Umbrella Craze Continues… Marié Digby Has One Too!

A couple entries back I posted a vid of Mandy Moore covering Umbrella by Rihanna.

Since then I’ve gotten a bunch of hits from people searching on how to buy Mandy’s version. As of this posting, it’s not on iTunes, and I don’t know if it ever will be (if they add it later I’ll let you know).

I DID find a different acoustic version of Umbrella on iTunes, sung by Marié Digby. If you like Mandy Moore’s version of Umbrella, you might like Marié’s too. It’s a little more upbeat, but it’s still slower and less produced than Rihanna’s version, so the lyrics/story of the song really stand out.

It’s getting mixed reviews on iTunes. Some people like it better stripped down. The comments from the “haters” who don’t like this version are mostly people who are mad at Marié for “messing up” or “stealing” Rihanna’s song and say that Marié should write her own music. This is kind of funny because:

1) Umbrella doesn’t belong to Rihanna, it was written by Terius Nash (who wrote it as a wartime lullaby for his buddies in Iraq and at one point thought he’d have Britney sing it!)

2) Profits from the downloads are going mostly to the writers and to the Save the Music Foundation.

3) Marié DOES write her own songs and has since she was 15! She just happened to catch people’s attention with her Umbrella cover on YouTube.

Now that Marié has that attention, the spotlight is on her to deliver the goods, and I think she’s more than ready and capable! Pretty voice, sparkly personality and a radio friendly sound. She has a Digital EP called Start Here set to release September 11, 2007 that should be fun to check out.

Find out more about Marié Digby:
Marié on MySpace

Official Fan Site (has Marié originals)

Marié’s YouTube Channel (Originals, plus she covers other popular stuff – Maroon 5, Nelly Furtado, Linkin Park, etc. It’s kind of like she’s hosting her own American Idol or something.)

A quick Google and YouTube search shows that Umbrella is “THE Song of this Summer” apparently, everyone wants to sing it, critique it, or play it on the piano, or make mash-up tribute videos. Everyone except the people who hate it that is. Because there are definitely people planted firmly on both sides of the fence. It’s kind of growing on me personally, but maybe that’s because I only discovered it last week, and finding out about the history of the song makes me appreciate it more… What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between?

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