Friday, December 25, 2009

December 25th: Christmas After All by Maria Taylor

I really love Maria Taylor's music.
Merry Christmas!
Here's Christmas After All by Maria Taylor.
I'll continue ArtistoftheWeek in January.
Take a look out for some random posts I'll be posting through Christmas Break.

I love this Christmas cover song.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 24th: Silent Night by Priscilla Ahn

I like the winter colors in this photo.
Priscilla Ahn has such a voice that would make you feel like you really are flying high. Her version of Silent Night is a great song to own for Christmas Eve. The song can either help you sleep from the excitement of Christmas or make you not feel so lonely when walking out in the cold the Night Before Christmas.
Here's Silent Night by Priscilla Ahn

Nice photo for the winter look.

I really love this photo of Priscilla Ahn. Nice look on her.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 23rd: Christmas Day by Dido

I really love this photo of Dido.

Anyways, sadly I couldn't really find any good photos of Dido in Winter or of a Christmas theme.
So Anyways here's Christmas Day by Dido.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 19th: Here Comes Your Ride by Holidays On Ice

I know it feels like I use this band a lot for this season, but who could resist using a band called Holidays on Ice for the Christmas/Winter Season? I know I cant!

Here's Here Comes Your Ride by Holidays On Ice

-Accidentally forgot to post a song for December 19th last year. Yeah not smart on my part.-

December 19th: Carol of the Bells by The Bird & the Bee

This group has another great Christmas song that I just couldn't keep to myself.
Here's Carol Of The Bells by The Bird and the Bee.
Author's Note
I got a full day ahead of me today. Family day of gifts and a Christmas Party with friends. See ya tomorrow!

Friday, December 18, 2009

December 18th: Sleigh by Holidays On Ice

I really wish he didn't grow out that God dang beard!

He looks really old in it and it doesn't really fit the genre the band is. White people are strange. Anyways, here's Sleigh by Holidays On Ice.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16th: Maybe Next Year (X-mas Song) by Meiko

I Love photos with the sun streaming through like this.
For the 16th of December I think that this song fits. When you're 16 years old you don't really like anyone and you were probably a bad child that year. also for some kids they don't want even want to remember their 16th year of Christmas. I know I don't. Meiko must have been feeling pretty "16" when she wrote this song. Or just angry. Anyways here's the song.

Maybe Next Year (X-mas Song) by Meiko

This photo fits the season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15th: All My Bells Are Ringing by Lenka

I love this photo.

Lenka's Christmas song is of course an upbeat happy-go-lucky song filled with longing love from another. Christmas has officially been Lenka'd.
Here's All My Bells Are Ringing by Lenka

Music Video

Happy Holidays From Lenka

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December 10th: Ipod Xmas by Hello Saferide

I love this song.
"I got an iPod Nano with your name written on it! It's gonna fit well with my new life listening to Gloria Gaynor singing, 'I Will Survive'!"

Ha Ha Ha! Funny!
Anyways, this is the first song I heard of Hello Saferide. Now I really like Hello Saferide. Hope you enjoy Ipod Xmas.
It's Swedish Pop/Rock at it's best.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 8th: It's Snowing by Akino Arai

I love Akino Arai. This song is great for today and tomorrow. Especially if you live in the Midwest(Northeastern Iowa). It's a Blizzard here in Waterloo and listening to this song just calms it all down for me. I received this song from her V.H. Music Collection.
It's Snowing by Akino Arai
Hope you enjoy it while you're protecting yourself from the cold.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6th: Santa Don't Go by Farrah

Farrah's song Santa Don't Go is a really entertaining song. I kind of laugh a little hearing the lead singer sing about not wanting Santa to leave.
Santa Don't Go

Official Website

Saturday, December 5, 2009

December 5th: Spotlight On Christmas by Rufus Wainwright

Spotlight On Christmas is a very good song done by Rufus Wainwright. I really love listening to this song during Christmas Time. You should get out Spotlight On Christmas it's a good song to have.

