Friday, April 8, 2011

American Idol's Sexy Beast Casey Abrams Wonders "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" on the Top 9 Show

American Idol Season 10's Dark Horse/Sexy Beast gives a soulful performance of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. For the Top 9 Show, Idol contestants took on songs from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" was written by lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty.

For Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Week, American Idol finalists had the help of an all-star cast of celebrity mentors, including of the Black Eyed Peas, who helped the contestants with their song choices and gave production/arrangement advice, and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani who acted as stylist with clothes from her L.A.M.B. line.

Casey Abrams originally planned to sing "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" by The Police, but producer Jimmy Iovine thought Casey and's 'collaboration' sounded a little too Rumba/Vegas/loungy. At the last minute, Casey choose "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Casey's onstage, looking cool and calm, with his bass. ("My name's Casey, and I play the Bass-y!") Casey has really toned things down since his 'Save'. The rasp and cool growl are still there, but he's kept the theatrics to a minimum, letting his voice shine throw without distraction! The crowd has really warmed to Casey, probably because he's so real. All the judges loved it! Randy Jackson gave Casey a great compliment. "You definitely made CCR proud. You did well justice to that song. You've now made the upright base cool. This is revolutionary! I'm lovin' it!" Steven Tyler joked, "I think you oughta put some wheels on that and ride that thing around town. You're not just a singer, you're a true musician. Every time you sing you bring something different. (You're) the full package." Jennifer Lopez praised, "That’s exactly where you belong, with your bass. I’m paying top dollar to be in the front row."

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