Not too long ago, Sidibe delivered her first bit of new music for the year with an infectious mid-tempo groove called "Strangers." It was love at first listen, but she also surprised us with a beautifully lithe rendition of Jamiroquai's "Everyday." Now she returns to pay homage to another British fave with an unexpected cover of "I Heard Love Is Blind" by the late Amy Winehouse.
The guitar-led protoype – a Salaam Remi-produced track from Ms. Winehouse's 2003 debut Frank – played like an inebriated confession, further captivating us with jazzy accents of brass and woodwind that helped showcase Amy's distinctive songwriting and storytelling styles. Sidibe opts for a stripped-down arrangement, using her own delicate guitar strums as the only embellishment. The effective approach allows her pillowy vocals to caress our ears and leaves a clear path for her upper register to soar. We're admittedly still partial to the original as this delightfully winsome acoustic retelling is a little too sweet for us to believe anything scandalous took place. But make no mistake, you'll want to hear this as Sidibe definitely did her thing and made it her own.
While we await her official follow-up to You Got The Luck, we're secretly hoping that she takes a page from KeKe Wyatt and turns her cover habit into a continuing series. Take a listen to "I Heard Love Is Blind" then watch her unplugged performance below and let us know what you think. You can also connect with Sidibe directly and keep up with the latest through her website and social media pages.