Addy C sings Selena

Addy C is only 7-years-old but she’s got the moves and the voice of someone who is poised to go into the entertainment industry later on in life.

Addy C
For now, Addy C, whose given name is Adelynn Cuevas, calls Atlanta, Georgia home, where she sings, dances and plays piano. In addition to performing music, Addy C has already participated in natural beauty pageants and won several titles.

When Addy C goes to karaoke nights in Canton and Woodstock, Georgia, audiences love her. She has gained a following of fans. So, from that, it made sense to share her musical gifts online via YouTube.

If you remember Selena, you might remember a song of hers called “Como La Flor.” Addy C covers it on her YouTube channel. She’s a big fan of Selena’s style and music.

“Como La Flor,” which means “Like the Flower” in English, did really well on multiple music charts back in 1992 when it was originally released via Selena’s Entre a Mi Mundo album. “Como La Flor” went to number six on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks and number nine on the magazine’s Regional Mexican Songs chart. It was Selena’s third charting single off Entre a Mi Mundo, following “Buenos Amigos” and “Amame.”

Entre a Mi Mundo became the first Tejano album by a female artist to sell over 300,000 copies, and “Como La Flor” became Selena’s signature song, helping launch her career in Mexico, the United States, and other countries. Indeed, Selena became one of the most significant Mexican-American singers of the twentieth century. As the “Queen of Tejano music,” she had (and still has) a strong following among Latin people worldwide. Tragically, Selena was murdered by her crazed, obsessive fan club president in 1995.

Since Selena died, she has become a well-known figure similar to Marilyn Monroe, whose likeness and career live on with legendary status among many devoted fans. So, it’s good to know Selena’s music also lives on thanks to young singers today like Addy C, who cover her songs like “Como La Flor,” and share them online via YouTube and other websites.

Subscribe to Addy C’s YouTube Channel here.

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Alec Henderson Band

Alec HendersonAlec Henderson Band is an acoustic duo from Greensburg, PA with a classic sound that slinks along in a groovy, easy-going way.

In March of 2016, Alec Henderson and Dane Whatule went to a Pittsburgh recording studio to record Fly Away, their debut album. I’m not kidding when I say I’d pay money to download the song “Fly Away” because it captured me in just one listen– it’s that good.

Inspired by John Lennon, Billy Joel and John Mayer, Alec keeps a pop sound going while not being afraid to mix in some reggae, blues and rock.

As a guitar player inspired by the old blues greats, Alec is also keenly interested in the craft of songwriting.

“Music creates an atmosphere, and the listener chooses to enter that space with you or not,” he says. “My goal is always the same– create an atmosphere that persuades people to stay in that space as long as the music is playing.”

Though he sounds like a seasoned musician who has been playing music for decades, Alec Henderson is only in his early 20s.

Like many before him, Alec counts classic rock favorites like Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among his guitar heroes. For him, classic rock is the foundation, with blues, jazz, reggae and even Country music adding the texture to his sound.

As a teenager, Alec got his start with a rock cover band in Latrobe, PA that still performs to this day. At the age of 15, however, he became fascinated with jazz after coming across a copy of A Night at the Vanguard by jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. He liked how artists like Burrell and Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass could make one guitar sound like three– an almost magical sound. From their approach to playing the guitar, Alec borrowed the idea of letting the bass notes ring out while playing freely on the higher strings.

Combining classic rock and jazz influences has helped create a sound with dynamic changes, interesting chord changes, and textures that keep audiences interested. Adding drummer Dane Whatule to form the Alec Henderson Band further serves the purpose of creating clever, catchy music that listeners enjoy. Visit their website for more info.

 

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Jeremy Bursich: Metamorphosis

Jeremy Bursich is always working on something. With several self-produced albums under his belt, he still manages to find time to host open mics, organize and perform in concerts, edit and construct music videos, and create “hellishly playful” sculptures.

With that in mind, the latest music from Jeremy Bursich is called Metamorphosis II. He wrote the album as part of the February Album Writing Month Challenge. Musically, it’s about facing the absurdity of existence and creating a purposeful path in spite of it all. “I would hope it would inspire hope,” says the creative artist.

Jeremy Bursich

Bursich considers himself an optimistic existentialist. He lives the life of a constantly evolving artist, having written, recorded and released 5 albums in the past 4 years. In addition, he has toured most of the USA.

