When I was in London, I always heard this unique version of Somewhere over the Rainbow (not the Judy Garland one) over the radio, but never knew who the singer was. Well, now I do, thanks to Jason Castro's American Idol performance last night.
I couldn't believe it when Jason said he was singing this version, I love this song so much. I'm a huge fan of Jason's but I've gotta be honest, I didn't think Jason sang it that well compared to the original singer (maybe the studio version would be better) and was really nervous that the judges wouldn't like it. Phew, all three judges loved it!
The magical singer is a Hawaiian who passed away in 1997. His name is Israel Kamakawiwo Ole aka Bradduh Iz. Check out his poignant and understated style. Inspiring...this should shoot to the top of Itunes chart (like Hallelujah did after Jason covered it).
Bradduh Iz's Somewhere over the Rainbow/Wonderful World
Jason's version, still really good of course, great song choice, I hope this kid's dreams come true.