If you were seeking the perfect a cappella track for strutting down the street on a Saturday night, look no further.
Jim Diego, the voice, arranger and mastermind behind “The Whitney Project,” has brought the fire, passion and style of another iconic female performer to aca-life.
By taking on Beyonce’s “Ego,” Diego has continued to solidify his brand – confident and smooth, with a touch of unapologetic flamboyance.
Diego told A Cappella Records, “I wanted to do a track that I could definitely do a music video for that also showcased one of my other passions – dance – so I got two of my friends, also talented dancers and choreographers, to work with me in choreographing a piece that’ll work well for video, also emulating the original done by Beyoncé.”
The video is the epitome of Manhattan high fashion – appropriate for the present New York City ambassador for the Contemporary A cappella Society of America, and a founding member of Restated (formerly The Red States), one of the city’s most celebrated a cappella groups. With a little help from his friends, he found videographer Gregg Monteith, photographer Kat Hennessey, makeup artist Alex Michaels, and dancers/co-choreographers Rommel O’Choa and Dennis Chin. The parts come together in a visual presentation that’s equal parts homage and originality.
The University of Michigan and Gimble alumnus returned to Liquid 5th (the production crew behind “The Whitney Project”) for the recording, mixing and mastering of “Ego.” And their studio mastery, combined with Diego’s bouncy arrangement and sultry, rangy vocals, make for a track that’s all about fun and musicality. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable listen even without the help of the video’s sexy visuals.