Recently brought to my attention by a friend, Caro Emerald is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. Her music and her style is very 50s and 60s in its approach. I really enjoy her music and I think this is because it resembles music from the 50s while including elements of a more modern style. In addition, the lyrics to her music, which you may expect to also resemble the 50s, are very modern and praise the independent women and are very feminist. The messages they promote I think are so important.
This is the ‘about’ summary from her YouTube Channel: ‘Full of songs about dancing, flirting and declarations of independence. Her smouldering vocals update the classic Americano sound with a contemporary sheen and suggestive lyrics over a melting pot of sounds and influences – yet the sound is entirely, inimitably that of an exciting new artist capturing hearts and minds across the continent’.
Please check Caro Emerald’s work out:
Queen and Adam Lambert. Together. Spectacular.
A couple of weeks ago I recommended the American musician Adam Lambert and I mentioned his performance with Queen on BBC One for New Year’s Eve. I figured the pairing needed a recommendation of their own.
Since the death of Queen’s front-man Freddie Mercury, the band has been performing with various other artists filling the vocalist position but, in my opinion, no person has been more fitting for the role than Adam Lambert. The group as a whole work so well and there are significant similarities between Adam and the great Freddie Mercury, such as their incredible vocal talents and their wardrobe and make-up choices.
Over the past year, Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring around the country and if these concerts have been anything like the one I watched on BBC One, there are literally no words for the incredible pairing the two make. Adam was also praised significantly by the media and fans alike.
Queen is still as amazing as ever, Bryan May still kills it on the guitar and Roger Meddows Taylor still brings it on the drums. The relationship between the two of them and Adam is so heart-warming to watch.
Everything just seems to fit to create an amazing show. Here are some clips from the concert:
Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, It is from: http://www.adamlambertlive.org/2014/live-queen-adam-lambert-winnipeg-mb-62114
My newest music obsession is Adam Lambert. I’m not entirely sure how I came to know about him, but for a very long time I have been listening to odd songs of his and loving them.
Adam Lambert is an american singer who rose to fame after becoming a runner-up in the 2009 series of American Idol. Since then he has been growing in popularity, not least of which was helped by his performances with Queen, as elaborated on below.
I received Adam’s album Trespassing for Christmas after it being on my wishlist for the last couple of years since it’s realise in 2012. I have been listening to it non-stop. But not only this… my recent obsession started after watching a certain concert of his on BBC One on New Year’s Eve. In this concert, Adam was performing as the front-man for Queen.
Adam’s performance in this concert was amazing. The group as a whole worked so well and there are significant similarities between Adam and the greatly-missed, deceased, former front-man Freddie Mercury, one of which is their incredible vocal talents. Adam wowed the British public and the media, following his performances, were singing his praises. Over the past year, Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring around the country and are performing more shows at the end of January.
I think it’s time for me to provide you with some evidence so here are some videos with his music:
Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/adam-lambert-parts-ways-rca-584714 and https://onthemeaningofadamlambert.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/live-blog-queen-and-adam-lambert-at-hammersmith-apollo/
Ps. I won’t be posting for the next two weeks as I will be concentrating on coursework and exams. I apologise for the disruption and I’ll see you on the 26th of January!
Today I’m recommending my absolute favourite band McBusted. You may not have heard of them as they are a British band who mostly tour around England, Scotland and Ireland. They have been a band for a little over a year and have a MASSIVE following since they are a combination of two former bands, McFly and Busted.
Busted broke up around 10 years ago after being one of the most popular bands in both England and America at the time. They managed to realise two albums and consisted of Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson. The band broke up when Charlie realised he wasn’t enjoying being in the band and he decided to pursue his career in a different band, Fightstar. Charlie now works on his solo career and so has decided not to be a part of McBusted.
Having always worked closely with Busted, and its members, McFly are similar in their approach and style of music. They have been a band for little over 10 years, they haven’t ended or broken up, they have only put their music on hold while McBusted is doing it’s thing since this opportunity came about rather suddenly and they couldn’t miss it. They were my favourite band prior to McBusted and are made up of Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher (whose YouTube channel I recommended last week), Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd.
