Ashanti is currently preparing for the release of her new single, entitled ‘No Good’, later this year. However, before she introduces her new sound on the radio, she gave people a preview of what they could expect from her voice by joining legendary producer David Foster onstage to put her lungs to the ultimate test with covers of Whitney Houston’s ’I Have Nothing’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’.
The most recent new song released by Ashanti was ‘Never Too Far Away’ from the ‘Dream House’ soundtrack. Coincidentally, the singer/songwriter channeled several elements of the horror film with her versions of Houston’s hits.
Watch Ashanti in action below:
Every time Ashanti finally seemed to be building to a good vocal run or solid note, she tragically veered of course and struggled to handle the songs, particularly on ‘I Will Always Love You’. She even had to prematurely end several of her belts because she was blatantly out of breath and it sounded as though her vocal cords were being pulled like a slingshot.
Why would David Foster – the man who produced Houston’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ – allow Ashanti to subject herself to such embarrassment? Honestly, he seemed quite snide near the end of the performance when he told her to hit the show-stopping climactic note when all she did was scream bloody murder at the unsuspecting audience.
On the bright side, Ashanti’s closing high falsetto was quite pleasurable. Perhaps, she should have just rearranged the songs to better suit her voice and highlighted her few strengths.