Official Website

Friday, December 4, 2009

December 4th: It's Christmas But Listen by Henrik (feat. Kim Richey)

I really like this song. I've never heard of Henrik before the song. I got it from the Christmas Present EP. It's a free EP filled with Christmas songs. Offered to you from Lojinx. Hope you like It's Christmas But Listen! <--Download Link

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 3rd: I Wanna Take You Out In Your Holiday Sweater by Pas/Cal

Pas/Cal has a really good original Christmas song. That great Indie Pop taste with Happy-Go-Lucky vocals and melodies. I thank Hi-Fi Heart for introducing me to this band. My new favorite blog.

Have The Song For Yourself
<-- Download Link Myspace

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2nd:Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

I've always thought of this song as a song for the beginning of December. When the snow is fresh and the love is dying. Just kidding. Anyways hope you enjoy the song!

There's even a music video for the song too. (Hence the cartoon photo.) It's pretty cool.
Music Video

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I've Been Gone For A Long Time....

Dang! I've been gone for about 4 1/2 months. It's time to come back! It's needed!
I think that for each week I've been gone I shoud give you a song for free.
These are songs I listened to constantly through the time of my abscene.

Memory by Younha[Korean]
Homecoming by Kanye West (feat. Chris Martin)
Hot N' Cold by Basement Jaxx
Strawberry Road by Sam Phillips
Manos Al Aire by Nelly Furtado
Moutain & the Sea by Ingrid Michaelson
Daniel(Death Metal Dance Scene Remix)by Bat For Lashes
Dust Of Us by Bell Horses
Came Around by Amie Miriello
I'm A Flirt(Shoreline) by R.Kelly vs. Broken Social Scene
Come Back To Me by Vanessa Hudgens
Falling Down by Selena Gomez & the Scene
Grey Weather by Gregory and the Hawk
Voice Like A Bell by Gregory and the Hawk
Ghost by Gregory and the Hawk
It's Time by Maria Taylor
Green Butterflies by Maria Taylor
Waste of Time by Fotuna Mikou
Coin Laundry by Lisa Mitchell
She Wolf by Shakira
Nothing But A Miracle by Diane Birch
Neopolitan Dreams by Lisa Mitchell
Bajo Otra Luz by Nelly Furtado


for Christmas I'm going to offer a free Christmas song for each day until Christmas. It'll start 12/2/09. See ya later!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ArtistoftheWeek:Leona Naess 5/20/09-5/29/09

Leona Kristina Naess was born in July 31, 1974 is a British singer-songwriter. Naess was born in New York City and raised in London. She is the daughter of Filippa Kumlin D'Orey, a Swedish interior designer and Arne Næss, Jr., a Norwegian mountaineer and business magnate. She has an older brother, Christoffer, and a sister, Katinka, from that marriage. Her great uncle was the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss. Naess was 7 years old when her parents divorced in 1982. She attended school in the Chelsea neighbourhood of London while growing up, and later attended the Purcell School in Hertfordshire, where she studied music composition. Her father married American entertainer Diana Ross in 1986 and had two boys, Ross and Evan. Naess would often travel to their Connecticut home. Naess also has two half-brothers, Nicklas and Louis, from her father's subsequent marriage to Camilla Astrup.
Naess received her first guitar at the age of 14, a gift from her mother. The first song she learned to play was "The Cross" by Prince from the 1987 album Sign “O” the Times. She soon began writing her own songs and poetry. In addition to Julie Andrews in the musicals Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, her early influences were 1980s British rock: Joy Division, The Cure, New Order, The Specials and Madness. Naess soon found inspiration in the contemporary singer-songwriters Tracy Chapman, Sinéad O'Connor, and Edie Brickell, as well as in Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Her other musical influences include Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon. At the age of 18, Naess moved to New York City to study music at New York University, she later switched her major, receiving a degree in anthropology. A resident of Greenwich Village, she began performing with her guitar at open mikes and was soon performing regularly in coffeehouses, bars and clubs like The Bitter End around Lower Manhattan, even busking at times. A friend, who was an intern at Sony Records, invited an executive to see Naess perform. Soon, a number of record companies were interested in signing her. She signed with producer Scott Litt's record label, Outpost Records, at the age of 22, shortly after graduating from NYU.
Naess began work on her first album in 1998, which was completed in June 1999. A series of business mergers postponed the album, meanwhile the Outpost label went out of business. The head of MCA Records, another division of the Universal Music Group of which Outpost had become part of, brought her contract over to MCA. Naess's first album, Comatised, was released in March 2000. Naess continued to develop as a performer during the delays. Comatised produced the single "Charm Attack" (Adult Top 40 #29), which was also featured in the teen comedy film Whatever It Takes. She appeared as a model for Calvin Klein prior to the release of the album. Naess soon released her second album, I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll (2001), produced by Swedish producer Martin Terefe.
In 2002, Naess recorded backing vocals on Counting Crows album Hard Candy, primarily on the song "Black and Blue". She signed with Geffen Records and released her third album, Leona Naess (2003), produced by Ethan Johns. The album was a new direction for Naess with its stripped-down instrumentation. A song from this album, "Ballerina", appeared in the first season of the Showtime program, Weeds (2005), in the episode entitled "Dead in the Nethers". Another song from her third album, "Christmas", also appeared on the soundtrack Music from the OC: Mix 3. In 2004, her song "Calling" was featured on the soundtrack to Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

