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Zach Bryan Praises Summer Rios’ ‘Something in the Orange’ Cover on America's Got Talent

August 8, 2023 11:51 am GMT
Last Edited December 19, 2023 10:02 pm GMT

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Summer Rios’ viral cover of Zach Bryan's ‘Something in the Orange’ has already picked up almost 4 million views on YouTube since her performance aired on America's Got Talent last week.

It seems one of those came courtesy Zach Bryan himself, with the Oklahoma singer-songwriter commenting on AGT's TikTok video of Summer's performance, “You sang this so much more beautifully than I ever could, thank you and it's yours now”.

It's incredibly high praise given the fact that Zach Bryan is now one of the biggest names in country music, renowned both for his intricate lyricism and his raw, evocative vocals.

Summer, a 19-year-old Pizza Hut manager, unsurprisingly received unanimous compliments from all four members of the AGT judging panel, with Simon Cowell celebrating Summer's decision to cover Zach Bryan, “What a great, great choice of song. I think every single person in this room wanted you to do well. We all like you”.

While Zach Bryan's original version carries a heart-rending sense of grit and sparseness, Summer Rios’ rendition feels enchantingly sinuous and polished, with the up-and-coming artist showcasing her vocal dexterity throughout the performance.

The Ohio native will unquestionably be one to watch as the competition progresses, especially now that she has Zach Bryan's coveted stamp of approval.

‘Something in the Orange’ remains Zach Bryan's most recognisable song to date, with the wistful, slow-burning ballad recently becoming the longest-charting Hot 100 country song this decade. Towards the end of 2022, the hit single also earned Zach his first ever Grammy nomination for ‘Best Country Solo Performance’.

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