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Scottish singer-songwriter, Sandi Thom, shared videos of her renditions of Bonnie Raitt‘s “Can’t Make You Love Me” and Gun N’ Roses’ “November Rain.” The videos are part of a weekly cover series updated every Thursday on Sandi’s Youtube, displaying Sandi’s talent and stylistic range.
Sandi recently shared the news that her upcoming fourth studio album, “Flesh and Blood” (recorded in Nashville with the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson), is due out August 14th. The album’s lead single, “The Sun Comes Crashing Down,” is available as a free download at sandithom.com.
Occasionally you go to an intimate show and are fortunate to experience an incredible performer up close and personal. Very rarely are you able to have that experience multiplied by three. On February 26th in Jupiter, Florida, Nashville recording artist, Sarah Darling; UK chart topper, Jenn Bostic; and local teenage prodigy, Emily Brooke, shared the stage at Tiki 52 for one night only … And it was a night that attendees won’t soon forget.
Emily Brooke opened the night with a bang, almost literally, as she took on Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene.” As always, Emily charmed the crowd immediately with her soulful voice, stunning guitar playing, and adorable personality, made especially apparent by the huge smile that crossed her face when the audience joined her in a loud “HA!” during this hot opener. In true Emily Brooke fashion, she introduced almost every song, told cute little stories, made herself giggle, and, like a seasoned professional, swiftly returned to her set list seamlessly. A crowd favorite was Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” which Emily introduced and then, elatedly, said that she heard someone in the audience say how much she loved this song. Onlookers sang and clapped along as Emily strummed the guitar and crooned this popular tune that oftentimes receives a warm reception and rave reviews. Other highlights of Emily’s set list included Hunter Hayes’ “All You Ever,” The Civil Wars’ “Devil’s Backbone,” and original song (on Emily’s Here Right Now album with a corresponding video on YouTube) “Dance Hall.”
The name Dave Barnes is synonymous with awesome. By day, he’s an independent musician who just recently released his eighth studio album, Golden Days. By night, he’s a bit of a Nashville superhero, moonlighting as a mentor, award-winning songwriter, standup comedian, husband and new father.
We recently had the chance to chat with Dave about his new album, writing country hits, his incredible 12 year journey in the music industry and his big plans for 2014.
KIC: This is your 8th studio album – what can fans expect from Golden Days?
DB: Hopefully a subtle combination of more of what they hopefully like about what I do, while pushing the boundaries a bit musically and lyrically from what I’ve talked about and how I’ve done that before.
There are many words that can be used to describe singer/songwriter/musician, Jenn Bostic: talented; intelligent; humble; gracious; personable; soulful; inspiring … and that is just to name a few. During our extremely chatty telephone conversation, I learned that Jenn is one of the mentally and physically strongest people I have had the pleasure of “meeting” and that this artist gets lost in her craft for the most admirable of reasons. With accolades and awards that are exceedingly impressive and in which any artist would hold a great deal of pride, what Jenn holds dearest is the impact she has made on the lives of those who can relate to her music.
Jenn Bostic was raised in a musical family. When she was younger, her family would sit around after dinner, with her father playing guitar, and he and Jenn would each sing songs. In an extraordinarily unfortunate twist of fate, Jenn’s father’s life was cut short in a tragic car accident when she was ten years of age. “It broke my heart, but trying to find a therapy to express those things was so difficult, so I sat down at the piano again and, for me, he taught me how to play, he taught me how to sing … that was the one connection that remained with him not being around anymore. And, through that, I just enveloped myself in every form of music I could.”
When we reached out to Sean Patrick McGraw for an interview, we knew that he was ridiculously talented, but after chatting with him, we learned that he’s both ridiculously talented AND ridiculously hilarious. Read on to hear what Sean has to say about his stint on reality TV, Montgomery Gentry recording his song, “My So Called Life,” and sharing the stage with some of country’s biggest names. If that’s not enough, he also shares his candid opinions on Taylor Swift, karaoke and a little Dustin Lynch song called “Cowboys and Angels.”
Read on to meet the sarcastic, hilarious and uber-talented, Sean Patrick McGraw.
Whether you know it or not, we guarantee that you’re already a fan of Razor & Tie recording artist, Dave Barnes. He’s been nominated for a Grammy and a CMA Award, has released two EPs, six albums, including a fantastic Christmas CD, and is utterly hilarious. (Seriously, look up his crazy Youtube videos.) He’s also the man responsible for Blake Shelton‘s #1 Hit “God Gave Me You.”
We had the opportunity to interview Dave, and if you’re not a fan already, read on and let him win you over. We talk career highlights, “God Gave Me You,” dream collaborations and burping on stage.
American Idol Season 11 is well underway. As you probably already know, this season’s resident country girl is Skylar Laine and she is definitely one to watch. With a great set of country pipes and stellar performance skills, Skylar is going to be a serious contender for the Idol crown this year. She has “it” as they say.
Skylar has continued to impress me each week, and nails her performance every time she hits the stage. She is one of the most consistent contestants and her stage presence is second to none this season. Her country mixed with rock sound definitely suites her well, and fits in perfectly on current country radio.
Tonight on Idol, we will lose another contestant giving us the Top 9. I would be shocked if Skylar is in jeopardy after her fantastic rendition of Billy Joel’s “Shameless” last night.
Continue reading to catch up on Skylar’s performances from the last three weeks…
The music business isn’t anything new to Lex Land. But competing on a stage as big as “The Voice” certainly is.
The 24-year-old member of Team Blake works full-time as a singer/songwriter. She’s already released albums and some of her original songs have appeared on TV shows such as “Private Practice,” “One Tree Hill” and “Castle.” The native of Austin, Texas believes in using her time and talents to give back to others as she also works as a counselor/teacher at a rock camp for girls.
The sultry singer’s redition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” got three of the judges to turn their chairs during the blind audition. Cee Lo Green turned first, followed a split-second later by Adam Levine. It took quite a while longer, but Blake Shelton finally turned his chair. Blake may have been the last to turn, but as Land said in a conference call, he was always Lex’s first choice because of his coaching on the show — and potentially beyond it.
“Well, I did actually want to be on Blake Shelton’s team. I thought that he was a really great coach last year and I felt that, regardless of the outcome of the show, if any coach was going to continue to support me and to mentor me with whatever happened that it would probably be him. So I was thrilled when he turned around. And in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t really sure who I was going to choose, but I ended up sticking with my initial feeling and I’m really glad that I did.”
Team Blake is complete!
Let’s meet them…
Lex is a singer songwriter who has had her songs featured on One Tree Hill, Private Practice, and Castle, among others. She auditioned with Bonnie Raitt’s ”I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Blake, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green all turned their chairs around, but Lex chose Team Blake!
Lex shared via Twitter:
I am so pumped to finally be able to say that I’m a member of #TEAMBLAKE !!!!
Follow Lex on Twitter: @LexLand
Continue reading for the rest of the recap…