In January 2004, Naess' father died in a climbing accident in South Africa. Devastated by the loss, she withdrew from music and moved back to London to live with her mother. Naess was dropped from her record label, split with her manager, and considered going back to school. Eventually, she resumed songwriting and began collaborating with music producer Samuel Dixon. Naess released a fourth album, Thirteens, on September 16, 2008 with Verve Forecast Records in the U.S. The title refers to thirteen lo-fi home-recorded albums that Naess created over approximately two years before the album's release, although Naess has stated that the title has another meaning, which is a secret. The album consists of first takes, which were then overdubbed. A single, "Heavy Like Sunday", was released on June 2, 2008 on Blue Flowers Records.500 copies of a 7" vinyl version included a Polaroid picture taken by Naess.
Naess is featured on the Ray LaMontagne album, Gossip in the Grain (2008), on the songs "A Falling Through" and "I Still Care for You", and toured with LaMontagne in September – November 2008. She has also toured with Eagle-Eye Cherry, David Gray, The Barenaked Ladies, Travis, Ryan Adams, Emm Gryner, Hem, Josh Rouse, Ben Lee, Badly Drawn Boy, and appeared as part of the 1999 Lilith Fair.
Naess lives in New York City and frequently travels back to London. She was engaged to singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, the engagement ended in 2003.
Comatised is the 2000 debut album by Leona Naess, produced by MCA Records. The tracks "Charm Attack" and "Lazy Days" were featured in teen comedy film Whatever It Takes and primetime drama The O.C., respectively. The single "Charm Attack" reached #29 on the Billboard Adult Top 40.
I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll is a 2001 album by Leona Naess. I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll is her second album, and is produced by MCA Records.
The title track and "Mayor Of Your Town" were released as singles from this album.
Leona Naess is a 2003 self-titled album by Leona Naess. Leona Naess is Naess' third album, and the first of hers to be produced Geffen Records. The album was a critical success, receiving a four and a half star ranking from Allmusic, and was chosen as one of Allmusics Album Picks. One of the tracks, Christmas, also appeared on the Music from the OC: Mix 3, and the album reached 43 on the TopHeatseekers chart in 2003.

A promotional only version of the album put out towards it's commercial release included a bonus DVD featuring interviews with leona and footage of the recording sessions. The package also included a heart shaped metal locket, a pressed leaf and a pencil sketch of Leona. The main album is also part of the package although a slightly different master with a different track order.

"Calling" was released as a single from this album. It was announced in December 2006 that "Ballerina" was re-recorded with Tori Amos producing and providing piano for a possible future single release. Rumors has been spread that Ballerina is about a stillborn that Leona had.

