A new star is born: Anna Blue; A young artist, self-described as an outsider, who has found music as a vent for her emotions. With her pure passion for music, it won't belong for her to take her place in the ears, and hearts, of the world.
Anna's music touches many subjects that are close to her heart. By transforming emotion into words and melody, she takes the listener into an authentic world of self-reflection and unhindered emotion. Also apparent from Anna's music is enormous passion for music, which brings her to the fore.
Her debut single "So Alone" doesn't just reflect Anna's thoughts and dreams but also shows that music can guide us through testing times. That, despite the crushing feeling of loneliness that the song describes, Anna's hope-tinged voice helps transport the listener into a world where emotion and longing mix seamlessly.
Recognized at an early age as a vocal talent, Anna found out what music was to her at just 11. In her lyrics which site sadness, loneliness and the search for one's true place in the world we can hear that behind it all is Anna's longing for love and understanding.
Anna Blue has created an online world for herself into which she can escape from everyday life. Here she can be herself without needing to pretend or conform. She can also exchange ideas, feelings and dreams with the like-minded people who gravitate around her. So if you want to find the real Anna, look for her online, she might just be a click away.
|TANADRA combines powerful vocals with intense guitar driven music to create a refreshing new alternative/hard rock sound that reaches down into the greatness of what Rock-n-Roll has to offer.
My debut alternative/hard rock EP is about not being afraid to speak your mind. Trust me, I'm NOT afraid to speak my mind or express myself openly, even to the point of vulnerability. I have been through HELL and back! What shapes the very essence of this album is my personality and life experiences. I'll tell you one thing, the songs will get you PUMPED UP, PISSED OFF, BROKEN UP, TURNED ON, and TORN DOWN. In other words, we can all relate to the message, so much you might even think the EP is about you!
I was always a distinctive kid growing up in a small New Jersey town, and was never one to be lost in a crowd or a follower. My influences include Guns 'N Roses, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Alanis Morissette, U2, David Bowie and Joan Jett. I wrote my first song when I was 12 years old titled "Who Cares." It was about those people who were just haters and always trying to put me down 'cause I was different. Life can teach you so much at such an early age, forcing you to realize talents and abilities that have always been there but just needed to be unleashed. Sometimes life just does that to you!!!
I can honestly say that for me the songs on this EP are timeless because they speak to such emotional times of my life, of all our lives really. I didn't begin writing intending the songs to be that way . . . I mean hell, you just can't do something like that . . . but it certainly feels like that's what I've accomplished!!
The self-titled album from Michala Todd announces the arrival of a shining new star on the Canadian scene. The 16 year old singer is already an audience favourite in the South Simcoe, Ontario, area in which she has grown up, and this strikingly accomplished record now proves she is ready for prime time.
Michala Todd is the result of a fertile creative partnership between Michala and two heavyweight songwriters and producers, Cyril Rawson and John Acosta. They have had songs recorded by the likes of Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Reba McEntire (Rawson) and Sky, Acosta-Russell, and Toya Alexis (Acosta). The dynamic duo are now frequently writing together, with Rawson concentrating on lyrics and Acosta the melody.
Their complementary songwriting skills proved the perfect vehicle for Todd's striking voice. After taking time to learn Michala's personality and musical influences, they came up with original songs that reflected both, and the singer responded with enthusiasm and hard work. "She came very prepared for every session, and the recording went very smoothly," says Rawson.
The team concentrated on writing and recording a song a month, and over the course of that year, Michala's pure voice also gained in power. Her own musical tastes broadened into pop-rock territory, and this helps account for the stylistically diverse nature of the album. "We asked Michala what she was listening to through the stages of recording, and then we put that data into focus," explains Acosta. "The latter part of the record shows Michala's tastes evolving to the next stage." Artists Todd cites as inspirations and influences include Kate Voegele, Rihanna, JoJo, and Miley Cyrus.
