Anoop Desai – Listen to His Cover of Keri Hilson’s “Make Love”

Anoop Desai posted a demo on his MySpace of Keri Hilson’s “Make Love”.

When I interviewed him back in August, he mentioned he’d be uploading music to My Space. He’s not wasting time, which is totally smart.

Cruising around his page, I noticed Anoop has a couple of my photos posted in his photo gallery. Yay Anoop!

Check it out. Anoop’s tenor sounds pretty smooth wrapped around this Hilson cover:

  • Anoop Desai – Make Love – My Space
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35 Comments

  1. I don’t follow anoop…but didn’t he move to LA? I’ve noticed that most of his gigs seem to be in NC. Did his plans change?

  2. Didn’t like this song. At all. I couldn’t get past the “uh huh uh uh” sounds which I guess are supposed to be Anoop doing it? so I jumped ahead to the middle and was just as disappointed.

    Just because you can put something up doesn’t mean you should in this case, in my humble opinion.

  3. Although the song is a good vehicle to showcase Anoop’s chops, what a terrible song! I wanted to give it a chance, but at the 2-minute mark I had to stop it. It’s that a current/famous/known song? I admitedly don’t keep up with Smooth R&B (or whatever genre that was), but if that song has been a hit, I should move to LA and start writing :-).
    Ok, now that I got that out of my system: good luck NoopDogg! I really, really, really wish you well.
    Regarding the NC shows, you start where you can get the most gigs, and that seems to be NC right now. But, if I am not mistaken, his current base of operations is LA.

  4. I saw that he used your pics MJ and meant to tell you. But you found it yourself! looks like he knows who you are after all..

    Anoop is definitely on the move.. trying to make stuff happen. Y’all remember way back when in the season when he said his album cover would be “Undeterred”? Even though that was like, top 7… I guess he had a feeling he wasn’t going to win.. but that’s not going to stop him. That’s a really admirable quality.

    and yes, Anoop lives in LA.. but NC still has a lot of love for the boy.. so he’s going to milk that. The people he really wants to collaborate with seem to have some awareness of him, so that’s good. He’s almost like his own street team.

  5. I guess to each his own, because Anoop’s voice is so smooth and beautiful to me. I loved that new cover. Anoop just needs a little polish and maybe a little attitude adjustment, but the voice? Stellar.

  6. I loved this cover…his voice is smooth as glass. Gorgeous! (And I wasn’t really a fan during the show, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised to hear both this song and the original that was posted a couple weeks back). Wishing him much luck~~

  7. Love Anoop, but that song was really annoying. I liked that “a-wha oo wha-oo wha-aah” parts but… it was weird. I don’t know how to describe it.

  8. I liked the “Give in to her love” he sang at the NC State Fair. He’s got such a great, smooth voice. And all he had for accompaniment was a guitar on that one. It was a great song too, one he co-wrote…

    ‘Noop’s got lots of drive and determination to make a career for himself. That plus his great voice should pay off for him.

  9. I love what Anoop did with the song! It showcases his voice, and his beautiful way of pronouncing the lyrics. (I believe there is a word for that but I don’t know.) I hope he’s putting more! A studio version of Give In To Her Love would be lovely.

  10. Anoop, dog, wassup?

    Dude:

    a) You are not black
    b) You are not a girl

    You know what I’m sayin?

  11. his vocals are just gorgeous and makes the song so pretty. its a great execution of the cover for me. Only big downside (for me) is that song is not very creative imho, other than that, i really liked the cover.

  12. This demo epitomizes Anoop Desai. From his smooth vocals to his ability to make a woman swoon, it really shows what talent he has. I hope he posts more demos & continues to amaze us.

    Give in To Her Love is also an amazing original song he sang at the NC State Fair, check it out if you already haven’t.

  13. Yes, Anoop permanently moved to LA. Yes, he’s been getting gigs in NC, but at this point, ya gotta accept almost any gig in order to continue keeping ur name out there.

    Keri Hilson is a very well known pop/R&B artist. So doing a cover of her song is VERY SMART. It may not be lyrically creative but damn, his vocals are damn smooth and those glory notes he hits in the middle and end of the song completely show a different side of him.

    This is the genre where Anoop belongs and if you don’t “get” R&B then its just a matter of taste in music. no denying though that this kid has the voice to fit perfectly in today’s R&B market.