Originally starting out as a drum and bass DJ, Bursich also occasionally played acoustic music. He was inspired by Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan to move toward solo acoustic performances.

These days, thanks to circuit bent toys and electric guitar pedals, Bursich enjoys experimenting with different instruments and sounds. This is his time to take “a more synthetic approach to a very organic process.”

What’s something Jeremy Bursich would want listeners to take away from his music? Hope.

“I want people to know that there is hope,” he says. “I am a recovering addict and I got clean and realized I wanted to be a musician, so I became one. I realized I wouldn’t be rich and I didn’t need to be. I stopped waiting for opportunities and started creating and learning and I continue to create and learn every day. Anyone can do that. Don’t wait for it to happen. Do it yourself. You are absolutely capable.”

As an artist who loves getting feedback about his music, Bursich seeks to incorporate various creative outlets into what he does, offering people a unique experience every time they see him perform. He uses things like video montages, performance art, and sculptures to help get his messages across to audiences.

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Vocal Health For Singers

vocal healthHere are some things I learned about vocal health for singers.

Vocal cords are like a rubber band. Mucus covers them, getting thicker as you get older. Falsettos sing on the edge of their vocal cords. When you stretch the rubber bands, you get the higher notes. When you have phlegm in the morning, that is your body self-repairing the vocal cord. When you “clear your throat” a lot, that’s bad. It could lead to a nodule– a big sore on your vocal cord.

You might have vocal health issues if:
1) you have a hoarse or raspy voice
2) you lost your ability to hit high notes
3) all of a sudden your voice is a lot deeper than normal
4) your throat feels raw/strained
5) it hurts to talk/veins popping out
6) you’re repeatedly clearing your throat

The best way to help your vocal health is to drink lots of water– this will help you get rid of morning phlegm. You should have 8-12 glasses of water daily. When phlegm’s on your cords, your voice cracks– you get bad notes! It’s important to warm up and cool down your voice as a singer. Avoid dry environments– for instance, if you travel on an airplane, where the cabin air is stale and dry, drink lots of water. Aretha Franklin is famous for not allowing air conditioning in any of the venues where she sings– it would dry her out.

Also, if you’re a singer getting ready for a performance, stay away from dairy products like milk, which causes mucus. Also, alcohol, pop, caffeine and tea all dry your voice. I will share some more information in Part Two, coming soon…

If you want to warm up before singing–and you should–you should say “oooo” to clear off phlegm on your cords. Use your normal voice to do this. Gradually do a note higher/lower off the main note.

Remember, a day before AND the day of your performance, no dairy products!

Put a little lemon juice in water to help your voice– you could also use salt water.

Before singing, it’s wise to avoid yelling.

Medication might make your voice hoarse or raspy. Some mouthwash can cause phlegm.

If you have a cold and have to sing, then an hour beforehand here’s what to do:

1) fill coffee mug with hot water
2) 4-5 Halls ICE BLUE cough drops (with menthol and peppermint)– put in cup
3) add a little honey or sugar to add taste
4) stir it up
5) close your eyes– vapors burn
6) breathe it in and sip it

This will soothe your nose and throat immediately.

And finally, one more tip for overall vocal health: SMILE, it makes your singing brighter!

–Mark Weber

 

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Jonathan Townes to release True

Jonathan Townes is set to officially release his latest single, “True,” on April 29. It will be available as a digital download. In person, Jonathan Townes will perform the song at a party the night of April 28 at Northtown Coffee in Arcata, California.

Jonathan Townes

Jonathan Townes takes his music seriously.

He’s a composer, producer, guitarist and vocalist. With that in mind, as you’d expect he has been vigilant about everything from the string arrangements in his songs to the choice of mastering studio.

Having attended Berklee College of Music and lived in New York City for a number of years, Townes worked as a gigging musician and recording engineer. In 2015, he decided to move to California. He owns Giglaeoplexis Records and has recorded several of his own albums on the label over the years.

Towne’s first recording was Glossolalia (1996), which featured seven of his songs plus four improvised tracks. The band included keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood; John Scofield), bassist Neal Fountain (Jimmy Herring, Alex Machacek), and drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jonas Hellborg, Leftover Salmon). More recently, he produced, mixed and mastered Redshell’s eponymous debut, marking his transition from jazz to electronic pop-rock music.