The first single, "Me," is an instantly captivating slice of dance-pop. Co-written by Acosta, Jason Blume and Swedish songwriter Fredrik Hult, it fuses Michala's vibrant and clear vocals with an irresistible groove. The rock feel of "The Next Time" is neatly enhanced by a hint of grit in Michala's voice, while the catchy "Tongue Tied" has a cool '80s synth-pop vibe. On "Close Enough To Fall," Todd shows she can also handle a big emotional ballad with graceful ease.
Despite her tender age, Michala Todd is far from a musical novice. She began taking singing lessons at Alliston's Modern Conservatory of Music at age eight, and quickly impressed her tutors there with her natural talent. After five years of study there, she switched to a renowned Toronto vocal coach, Ryan Luchuck, and continues weekly vocal lessons with him. Michala's commitment to her craft is a strong one, and she is now also learning guitar, on the instrument she won with her victory in a Schomberg Idol talent contest.
Todd has also shown both a passion and flair for musical theatre. She has shone in area productions of such musicals as "Bye Bye Birdie," "Copacabana," "Once Upon A Mattress," and in the lead role of Barrie's Theatre by the Bay's "Cinderella." Michala's talent is certainly no secret to those living in the Tottenham, Alliston and Barrie area. She performs regularly in coffee shops and cultural and community centres in the region, and appeared with distinction at five Barrie festivals last year, including the major Celebrate Barrie event.
In November, Michala's international singing debut was a real triumph. After placing second (out of 2,000 entries) in an online talent search designed to raise awareness of Mastocytosis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, she was invited to perform with other winners at a large benefit concert in Washington, D.C.. The five songs she performed there were very warmly received.
She has been quick to assist local charities by performing at their fundraising events. "So many people have reached out and supported Michala, and she feels the best way for her to help others and give back is through her voice," explains her mother and manager, Karen Todd.
With a heart as big and warm as her voice, Michala Todd is destined to make a real musical mark. This is a young artist to watch closely.
For more information, contact www.myspace.com/michalatodd and www.michalatodd.com.
written by: Kerry Doole
Michala's collaboration with Nashville's Don Somerville and Michael Lee yielded "House of Glass" (currently airing on GRR) and "In-Between." Building upon that obvious success, Michala recently reunited with Somerville and Lee to record three new tracks -- "Make It Work," "Invisible," and "The Dare." We're looking forward to giving these tracks a listen!
This Miami bred artist began cultivating her musical styling in grade school while studying voice and piano. Her musicianship varied from singing and playing in school assemblies, local television programs, the acclaimed Miami's Children's Chorus, playing guitar with an acoustic ensemble, singing in various plays and touring with a pop/rock ensemble. After attending Hollywood's famed Musicians Institute of Technology, and a stint as a backing guitarist to some LA locals, Betty pressed pen to paper. This transition led to turning a thought into a chorus and melody from emotion into popular music.
Redefining her vision, her road to success has already begun as an artist writing/performing music for her own band, for the stage play Fine in Hollywood and independent film Chance (directed by Amber Benson of TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer). Diverse musical ability has also enabled her to sing in a commercial video and play a date with hardcore Warner Brothers outfit Heidi . This diversity culminates work that represents Betty Navas as a talent. Talent and the ability to transform life into music are the true window to Betty's soul.
A Guitar Lesson with Betty - so easy and natural. This is a 5-part series. Watch it! 🙂
There's so much written about Paramore that I feel it would be somewhat of an injustice to just rehash any of it. Opinions vary anyway, and the facts are the facts. Wikipedia and the official Paramore website can give you all you need.
As for me? I mean why post Paramore as a Featured Artist on Girls Rock Radio if they are already so well known? Am I just another voice in a huge sea? Probably, but I truly think Paramore is a band for the ages. Still, I'm not so self-absorbed as to believe my opinion really matters all that much, and yet I do "feel" something for this band.
Hayley, Jeremy, Josh, Taylor, Zac all have immense musical talent. They can swing from something powerful and hard like Ignorance, to soft and reassuring like The Only Exception, to light and fun with That's What You Get. With a social consciousness, they can front a cause through music like We Are Broken.
