Video premiere: Former Voice UK runner-up Jolan with 'Wishing Well'
The Voice UK returns next year and has famously moved from BBC to ITV with a panel of old and new faces that includes Tom Jones, Will I Am, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale from Bush. This has obviously led to fans of the show asking themselves the question "but what about the old contestants?". Well we can't be sure what most of the previous hopefuls are doing, but we do know that Jolan has unveiled his new four-track EP, Parallel. It includes cover versions of an eclectic range of artists past and present: Beyoncé, Prince, The 1975 and Terence Trent D’Arby.
Parallel opens with an upbeat cover of Terence Trent D’Arby’s ‘Wishing Well’. Previously sung by Jolan at his Voice UK blind audition, his delivery of ‘Wishing Well’ received a standing ovation. Meanwhile, his stripped-down rendition of The 1975’s single ‘Somebody Else’ includes a stirring vocal performance from The Voice runner-up. The EP takes a soulful turn with a compelling cover of Beyoncé’s single ‘XO’ which is filled with soft piano melodies and guitar hooks. Finally, the EP closes with Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ – Jolan’s chosen song to perform in the live semi-final of The Voice. A huge fan of the legendary hit-maker, Jolan’s emotional delivery and powerful vocals fill his version of the hit song, complementing Prince’s original and bringing ‘Parallel’ to an outstanding finish.
“Prince has been the one main musical inspiration in my life. Be it his musicianship, lyrics, showmanship, so many things. He was one of the very few who knew how to be timeless and knew how to write hit after hit. He was and still is the definition of music to me. Everything he wrote was gold.”
For anymore news on his upcoming album next year visit Jolan's Facebook, but in the meantime you can buy the EP here and check out the official acoustic video for 'Wishing Well'.