ARTIST TO WATCH: @XAMBASSADORS

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If you think you haven’t heard of this band yet, chances are you’re wrong.  Some of their songs have been featured in video games, commercials, TV show promos and movies.  If, by some odd chance, you haven’t heard said songs, I can guarantee you will soon.

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X Ambassadors consists of members Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.  They’re an alternative band from Ithaca, New York who have an amazing, authentic sound to them.  Blending rock, soul and hip hop vibes that create an unconventional sound is what draws you in, and their lyrics get you hooked.  Thankfully (for us), they were discovered by Imagine Dragons lead singer, Dan Reynolds, after he heard an acoustic version of “Unconsolable” on the radio.  What makes them extra unique is that lead singer, Sam, and pianist, Casey, are brothers and Casey was born blind.  This didn’t stop him from living the dream…

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Artist to Watch: 4TH AVE | #4thAve @4th_Ave_Music

IMG_2169Ladies and gentlemen, we have another band on our hands!

After an incredible run on ABC’s Boy Band, Jaden Gray, Mikey Jimenez and Marcus Pendleton made it to the top 8, where they fell short of the final band. BUT, never fear, we all knew their talent was far too great to have it end there. With the help of another strong voice from the show, Camry Jackson, the guys formed a new band and announced their name today via newsletter–4th Ave!

After weeks and weeks of speculation, the guys had announced that they would be providing back up vocals for Charlie Puth on an episode of NBC’s The Voice this past season. It was their first TV spot since Boy Band ended and, to be honest, they felt like a band. For them to be back up for an established artist and still have a strong stage presence says so much about these guys. It speaks volumes for what’s sure to come.

In the newsletter, the guys revealed the band name and a first run for merch. They’re releasing it in limited quantities each time a run is out. So, for RUN 1, they’ll have limited quantities and then that design will be thrown out and replaced with a new design for RUN 2. They’re also including a free download of their first single (which I believe will be released on February 9, 2018) with each purchase from RUN 1.

I may be in my thirties, but I’m really excited about this band. Their voices are absolutely incredible on their own, but together they’re about to blow minds. Not to mention the fact that they’re working with some incredible people: Tim Davis and Adam Blackstone.

Head over to 4thavemusic.com to shop the merch in RUN 1. You can also find them at the following links:

4th Ave – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | SnapChat:  fourthavemusic
Cam       – Instagram | Twitter
Jaden     – Instagram | Twitter
Marcus  – Instagram | Twitter
Mikey    – Instagram | Twitter

 

 

ARTIST TO WATCH: @Pentatonix

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For some people, a cappella music is an acquired taste.  For others, like myself, I can get lost in it.  As someone who spent middle school and high school in chorus and drama, I know how difficult it is to perform songs a cappella…especially if someone is off!  For Pentatonix, they make it seem so incredibly simple.  Their arrangements and covers of songs are so intricate and flawless.

They won the third season of The Sing-Off and have been working non-stop ever since.  With a chart topping Christmas album, That’s Christmas to Me and a handful of EP’s, we’re finally getting a full-length album with original songs!  Check out their first original song off the new album and also a cover of Where Are U Now below?

 

 

You can find more about Pentatonix by visiting the following links:

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Official Site

ARTIST TO WATCH: RAY BOUDREAUX

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Hey there!!

So I have another suggestion for new music!!  If you’re a fan of The Voice (team Blake), you might have heard the name Ray Boudreaux.  If you’re not, and you haven’t…you should!!

Ray is a Louisiana native and has an incredibly soulful voice.  A true talent, in my opinion.  I always find it refreshing to come across an artist who is all about the music, and this one is no exception.

Please check him out and get ready to buy his single, “Even If I Tried” once it’s released! I’ve attached a YouTube video of him singing the song live, so enjoy it!

 

You can find Ray at the links below:

facebook.com/RayBoudreauxOfficial
twitter.com/rayboudreaux
instagram.com/rayboudreaux

 

Artist to Watch: @MattMorris – “How Many Hours?”

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Hey everyone!

So, admittedly, I’m one of those people who likes to steer clear of the news due to the immense amount of negativity that seems to be reported lately.  Especially the odd headlines that come out of my lovely state of Florida.  However, it’s hard to ignore the headlines about the amount of black lives that are taken by the hand of white cops.

Now, I’m a white hispanic (who doesn’t look hispanic in the slightest), and racism is one thing that I detest against ANY race.  Why should you be looked at differently because of the color of the skin you were born with?  The color of your skin should NOT determine the treatment you receive from others.  Your actions and behavior should be the deciding factor, and there are shitty people in EVERY race.

With that being said, as today marks the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, I heard a song that was released last night via Twitter and SoundCloud by one of my favorite artists, Matt Morris.  You may not be familiar with him (yet), but let me tell you why you should change that.  Matt Morris is mostly known as a producer and songwriter for many well-known artists.  He has also released solo projects on Justin Timberlake’s label, Tennman Records, as the two have been friends since their days on the Mickey Mouse Club.  Matt is honestly one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter because he’s not afraid to speak his mind on so many issues we face today.