Jonathan Townes

As for his new music, Jonathan Townes says, “‘True’ is alternative rock, meets hip-hop beats, a dose of electronica, a pinch of the Beatles, all flowing beneath a voice that is equal parts Tom Vek, Chris Martin, Albert Hammond Jr., and the Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett.” The song tells the story of two people, somewhere after their initial encounter, witnessing four intimate scenes in the downward arc of a relationship spiraling into flames.

The artist would describe “True” as a song that sounds like you mingle-mangled David Bowie, Sigur Rós, Beck, Radiohead, Snow Patrol, Tupac’s beats, John Bonham’s power, and strings together. Cool.

Besides “True,” Jonathan Townes has a lot of music available on CDBaby.com. You can also visit his website here.

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New Album Needed?

new albumGuest blogger Jessica Kane talks about music groups who are long overdue for a new album in this post on the Mark Weber Music Blog…

Recording a new album takes time and work. The singer or band has to write the songs. During practice, they have to decide if the songs sound just right or if they needs tweaking. If the performers know exactly how their music should sound and have already made firm decisions on such matters as song order and song titles, they can spend as little as a month in a recording studio. Most bands, however, need significantly more time than that.

Recording a new album can take months or years.

This is especially likely to be the case if the artist is prone to experimentation and/or prefers to record a few long compositions rather than a bunch of short songs. Obviously, if the album itself is long, recording will take longer. There are several music groups who are long overdue for a new album. Here are 5:

Tool

The band Tool is notorious for going years between albums. The band formed in 1990, and has produced a meager four albums since then. Their last album, 10,000 Days, came out in 2006. In a 2014 interview, their guitarist Adam Jones talked about the increasing difficulties of getting the band together. Some of the problems were simply due to… life. Jones got married in 2013. Maynard James Keenan acts and owns a winery. Tool was also embroiled in a lawsuit that began in 2007, a complicated mess involving an insurance company and countersuits. They finally won in March 2015. Tool has been working on new music – they played an instrumental piece called “Descent” at a show in Tempe. They began touring with Primus in January. We shall see…

Radiohead

Radiohead’s last new album, The King of Limbs, came out in 2011. Since then, the band’s members have been working on various solo projects. Last year, Radiohead wrote a song for the most recent James Bond movie, Spectre. It wasn’t used – but it can be found on the band’s website. Last December, the band’s lead singer, Thom Yorke, gave a solo performance including two new songs, “Silent Spring” and “Desert Island Disk,” at the UN climate change conference in Paris. This past March, though, they announced an upcoming world tour – and the tickets have already sold out for some shows, prompting the band to add new shows. Radiohead will also be one of the headlining acts at the 25th edition of Lollapalooza this summer along with Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem.

TLC

TLC angered fans in 2015 when they announced that the new album said fans had crowdfunded wouldn’t be coming out that year. Some fans wanted their money back and others held a #TLCGoingToJailParty on Twitter. The trio had been all over the place during the 1990s and had released three albums during that decade. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car crash a few months before the release of the group’s fourth album in 2002. Her bandmates, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, did consider retiring, but ultimately decided not to. As of 2014, TLC’s second album, CrazySexyCool, was still the highest-selling album by an all-female group – and it first came out in 1994. So, it’s about time for new TLC songs.

Outkast

The hip hop duo hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s Idlewild. The pair, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, went on hiatus in 2007. In an interview with Billboard, Andre 3000 talked about feeling “stifled” by the fans’ expectations. He has performed as a guest artist on other people’s albums. In 2014, the duo reunited for a tour celebrating Outkast’s 20th anniversary. Much to fans’ dismay, the tour did not lead to an album. Outkast hasn’t even updated the “News” section of their website since September 2014.

Metallica

The venerable heavy metal band hasn’t had a new studio album since 2008’s Death Magnetic. They will, however, be the Ambassadors for this year’s Record Store Day on April 16. Metallica will also release a recording of their 2003 performance at Le Bataclan in Paris, and they will donate the proceeds to the victims of last year’s terrorist attacks. The record, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, will have nine songs on it. Metallica has also been working on a follow-up to Death Magnetic, which they plan to release someday.

