Part of my ever evolving life as a full time musician is getting to stretch the limits of what I'm creating. For a long time I didn't like covering other people's music, it seemed like it lacked personality. I was afraid I wouldn't develop my own voice if I spent too much time trying to copy someone else.
Its only in the last couple years that I've started to approach covers song as a way to show tribute to great songwriters, do something fun or unique, and in the process I've learned so much about arrangements, lyrics, and melody. It seems one of the keys to covering a song can be not trying to sound just like the original artist or songwriter, but really make it your own. This is just the opposite of my original fears about lacking originality or ripping someone off by covering someone their song.
Recently my publishing company reached out with a note that Grey's Anatomy was sticking to the theme of covers again for song placement in season 12. I'd heard...through the grapevine... that McDreaming was gone and Meredith Grey was dealing with her new life without Derek, so it seemed to me like Grey's Anatomy was ready for a more emotional and heart felt song, which is where my folk pop sensibility seems to fit.
My only pre-requisite for a cover song was something by an independent woman, preferably someone who runs the world. One of my favorite collaborators and producers, Nate Yaccino, worked with me to produce a cover of Beyonce's "Halo". It ended up getting picked up for episode 4 of the season and you can listen to "Halo" on Spotify or below via YouTube.