Does anyone still remember this guy? The one-time winner of American Idol? The “Velvet Teddy Bear”? Whether you do or not, today’s #RomanticTuesday song is performed by Ruben Studdard (the guy in question).
Believe it or not, Studdard has been making music since the show; however his album sales have gotten smaller and smaller. Where his first two albums after his victory on the talent show sold over 2 million copies, each album after that has sold less than the previous one before it. That doesn’t necessarily mean he hasn’t been making good music though. Today’s song is a remake of the standard “The Nearness Of You,” made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, but sung by countless others. Their version is rightly considered a classic. Studdard’s version takes the song in a different direction, recasting it as a slow jam fit for the Quiet Storm.
I suppose I could have saved this for a Jam It Slam It post, but I usually choose songs that are more recent than this one. This one is actually two years old, but I heard it for the first time last week. I have to admit, I like it. It is very smooth, and the song is a romantic classic; it just so happens to be done in a new and different way. I don’t have a poll for this one, but feel free to voice your opinions on this song in the comments.
Enjoy today’s #RomanticTuesday song, and thanks for reading and listening.