As promised in the topic on Everything Elvis, this is my first posting on this thread - being my in-depth thoughts on this gorgeous creature :
1. If Elvis and Connie Francis had had a love child, then this is she !
2. She has a smile that would ‘melt an iceberg’, and a joy of singing which is infectious.
3. Her singing is effortless and there is a tonal quality to it which is simply beautiful. This is particularly evident on ‘I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone’.
4. Her voice seems to be in a slightly lower-than-average register for a female (which may be a stupid statement) but that seems to help in her Elvis covers.
5. Most of her Elvis covers work superbly well. Perhaps only ‘One Night’ is slightly disappointing to me as, though in the same key as the Elvis recording (E major), it is seemingly pitched too low for her voice.
6. She engages the viewer of the videos with her delivery of the songs, really getting into the lyrics and sentiments of those songs with her facial expressions and other bodily movements. There is frequently a sense of fun and sheer exhuberance (watch ‘Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’).
7. She knows her Elvis catalogue inside out. Who else would sing Just Because, Flaming Star and One Track Heart ?! - and she has recorded 7 Sun tracks ! (also see below).
8. She rarely gets the lyrics ‘wrong’ - something which annoys me intensely when I hear other people doing Elvis songs. She makes the odd subtle melody and lyric* changes (*apart from the gender ones) which I find endearing, inasmuch as she is ‘living the song’.
9. She has done an Elvis Medley which includes tantalising glimpses of I Want You, I Need You, I Love You and I Need Your Love Tonight but I cannot find complete performances. I suspect that the medley (clumsily compiled as it is, though I’m not really complaining) comes from early recordings.
10. I am in no way qualified to judge, but I would say she is a more-than-adequate rhythm guitarist, in terms of accompanying herself. Does she work out those accompaniments herself, I wonder ?
11. I am inclined to think that a recording studio would destroy the spontaneity of her ‘unplugged’ performances. To borrow a phrase from Bridget Jones (film), I like her ‘just as she is’.
12. I also have the feeling that she is not seeking bigger fame but just enjoys what she is doing with smallish public appearances and her YouTube following. At the age of 35, now, she is perhaps on the old side to suddenly break out. Having said that, she barely seems to have aged over the last 10 years.
13. I equally enjoy her non-Elvis covers – she can do Connie Francis, Julie London, Brenda Lee, Helen Shapiro, Skeeter Davis, Karen Carpenter, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin etc., etc. An original song (‘Until I Find My Way’) is excellent.
14. In short, she is utterly charming and I’m in awe of her talent.
I have done an analysis of 50 of the Elvis songs she has recorded, which shows a good spread through the years with (not surprisingly) a slight leaning towards the 50s :
Sun - 7
50s RCA - 12
50s (movie) – 8
60s RCA – 8
60s (movie) – 10
70s – 4
Medley - 1