Gospel musicians often find themselves in a pickle when they try to tackle secular songs – that’s obviously an understatement. Maybe that’s judgmental to say, but it’s true. One of the most head shakable examples of this was a transformation of “Blurred Lines” into “Jesus Is On The Mainline.” It was nothing short of despicable – NOT A GOOD IDEA IN THE LEAST!
But this is not about waving the finger at gospel artists and their poor decisions to save music that is unworthy of being ‘saved and sanctified,’ this article is actually about a gospel take of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.”
So “Jealous” isn’t an incredibly objectionable song by any means, but its not like Jonas is giving praise to the most high. During the pre-chorus, he mentions his obsession with this girl, going on to say “it’s my right to be hellish / I still get jealous.” Jealousy is a sin, as is lust… one of the seven deadly sins.
Continuing on, on the chorus, the lust and jealousy keep on coming as Jonas sings, “Cause you’re too sexy, beautiful / and everybody wants a taste / that’s why / I still get jealous.” And that’s the clean version of the song, which appears, on both the amended and explicit issues of the album. Many may not have heard his remix of the song with R&B newbie Tinashe, where the lyrics are more risqué: “Cause you’re too f*ckin’ beautiful / and everybody wants your sex / that’s why / I still get jealous.” Yep, nothing about this screams like the type of song a gospel choir should tackle.
The deal is, the gospel choir’s rendition is actually chilling. No shade to Nick, but the organist and those soaring voices truly make “Jealous” sound more heavenly. It’s kind of like at a funeral where the minister tries to preach the deceased into heaven, particularly if that person’s salvation was… umm… in question. Here, The gospel choir turns this envious, lustful pop song into something celestial. There’s still no praise to the most high, but there’s also no mention of wanting her sex either.
As for Nick’s role with the gospel choir, he is overshadowed. His sinful ways – that lustfulness in particular – are still apparent as he ascends to his head voice, otherwise known as his falsetto. It’s not that gospel music doesn’t use falsetto, but doesn’t it really connote innuendo… just saying. Anyways, check out Jonas’ gospel version of his hit single. You may still need to repent afterwards…