Who Did Jazmine Sullivan Justice? Dondria or Brandon Hines?

dondria_jazmine_sullivan_brandon_hines.JPGYou know you are a bad mamma jamma when you have people covering your songs and your debut album hasn't even dropped yet. Such is the case with Jazmine Sullivan. A quick trip around YouTube will find a box of chocolates type assortment of videos from anybody with a webcam and some chops (or some cojones) taking a stab at Jazzy's songs. In a lot of cases it's like Showtime at the Apollo with your index finger acting as the Sandman and pressing pause after the first wrong note. However, there are some folks out there whose covers actually deserve a closer listen, namely Dondria and Brandon Hines.

You may know Dondria as the young lady discovered and signed by Jermaine Dupri after singing popular urban hits and posting her videos on YouTube.
So it should come as no surprise that she covered Jazmine's "Need U
Bad" (which is iTunes Single of the Week, by the way) and put her own spin on it because that's just her steelo.
Although she doesn't possess the passion and longing that Sullivan
does, she delivers a solid rendition yet and still.

Falling into the
unsigned hype category is Brandon Hines. Hailing from Motown and with
one independent album already under his belt, this young man is one to
watch -- especially online. His video collection
on the Tube isn't as deep as Dondria's but what is posted showcases his
voice wonderfully. He recently sang a version of Jazmine's "In Love With Another Man,"
with "someone else" substituted for "another man" so as not to sound
suspect and he did a mighty fine job.

Does either singer have that
Jazmine Sullivan fire? No. But they are talented in their own right, and
I'm just happy to see two young artists who aren't overdosing on Auto-Tune or out here wildin' or
otherwise actin' the fool (see Boy, Soulja).

Dondria and Brandon's YouTube specials below, then have your
say in the comments section on who does Jazmine Sullivan justice. Feel
free to skip ahead to the 2:30 mark on Dondria's video unless you want
to hear mindless banter about what she had for lunch that day
(Chipotle) or which butt cheek hurt from working out (the left one).
You're welcome. [H/T: YT/JEBS]


Jazmine Sullivan [Official][MySpace][YouTube]
Dondria [Official][MySpace][YouTube]
Brandon Hines [MySpace][YouTube]

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8 Responses

  1. Brandon Hines is decent... couldn't compare to Jazmine's wonderful execution, of course. I'm not impressed with Dondria. In all these videos, all she does is swagger jack; all the songs sound like carbon copies done by a slightly-more-soulful version of Ashanti. I really don't understand how she was eligible to get a record deal. Oh yeah... Jermaine Dupri. Well, I wish her all the luck anyway. Stay on your hustle and come with something fresh and something with your own personality infused in it.

  2. i think phatfffat wins here. but that's just me.

  3. I'm not really feeling Jazmine Sullivan's song "Need U bad"...Maybe if the song had some different type of music behind the lyricsother than the reggae music it probably would catch my attention. Not that I dont like reggae music, its just that I feel it doesn't do Need U bad any justeous, but thats justs my opinion. I feel that all 3 artists have very nice vocals. Dondria just needs a lil fine tunning. I must give her and Brandon mucho credit. Dondria did her's with music in the background, but you hear her voice out front, and Brandon Hines did his in the raw. If you stripped the music from behind Jazmine, makes you wonder how would she sound in the raw without all the studio garb behind her. But by all means I give all 3 artists credit for the success they have accomplished. I support Brandon Hines to the fullest extent. The world will soon know who Brandon Hines is.

  4. Brandon Hines takes it, though I think his runs are a bit much at times.
    Dondria can hold a tune, but her voice has no umph.

  5. OMG....Brandon Hines is the business...I just listened to a couple songs on his MySpace page. Wonderful vocals!!
    Definitely someone I will be looking out for...
    Love this site btw 🙂

  6. Are U serious RnB mistress concerning Jazmine! I'm probably too loyal a fan since hearing her at 11 years old sounding not much different than she does to date. However it's apparent that her voice isn't the results of studio backing.
    I wasn't really feeling Need you Bad either and hate the Missy pairing but neither takes away from that voice!
    With that said out of the two Brandon does it for me.

  7. omg how could you forget Durand Bernarrs take on the songs?! []
    HE NEEDS A RECORD DEAL NOW!! hes better than both of them

  8. RnBMistress, there is a vid on youtube of Jazmine singing "In Love With Another Man" accapella. She undoubtedly has the BEST voice out, and it s definitely proven by that vid. Google it.
    I give this one to Brandon though.