There were quite a few really high-quality and creative entries to The Summertime Hits Cover Song Video Contest (hosted by CD Baby, Illustrated Sound, and We Are the Hits), but after much consideration, our judges have announced our three winners. Here they are…
First Place: IndianRaga (Raga Labs) – “Cheap Thrills” by Sia
We loved the energetic performance, the unique arrangement, and the joyous interaction between the musicians.
Second Place: Henri Bardot – “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama
A spare and somnambulistic cover of the 80’s pop hit, but this version of the song loses nothing in its haunting deceleration.
Third Place: Jourdan Hines – “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
Props to Jourdan Hines not only for creating a propulsive arrangement of this JT tune that deftly incorporates indie-pop and folk elements, but for making a charmingly clever and earnest (in the best way) video narrative that includes homespun illustrations.
Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated!
Watch all of the contest entries on our YouTube channel.