This is so strange to mine ears, but I am surprised at how much I like it.
Pigeons And Planes reports:
HBO’s music industry series Vinyl, which is a period drama focusing on a record executive in the 1970s, has featured its fair-share of big covers so far. The sixth episode of the series, however, might have just bagged its biggest musical moment yet. Trey Songz has been enlisted to cover David Bowie’s classic “Life On Mars?,” and as much as the thought of such a cover might put people off, Trey certainly does a good job with it.
Speaking with Complex via email, Trey said, “When I was approached last summer by the producers of Vinyl, the first thing I thought was, ‘Damn thats a David Bowie song!!’ I was honored that the producers thought of such a legend and myself in the same breath. I had to do what I do best, because Icons like David paved the way. After learning of his passing I knew that this was a special moment in time and this cover became my personal tribute to David.”
The music supervisor for the show told Complex, “The performance had to be dramatic, soulful and moving as it both underscores Zak’s woeful predicament and then inspires him to actually sign this singer to his failing record label. He sees stars. But who to be this extraordinary voice? Immediately I thought of Trey Songz who I thought could bring nuance and beauty to David Bowie’s song. Accompanied only by piano, Trey delivered a singular rendering and helped us create an inimitable and powerful dramatic moment in the series. We think it’s magical.”