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Singer-songwriter Joy Daniels always comes with something fresh, inspiring and difficult to categorize, and her cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” is no exception. With the help of her longtime touring band, Joy reinvents this classic social commentary that seeks answers in a world of chaos and uncertainty, incorporating elements of R&B, gospel, hip hop and alternative rock, and channeling artists like Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper. The end result — #What’sGoinOn2014 — is a powerful, personal take on Marvin’s timeless message. Be sure to give it a listen below, and download Joy’s latest album “Joy After The Rain” for free at joyforthepeople.com.

Lauren Carter is a writer and editor based in the Boston area. Follow her on Twitter and check out her blog at www.bylaurencarter.com.