The BBC Live Lounge has played host to some incredible covers over the years, but Khalid's performance of Tracy Chapman's hit "Fast Car" has to be right up there with some of the best. Chapman's instantly recognizable signature song was released in April 1988 as the lead single from her debut album, and Khalid keeps the original's spirit and sound intact with his cover.
That wispy, gorgeous guitar line is faithfully reproduced, and Khalid's warm vocals convey the necessary mix of hope and hopelessness that makes "Fast Car" such a powerful song. Previously, Khalid also covered Frank Ocean's "Lost" for the BBC, and this time he performed his breakout hit "Location" too. Last year, Khalid released his debut album American Teen and was subsequently nominated in four Grammys categories. He's got a whole lot of momentum and we're excited to see where the young pop star goes next.
Watch the Tracy Chapman cover above and "Location" below. Check out our 2017 interview between Khalid and Jinx below too.