Friday, April 3, 2015

Kat Graham - 1991

I had the pleasure to see Kat perform back in 2010 when she was promoting "Put Your Graffiti On Me" at Nashville Pride and from that point going forward, I've loved and supported everything she's done musically and theatrically.  I fell in love with Bonnie Bennett and wanted more and more of her each week on The Vampire Diaries but it really wasn't until she released "Power" that I knew she had the potential to be a megastar.  She has a voice that's built to inspire you to great heights and she's got charisma that draws you in so close that you feel like you're talking to an old friend.  Her smile lights up the room and she's got stage presence for days.

I think that the ladies in TLC would have been amazed to play beside and with Kat if this was the 90s.  I feel like she and Left Eye would have been great friends and they would have collaborated on some amazing music so I think that it's very cool that she sampled, "What About Your Friends" on this track.  It's a powerhouse of a song and the rap in the middle eight really brings that Left Eye influence to the track.  I want this woman to do amazing things and blow up bigger than many of the artists you're hearing on the radio right now.  I mean, come on.... have you listened to her kill it on "Wanna Say"? That is, hands down, one of my favorite songs of all time.

Support this amazing artist and show her love because she's worth all of it.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me

Another example of international music that is simply mind blowing.  Eurovision seems to be able to capture that American Idol and other American competition shows are lacking.  They attract the best and brightest entries and have so many artists that are simply at the top of their game.  I am not familiar with these two individuals but I know they hail from Norway, as this is the Norwegian entry in the contest this year and I know they create some of the most beautiful harmonies I've heard.  The song is rich and full of passion.  It's a darkly drawn version of a duet that traps you and holds you close.  It's got a pungent feeling of sorrow that permeates through the vocals and the production is stellar.  I will be keeping track of this song to see how it does in the competition.

The Knocks - Collect My Love ft. Alex Newell

Alex Newell has become one of the hottest properties in music lately. Working with super groups like Blonde and Matvey Emerson, he is easily bound for superstardom.  Now with New York producers/artists, The Knocks, Alex has provided the vocals on one of the smoothest tracks I think I've heard in a long time.  I can't stop listening to this.  The build up is gorgeous and the chorus goes non stop.  I cannot express how amazing The Knocks are at crafting music that just gets you where you need to go.  I've had the privilege of seeing them work their magic live and I am a lifelong fan.  As long as they continue to make music, they've got me.  This song is just so amazing.  It's fun and it's funky and it's going to go a long way.  Alex's voice is so gorgeous and it makes me happy to see how much the industry is supporting him.