Thirteens is an album by Leona Naess, released by Verve Forecast Records on 16 September 2008 in the U.S., and will be released on 11 May 2009 in the U.K..

The album was influenced by the death of Naess’s father, Arne Næss, Jr., in a mountaineering accident in January 2004. Naess returned to London from New York City and eventually began writing and recording songs with music producer Samuel Dixon. Naess recorded with almost no budget, asking friends to contribute, and completed thirteen albums’ worth of material. Eleven songs were selected for the release, titled Thirteens. Described as "a sweet and poignant collection" by New York magazine, much of the album deals with the onset of maturity. The album consists of first takes, which where then overdubbed.

A digital download of the album available on the iTunes Store includes a bonus track featuring singer-songwriter Ryan Adams; an exclusive edition available through retailer Barnes & Noble includes two bonus tracks.

In November 2008 Leona Naess decided to give people a bootleg version of Thirteens. Thirteen Weeks:Thirteen Songs, every monday a new song is posted. Well in February 2009 Leona stopped giving free songs after No Boys, she has been very busy with music and touring and so on.

"i am so so sorry about the delay with find the 13 song situation. i like to hide myself away from it all and sometimes the idea of going onto any website, mine mainly, freaks me out completely. i just don't want to know. the problem with this, is that i don't know when things are not working. I guess i have people to do this but maybe they are freaked out too. maybe they are locked in their bathrooms and can't get out. maybe they're stuck under some really heavy furniture. who know? but i am sorry and am working to fix it. i can tell you that i saw kings of leon at msg and it was good. although what the fuck are they wearing these days? sound garden meets savage garden or something. awful. i also went to see mary louise parker in hedda gabler. she is amazing... sigh. have done many other things but less is more right?"
-Leona Naess

It's ok though. I found the 12th one Beautiful Boy and a couple other songs from Leona Naess too.
Find The 13
Official Website
FREE Downloads!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

ArtistoftheWeek:The Moonbabies4/12/09-4/19/09

The Moonbabies is a Swedish duo formed in 1997 by core members Ola Frick (Vocals, Guitar and misc. Instruments) and Carina Johansson (Vocals & Keys). In 1996 Ola Frick (Vocalist/Muliti-instrumentalist) and Carina Johansson (Vocalist/Piano/Keyboards) got together and began writing songs and gigging throughout their home city of Malmö, Sweden under the name Moonbabies. After some years playing around with different set-ups and styles, their debut 7", 'Air>>>Moon>>> Stereo' EP was released in the autumn of 1999. After quite some success with the EP, they got signed by US label Duckweed Records who released their debut album 'June and Novas', which met near unanimous critical approval for its blending of glimmering guitar lines, complex electronic and experimental passages, and hauntingly ethereal vocals. Moonbabies got praised by the American music press and has been described as "not just the best of their country but ours as well " by one admiring American critic and "an impressive marriage of traditional indie pop and modern electronic production" by another.

Their diverse music has been called "dream pop", "album rock", "mood pop", and "experimental underwater moods." Their strong melodic songs run the gamut from lulling to heavy rock, and their less traditional instrumental pieces often incorporate elements of classical music, psychedelia, and electronica. Tracks from 'June and Novas' got heavy rotation on Swedish National Radio, and impressive amounts of sale and attention for a small indie release.

"We still 'do it ourselves', everything from recording, mixing, designing the artwork. I think the band has the strongest ideas of how they want to approach their music and artwork." - Ola Frick in Breakthrough Magazine Interview 2001

Moonbabies needed exactly one album to establish themselves as the architects of some of the most exquisite 21st century pop. Compared to the likes of Grandaddy, My Bloody Valentine, Sgt Pepper era Beatles, Kate Bush and Jim O'Rourke. After the release of 2001's 'We're Layabouts' EP, Moonbabies did their first US tour and successfully headlined a dozen venues in the western USA. The following year Moonbabies released another critically acclaimed EP titled 'Standing on the Roof / Filtering the Daylight', which illustrated a significant departure from the Moonbabies' known brand of indiepop, and a change towards a more mature and sophisticated songwriting. After its release the band signed on to the Swedish label Chalksounds, to Hidden Agenda/Parasol in the USA and to Vinyl Junkie Records in Japan.