Each member of the band has a personal style, and I'm sure the women in the audience find the boys in the band splendid and divine for all their style and talent, not to mention their good looks. So too with Hayley, the loveliest of flowers with unmistakable dash and voice, yet with a tenacity that, only at first blush, may seem understated. She brings a level of caring warmth to the presence that is Paramore which adds definition well beyond the music.
The Only Exception
That's What You Get
We Are Broken
Overall Grand Prize Winner of the 14th Annual (2009) USA Songwriting Competition!
I have written over 10 songs as well as 2 books. When I am working on my acting or singing I am drawing. career. Currently I am working on my first album called Dreams and Poetry. Duane Thomas is the Executive Producer and Anthony Mazza is the Producer.It will be out by mid April. I hope you enjoy!!
My first single, "Dancing Through Life", which I co-wrote with Jonathan George is a dance beat with classical flares. My next single "Romeo" is classical vocals over a hip hop beat played as a waltz. I really love and enjoy creating music that fuses 2 different worlds that profoundly belong together! That style is what I call Popera.
I have been in over 20 Musical Theatre plays. Some of my favorite rolls include: Wendy in "Peter Pan", Young Bell in "Scrooge", Evil Queen in "Snow White", Queen Aggrivaine in "Once Upon a Mattress", Lion in "Wizard of Oz", Ida in "Honk", and Glenda in "Wizard of Oz".
I have also had amazing opportunities to work with some incredible people. I have worked and written 3 songs with Deborah Gibson (80's Pop-Star and Broadway Star). Heather Provost (2009 Tony Nominee for Reasons to be Pretty) and her Husband Dan Callaway have been coaching me on my Broadway singing and acting style. I also study voice with rock star vocal coach Billy Purnell and study acting with Cynthia Bain. I also take theatre dance class with Angel Creeks (Broadway Dancer). It is amazing how each of these people have helped me to get where I am today!
HEY YOU! A mixture of power pop, glam rock, and songs that make your head bop! Made up of three dudes and one chick who bring a high energy, in your face act with songs that will be stuck in your head for days. And not to mention, they have a smokin hot lead singer with some pipes. With sounds of pop, rock, and punk influences, some would say that if you were to put Pink, Green Day, No Doubt & Wolfmother in a blender, you would get a taste of the Hey You concoction. So Drink up!!
We are the ones you dreamt of at night wondering when music was going to fully come back. We are nothing but the dreams of which you yourselves have created. Yes, we know! There has been a lack a BIG lack in the rock department, and we are finally serving up what you have ordered. We havent come to mess around, because we never make messes making a mess makes us and we have other people that clean that up. We are making it known, right now, right here, that we are taking over. We are the ones that have been resurrected in the skies brought forth and forged together to bring, no,.. assemble, an army as one but equal to none.
Each leader of whom you should feel so lucky to even know their names has oddly enough their own special abilities, but when brought together of course form as one. You will be lead by Kyle Tkatch, Commander of Hey You Vocals. Her mesmerizing God given, organically grown, scrumpt-chili-doses damn good looks and not to mention super powerful vocals can not only put any man or women on there knees instantly in love, but can also take all their clothes off by singing one note. And then theres the ladies man, Derek John, Major General for Hey You Guitars. His quick fingers and wailing razor sharp guitar leads can get stuck into you so fast it has been described as if you had a thousand ninja stars hit you at the same time. Brett DeCarlo is Head of Classified Intelligence Operations of Hey You Bass. His smooth moves on bass can cause earthquakes and is scientifically proven to be the only cause of them, look it up its a fact. Matt Thompson, Fleet Admiral of Hey You Drums, cant help but indulge in his hard hitting, right on the money drumming. It has been known to cause a sonic boom almost every time he isnt careful, one bad hit and poof your gone, nothing but ash.
So, consider yourself warned! We are currently in the studio recording our debut album...so watch out... we are coming for you! But there's no need to hide or resist it.... why stay at home when you can come join us. Get your off your ass and well see you at a show or shit...let's throw a party!!!
