Erika Van Pelt Covers John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (VIDEO)

Season 11 alum, Erika Van Pelt, pledges to release a new cover once a week until her independent album drops in May. Check out her first offering, a lovely rendition of John Legend’s “Ordinary People.”

The singer has been keeping busy, according to an interview with THR, expanding her DJ business, booking modeling work and a high profile gig with Donald Trump.

Erika also performed at the Vice-Presidential ball on inauguration day. She even joined forces with Glee star, Darren Criss for an impromptu duet.

About her upcoming album, Erika tells THR, “I wanted to have a lot of creative freedom — basically the very opposite of [American Idol]. I didn’t have a ton of freedom with what I was doing on the show. I am 27 years-old and a grown woman. I know who I am as an artist. So I found an investor and a really great group of songwriters and a killer team of producers. It’s sort of this mishmash, motley crew of a bunch of really talented people, and it’s getting pieced together slowly. We are halfway done right now.”

Watch “Ordinary People” below.

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  • MyDailyComment

    she is trying to look edgy

  • MyDailyComment

    should should have picked a song that matched her make up and outfit.

  • chris99x

    She needs a new camera, but she’s awesome. 

  • Jason Scott

    Love this!

  • Li Wright

    Very smart on her part to release a song a week until her album….and kudos for finding investors.

  • kirble

    It’s not bad, but it’s not setting my world on fire. 

    EVP should avoid (1) using tinny MIDI backing tracks and (2) choosing songs that contestants on this season of Idol slayed on, especially if said song was sung in the past week. It was hard for me not to compare her to Candice, and in the end Candice wins on pretty much all fronts in her cover of the song.

  • Jake W.


  • dawnage01

    One of my favorites from last season. I love Erika’s alto-y, raspy vocals. :)

  • Tinawina

    I still love her voice to pieces.