The band released their second full-length album 'The Orange Billboard', their most ambitious work to date, in January 2004. The album features a wonderful journey through the finest pop songs the band ever written and was praised with fantastic response from the critics and listeners. The swedish booking agency Motor/EMA took Moonbabies under their rooster and during the following 5 months, the band did amazingly around 50 shows. Ola and Carina went out on a acoustic tour supporting Eskobar in April and the band, including live members Markus Weitner (Guitar/Bass) and Anders Sejr Davidsen (Drums) grew to be a dynamic kicking liveact after a most successful tour of Germany.

The future looks bright for the band as Ola and Carina just recently did an successful acoustic tour together with the German band Monta in December 2004 in support of 'The Orange Billboard' album release in Germany.Their earliest efforts recalled early Indie/Shoegazer influences by bands like My Bloody Valentine, Ride and The Pixies, but with their 2004 album
The Orange Billboard, developed into more sophisticated pop music with a touch of The Beach Boys and The Beatles, as well as experimentation with electronics. The Single/Mini-album "War on Sound" was released in 2005 and became an immediate indie-anthem and followed success on radio and TV-shows like Grey's Anatomy. In 2007 Moonbabies at the Ballroom was released, a somewhat more constructed and song-oriented album including "Take me to the Ballroom", "Shout it Out", "Walking on my Feet" and "Cocobelle" which all were frequently aired on collage radio world-wide and included in several TV shows and commericals.

Moonbabies Official Website


Sunday, March 29, 2009

ArtistoftheWeek:She & Him3/22/09-3/29/09

She & Him is an American indie pop band consisting of actress Zooey Deschanel (vocals, piano, banjo) and musician M.(Matt) Ward (guitar, production). The band’s first album, Volume One, was released on Merge Records in March, 2008.
Deschanel and Ward first met on the set of the film The Go-Getter[hmm…I wondered why I was so into the movie.ha ha.], in which the actress had a starring role. The director of the film, Martin Hynes, introduced the two and asked them to sing a duet together to be played at the end credits of the film. They decided to perform a Richard and Linda Thompson song entitled “When I Get to the Border”. The two bonded over their shared interest in certain songs and artists. Ward, having heard Deschanel sing previously in the film Elf, was surprised that she wrote songs herself and had many home demos. He asked her to send them to him. Deschanel was shy about music, but sent them to him anyway. Ward called her a short time later, and told her that he would like to record her songs properly, and their band She & Him was formed shortly after that. Deschanel said in an interview: “I always have loved music, ever since I was really little. I just loved to sing.”
For the Album “Volume One” the two originally worked together via e-mail, with Ward in his Portland, Oregon studio and Deschanel in her Los Angeles, California home. Ward would spend time “tinkering” with the music after Deschanel sent it to him, but Zooey eventually had to go to his studio to put the finishing touches on their album. They recorded in Portland in December 2006 and February-March 2007. It took them three recording sessions to complete the album. They also recorded in Mike Coykendall’s and Adam Selzer’s studios, and had a mixing session with Mike Mogis in his Omaha, Nebraska studio in either April or May 2007.
For the upcoming Album “Volume Two” in an interview on October 8th, 2008 with paste magazine, M. Ward announced that She & Him are currently working on volume two. When asked about the album Ward said “Zooey has about a gazillion brand new awesome songs. All we know about Volume Two is that it’s going to be twice as good as Volume One.
I first found out about She & Him from randomly hearing the song “Sentimental Heart”. I think at Barnes and Nobel, and I knew that I fell in love with the song. Then after about four to five months after that first listen of their music I finally found out who sung the song from Again I say is the best! I found out that Zooey Deschanel sings for She & Him and I was surprised but expected it. Because all actresses that I like are either lesbians, musicians or both[Leisha Hailey! :D Favorite L Word Character!]. At the most part…I then checked out M. Ward as soon as I found out he released a lot of albums. So after I watched The Go-Getter. The movie that started this great band! Him and Zooey Deschanel seperate are good, but together they’re the best.

