In the Internet age, unusual collaborations are increasingly common. But this one still raises eyebrows, as Gospel singers — Michelle Williams and Deitrick Haddon — and Youtube artists — Tyler Ward and Fresh Big Mouf — unite to cover “Rather Be,” the hit by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne. Watch the video below:
“Rather Be” is currently sitting at No. 13 on the Hot 100. The video for the Haddon/Williams cover involves a lot of cheerful singing in a school bus. Since two of the artists involved have Gospel roots, the light, bubbly arrangement of the original song is grounded in full, powerful harmonies.
Michelle Williams may still be best known for her work in Destiny’s Child, but she released Journey to Freedom, her latest solo album, in September, and landed on the top of the Hot Gospel Songs chart with “Say Yes.” The Clean Bandit cover is related to a different Williams project: she is working with Haddon on a new Oxygen show, Fix My Choir, which starts on Nov. 5th.
Haddon has also released several albums that went to No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. He’s got experience in reality television, appearing on the Oxygen reality television show Preachers of L.A.
With a mix of original and covers, Tyler Ward has built up more than 1.5 million followers on YouTube. Fresh Big Mouf recreates famous songs using unconventional instruments — “a taco truck, a sailboat, you think of it, I can do it.” He recently built a version of Charli XCX‘s hit “Boom Clap” using only sounds that you might hear in a yoga studio.