And fourth, the guy has already coined THE catchphrase for the season, when he told the judges last night (defending some of his corny-bravado mannerisms): "Everything's better with cheese!"
I agree--I personally like a little cheese mixed in with my Coffey, for flava. Which brings me to these awesomely flava-ful viral videos I just found of this tall, dark, and handsome urban cowboy.
Sure, when Coffey crooned a soulful rendition of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" last night on the season 6 premiere of Nashville Star, he was great, one of the best of the night. But I appreciate an artist with diversity--and bravery--and any country singer willing to tackle tunes by Rihanna (with an Andre 3000 tribute snippet thrown in!!), Akon, Leona Lewis, and Colbie Caillat is a diverse and brave artist indeed.
I do hope he branches out with some leftfield cover-song selections as the show progresses. Such choices might alienate more closed-minded country purists, but they'll surely secure my vote.
Here are some hot Coffey clips to give you a buzz:
Singing Rihanna's "Umbrella":
Singing Akon's "Locked Up":
Singing Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love":
Singing Colbie Caillat's "Realize":
Will country fans accept an unorthodox artist like Coffey? That remains to be seen, but I think he just might be the man to bridge country with the pop/R&B/hip-hop worlds in a way that Nashville Star judge John Rich's protégé (and host N-Star host), Cowboy Troy, could not.
More cheese, please!
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