Zayn spent the bulk of his early singing career being billed as One Direction’s bad boy, and today he’s shaking his head to a true rebel in the music world by sharing his cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel.” The honor comes in celebration of the legend’s 80th birthday.
“Angel” appeared on Hendrix’s first posthumous album The cry of love in 1971. Zayn’s version preserves the original instrumentals while switching up his vocals: “Asking for a collaboration to celebrate @jimihendrix’s 80th birthday was such an unexpected honor,” the pop star wrote on Twitter. “I have so much respect and admiration for Jimmy, his music and his fans. ‘Angel’ is out now – I hope you love the track as much as I do. Happy 80th Jimmy.”
The Hendrix estate also gave their blessing: “We are delighted that Zayn was inspired to use the original music from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Angel’ in his recording of the song,” they said in a statement to painting. “It is our hope that this version of the Hendrix classic will enlighten a new generation of listeners about the genius of Jimmy and further his continuing legacy.”
What did we take? All is well. Hear Zayn sing along to “Angel” below, ahead of Hendrix’s 80th birthday on November 27.
Zayn’s latest album was in 2021 nobody listens, which was his third single since leaving One Direction in 2015. This album included the songs “Better” and “Vibez”.
To be asked to cooperate to celebrate @jimi hendrix The 80th birthday was a huge unexpected honor. I have so much respect and admiration for Jimmy, his music and his fans. “Angel” is out now – I hope you love the track as much as I do. 80 Happy Jimmy. https://t.co/YJmisXMJYc pic.twitter.com/J4x5eDUqud
– Zayn (zaynmalik) November 25, 2022