Miley Cyrus Covers ‘Lilac Wine,’ & We Are Officially Bowled Over w/ WOW

10 09 2012

Wow. Who would have ever thought that Miley “Party In The U.S.A.” Cyrus, daughter of  Billy Ray “Achy Breaky” Cyrus and formerly known as “Hannah Montana,” had the vocal chops to tackle James Shelton’s 1950s’ classic song “Lilac Wine”? Or maybe you’re a little more familiar with the 1990s Jeff Buckley rendition? Either way, our eyes are in full balloon-plate mode, because Miley, you NAILED IT! We will absolutely never doubt you again. Because that’s not an easy song to sing!

Filmed as an informal “Backyard Sessions” series, Miley is shown pre-pixie cut (but it looks like she may have had shears on the brain with her hair pulled into a slick, tight knot. Little did she know that someday very soon she would be in haircut cahoots with Pink at the 2012 MTV VMAs!). She’s also shown sitting down with her band in a serene garden space as she sings huskily into a standing mic. In fact, Miley’s husky vocals are probably the loveliest part of her cover, which is full, serious and studied. It exhibits an obvious amount of musical (and perhaps personal) growth. Because really, we have to ask ourselves: Did WE listen to the same exact music when we were 19 as we did when we were 15? I think not. Well done, Miley!

ALSO, Mike Schmid, singer/songwriter and keyboard player for Miley, recently posted some comments on YouTube about Miley and her cover of Lilac Wine.

I don’t get involved with tabloid BS because it’s none of my business. But when people say Miley is untalented or can’t sing, that’s something I DO know about, because I’ve been working with her since she was 14 and the girl is REALLY good. She knows what she’s doing, and she does it with more style and personality than most people every could. So yeah, it does bother me when people say that we “fixed” up her vocal.

I recorded it with her, and all you’re hearing is our live take, with some compression and a little reverb on the vocal to give it spice (which is VERY standard). There WERE no producers. We just played it, then our buddy Hager mixed it and added said compression and verb. What you hear is pretty much what it sounded like in the yard. That IS the real Miley.

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