Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best of 2014! (December 28, 2014)

The "Best of 2014" - my list of some of the best new songs of the past year from the best (mostly) emerging bands. 

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BEST OF 2014!

  1. Are You Ready (On Your Own) Distant Cousins
  2. Back To YouTwin Forks
  3. Brothers Melodime
  4. Carolina Save Me Nathan Angelo
  5. Drive All Night (English Hearts)Deaf Havana
  6. Fight SongRachel Platten
  7. First Flight Home Jake Miller
  8. Geronimo Sheppard
  9. Glass HeartMagic Giant
  10. Halo -  Lewis Watson
  11. Heartbeat Mat Kearney
  12. Heaven Amber Run
  13. High HorseHailey Steele
  14. Hope For the Best You Me At Six
  15. I Won't FollowSecret Someones
  16. Keep SwingingBlitz Kids
  17. L.A. KidAct As If
  18. Lessons LearnedNatasha North
  19. Losing the LonelyElenowen
  20. Love My PeopleCrown and The M.O.B.
  21. Time To FlyI Fight Dragons
  22. Never EndToby Lightman
  23. Ooh La La Kate Voegele
  24. Peace O.A.R.
  25. Pop 101 (feat. Anami Vice) -  Marianas Trench
  26. The RaptureFort Hope
  27. Shut Up and DanceWalk The Moon
  28. Somebody To You (feat. Demi Lovato) -  The Vamps
  29. Take Me With You Roses & Revolutions
  30. Time Lower Than Atlantis
  31. Unbreakable Trinity
  32. Vintage Ruthie Collins
  33. When You Were Mine Taylor Henderson
  34. Why God Made Love Songs - Joel Crouse
  35. Why WorrySet It Off
  36. World on Fire (feat. Matisyahu) - Moshav
  37. You and MeYou+Me
  38. You To Believe InParadise Fears
  39. 11:11Arkells

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lewis Watson (December 21, 2014)

Our last "regular" post of 2014 (next week is the annual "Best of" edition) could easily be one of the biggest breakout starts of 2015. Lewis Watson could/should be the Ed Sheeran of next year.  His album "The Morning" beautifully balances on the line between pop, folk and acoustic rock music. His lyrics are poignant and the music is easy on the ears.  "Into The Wild" and "Outgrow" are favorites and "Halo" is one of the most beautiful and powerful songs of the year (special shout out to 2 special individuals who originally shared this with me - you know who you are!).  Being British seems to be a plus these days for singer-songwriters and he's got that going for him too.  This album has a little bit of everything in it and it's a great gift to yourself during this busy holiday time.

Have a great week and enjoy the music - and don't forget to check back next week for the Best Songs of 2014!!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Moshav (December 14, 2014)

No other band sounds like Moshav and that has a lot to do with the way they combine their radio ready rock sound with the influence of their home country of Israel.  Those New Sun Rising" which will be out Tuesday (12/16/14 - also the first night of Hanukkah).  The first track on the new record is an epic anthem "World on Fire" that features Matisyahu and has already garnered a lot of attention.  Moshav sings about lots of different things but they definitely try to send a message of hope, peace and good will.  You can hear three of the songs now and check out the whole album on Tuesday.  I know that I can't wait for "New Sun Rising."
Middle Eastern beats and sounds blend perfectly with their modern sound as they  prepare to release their most progressive album to date, "

Have a great week and enjoy the music!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lara Johnston (December 7, 2014)

I've been waiting and waiting and just can't wait any longer to share the immense talent that is Lara Johnston.  I came across Lara almost a year and a half ago with her original song K.I.S.S. which I thought would surely get her some much deserved attention and potentially even make her a star. But that song was kept fairly quiet and she's been working diligently on her craft, working with some great artists and putting out some incredible covers.  I'm hoping that sooner rather than later we will get a full album of material but for now there's plenty to see/hear and enjoy. Lara can be a sultry, bluesy singer when she wants to and can also go full diva and fall in line with the best pop artists working today.  In addition to K.I.S.S. and her other originals be sure to check out her covers both as a solo artist and with The New Velvet (previously featured Emerge Music band). She's got all the talent in the world and I can't wait for her to be head by a wider audience.

Have a great week and enjoy the music,