******She & Him's Websites******
She & Him's Myspace Page
She & Him's Official Website

She & Him - Sentimental Heart
She & Him - Got Me
She & Him - Bring It On Home To Me[Live]
She & Him - This Is Not A Test
She & Him - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
She & Him - Magic Trick[Live]
She & Him - I Put A Spell On You

Friday, March 20, 2009

ArtistoftheWeek:Jeevan Singh3/15/09-3/22/09

Jeevan Singh[pronounced: Heevan/Geevan Sing]
I know the last name is sing but the first is either pronouced geevan or heevan. I wish I knew!

"Imagine walking on snow at night in the quiet abandoned farmlands of upstate New York. Imagine a soft pillow to your ear."

Jeevan Singh is a Indie Folk/Pop Singer Songwriter. She was born in Manhattan and has been in Portland and is now living in Spain.
March 1983, New York, the snow fell softly. Her mother had studied classical Spanish guitar in the city, Puerto Rico, and later NYU. She wrote songs about liberty. Her mother sang to her first child in the womb.
March 1997, New York, she was gifted a round guitar, her first guitar, by her mother.
July 2002, Portland, newly relocated, she met a wonder of songwriters, artists, and activists.
Jeevan Singh grew up listening to Cat Stevens, old Bollywood soundtracks, and her mother’s songs on the guitar. She lived in Portland, Oregon and played with two bands there - Love Menu and Gatos - as well as solo.
August 2008, Portland, she released "Golden Lights EP" on House of Sound Records as a sort of goodbye to Portland.
September 2008, Spain, she packed her bags to test her luck on another continent. Now she's in the process of writing new songs.

Jeevan Singh's Website's
Jeevan Singh's Myspace Page
Jeevan Singh's CDBaby's Page
Jeevan Singh's Facebook Page
Jeevan Singh's Page
Jeevan Singh - Skidmore Bluffs
Jeevan Singh - We All Love To Be
Jeevan Singh - Golden Lights

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Dri is a reletively new artist that I found out about from Only Available in US website) They've introduced me to so many great artists. I found out about New Buffalo from and many other great artists.[about 15 of my artists I found out about from Pandora.]
Dri has two music videos out which is very good for a person which isn't recognized or even promoted that much. Which sucks, cause she deserves to be known. At least iTunes mention her on iTunes Singer-Songwriters thing in..December?....January?...Dang! I can't remember! Anyway Dri's music is of a vocals of soulful approach and melodies of electronica. My favorite song on the Smoke Rings album is Don't Wait. It's a very catchy song with a great meaning.
Dri's small fame does not mean that she can't do anything because noone knows about her music. She has 2 music videos out, three websties, and more. Dri is stepping up to the plate with the term Do-It-Yourself Method. I love Indie music and independence.
She has been a singer for awhile before she released her debut album. She was the female singer in Fourth Of July. And I think she still is.

Dri's Websites

*DRi-Don't Wait
*Dri-You Know I Tried
*Dri-What's Real
*Dri-Mother Nature

Monday, March 16, 2009


As If my internet did not want me to wirte it.
Strange but that's the past.(yesterday and the day before that and the day before....)
So On with the bioblog.
Hope Shorter is a pop singer-songwriter. Her most famous song is Who Am I To Say? that played on the Tyler Perry movie, "Why Did I Get Married?"So far since that popular feature of Hope's style and experience of music many people requested the song or the artist to create or sing a new song for their TV/Movie. an example of this is on "P.S. I Love You" and her song "Fortress".(aka my favorite song.)
She has been singed to a record label and is no longer independent. Her debut album was self-released last year and will be re-released sometime this year and could have bonus tracks! :D
She has done more songs and has featured them on her myspace page.
She has been touring and has been playing that oh so famous song of her's, "Who Am I To Say?" and her recently other popular song,"The Rain Don't Last".

