Several covers of Rihanna's summer smash "Umbrella" are popping up on the mightly internet such the acoustic remake by Swivel that I blogged about recently.
Scott Simons has also created a new version of Rihanna's hit. The handsome crooner has turned "Umbrella" into a very wistful, emotive ballad with an atmospheric piano arrangement and subtle synthesized beats. Very pristine. You can get more information about this cover on Scott's web site.
You might know Scott Simons as the lead songwriter of indie outfit The Argument who were named one of the top ten unsigned bands in the country by the American Music Awards in 2003. They received national fame by opening acts as Keane, Fountains of Wayne and Howie Day.
The singer singed indie label Rostrum Records in
mid-2006. Since then, he worked on several new
tracks with Neal Pouge (Outkast, Citizen Cope,
Stevie Wonder) and John Fields (Bleu, Semisonic, Switchfoot, Andrew WK)
and produced by Ted Comerford (Zox, Virginia Coalition). He plans to
tour regionally in 2007 and has been co-writing songs for major label
artists. (Thanks to Rostrum Records for sharing.)