  14. Anoop — I didn’t start out to listen to all of your songs but your voice was so lovely I listened to them all! It was soothing not to hear the usual monotonous pop-rock techno beat — a little variety — whew! Especially LOVED Can You Stand The Rain. Best wishes

  15. He’s almost like his own street team.

    I agree!! That’s one thing I admire about Anoop. He is a go-getter. Instead of waiting around for somthing to happen he is actively seeking out as many people as he can, and trying to mingle with whomever can help him. He’s been everywhere at once, and because of that I hope that he does succeed at what he wants. Loved The cover that he did BTW.

  16. @ Beverly
    “Can You Stand the Rain” was actually recorded when he was about 17 or 18 when he was with the Clef Hangers. Yeppp, that was young noopster singing that song!!

  17. Anoop actually strikes me as a bit naive and desperate. He’s been asking his fans on Twitter to tweet famous songwriters and producers about working with him. Shouldn’t he have enough ability right off AI to network appropriately? I don’t see why he can’t set up a meeting if he wants to talk with Keri Hilson or others. Doing a cover then tweeting her seems bush league.

  18. I wasn’t aware that Anoop asked his fans to tweet songwriters and producers, that would be a dumb move on his part, however his fans kinda has been doing that themselves since the day he opened his twitter account.

    Love Anoop but couldn’t get pass half of the song, which is so sad. Oh well, I wish him all the best.

  19. I love this, and he sounds amazing as usual. This is definitely the type of music he should be singing.

    Love Anoop but couldn’t get pass half of the song, which is so sad. Oh well, I wish him all the best.

    I guess it just depends what kind of music you like. I actually find this song to be real pretty.

  20. It’s amazing. I can’t stop listening to it. Someone needs to sign Anoop right now!

  21. I haven’t seen Anoop ask his fans to tweet songwriters and producers. Thought they were just doing that on their own.

    Not crazy about the song. That being said, I think Anoop sounds good.

  22. I think the point of the demo is to showcase his voice, not to discuss the merits of the song. The song is already a part of Hilson’s very popular album.

    That being said, this really shows that Anoop’s voice is ready to be in the R&B scene. The vocals on this song would sound just as good on a Neyo, Mario, Trey Songz, Pleasure P song. Very R&B/hip hop radio friendly.

  23. amc, that’s what I also believe. How come someone with such a beautiful voice cannot get signed? Anoop deserves a recording contract. Maybe he needs management to get him in the right direction with the right people. There has to be that someone who will tell him to stick with the clean shaven look. He doesn’t need stereotyping. I don’t want that to happen.

    I wish the best for this talented young man with a voice smooth as honey!

  24. I haven’t seen Anoop ask his fans to tweet songwriters and producers. Thought they were just doing that on their own.

    I think he said that he was going to tweet a few artists that he would like to work with, but he hasn’t tweeted anyone yet. I think it’s more his fans doing the tweeting, which I think is okay as long as they don’t go overboard. A few artists have even tweeted back.(Chrisette Michele-she follows Anoop, Jordin, Jay Sean, and Mario)

  25. He did ask fans to tweet producers. I follow him on Twitter and was shocked. It was something about how “they,” meaning he and his fans, would get something started together by tweeting producers and songwriters. He added something about not being overzealous. Like was said above, it’s bush league and something a person does if they don’t have any other options.

    And just because some of the people were nice enough to tweet fans back doesn’t mean it helped.

  26. I think the point of the demo is to showcase his voice, not to discuss the merits of the song. The song is already a part of Hilson’s very popular album.

    This, I totally agree with.It’s not his single, it’s a demo.And I think it successfully shows that his voice and singing style is very suited to the genre that he wants to pursue—pop R&B.And Keri Hilson is a very popular pop R&B singer (responsible for Knock You Down)….so those who are not into pop/hiphop R&B, probably won’t get this…..I don’t get some of the other genres either so….

    Although personally, from his previous song covers…I’d prefer him to concentrate more on soul R&B (Donny Hathaway’s For all we Know,his take on Mario’s Let me Love You,Chrisette Michele’s What You Do and such) but definitely Anoop is R&B.

    He is based in LA.I don’t know if he already has management but I think he’s hinted he is in process of doing so.Plus I think he’s been making demos to submit to recording companies.

    Anoop actually strikes me as a bit naive and desperate. He’s been asking his fans on Twitter to tweet famous songwriters and producers about working with him. Shouldn’t he have enough ability right off AI to network appropriately? I don’t see why he can’t set up a meeting if he wants to talk with Keri Hilson or others. Doing a cover then tweeting her seems bush league.