Kyle Tkatch - Vocals
Derek - Guitar
Brett DeCarlo - Bass
Matt Thompson - Drums
Formed in fall of 2008, World Minus One is a female-fronted modern rock band that accents a 'core' rock sound with vocal harmonies, keyboard textures, and signature sonic effects. Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, the 6-piece group was quick out of the gate, making appearances on area radio stations like WLUM & WMSE, playing live on Milwaukee's Fox 6 morning show, headlining appearances in the city, opening shows for bands like Collective Soul and Safetysuit, and being named national retailer Music-Go-Round's 'Band of the Month' (June '09). In September 2009, the group independently released their first disc, a 5-track EP titled 'Now or Never'. Pushing the envelope of independent releases, the band also released the leadoff track for the album, 'Still Alive', as a downloadable game track for the hugely popular 'Rock Band 2' video game (November '09). Established as one of Milwaukee's most original-sounding rock bands, WMO is posed to attract regional and national attention as their music spreads.
For the past two years, Sarah's been pouring her soul into new album projects. Now that the first is complete, she talks about it candidly in her own way.
"Life and the myriad of circumstances that go along with it..."
This was a long process. It has taken us almost two years to get what we needed. Over the course of the process, as always, life changes with it. If the inner work is great, the outer work will be great. I don't just mean this in reference to my life either. So many people have put so much time, effort and love into this project, and into this music. It has happened because people were willing to make sacrifices, on behalf of what we do. I am grateful to them. Music that means something doesn't happen with just one person, ever. It happens with many. The quality of the people is represented in the work. I tend to think music speaks for itself.
Along the way, the process has been interspersed with life and the myriad of circumstances that go along with it. We have seen a lot. We have seen birth and death. I believe it's essentially these experiences which define us.
I considered it all difficult, I considered it fun, and I consider myself through it all, as much as I could be myself - very lucky.
"Music that has meaning does not happen with just one person. It happens with many."
I really want to talk about the people that I've met along the way and that have shared themselves for this record and the few that will follow soon. It could take a year, so I'll try and be brief.
I have to begin with my producer David Baron, because it starts with him. David has not only produced this album, but has worn all the hats necessary to complete the project and make it everything it needs to be. He's been the cheerleader, the organizer, the everything player, the hard ass, and the one who has told me everyday to fight for what I think is right, and not to be led by the wishes of others. He has taught me not only what it means to be a musician, but also been a great mentor in the human aspect, which is so often forgotten.
I have to speak about some of the players. We were lucky enough to be able to get Josh Freese, a drummer who brings life into everything his hands touch. I didn't truly believe it was possible, but what I learned was, if you don't try, you never know if things are possible. I was fortunate enough to meet him, through a series of unforeseen happy events and circumstances, at a NIN/Bauhaus show. Not knowing who he was, I saw him backstage before the show, at the bottom of a hill, and I sensed right away that this was a good human being - happy in the truest sense, and joyful. Once I did see him play, I was blown away, along with thousands of others. He's someone who just loves to play music. He loves to play drums. It's absolutely pure.
Jerry Marotta, another mind blowing drummer, plays on the record too. He's of a very different style, but can set a groove like a Captain sails the ship. He just does it. I didn't meet Jerry until later in the process. He lives in Woodstock, which is where we've done a vast majority of the work. In one day, he broadened the landscape of all the work he came into contact with.
I have to mention Tony Levin, the one and only. I won't say too much about Tony because he's quite a humble man, and if I did say too much he would still not budge. I will just say, he was very inspiring and a one of a kind person, and a pleasure to be around. There truly is no one like him.
I could go on forever - cellists, oboists, string players, guitar players, percussionists. My only problem ever is not having enough time to look at people face-to-face and say, "Thank You."
When someone asks, what's to be expected with this record, I would say - don't expect anything. The conversations in life that occur have a life of their own. Listen carefully to them.
To be continued.