When James, Matt, Danny, Tom, Harry and Dougie announced that they were forming McBusted they released their first tour fearing that very little would happen and that people wouldn’t want to see them. Instead their shows sold out in the first few hours and all subsequent shows since have sold incredibly fast too. What was thought to be a stand –alone tour has turned into an album and a second tour thus far. So due to the demand and success of the first tour, the boys have just released their self-titled debut album (on the 1st December 2014) which probably holds some of their best music to date, and have been promoting that this past month. Next they’re going on tour this spring, in March and April, showcasing their new album and some of the McFly and Busted classics.
If you haven’t heard either of the three bands I have mentioned in this blog post, please check them out as they have created some really great music and in addition are some of the most down-to-earth people in this planet. Also, even though Charlie Simpson isn’t a member of McBusted, don’t neglect to take a look at his solo stuff and his Fightstar stuff.
Ps. I must apologise for not posting last Friday (Boxing Day) since I didn’t have anything to post and I sort of ran out of time. Sorry! Hope you had a great Christmas!
There’s going to be some changes. I’m sorry! I know people hate changes, but I’m sure that in the long run, this is going to benefit my blog.
I have been a little run of my feet since I returned to school and have had to do homework instead of writing recommendations. This has therefore led to less content and less love in my recommendations.
Therefore I announce my changes: I will not be posting daily any more. Instead I will be posting three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These days will not be allocated to anything specific. I will still be recommending films, youtubers, music, books, beauty products, food and writing up celebrity quotes but these can appear on any day and in any order.
This is a massive change I realise, but I hope you guys, my followers, understand that this way I can keep a constant stream of content coming your way as well as ensure I don’t hit a wall.
Thanks so much for sticking with me these past few weeks, I truly appreciate it.
I’m not going to be posting for two weeks.
This is because I still have two weeks left of school and I’m running out of content and time to post.
I’ll be back Monday 20th October, if all goes to plan.
See you then!
Hello, another Top 5 (or 6). There are six because I’m indecisive. I apologise for another random list, but to be honest, I’ve not had much musical inspiration lately. So, I’m going back in time a little to some of my favourite nostalgic tracks. Hope you enjoy!
Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance
All I Ever Wanted by Basshunter
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo
Every Breath You Take by The Police
Left Outside Alone by Anastacia
Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew
This week I’m giving you another Top 5…
Linkin Park – Guilty All The Same
Billie Piper – Day and Night
Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
EofE – Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Maroon 5 – Little Time of Your Life
Now, last Thursday I recommended the band Mad at Gravity and within that, if you have read that blog post, you’d have noticed I raved about their vocalist quite a lot. That is because I have become a massive fan of J.Lynn Johnston through his career as a musician and vlogger on YouTube.
I must admit that as J.Lynn gains more responsibilities in his life such as his current work for a Marketing Agency, he doesn’t manage to update his YouTube channels that often and it has been two years since he updated his Music channel. Fortunately, his faithful viewers can guarantee to see J.Lynn during VEDA (Vlog EveryDay in April) and for the occasional bird or motorcycle centred vlog. Despite his absences, J.Lynn admits he is still very passionate about his music and is hoping to continue that which I truly hope he does.
On that note, it is time for me to rave about J.Lynn’s beautiful singing voice. He honestly has the voice of an angel. There is little more to say than that. So before I start repeating myself, I’m going to leave this short and sweet and instead give you tonnes of examples of J.Lynn’s music and videos:
Please take the time to visit J.Lynn’s YouTube channels.
Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: https://plus.google.com/109459966730627712680/posts
Charlie Simpson is a brilliantly talented young musician, who, after 12 years in the Music Industry, is currently releasing his second solo album, Long Road Home. Many of you may recognise his name without really acknowledging who he is as he was a member of the former pop band Busted (who I still love), and more recently a member of the heavy rock band, Fightstar. Over his years in the industry his music tastes have quite clearly changed with his current style exhibiting a more indie, singer-songwriter feel and not only does it have this fresher style, Charlie has created his latest music with so much passion which really does shine through.
What Charlie has said of his latest album is; ‘The making of this album has been an incredible journey for me, it is probably the hardest record I have ever had to make. It took me a while to find what I was looking for and there were points when I nearly had to go back to the drawing board. However, after taking some much needed time out from writing and all things music related, I came back with a completely fresh perspective and wrote in my opinion, some of the best music I have written in my career so far. It’s an album I am hugely proud of and one I had to fight for which makes it all the more special’. And this really does prove what I feel about his music at this current time.
So as today’s examples of his work, I’m going to show some Busted, some Fightstar and of course some of his Long Road Home album: