The inspiring message of Alessia Cara's "Scars to Your Beautiful" transcends decades.
Postmodern Jukebox, the group that reinvents hits such as "Hotline Bling" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again" in styles of the past, has released a new cover of Cara's song. It's sung to perfection by Sara Niemietz under an elegant black-and-white filter.
The single, which was inspired by Cara's own struggle with hair loss, reminds listeners to love themselves just the way they are. "And you don't have to change a thing," the 20-year-old sings. "The world could change its heart."
Scott Bradlee, the creator of Postmodern Jukebox, describes their remake as "a classic soul ballad."
"I changed the time signature and added a horn arrangement, but the real star here was Sara, who filled each phrase with nuance and expression," he writes in a blog post. "She has a rare gift of breathing new life into every song she sings, while simultaneously honoring the original."
Watch the stunning performance below:
As part of Pepsi and MTV's series The Sound Drop, Alessia Cara stopped by the rehearsal for this latest cover to talk to Bradlee and Niemietz about the power of music to convey meaning.
"It goes beyond just lyrics sometimes," Cara says. "Sometimes feeling and connection comes from sounds and melodies and just tone."
"You make every note count when you're singing soul," Bradlee adds. "You want people to feel what you're feeling."
"That was amazing," Cara said when she saw the reimagined performance.
See their conversation, and hear more from Cara about her empowering approach to music, below: