It’s been a while since we’ve heard the name Brownstone. The group, who spawned the oft-sampled ’90s hit “If You Love Me” from their GRAMMY-nominated debut From The Bottom Up, had been defunct for a while. Then, last September, the group stepped back on the scene with their single “All I Want.” They’re now proving their resilience with the release of their next single, a cover of the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Despite a constant cycle of personnel changes, Brownstone — which now consists of founding member Nicci Gilbert-Daniels and new members Arin Jackson and Alexis Jones — have always been known for their vocal firepower. They prove they’ve still got it on this cover.
Rather than choose between the original Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet or the revamped Diana Ross take, they decide to split the difference. That means that the vocal phrasing and arrangement from both versions is present, even though they look to Diana’s take for the instrumental inspiration.
It’s a bold move that probably wouldn’t work if done by anyone else. But leave it to the ladies of Brownstone to pull it off. There are mumblings that this is just the first taste of a covers album from the trio. While that remains to be heard, you can enjoy their version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” when you press play below.