Sunday, December 25, 2011

BEST OF 2011!! (December 25, 2011)

It's that time of year again! Our look back at the best Emerge Music of the year!  Because I originally started this in 2002 making "Best Of" CDs for friends the "rules" are that the songs must have been released in the prior year and that the list as a whole must fit on a standard length CD (80 minutes).  I try to stick to lesser known "emerging" bands.  The songs are put together to make an enjoyable listening experience and are NOT in any type of priority order.

With no further ado, here is this year's "BEST OF 2011" track listing!

Emerge Music Group "Best of 2011" list 
  1. Haven't Had Enough - Marianas Trench
  2. Make A New Dance Up - Hey Ocean
  3. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. The Letter - Melodime
  5. This Little Girl - Cady Groves
  6. Austin - One Hot Minute
  7. Gravity - Barnaby Bright
  8. Waiting For You - Amy Kuney
  9. The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth - I Fight Dragons
  10. Take 2 or 3 - Tim Blane
  11. Up Off The Ground - Love Via Dance Machine
  12. Turn Me On - Lelia Broussard
  13. Song for the Suburbs - Ben Rector
  14. Mirror - Amber Rubarth (featuring Jason Mraz)
  15. Gravity - Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
  16. Let's Go - Mike and Cody
  17. The Worst Thing About Me - We Are The In Crowd
  18. Twenty Something - Graham Colton
  19. Given Up on Giving Up on You - Throwing Gravity
  20. Memphis - Delta Rae
  21. Close Me Eyes- Plain Jane Automobile
  22. We Are Young - fun. (featuring Janelle Mone)
MOST of these songs are available on iTunes and we've made a playlist for your convenience:

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    Alexa Wilkinson (December 18, 2011)

    Alexa Wilkinson ( is everything I want in a singer songwriter.  She has a gorgeous voice, she writes songs that are instantly accessible and intriguing, she creates music that in studio form feels like a full, complete piece of music and can also be performed live easily with just her and a guitar without losing anything.  Her songs "Waiting" and "Grey Skies" are two of my favorites and can be heard on her facebook page. 

    Have a great week and enjoy the music!

    Sunday, December 11, 2011

    Goodnight Argent (December 11, 2011)

    Goodnight Argent ( is this week's featured band.  This Washington state band has a radio friendly alternative rock sound.  They have a growing fan based that partially has been helped by winning the John Lennon International Songwriting competition! Their EP "Ignorance is Paradise" is available now and is great.  They also have some fantastic cover songs available for a quick sign up on their website so definitely go grab those!

    Special thanks to Emerge member Noah Silver for suggesting this band!!
    Have a great week and enjoy the music!

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    Ella Riot (December 4, 2011)

    So this isn't something I do often but this week I'm featuring a band that has recently announced it is going on "hiatus." But their music is still great and I want you all to hear it - so check out Ella Riot ( to hear some fun, upbeat dance music.  Their song "Replaceable" is a favorite and on their facebook page check out the great song/video "It Could Be." Both songs (and a few others) are on their "Love Child" EP which is on all major digital download sites.

    Have a great week and enjoy the music!