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Watch Postmodern Jukebox Give A Disney Classic A Vintage, '70s Soul-Style Twist

"[Mario Jose] truly lifts up those around him with his positivity and talent."

Fans of vintage cover creators Postmodern Jukebox have wanted the music collective to cover Disney songs for some time now, and we're happy to report that the wait is over. Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee has announced that a PMJ Disney album is in the works and they've released their cover — "Colors of the Wind," made famous by Vanessa Williams and selected from Disney's Pocahontas.

The phenomenal singer Mario Jose took on lead vocals for this one. "Mario's smooth, warm vocal tone has won him rave reviews on television and a featured spot with a cappella superstars Pentatonix,"  Bradlee wrote in a blog post. "Despite all this success, he's an incredibly humble and generous performer; he truly lifts up those around him with his positivity and talent."

If you follow Postmodern Jukebox's work, you might remember Mario from his performance in their 1950s doo-wop cover of Hanson's "MMMBop."

"When I spoke to Mario about selecting a tune to remake with PMJ, he asked if we had ever covered a Disney song before. We hadn't, but I had received countless requests for Disney covers over the last couple of years and was thinking about someday recording an album of Postmodern Jukebox-ed Disney tunes; after all, Disney is its own genre, much like Postmodern Jukebox itself," Bradlee continued. "Mario's suggestion kicked this whole project in motion, and we decided to use the song 'Colors of the Wind' from Pocahontas as the first one. Since Mario's soulful voice recalls that of greats like Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye, I decided to arrange this one as a tribute to the '70s soul sound, a la Gaye's 1971 masterpiece, 'What's Going On,' complete with Fender Rhodes, backup harmonies, and jazzy chord changes. Mario's vocals were the centerpiece of this arrangement, using all the colors of his voice to paint a picture out of the lyrics." 

Watch the performance below: