Chris Mann’s “Need You Now”: Idolator Premiere

Earlier this week we heard Chris Mann‘s powerful duet with his former coach from The VoiceChristina Aguilera, on their cover of Damien Rice‘s “The Blower’s Daughter.” Today (October 26) we’re premiering another track from his forthcoming debut album Roads (out October 30), and this time, the classical singer has taken on Lady Antebellum‘s crossover country smash “Need You Now.” Whereas the twangy harmonies are the centerpiece of the original ballad, here it’s the interplay between Mann’s rich voice and the weepy strings. Stream the track after the jump.

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Roads also features a reworking of the song Frank Sinatra turned into a classic, “My Way.” Paul Anka wrote the original lyrics and penned this version specifically for Chris, altering the perspective from an older man reflecting on his life to a younger one looking ahead. With a Willie Nelson cover as well, and a roster of producers who have worked with everyone from Madonna to U2 to Demi Lovato, it sounds like Mann’s debut has something for everyone. You can preorder it over at iTunes.

What do you think of The Voice alum’s Lady Antebellum cover? Tell us in the comments!

  • Walid Azami

    Music fans of any age and any genre will like this album.

  • Anna Bellone

    The way he holds his notes and his conviction is really good.

  • SharonG

    Beautiful and the emotion really comes through with his powerful and beautiful voice.

  • Emma

    Chris Mann is an amazing singer, i hope he is as sucessful as he deserves

  • Christine Zichittella-Heeren

    He sure is an expert at “making it his own”. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

  • Carol Roush

    Just Beautiful – I think this is my fav on the new CD without hearing all of the songs yet. I have chills because of his strong, beautiful voice.

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  • Amy

    wonderful, such a gorgeous voice and beautiful rendition of a great song. can’t wait for the album to come out. way to go chris mann!

  • Vicki Lynn

    Beautiful. Chris’ voice is so soothing.

  • LMG

    wow….really wow

  • A. Costa

    Chris Mann’s voice is stunning and the orchestration could not be more perfect! Beautiful! I can hear this song over the radio, everywhere… it better! Love you Chris! Good work!

  • sug

    mmm mmm mmmm puttin’ the m-a-n in mann. compelling.