Billy Joel is one of the most famous singer-songwriters of his time. He has a gift of creating unforgettable songs that sell and rank high in charts. With that, it’s not surprising to find a lot of artists covering his music.
One of them is Jared Halley, a popular musician and producer from Ohio. He has a knack for putting together really creative content on YouTube. What he’s done with some of Billy Joel’s classics is not only fun and entertaining – it’s certainly unique!
Instead of 1, Jared covered 19 of Billy Joel’s popular songs with just his voice. And honestly, his medley’s fantastic! He was able to deliver the songs perfectly even without instruments.
In his video, there are actually 5 Jareds, and each of them plays a unique part. The performance starts with “Uptown Girl,” a 1983 hit about a working-class man who’s trying to court a rich uptown woman. It then switches to “You May Be Right,” a song that belonged to Billy Joel’s 1980 album entitled Glass House. It’s one of his best selling hits on the US and Canadian charts.
The third song is “The Longest Time,” a single released in 1984. While the original song featured a bass guitar and snare drum, Jared was able to deliver it flawlessly a cappella style.
Many more songs followed including “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “New York State of Mind,” and “Just The Way You Are.” He also performed “My Life,” “Only The Good Die Young,” “The River of Dreams,” “Big Shot,” and “Honesty.”
If you have a Billy Joel favorite – likely it was wrapped up somewhere in this clever medley sung by five different Jareds!
“Lullabye” was also included in Jared’s list. It was a track on Billy Joel’s 1993 album called River of Dreams. And for Jared’s final song, he sang “Piano Man.” It’s the very first single Billy Joel released in North America. It’s included on his album with the same name. Eventually, the said song became Billy Joel’s signature tune.
“Piano Man” was very special to Billy Joel as it reflected his real-life experiences of working in Los Angeles as a lounge musician. He would play piano at the bar while waiting for a breakthrough in his career.
Jared’s performance is really entertaining and surely one that would make even Billy Joel himself proud. It’s garnered thousands of views and tons of positive comments. People who’ve watched it were truly amazed by his talent and vocal skills.
It’s a performance you don’t want to miss!