“Hello’s” that are here to stay


An iconic still from the “Hello” music video.

Jun Davies, Writer

Since Adele’s “Hello” video came out in October, it has been covered by many artists, ranging from Demi Lovato and DNCE, to Conor Maynard and Emblem3. Lately, a cover by a South Korean high school student has been blowing up the internet with strong vocals that are a close mimicry to the Grammy-Award winning singer.

When I first listened to “Hello,” I was hooked on to its rich sound and melodic vocals that is to be expected in one of Adele’s songs. I knew right away that there were going to be many covers of her song. To people who don’t know me, I describe myself as a music connoisseur, with tastes in music all over the board, from hip-hop to jazz. And as the music connoisseur that I am, I turned to SoundCloud. SoundCloud is a music platform, not unlike Spotify or Pandora, that allows artists to upload and share music that they have created or covered. Unlike Spotify, it allows relatively unknown artists to increase their popularity by the number of plays each of their songs get. The more plays on each track they have, the bigger they become. Recently when I was looking through my feed on SoundCloud, several “Hello” covers popped up on my dashboard. Since Adele has been receiving a lot of media attention lately, I knew that it wouldn’t be too long until covers of it would be uploaded to the site. When it comes to covers, there are those that capture the essence that the original artist portrayed, and then there are those that step outside of the box and approach it completely differently. Below are five covers that bring Adele’s message across, but in several different ways.

No. 5: Hello – Adele by Grace Davies

Hailing from Lancashire, Britain, Grace Davies follows Adele’s original, with the original lyrics and background piano. Her voice is lighter, lacking in Adele’s richness of sound, but making up in her melodic interpretation of the lyrics. Her cover holds the same weight of the original, lacking only the tone of Adele’s voice. On first listen, it sounds like the original with similar piano, yet upon second listen, the listener can catch up on the differences in their voices.

No. 4: Hello – Adele (Brandon Skeie Cover) by Brandon Skeie

Unlike Grace Davies’ interpretation of “Hello,” Brandon Skeie drops the piano in exchange for the guitar, in his interpretation of Adele’s song. In addition, he adds different riffs to the song in order to make it his own. His voice is well balanced, able to hit both the high and low notes of the piece. However, his voice mainly ranges from baritone to tenor, which changes the musicality of the piece. He also adds several other voice recordings during the chorus, all of himself, which adds to the overall feel of the piece.

No. 3: Hello – Adele (Sebastian Kole Cover) by Sebastian Kole

In this cover, Sebastian Kole uses a piano to record a track very similar to the original. His voice is melodic, with richness that is evident in the first few verses. He changes some of the words, like “California” to “Alabama” in order to make the song his own. I listened to this cover for a few days on repeat, since I wasn’t able to listen to the original offline. In addition, he also brings in several voice parts, just as Brandon Skeie did in his cover, as well as the piano like in Grace Davies’ cover and in the original.

No. 2: Adele – Hello (LYAR ft Taps and JDam Cover) by LYAR ft. Taps and JDam

Second on my playlist of “Hello” covers is this remix and adaptation by a collaboration of three very talented artists, LYAR, Taps and JDam. LYAR is the music creator of this cover, blending piano, guitar and electronic elements to the background music. LYAR,  based out of Germany, is an electronic music duo that seamlessly blends calming acoustics and electronic elements to create calming electronic music. Taps is the lyrics of the cover, lending his emotional voice to the track. He also covered “Hello” in a single cover by himself, but I prefered this one, since it was a collaboration between all three artists. Lastly, JDam is the spoken word part of the piece, adding an unique element to the song. His words reinforce the meaning of the piece without making it tacky and really bring the whole piece together.

No. 1: Hello (Adele Cover) by Stephen

Stephen’s cover brings a different spin on “Hello” by changing the song entirely. He creates a whole new song and beat, while using the same lyrics from the original. His cover is high energy that lifts up those who listen to it. Like the original, it is about a person reminiscing of a past lover and wondering asking why it didn’t work out. However, this cover lacks the moody tone of the original, bringing in an upbeat take on the song. Stephen’s voice is the perfect addition to the cover, bringing emotional vibrancy and color to it. In his YouTube video, it has several shots of him playing all of the instruments heard in the song. An upcoming singer-songwriter from LA, Stephen is one to watch in the years to come.