Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, the upbeat pop artist and singer-songwriter Just Tommy puts his own spin on Pharrell's smash hit, "Happy," giving the world exactly what they need.
Constantly seeking new ways to bring innovation and positivity to the world, Just Tommy fuels his music with anthems for needed change and motivation. The lively pop artist never fails to leave listeners with a smile on their faces, especially with his recent release.
Now dropping his beaming rendition of Pharrell's hit single, "Happy," Just Tommy mentioned that he didn't plan on covering the song but was seeking something that the world needed at this moment. "Pharrell's video happened to be up on my laptop at that moment, so I turned it up and said to myself that something like this would make people smile. After that, it was an easy decision to make," states Tommy.
Produced by super Producer/Engineer Chuck Alkazian at legendary Pearl Sound Studios, Just Tommy's cover of "Happy" opens with a groovy array of keys accompanied by the same crisp and tight drum arrangements. We love the soulful spin that Just Tommy has put on Pharrell's original vocal delivery, as he sweetens our speakers with his energetic performance and incredibly melodic vocals.
We admire the addition of bright electric guitars and deep vocal harmonies, as it balances the song perfectly while leaving us in an irresistible groove. We feel compelled to tap our feet to the song's captivating beat, especially as Just Tommy delivers his enthusiastic charm for anyone to sing along with.
Experience Just Tommy's soulful and beaming rendition of Pharrell's single, "Happy," now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Just Tommy. We love the heart and soul you've placed into your recent cover of Pharrell's hit single, "Happy." What inspired you to do a cover of this smash hit?
Thanks so much! You guys have been so supportive of my music - it's an honor to be back. Grumpy people inspired me to cover "Happy". Also 2020. Maybe equal parts of both. I was in Michigan working on new material with Chuck, and we were having a conversation about the negativity that was hanging out in the world at that moment. I pulled up Pharrell's video and said, "People need more of this right now". I love that it's easily recognizable and you can just sing along with it. Don't forget to smile! They're more infectious than you know what...
How did you incorporate your own ideas into the instrumentation and sonics for your cover of "Happy?" What additions did you make that represent you and your sound?
That was my favorite part of the process actually. The original essence of the song is super important to me, so everything that got added was purposeful. Guitars were first. I play guitar on all of my releases, but what most people don't know is that I built the guitars I play. So that's one thing. Synths were another addition I was stoked about. I used Arturia's soft-synths all over my album, so you'll find them on "Happy" as well. There are some other JUST TOMMY Easter eggs in there. If you listen closely, you'll hear them.
What was it like working with producer/engineer Chuck Alkazian when reworking the sonics for "Happy?" How did he help bring your ideas to life?
Working with Chuck is awesome. We've been working together for over a year now, but this was the first time we were able to work in person. His workflows are extremely efficient, so we were able to work fast. Chuck was able to bring my ideas to life pretty easily because we were on the wavelength from the beginning...I swear he's psychic. He saw my original vision and enhanced it in all the right ways using techniques I'd never seen before. It's mostly small tweaks here and there that ended up bringing it to life. When Chuck was mixing it, I was just paying attention and listening as he worked. He works fast so I couldn't tell you what his secret sauce is, but I can tell you there was a definite moment in the control room when he made one small adjustment, and the entire song just came alive. I still don't know what he did. Sounds pretty darn good to me though.
Is this your first time releasing a cover? Will you continue releasing covers here and thereafter the success you've received from your rendition of "Happy?"
"Happy" is actually the second cover I've released. The first was "A Thousand Years", by Christina Perri. I really enjoy doing covers here and there, and definitely plan on releasing more. I may or may not have already completed the next one. My lips are sealed. For now.