An example of one degree would be, say, you never listened to Sarah Brightman, or Jumaane Smith, but now do. A two-degree separation might be Jackie to Sarah to Hayley Westerna. Even at two degrees, the list could expand exponentially, but since we already know who Jackie has actually performed with, I think it would be interesting to know if, for example, anyone has become a Lady GaGa fan from watching her duet with Tony Bennett (or simply like that performance, which I think is great and fun to watch).
I'm going to exercise great restraint and only post three videos. As tempting as it is to post a squillion of them, I'll just list some of the other 'Jackie-spin-off' artists afterward:
1. Anna Graceman. This is a "never watched AGT before Jackie" connection, and also a recommendation from a fellow Jackie fan. Anna is a 13-year old (14 in August) singer-songwriter who was a top-ten finalist in Season 6 of AGT. However, she sang only covers on the show, and although I thought she was cute as a bug, I wasn't bowled over by her style until I started watching some of her official videos of her self-penned songs. She's been writing songs and music since she was six, many of which are quite good. But to my taste, she really came came into her own with her latest album.
I'm just going to post one video from her recent 7-week, 48-show run at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. I went to see her with a couple of Jackie fans the day after Jackie's concert, and we all got to meet and chat with her and her dad in the lobby after the show (we left star-struck, she's such a sweet person). The song is called Lexi's Lullaby, which she wrote about her newborn cousin (who appears at the end of the video). It's a beautifully gentle ballad, and quite unlike many of her upbeat and catchy pop-rock songs, but it's just so lovely that I have to share it:
2. Ella Henderson. Ella is a 16-year old top-five(?) finalist of The X-Factor UK, which I started watching after "giving in" to talent shows, post Jackie AGT. Unlike AGT, contestants may perform their own music for their audition (I'm not sure about any of the other rounds). For Ella's audition, she performed an emotional and sad song that she wrote, which stunned the four judges. I was taken aback by her rich, full-bodied voice. She's been compared to Adele, but I have to say that I think people will one day be comparing other singers to Ella. Her first album is expected out soon, but I don't know when exactly; apparently it's in its final stages.
I'll leave it to you to look for her audition if you haven't already heard it. Instead, I'm going to post her rendition of Take Back's Rule the World, performed on X-Factor. The song begins at 01:30, but I think the whole segment is interesting. One of the judges wrote Rule the World, and was stunned by her performance. He told her she sang it "ten times better" than he did:
3. Lara Fabian. As we all likely know, Lara was asked (as I understood one of MikeE's old posts) by David Foster and the Evanchos to write new lyrics for her song (co-written by Walter Afanasieff), Broken Vow, which became Imaginer for Jackie. It's a lovely song for Jackie to sing, and the lyrics to Imaginer are well-suited to her. The original is also a very lovely, but very sad, song. As someone on Jackie's forum said, he hoped Jackie will never have to experience the heartbreak of betrayal. Nor do any of us, but this is what makes Broken Vow such an amazing song—it captures that pain so poignantly. The lyrics to this song are among the most gut-wrenching I've ever heard:
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4. Carly Rose Sonenclar. Carly is 14-years old with a lovely and versatile voice, with a LOT of power behind it. She mainly sings popular covers, and like many young pop singers, has a tendency to throw R&B embellishments into her singing. But on the X-Factor USA, she was praised a time or two for, as one judge put it, "showing restraint" and not adding a lot of "vocal acrobatics." One of my favorite performances was her version of Justin Bieber's (yes, you read right), As Long As You Love Me, which can be found on The X-Factor USA's page.
5. Tony Bennet. I've always loved singers like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet, but until recently, I only had Sinatra in my music collection. I was lucky enough to see Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. in Seattle, but never Tony Bennet. I bought his Duets II CD (for obvious Jackie reasons) and quite like it.
6. Jumaane Smith. DaveM over at JEFC made a couple of videos which play on the excitement of attending Jackie's Cincinnati concert. He used Jumaane's recorded music in both videos, and I thought it was pretty groove-worthy stuff. I'm a new fan.
Lots more, but that's enough...