It’s not often that you meet someone as feisty as British singer Sheila Nicholls. She first found fame for performing cartwheels naked at an England vs. Australia cricket match at Lord’s in 1989. Since then she has performed with NY-based group Splendid Fork, relocated to LA, recorded 3 solo albums and started her own label, Essex Girl Records.
“After releasing two albums with Hollywood Records, I decided to lay low for a minute. I built a studio, bought equipment, and taught myself ProTools. I really wanted to expand my abilities and have more creative independence. Consequently this record took a while because I did it myself, with some help from friends. Oh and I also had a baby.”
Available now on iTunes her new album, “Songs from the Bardo” delivers an LP experience in which Sheila co-produced as well as wrote the entire set.
First of all, I’m no hater. Justin Bieber is a hard-working, talented singer who deserves tremendous success. However, his parents (or guardians) really need to prioritize his education, because you have serious problems if you are 16 years old and don’t know what German is.
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I love this song. It reminds me of The Staples Singers from back in the day. Amazing vocals, timeless lyrics and a soulful groove that you could leave playing for hours on a sunny day.
However, the original video was cheesy! Leela tried too hard to be sexy and her interaction with the lead guy didn’t feel genuine. Luckily her people realized that “less is more”, so here is the Leela James “Tell Me You Love Me” video MK2.
Check out Leela’s music including her current album “My Soul” on itunes
Honestly, I think it depends on the type of music you are recording and the audience that you aim to please. Teenage Pop fans are much more likely to be concerned about outward appearances that middle-aged Jazz enthusiasts. In fact, I can think of many “unattractive” artists who’ve become successful due to a combination of talent, ambition and the right marketing strategy.
So what do you think? Is There Any Hope For Big Fat Ugly People In The Music Business?
It’s funny how things move in cycles. Around 15 years ago Trip Hop was the music of choice for the cool kids of England and beyond, jamming to Morcheeba, Portishead, Masive Attack and Tricky. Now some of us are rediscovering our love for down-tempo, experimental, moody grooves.
Enter Mad Planet, an LA-based duo made up of Greg Gordon (former drummer for the Nervous Return) and Cooper Gillespie (former front woman and bass player for Bang Sugar Bang). They formed Mad Planet in order to stretch in new directions different from their normal musical styles. “Love Addicts was inspired by a friend who was also going through a divorce,” Cooper says, “He described dating as a terrible chore because he was ready to fall in love with any girl who sat in his passenger seat. It didn’t matter who it was. He was so used to being with somebody, he was willing to be with anybody.”
These are early days in Cameron Rafati’s career, but he has already earned a Sundance Film Festival nomination for his ballad “53rd Story”. He made a TV appearance with an acoustic rendition of “Ghetto Superstar” with PRAS from the Fugees; and this song “BATTLES” is featured in the Tyler Perry/Janet Jackson movie “Why did I get Married Too”.
Check it out. His vocals remind me of Maroon 5.
Cameron’s album is available to buy on iTunes and you can get 2 songs free buy joining his e-mail list.
Long before Ms Ga Ga, Irish pop singer Roisin Murphy caused a stir with her outlandish costumes and disco house music. As part of duo Moloko (with her then-boyfriend Mark Brydon) and as a solo artist, Roisin has had us dancing to infectious party grooves and remixes.
When asked recently about a new album she said “First of all, I haven’t recorded a new album as such. I’ve recorded a lot of songs, but I haven’t planned beyond just putting the songs out there and letting them have their own life, and see how the music lives on its own, without videos, without a big promotion. It’s more just about getting songs out there and letting them have their own life.”