Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Tracy Chapman: Honour Yatie Nasir Give Me One Reason

It's a wow factor when I first heard her sing. Published exactly a year this Smule video by YATIE NASIR is one of the best blues renditions of the Tracy Chapman favourite, Give Me One Reason.

A powerful voice indeed, but Ms Yatie received 1,500+ viewers to date. I had expected something different when I first watched her, but man is she good. 

The video is a little short though but her rendition is gutsy and from the heart. And very bluesy. Wow!!! She should enter a talent quest.

Thank you Yatie. 

Not much about Yatie on her YouTube post but her connection is below. Thanks also to Jimmy Chng from The Decibels and Smule video for the introduction.

And, BTW, check Comments below. Lots of them about Yatie.

So to all blues fans...

Connection:

Chapman wrote this song in the late 80's but only had it released officially in 1996. It had won many awards including a Grammy and reached number 3 on the Hot US 100 charts. 

Found in her album New Beginning, this song was included. The album sold 3.8 million copies, her biggest selling recording since 1991. Some artistes had covered it, including Eric Clapton, Junior Wells and Kelly Clarkson.
Tracy Chapman
Video and Images: Google and YouTube.
Information: Wikipedia: Tracy Chapman.

36 comments:

TAN SOO KHOON said...

Wow! What a powerful voice. Good diction. Cannot imagine this is an Asian voice.

JIMMY CHNG (LEAD 'THE DECIBELS' POP BAND) said...

I'm no blues fan but she really got my ears glued to her wonderful rendition.

Oh, a friend of mine sent this to me. And according to him, she sells Assam Pedas in Melaka.

JOEY KOH said...

Awesome! Powerful voice.

JP said...

Sorry, I don't appreciate blues n I never got connected With Tracy Capan's kind of music.

HORACE WEE (GUITAR LEGEND, PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN) said...

OK. Won't rave about it. Detect a Malay accent here and there and slurring of words. Guess I disagree with the good diction comment on the blog.

YEN CHOW said...

Her vocal is power. She's got that jazzy voice.

I have yet to hear the whole song. So unable to tell if she's able to portray the whole piece well enough because a song like that with similar lyrics is very hard to sing well since it needs to be expressed with different emotions.

Just my humble thought.

RICKIE CHNG (LEAD GUITARIST SILVER STRINGS GUITAR GROUP said...

Frankly, she has got a powerful voice and I have just heard a little to know she is good.
Yes, agree, she has the potential to be a good singer.

JYeo said...

Difficult to judge based on one song and with possible miming using another person's voice. Need to hear in person live to consider her singing.

SUNNY WEE said...

Fantastic voice. That's a reality check. Don't judge a book by its cover.

HAPPY TAY (BC CANADA) said...

Not bad, not bad.

JALANI MOHAMED (PIANIST) said...

She is good.

DANNY BOY (ORIGINAL PERCUSSIONIST: SILVER STRINGS) said...

Good

TP TAN said...

Don't fancy much.

PETER CHUA (VOCALIST/TALENTIME WINNER 70'S) said...

Good

AUDIE NG (SILVER STRINGS, LEADER, BASSIST) said...

I fully agree with Rickie that she has a good voice. Just my opinion.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks for all your comments above as they came fast after publication. Shows how much interest this video has raised.

My question was, "What do you think of her singing?" and got straight answers about her singing style and voice.

Appreciate the immediate responses.

RONNIE SEE (LEADER OF 'THE BURNS') said...

Very good singer. Can very well match up to any big names.

SWEE LENG (LECTURER TERTIARY ED) said...

Wow, what a powerful voice. Andy, I don't know anything about music, so this is the opinion of an untutored person.

If one doesn't look at the video, one wouldn't know the singer is Asian. A Bit of difficulty catching certain words but pretty clear diction on the whole.

I will say pretty impressive. Having not heard the original or know the lyrics of the song, cannot tell if emotion-wise, whether well conveyed or not.

What is your critique?

SPYeo said...

Sorry at the outset I'm a music layman. This is how I feel about it... For an Asian singer, she is very good. Agreed. She possesses very powerful vocal cords. Her diction is excellent.

You know, when I first listened closely to the original singer, Tracy Chapman, honest I couldn't figure out "the real reason."

But when I listened to Yatie crooning out the song, wow, the pronunciation of the lyrics were so crystal clear that I could practically comprehend the son without much ado.

I really don't know. But for someone to be able to enjoy your singing, he/she must first know your words unless he/she has the song sheet in front. No comprehension, no enjoyment, so no appreciation. That's how I feel about any song.

So to me, diction is the prelude to appreciation.

Sorry, a layman mumbling. Hahaha.

MATTHEW TAN (MATTHEW AND THE MANDARINS) said...

Good but sometimes it takes more than a good voice in this business. Looks, knowing the right people, be at the right place. It's also a package thing.

This genre is not the most popular too.

MARK (TSL) said...

Plus: sounds like TC, good vocal range.
Minus: no showmanship at all.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

This post has kept me busy all day. The comments are just pouring in. So again thanks very much to all friends and readers who responded.

Hopefully, MS YATIE NASIR will get her chance one day to be recognised for the fabulous voice she has.

She has recorded others songs on YouTube so do visit her site. The connection is below the posting.

OLIVER B. (PERCUSSIONIST/ SCHOOL PRINCIPAL) said...

She should stop selling Assam Pedas and get into show business: Powerful voice with good bluesy intonation.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Let's hope her future will be PEDAS (hot) and not ASSAM (sour). Thanks Oliver for the cute response and remark.

Meanwhile, we wish YATIE all the best.

Anonymous said...

Good effort, Yatie! Strong singing voice and talented, too. Hope you will soon audition yourself for talentime shows.

MERLIN LIM (FORMER 'SILVER STRINGS' RHYTHM GUITARIST) said...

Andy,
Yatie Nasir has a powerful voice. She needs a little coaching on how to express the lyrics to feelings. The echo is a little heavy, I feel.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks, Merlin and Anonymous.

Hopefully, Yatie will read your comments and accept that she has a good voice and talent. For me, I think she has confidence too.

VICTOR WOO (THE TRAILERS, LEAD GUITARIST) said...

Uncanny blues crusader.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Man, Victor, love your adjectival phrase.
Thanks for the reply.

FACEBOOK said...

Wow..pretty powerful vocals.

(Thanks to Mr LIM KUAN MIN for sharing this post on FACEBOOK.)

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks, younger brother. I thought you would approve. And VICTOR too. Thank you. Simon Cowell should come over soon. But this lady's from Malaysia if you read the comments. Hope she gets noticed.

MICHAEL LEE FB said...

Hi Andy hope I don't sound like a repeating gramophone record. I have always said - If you got talent you got it and can do incredible things. This lady can give any American blues singer a good challenge. Cheerio.

ZAINAL ABIDIN (BASSIST THE DUKES) said...

you should be her manager

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks so much, guys. And Michael, thank you for being so forthright with your comment. Also Jalani, thanks. Zainal, I can't even manage myself. :-)

Again, thank you all for the very positive comments.

I must thank Ms Yatie Nasir for her very promising performance.

JALANI MOHAMED (PIANIST) said...

She has a strong voice🖒🖒🖒

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