Alessia Cara and Scott Helman are two artists that are known for their incredible covers, so it was only a matter of time before the pair teamed up to put their own spin on a huge classic. As part of Helman’s ongoing Hotel Sessions, which is exactly what it sounds like, the duo covered Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” After 32 years, it’s still a jam.
Picking a song that predates both singers is as risky as lighting 100 votive candles and setting them on a comforter (so many candles), but Cara and Helman succeeded in delivering a nuanced performance that turned the dance club anthem into a thoughtful and soft love song (and thankfully avoided setting their hotel room on fire). It’s only January, but we’re already calling this as one of the year’s best covers.
Helman has previously released two covers for his Hotel Sessions, including Portugal. The Man’s “I Feel It Still” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” with Deanna Petcoff.
As for Cara, the singer is enjoying a busy 2019 that has included continuing to promote her second studio album The Pains of Growing, which earned Cara three JUNO Award nominations this week, including JUNO Fan Choice Award, Artist of the Year, and Single of the Year for “Growing Pains.”
Cara’s latest duet with Helman is her second major partnership this month, with the Brampton native teaming up with newcomer Alec Benjamin on his breakthrough single “Let Me Down Slowly.”
The iHeartRadio MMVAs winner also made one of her first appearances in the interview chair on late night TV with Late Night With Seth Meyers, where she talked about hiding her musical ambitions, writing a song that reunited two friends, and being an all around lovely person that makes us swell with Canadian pride.