Guest blogger Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.

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Jack Rose offers Pretty Pictures

Jack RoseWait a minute…Jack Rose is just 14-years-old? His polished sound on the catchy song “Pretty Pictures” had me thinking he was in his 20s or 30s because he sounds so professional and, well, mature– in a great way.

It turns out that Jack Rose wears many hats at a young age. Besides being a talented singer and songwriter, he’s also a rapper, actor and radio presenter.

Jack Rose is originally from Whitechapel in the east end of London but now lives in Kent in the United Kingdom, and has been performing since he was very young.

Not sure where he finds the time to be a radio presenter, but in case you’d like to hear him hosting the UK Top 30 Countdown Show on the Internet Radio Station Hit Mix UK (www.hitmixuk.com), visit their site every Sunday between 7 and 9pm.

As a budding actor, Jack has worked with Rosie Day (All Roads Lead To Rome) Graham Fletcher-Cook (The French Lieutenant’s Woman), Simon Thomas (Phantom Of The Opera), Aaron Sidwell (Eastenders), Ceejay Sargent, Michelle Archer, Melody Squire (Mrs. Henderson Presents), Kylie Minogue’s choreographer Tim Noble and Lee Jacob (Search Party). Jack has recently performed at Her Majesties Theatre in London’s West End, the Whiterock Theatre in Hastings and the Royal Albert Hall London. While most teenagers watch TV and sleep most days when they’re not at school, Jack’s busy on stage. Impressive!

Meanwhile, I am really diggin’ his song “Pretty Pictures.” All you need is a little taste of the tune in the promo clip below and you’ll be hooked, too!

I also like Jack’s song, “Lost.” As an American, I notice (and like) his thick British accent on this track:

Remember the name because this kid’s going places.

Connect with Jack Rose:

Website: www.jackroseonline.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jackrosereal
YouTube: www.youtube.com/jackrosereal
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jackjohnrose

iTunes Preorder Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pretty-pictures-single/id1094242125&app=itunes

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Late Watch featuring REP

Late WatchLate Watch does not sound like most artists. Late Watch is songwriter/producer Jonathan Fobbs and his wife Rachel along with other collaborators like REP. They come from a Christian perspective but their music does not sound like contemporary Christian music.

Late Watch makes positive music

Late Watch considers their music to be American Alt Pop, featuring singable melodies and positive narratives. Indeed, one listen to their song “Love Power” and you’ll be refreshed. It’s got that certain something to it that makes you feel good and you’ll probably find yourself humming the melody afterward.

“Love Power” features rappin’ by REP. Here are the lyrics:

LOVE POWER
Written by Jonathan Fobbs and Auri Jones

CHORUS:

Never ending
Never ever failing
Lover of my soul
You’re in control

Where you lead, I go

We know when it’s looking pretty gloomy
Our love always is blooming
Down in my bones

I know you are my love
I know this

VERSE 1:

Sweet inspired words, Yo I’m singing like I’m Solomon
Felt I was alone, then a friend asked me to follow him
David, he was Jonathan
others I was fond of them
None of them would die for me unless it was to honor them
Maybe you relate, you need someone that you can laugh to
someone you can cry to, an always ride or die crew
That one who stands when you have fallen, someone you are bound to
Guess this sounds like love because it is and I have great news
I know you’re seeking it
Well, I’ve found it true
And yes, it’s rich with others like mercy and grace, too
Justice and peace
So you can rest in this
There is a love that is better than a kiss
No sign up, no Mingle or E-Harmony
Open arms wide, never ending’s what it’s promising.
Wanna know this love? Wanna know this bliss?
It starts with Jesus and never ends.