Hope's Websites

Hope's Official Website


*Hope - Bring Me Flowers
*Hope - Fortress(P.S. I Love You Version)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ArtistoftheWeek:Laura Izibor 2/15/09-2/22/09

Laura Izibor born in Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland in May 1987, is an Irish R&B Singer who won the Jacob's/RTÉ 2fm song contest while still in secondary school. She went on to win a Hope for 2006 Award at the 2006 Meteor Music Awards.[1] She went on to perform at that year's Electric Picnic music festival and Music Ireland '07. Laura has opened for Aretha Franklin, Estelle and John Legend on tour. Her debut album "Let The Truth Be Told" is to be released in April, 2009.
The foundation begins with soul," explains 20-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided songs. On her forthcoming debut album, Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a thoroughly modern sensibility. After one listen to the powerful, honey-tinged vocals on Let The Truth Be Told, one thing is for sure. For Laura Izibor, it's got to be real.
Born to a working class family in Dublin, Ireland, Izibor admits she didn't grow up in a musical household. "My mother raised five kids on her own, so there wasn't much time to buy records - it wasn't that kind of home. I found myself fancying music at about 13." Once the love for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Candi Stanton, and Roberta Flack took hold, she was smitten for good. "One door opened to the next - first I discovered Marvin Gaye, and then Otis Redding, and I just fell in love with soul music."
At the age of 15, Izibor won a prestigious national performance competition, the "2FM Song Contest." At 17, she started work on her debut album, taking the time to really hone her songs. "Let The Truth Be Told" was recorded over the course of four years in a diverse range of cities: New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dublin among them. Laura also performed live constantly during this period, finding her true home onstage. Having performed several sold-out shows in Ireland, and opened for acts including James Brown, Angie Stone, and The Roots, she's earned the affectionate moniker "The Soul of Ireland" from the folks back home.
Early 2009 will reveal the fruits of this process, when Izibor releases the fully self-penned and co-produced Let The Truth Be Told. "The title felt like a strong, almost biblical statement," she explains. "I've written this album because it's my truth. It's a sincere record and it has a feel of survival in it as well." Izibor resisted the urge to feature established artists on various tracks, instead creating a revealing, and very personal, document of this moment in her life. "I didn't want to be anybody's protégé," she says. "It's very tempting to put in the reinforcements, but for my debut album I wanted it to be 100% from me."
The songs are ripe with authenticity, from the sassy, soulful album opener, "Shine," to the magnificent and deeply personal "If Tonight Is My Last," to the anthemic and inspirational "Mmm," which colored the soundtrack of Step Up 2: The Streets. With her tracks also featured on Grey's Anatomy and The Nanny Diaries, Izibor has found that airing her heartfelt take on life and love has translated to the hopes and struggles of various characters, as well as to the people at home watching them. "I hope people take away a sense of honesty and realness in the record. They're just songs written from a really sincere place, and hopefully people can connect to it on some level and relate their own lives to it as well."
For Izibor, the process of bringing her Truth to light has had a long gestation period, taking her around the world and back. She's poised and ready for her moment. "Life is good. Music is amazing. It's just a great, unusual thing to be doing what I love, and I'm genuinely grateful. I come from a working class family, so my bothers and sisters and my mother worked so many jobs their whole life, just trying to provide for us. That's why I'm extremely humbled and grateful to be able to do something that is not only what I love, but pretty unbelievable."

