even the art used for her take of the song pays tribute to the art used for the original single, showing just how much respect Wagner has for the original composition.
According to Wagner herself, her love for ‘Cry To Me’ was the result of having watched the classic romantic drama Dirty Dancing many years ago.
“Ever since I saw Patrick Swayze gently sway Jennifer Grey in his beautifully sculpted arms to Solomon Burke’s “Cry To Me,” I was immediately obsessed with this sensual song,” Wagner said. “It continues to be one of my favorites, and I am ecstatic to release my take on this sexy classic.”
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