Melanie Amaro Turns Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” Into A Club Jam

Feb 2nd, 2012 // 15 Comments

With most of the recent news surrounding The X Factor having to do with the pink slip parade unleashed upon half its on-air talent, we almost forgot about the woman who actually won the competition, Melanie Amaro. The singer, who is signed to judge LA Reid’s Epic Records, has a new single out, “Respect”, which samples Aretha Franklin’s classic song with an additional dancefloor beat and an overdose of synths. Listen to it below.

Melanie Amaro – “Respect”

This is actually better than we expected. The typical debut single from an American Idol winner is something sappy, inspirational, and ballady. This is none of those things, shelving any sort of “This Is My Moment” emotion in favor of pure club euphoria. Sure, the tune could have maybe, I dunno, a verse or two, or stick to just sampling Aretha’s song instead of making it the entire draw. But still — it’s peppy, and doesn’t cause us any second hand embarrassment.

Melanie’s single will appear in her upcoming Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, which features Elton John. The singer discussed the concept of the ad with Entertainment Weekly:

I’m a singing princess warrior. [Laughs] And me being the singing princess warrior, I have to try to get the entire kingdom some of the sacred treasure, and the sacred treasure is, of course, Pepsi. I have to go through the talent part of the being in front of the king at his court [to get the treasure], and my talent was, of course, to sing. So I sing, I blow his mind, and I get everybody to have some of the Pepsi. I don’t think I’m going to tell you any more than that. I think I’ll let everybody wait until they see the commercial, because there’s some special surprise guests in there that I think everybody is going to enjoy.

Is Melanie Amaro’s single worthy of your respect? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

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  1. MusicManDave

    Hot Hot Hot. Melanie has the chops man!

  2. Jessica

    What THE HECK

  3. danny

    7/10 – Interesting lead single but unlistenable.

  4. Lamar

    This takes all the soul out of one of the most classic soul songs of all time. I love Melanie Amaro, and there are pieces of this that sound great, but…WHAT in the WORLD?! I wonder what Queen Aretha thinks!

  5. This is banging. Sure, it’s a little repetitive… but still fun to listen to. Can’t wait to hear more from her in the future!

  6. Well, this song is not that bad, but too repetitive for me. I think she’ll grow and better songs will come! =)

  7. Cyndee

    Wow; Melanie has a voice! I enjoyed this remix and am looking forward to hearing more of her !

  8. Bigmama

    Go Melanie. She is proving she has the chops. This is from the commercial so it has to be a single. If she didn’t release it, after viewing commercial – everyone would be wondering when she would release the song. You can’t please everyone. I think she can outsing anybody, even Mariah, Whitney and the whole lot! Go Melanie – don’t let the haters get to you. Imagine Chris Rene even trying to “sing” – he is totally ALL studio, Melanie is the real thing. Stay focused & blessed Melanie!

  9. NettDogg

    I am very disappointed with how LA did her for the first single. I could see if he would have allowed her to do a remake of this song but to club it up was not the best idea. I sure hope he does better and real soon after this because she’s too talented to become a memory.

  10. LODRIGUES

    MELANIE AMARO IS THE X FACTOR WINER SHES THE ONLY ONE WINES 5 MILLIONS CAS GOOD FOR MELANIE BUT I DONT LIKE MELANI I DONT BUY MELANI ALBUM IS NOT MAY TIPE SORRY .

  11. SALAZAR

    SHES CREAMES SAME LIKE CHURCH SINGER SHES OLD STYLE SORRY MELANI

  12. PATRIC

    I BUY BYONCE MUSIC I AM NOT BUY FROM MELANINALBUM.

  13. Richard Taylor

    What is your type other school drop outs that can’t spell any better than you. it’s WINS, TYPE, and CASH and her Name is MELANIE, not Melani your grammar is another issue altogether. wow.

    Does any proof read?? Salazar it screams not creams, Patric its Beyonce jeez people

  14. star gazer

    Richard Taylor if your going to correct other people maybe you should make sure that your English is correct as well just saying

  15. Jeremy James

    Please lets get back to this style. And not just for the ladies. Let’s hear some men that can blow using there full voice.

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