CHORUS:

Never ending
Never ever failing
Lover of my soul
You’re in control

Where you lead, I go

We know when it’s looking pretty gloomy
Our love always is blooming
Down in my bones

I know you are my love
I know this

BRIDGE:

No one else has seen all my darkest days
and still remained the same
Compassions never fade away

Midnight hour, turning the shower cold
With not an ounce of hope
But in my soul I know, you hold me

You’re full of sympathy
Any day of the week
You love is strong for me
And you never get weak

VERSE 2:

Can I take you on a journey of the ages?
Fairy tales were written to this
Every single page is
How a person wondering or wandering was aimless
Looking for a sign to tell them that they weren’t so nameless
Surrounded by that hate and dark was overpowering
Evil had its reign and the pain was always showering
Life was a despair and there never hope
Future seemed so dim nothing left to cope
Then came hero fearless courageous
Saw me and told me he would take me from danger
He said he loved me though I was a stranger
Took all my hurt and my fear and my anger
Brought to a kingdom, got me high just the heavenlies
Now I’m feeling loved
Loved just like I ought to be
No Wonderland no Oz, Bruh
This is the real this God, Bruh, will take you into His arms, Bruh
Thank you, Lord, for your great love

CHORUS:

Never ending
Never ever failing
Lover of my soul
You’re in control

Where you lead, I go

We know when it’s looking pretty gloomy
Our love always is blooming
Down in my bones

I know you are my love
I know this

Jonathan Fobbs’ mother was classically trained as a vocalist and taught piano while his father was a jazz trumpeter. Jonathan started out playing drums but most of his work with Late Watch involves a computer screen and a midi controller.

As a married couple, Jonathan and Rachel inspire one another. They believe music is a powerful force in this world. It can build people up or break them down. Late Watch decidedly makes music to build people up.

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Music from Over The Rhine

Over The RhineMy friend Jodie Vandelay recently shared the music of Over The Rhine with me, and I appreciated it. I had heard of the group years ago and knew they used to have some connection to the contemporary Christian music market, with a folksy sound.

Over The Rhine is bassist/pianist/singer Linford Detweiler and his wife, classically-trained singer Karin Bergquist. They’d be right at home in the hipster sections of Brooklyn, but they choose to live in the middle of nowhere, on a farm in rural Ohio.

If you’ve never heard of Over The Rhine, now’s the time to discover them– their intimate new double album is called Meet Me At The Edge Of The World, and I’d best describe it, stylistically, as Alt-Country.

Meet Me At The Edge Of The World contains 19 tracks recorded live in under one week’s time. The songs are inspired by the couple’s rural land surrounding their brick farm house in southern Ohio. At times you’ll feel like you’re listening to a haunting Southern blues singer when you hear Bergquist’s distinct, crackly voice.

Fans of great literature and art will appreciate the depth of these musicians– their lyrics, harmonic blend, and seemingly timeless themes form an inviting tapestry of good vibes. They’d be right at home in a small coffee shop in Anytown, USA.

Interestingly, I’ve seen Over The Rhine perform at their farm in Ohio, as well as on The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio. Plus, I saw them perform at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. No matter whether they’re playing to New York hipsters or down home folks, Over The Rhine is consistently great at making music, being themselves, and connecting with the audience. Definitely see them perform live, in-person!

Note: in late May 2016, the band welcomes The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Joe Henry, Michael Wilson, Barry Moser and many more to their farm in the middle of nowhere for the Nowhere Else Festival.

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Weber Music Blog

The Weber Music Blog has changed, though it’s not something you’ll easily see. I decided to take the plunge and move it from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

The main reason I moved the Weber Music Blog over to this new way of doing things was so that I could get really specific about “SEO.” In other words, wordpress.org gives me the opportunity to label things behind-the-scenes such that they’re more search engine friendly. What good is good content if it’s not labelled properly for search engines like Bing and Google to find it?

The Weber Music Blog is like having a whole bunch of books on a shelf in your house. If you don’t organize them well, it’s a lot harder to find what you’re looking for. The same thing goes for the Internet and having your own website(s). I want the Weber Music Blog to be found. I want the amount of users to increase. I want more eyeballs looking at the Weber Music Blog posts and hearing the music posted, too. After all, the point of the blog is to help people discover new music artists they didn’t know. I like doing this, and I like being able to share new music artist news and music with you!

I have been a fan of music artists and music makers all my life. I enjoy a wide variety of styles and genres, so this blog is a unique place on the web to bring a diverse group of people together.

So, the next couple days will be a time of adjustment for the Weber Music Blog as I try and figure out all the behind-the-scenes stuff there is to know, adjust, etc. Wish me well! -Mark Weber

PS) By the way, while I have your attention, if you’re on Twitter, please follow the blog there: www.twitter.com/webermusicblog. This is another aspect of what I do, and you’ll find things on there that aren’t on here.

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