Juno 365 Sessions: Ralph covers Alannah Myles' 'Black Velvet'

In this edition of the Juno video series, Ralph covers a classic Canadian tune.

CBC Music presents a series of videos celebrating past Juno winners

WATCH RALPH cover Alannah Myles' hit "Black Velvet" as part of CBC Music's Junos 365 Sessions. This song won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocalist. 4:11

​For more than 40 years, the Juno Awards have celebrated the best in Canadian music, including the prestigious award for single of the year. To celebrate the 2018 Juno Awards, CBC Music has invited some of today's hottest Canadian acts to cover a past single of the year.

This week's cover features singer-songwriter Raffaela Weyman, a.k.a. Ralph, who chose Alannah Myles's bluesy "Black Velvet," which won song of the year at the 1990 Juno Awards. 

"I loved it for a really long time — my dad showed it to me when I was a kid, and so it's sort of our song," she told us.

"Covering a song is challenging, especially a great song, because you want to do it justice but you also don't want to do it exactly the same," she continued. "So our approach was, let's kind of do this sexy, R&B slow-jam version where I have a little room to use my voice and just keep it really simplistic with the instrumentals. I just wanted to make it kind of sexy, cool, smooth."

Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the Juno Awards live from the Rogers Centre in Vancouver on March 25 at cbcmusic.ca/junos.


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