So, first and foremost, head over to his Twitter page and hit the ‘Follow’ button, and you can thank me later!  Second, press the play button on the SoundCloud box below to hear “How Many Hours” and then tweet me to let me know what you think!  You can also check out his official site HERE, and Flock of Geese, when it’s completely up and running.  Don’t forget, you can also hear his solo music on iTunes/Apple Music HERE.  😄

It’s sad that a song like this had to be made, and Matt’s words are haunting, but his voice is truly beautiful.  I can’t wait to hear more from him. 🎵

https://soundcloud.com/flockofgeese/how-many-hours

ARTIST TO WATCH: @halsey

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Halsey was introduced to me by my niece and we were lucky enough to see her live when she opened up for Imagine Dragons here in Ft. Lauderdale earlier this month.

Although she doesn’t have a full length album out just yet, never fear…it’s on the way!  Halsey’s first LP, entitled Badlands is set for release on August 28, 2015 and I’m sure it will do extremely well.

Until then, you can check out her Vevo channel and you can also preview some of her previously released singles from her Room 93 EP as well as a few singles from the upcoming LP.

Looking for suggestions?  I’m loving ‘Hold Me Down’, ‘Ghost‘ and ‘New Americana.’  Another song of hers to look out for is called ‘Castle’ which has yet to be release, but it was incredible live.

ALSO…keep an eye out for more tour dates for the Badlands Tour coming soon!

Find her here:

Official Site
Badlands Tour Dates

ARTIST TO WATCH: @XAMBASSADORS

If you think you haven’t heard of this band yet, chances are you’re wrong.  Some of their songs have been featured in video games, commercials, TV show promos and movies.  If, by some odd chance, you haven’t heard said songs, I can guarantee you will soon.

xambassadors

X Ambassadors consists of members Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh (Update: Noah Feldshuh took an indefinite hiatus from the band in 2016) and Adam Levin.  They’re an alternative band from Ithaca, New York who have an amazing, authentic sound to them.  Blending rock, soul and hip hop vibes that create an unconventional sound is what draws you in, and their lyrics get you hooked.  Thankfully (for us), they were discovered by Imagine Dragons lead singer, Dan Reynolds, after he heard an acoustic version of “Unconsolable” on the radio.  What makes them extra unique is that lead singer, Sam, and pianist, Casey, are brothers and Casey was born blind.  This didn’t stop him from living the dream and helping to create this dynamic sound.

Luckily, X Ambassadors recently released their first full album, entitled VHS (track list below) and it definitely doesn’t disappoint.

On a personal note, prior to the release of their album, my eleven year old niece introduced me to their song, Unsteady.  I immediately loved it, but a few weeks later, my dad was diagnosed with end stage liver cancer.  As we sat in hospice waiting for him to stop fighting, I found comfort in the song.  I tweeted about it and found that other fans had similar experiences with the song, and I even got a response from the band showing support for my family and I.  So, not only is their music great to listen to, the band itself is humble enough to show support to those of us who support them!

Here’s the track listing for VHS and you can buy the album on iTunes here:

1. Y2K Time Capsule (Interlude)
2. Renegades
3. Moving Day (Interlude)
4. Unsteady
5. Hang On
6. Gorgeous
7. First Show (Interlude)
8. Fear (feat. Imagine Dragons)
9. Smoke (Interlude)
10. Nervous
11. Low Life (feat. Jamie N Commons)
12. Adam & Noah’s Priorities (Interlude)
13. B.I.G.
14. Feather
15. Superpower
16. Loveless
17. Jungle (feat. Jamie N. Commons)
18. Good News On the Remix (Interlude)
19. Naked
20. VHS Outro (Interlude)

Also, check out this video of an acoustic version of one of my favorite songs on the album:

X Ambassadors Official Site

Artist to Watch: Amber Run – “I Found”

With a true passion for music, I’m always excited to hear new music.

Thankfully, my niece has the same trait and sometimes introduces ME to new artists. She recently introduced me to a new band, Amber Run, based out of the UK. One song in particular that I can’t stop listening to is called “I Found.” It has a sort of haunting sound to it and is beautiful in its simplicity.

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While they don’t have a full length album out just yet (it will be available on April 27, entitled 5AM), they do have two EP’s available on iTunes (track listings below):

Pilot EP

1. Pilot
2. I Found
3. Thank You
4. I Found (Acoustic)

Spark EP

1. Spark (Radio Edit)
2. Heaven
3. Chamber
4. Hide & Seek

You can also check out their website here: Amber Run

Artist to Watch: Hozier

Artist to Watch: Hozier

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As a lover of music, I’m always excited to find an amazing artist who not many people have heard of. Enter Irish musician, Hozier.

Although you won’t hear his music on mainstream radio stations just yet, I strongly encourage you to check out his EP’s on iTunes. With a full-length album on the way, it’s only a matter of time before Hozier explodes onto the music scene.

Hozier’s music has a very heavy blues influence and pushes the boundary with his lyrical content. He’s a supporter of equal rights and is just a breath of fresh air. He was recently a featured musical guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Please see a list of songs from his previously released EP’s and keep your eyes and ears open for his upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 22, 2014. You can also find him on Twitter ( @Hozier ).

 

Take Me to Church – EP

1. Take Me to Church

2. Like Real People Do

3. Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene

4. Cherry Wine (Live)

 

From Eden – EP

1. From Eden

2. Work Song

3. Arsonist’s Lullabye

4. To Be Alone (Live)

 

If you’d like to read more about Hozier, please check out the links below:

http://hozier.com

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/03/qa-hozier-on-gay-rights-sex-good-hair.html

http://deviatemagazine.com/hozier-releases-new-single/