Laura Izibor's style and way of approaching music is the style I like. Got the new melodies and catchy pop infectious beats with soulful vocals. That's the kind of music that I like. None of that Rhianna, Lil Wayne, or any kind of mainstream rap music. Laura Izibor's music is the kind of music that would make the ancestors of Soul/Jazz/Gospel/Hip-Hop happy.
In Esthero's song, "We R In Need Of A Music Revolution" this music is the music she was talking about. Styles, Lyrics and Melodies made with the heart in mind. Keeping the music real. Many artists like Laura Izibor are making the music revolution but are not getting recognized. It sucks. I'd love to hear music besides the mainstream music that's out now. Ugh! I Never even pay attention to it anymore. I find out about artists my own way.
I'm so glad that, I've been exposed to more than just mainstream music. Cause if I wasn't exposed to such great music, I probably would have given up on music.
**Laura Izibor's Free Downloads**
Laura Izibor-Carousel(P.S. I Love You Album Version)
Laura Izibor-Can't Be Love[Live]
Laura Izibor-It Ain't Over[Cos I Need You]

Sunday, February 8, 2009

ArtistoftheWeek:Little Jackie 2/9/09-2/16/09

Little Jackie are an American band consisting of Imani Coppola and Adam Pallin. Little Jackie, which derives their name from the 1989 hit song "Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, released a hit single in 2008 called "The World Should Revolve Around Me" from their debut album The Stoop. Coppola was a solo singer, whose most successful single was "Legend of a Cowgirl", from the 1997 album Chupacabra. Adam Pallin is the DJ/programmer of the band.
In 2008, Coppola and Pallin signed a contract with S-Curve, an independent label owned by Steve Greenberg, to issue an album. This coincided with the duo's television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Album promotion is by Nabbr, a company that has created viral video campaigns for Justin Timberlake and Amy Winehouse.Imani Coppola, originally signed as a solo act with Columbia Records, plans to approach the music business differently with Little Jackie, bolstered by her experiences. She also sees Little Jackie as an opportunity to get back into pop.
Ok let me just say this...Little Jackie...It just seems like it's just Imani Coppola and Adam's just getting dragged along for the ride..I mean when you see their photos and their promo photos it's either Imani Coppola in the frontground or just Imani Coppola herself in the photo. No Adam at all.
I love Imani Coppola! But I do have rules and standards..You have to include everyone in the band. Have equal photos. Equal rights. All in All equality in music bands.
Nonetheless this duo is a great collaboration of 2008. Just like many other 2008 duo collaboration artists/bands the women have been heard of and or recognized before the project. And the guys have never been heard of.. Sad but true mostly..Little Jackie's songs have the great vocals of Imani Coppola and the cool beats of Adam Pallin. Their music likes and sounds are resembled to old-school Hip Hop/Pop music. The band did get recognition when they're song "Whole Word Should Revove Around Me", played as New York's new show "New York goes to Hollywood. People still haven't heard much about Little Jackie.[They're too busy boobin' there heads to bad music..]
So far no news of new album.
In their myspace page Imani Coppola is their Myspace picture. Plus when people blog about the group they talk about Imani the most. It's sad...I love Imani but...Equality is best..No equality the band will break...(example:Destiny's Child)
Well then let's talk about Adam. Adam's choreographed work with the melodies and beats on their album the Stoop are a great fit and a nice sound of the old-fashioned Hip Hop/Rap/Pop R&B of the Past. He's a pretty good programmer for an unknown one! You know not as big as Guy Sigsworth or Greg Kurstin but not as unheard of as Yoko Kanno, Danger Doom, and The Round Table. I like his work. Hip Hop beats with infectious pop styles..Very Original..Cool!
Imani Coppola, is a solo artist that is known for her big close to mainstream hit, "Legend Of A Cowgirl". She released about 5-7 albums. All self-released except for Chupacabra and Black & White albums. Her explicit styles and musical rants brought in many fans of the f*ck off attitude artist.
She's made a sweet name of herself. Many on the internet talks about her...It's great.

Ok here's the free downloads..
Little Jackie - Liked You Better Before
Little Jackie - LOL

Youtube Videos
World Should Revolve Around Me

Black Barbie

Little Jackie Imeem Playlist

Hope You Like This Artist!
The First ArtistoftheWeek for 2009!
And the first Artist for Black History Month!
In February I will post an African-Amrican Artist
[or Biracial Artist]on for this Month.

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