    Wouldn’t Anoop be in a better position than –say, US mere AI viewers– to actually know how hard it would be to ask for an audience with really famous singers and songwriters?Maybe, we are the naive ones.I don’t think that just because one was once a part of a huge TV show….it means your name by itself carries much weight around—-the big thing it American Idol not the contestants themselves.If that weren’t the case…wouldn’t it follow that previous non-AI winners would have been able to do just that (collaborate immediately with famous songwriters and singers)?

    I think Anoop is ambitious but he is new to the business so he’s LEARNING and he’s TRYING.I hope he finds a management team that complements his drive and ambition because he certainly is not lacking in talent.

    Regarding the NC concert….I think even if it was in NC, it was admirable how he and his friends (who were almost all non-professional musicians…more aspiring musicians) were able to put up a full 14-song concert in a big-enough arena in such a short time and in a presumably limited budget…..impressive enough for me.

    That being said, thank you MJ for putting this up!And good luck Anoop!

  27. Oh and yes….Anoop deserves a recording contract in the genre that he wants—R&B.

  28. Anoop tweeted saying, “Here are some of the people I would love to work with. Let’s see if we can make this happen together. Don’t be overzealous tho”.

    I really don’t see that as being unprofessional. It’s very similar to other artists/celebs asking their followers to trend or RT their latest project, single, etc.

    AI gives your name some exposure but if you aren’t Kris or Adam, idols without a record deal have to work their way back to the top. I think networking through all media outlets is a good plan.

  29. Just had a chance to listen to “Make Love”, and I’m liking it a lot. He has a very smooth, good R&B, neo-soul voice. Sometimes, I think Noop sings the songs too slow–or slower than we are accustomed on the cover songs. That kind of bothers me, but that’s his interpretation, so it’s okay. He sounds as good as any of the singers out there to me. I’m not a huge Keri fan, but she is good.

    My friend who accompanied me to the Idols concert in St. Louis in August said that Anoop was her favorite of the ten. Her favorite types of music are Blues, Soul, R&B. She said he was very good.

    We would buy his music!!!!

  30. this kind of music ruled the airwaves in the early 90s. smooth & sultry. all that’s missing in his song is the saxaphone, lol. poor anoop was born a decade (or two) too late. hope anoop & ppl like him can bring about a revival of this perfect-for-lovemaking music.

  31. Anoop’s voice is beautiful on this. The song is annoying but you can’t argue about the voice.

  32. this kind of music ruled the airwaves in the early 90s. smooth & sultry. all that’s missing in his song is the saxaphone, lol. poor anoop was born a decade (or two) too late. hope anoop & ppl like him can bring about a revival of this perfect-for-lovemaking music.

    Funny how you say this when this song comes from a 2008 hit album.But I do think that the more soulful R&B songs is making a comeback….

    Keri Hilson is a prolific songwriter and talented singer but if you listen to her version of the song, her vocals were like on the background (maybe on purpose) and overshadowed by the loud bass backbeats which almost drowns out Keri’s voice unlike Anoop’s version which is more about the vocals than the backbeats…..so that…

    I think Keri’s version is very sultry and steamy…..Anoop’s version is sexy but very tender….totally Anoop’s take is different.

  33. @Niall
    Just cause he and the others were on the show, doesn’t mean they can go knocking on keri hilson’s doors. They don’t have access to those people. They have access to the people who have small studio productions. That is why he is doing cover songs for the time being. He is trying to show the genre he’s best at…which wasn’t reflected very well on the show.

    he will be putting out original music soon, but I think he’s waiting to see if he can land a deal. In the mean time, he’s doing a great job of keeping his name out there. His fans are trying to help him by tweeting, or sending out his new videos to the other artists and/or record companies. Hey, anything helps right?

    Anoop is not an idiot. He’s smart and yes, he is still learning and trying to make it in the music biz. He’s not like kris, danny, adam and allison where they have everything they need. its all now up to anoop. cut the boy some slack!

  34. He is based in LA.I don’t know if he already has management but I think he’s hinted he is in process of doing so.Plus I think he’s been making demos to submit to recording companies.

    Let’s be sure to know when he gets management. That will solve problems and make connections with other artists and recording companies. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with Anoop’s fans to help out a little bit. I hope he will get the break he needs to let the world hear his wonderful voice!

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