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Whitney Houston is Matt Zarley's Greatest Love of All: VIDEO


Bearish crooner Matt Zarley (you've seen him get into political hot water and stand in for Jim Lange in a zany remake of The Dating Game) sat down with his mic for a tribute to the singer who was his biggest influence.

Strap yourselves in for Zarley's soaring arrangement of a number of Whitney's greatest hits,

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  1. He's an excellent singer, but... Something about the timbre of his voice just doesn't do it for me. Oh well.

    Posted by: Sergio | Aug 7, 2014 12:42:54 PM

  2. So talented. And such a great guy.

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 7, 2014 12:45:17 PM

  3. Nice voice, control and range but not much to look at but then I'm not into bears. Sorry but I can't stand Houston.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 7, 2014 12:45:26 PM

  4. That was lovely.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Aug 7, 2014 12:53:06 PM

  5. he's very talented. Needs to show more teeth.

    Posted by: MP | Aug 7, 2014 12:56:41 PM

  6. He is an adorable bear - woof.

    Posted by: wittenbergbear | Aug 7, 2014 12:58:24 PM

  7. He is an adorable bear - woof.

    Posted by: wittenbergbear | Aug 7, 2014 12:58:24 PM

  8. Nice voice, but it seems that the song and the video don't sinc. As if they added a studio recording to a separately recorded video

    Posted by: Shepherd | Aug 7, 2014 1:05:07 PM

  9. Why is it on Towleroad that when somebody is described as bearish, the claws come out in the comments?

    Simply, because he doesn't look like a phony, primped-up, 19-year-old, boring, hairless, boy twink, then he must be less worthy. Shallow is as shallow does.

    I think he gave a stirring rendition of Whitney's songs. He did it almost better than she did.

    Posted by: B | Aug 7, 2014 1:43:52 PM

  10. There's just one comment out of 7 that has a negative view on bears, B. Are you reading the same post?

    Posted by: Kevin K. | Aug 7, 2014 2:08:56 PM

  11. Overall this was an excellent performance. But like someone else said there's something about his voice that doesn't appeal to me and it has nothing to do with his looks.

    Posted by: Howard B | Aug 7, 2014 2:31:01 PM

  12. Crazy thing is put that voice on a 20YO handsome twink and you'd have a major star very quickly. In today's internet world being young and looking good brings far more success. Look at Nash Grier - the epitome of a hot twink. Despite the fact that he hates gays and has said so publicly -so much so that he has now catapulted himself to being most popular kid in the world. Or Sam Smith. Physically not an attractive individual. English teeth, overweight and no charmer in the mirror, his voice and delivery is exceptional. Smith kept his public appearances to a minimum and placed only good shots of his best sides in his videos. Zarley should follow Smith's lead and put out the same audio while staying somewhat behind the scenes. Watching him sing is distracting to his beautiful voice.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Aug 7, 2014 2:33:22 PM

  13. Voice = 9 Looks = 6

    Reminds me of a younger Howard Cunningham of Happy Days.

    Posted by: TRACY | Aug 7, 2014 2:38:13 PM

  14. I wasn't a fan of Houston's later work--I thought as her career progressed she lost a lot of the vulnerability and sweetness of her first two CDs, and turned into something much harder-edged and embittered. (Admittedly, she had a tough life, though she made her choices.) What I really like about Zarley (besides him being possibly THE! MOST! DELICIOUS! MAN! ON! THE! PLANET!) is that he puts some gentle fragility back into these songs that I'd forgotten were once there. Also, aside from the final notes (which he gets a pass on due to being a true fan), he kept Houston's melisma runs mostly in check. (And if you want to see more of Zarley's hunkiness and a completely different singing style, check out the "Trust Me" video.)

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 7, 2014 5:26:33 PM

  15. Is he miming to a pre-recorded track? Voice and video don't sync.

    Posted by: Moniker | Aug 7, 2014 10:59:34 PM

  16. i think he has a really stunning voice and timbre, and excellent control of his instrument, but all i kept thinking, once i went and listened to his other output, is that he thinks of himself as a pop singer when he could slay the great american songbook with his highly personal interpretations. i hope he finds his way to what i would call "grown up music".

    Posted by: bandanajack | Aug 8, 2014 4:35:59 AM

  17. The voice is okay. But there is nothing behind it. It's a high voice but there is no power or strength in his voice. He is someone who learned to sing as all of us can with the proper discipline. Unfortunately it's a voice that will burn out very easily. He wants to hit high notes but should really develop some lower registers to give his voice some weight.

    Posted by: FakeOutrage | Aug 8, 2014 8:57:59 AM

  18. I checked out his videos, and I find him quite fascinating to watch and listen to as I keep short-circuiting on all the cognitive dissonance with the stereotypes in my head. A bear, but a George-Michael-ish tenor and solid pop voice, a goofy acting part on "Somebody 4 Everybody" as well as a pop star persona, true joy shining through on his delivery of that song, the very smart "Trust Me" vid with a different take on the "exposed politician" theme, but now a clone type, a glimpse of a teensy bit of very human jelly belly at the end of this vid, ... jeebus. My head is spinning and I'm completely intrigued. Who are you Matt Zarley?!? And "You're a very bad boy! Go up to my room!"

    Posted by: PlaidCat | Aug 13, 2014 10:15:26 PM

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