That is songstress supreme Carrie Manolakos (the vowels go a-o-a-o). Our friend Carrie here has a system:
1) Start softly
2) Getgraduallylouder then KILLYOUWITHAWESOME
3) End it with a gentle “it’s not you, it’s me” so we can cope with what just happened…AND YOU SHOULD BE ALL OVER THIS.
Let’s go take a listen!
3. 1. Start with what we know.
Can you even believe that? Do you believe what you just heard? If not, GET ON THE REALITY TRAIN, WE’VE JUST LEFT THE STATION AND THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO.
4. 2. Cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
Mmm. Can I get a hallelujah up in here? Carrie?…HALLELUJAH.
5. 3. One more of her belting covers then we’ll get to the good stuff: Mumford and Son’s The Cave
Clearly she’s got belting down to a science. Let’s see what else she’s got…
6. 4. So let’s take those awesome high notes and throw in an insane run. Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You
The “oh my God” at the beginning of the video is setting you up for the moment at 3:03. Did you hear it? Did you count all of the notes. THAT IS SOLID SINGING. She tossed that run off like it was a sorority tube top at a frat party.
7. 5. She writes her own stuff, too. This is her In Your Own Grace.
Oh yeah, she plays the piano. And the guitar. You know you’d have this in your itunes for a Summer day. Don’t front. Save that for your bros…we’re in Truthtown population you, me and Carrie.
8. 6. It’s like a singer/songwriter and a pop diva had a baby…and it was the most awesome baby. Carrie Manolakos’ Waste the Night
Very chill. Sorry, 10 points from Gryffindor for the use of “chill” BUT you get the point, eh? She’s awesome. You may be wondering; “From whence did she come?” Oh, I’ll tell you where.
9. 7. She comes from the theater world! Here’s her on tour as Elphaba in Wicked singing Defying Gravity. Just listen.
This clip gets baller right around the 6:15 mark. After Graduating from the famed NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Carrie went on to Broadway as Sophie in Mamma Mia then did a KILLER turn as Elphaba in Wicked.