Bruno Mars March 16, 2013
Phillip Phillips won American Idol’s 11th season in May 2012. He released his first single, Home, shortly after and it has taken off. The song is still inescapable on radio airwaves. It has a country feel combined with Phillips’ Dave Matthews-esq voice making it a true pop hit.
I attended a Phillip Phillips concert recently and he is the real deal. He sat on stage with his guitar and a microphone belting out the songs. He didn’t seem truly comfortable on stage but that just added to his charm. The fans in the audience screamed for him the entire time and he was embarrassed by it. It was a great show.
His debut album is enjoyable from the first song to the last. He includes a cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game that doesn’t disappoint. I recommend picking up this album for a listen. Gone, Gone, Gone is the new single. An inspiring song about a relationship.
Excerpt from Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips
“You’re my backbone
You’re my cornerstone
You’re my crutch when my legs stop movin’
You’re my head start
You’re my rugged heart
You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed”
Mumford & Sons formed in 2007 and their popularity has slowly but steadily been growing ever since. They have a distinctive folk sound which is unlike any other band on the radio today. Their sound is reminiscent of bluegrass with a modern day twist. They use the fiddle, cello and flugelhorn along with the trumpet and trombone which are not usually heard in mainstream pop music today but make for a very enjoyable listening experience.
Radio play began with Little Lion Man in 2010 and the release of their debut album, Sigh No More. Mumford & Sons received 2 Grammy nominations for that album. Their new album, Babel, it a critical hit winning Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys. The singles, I Will Wait and Lover of the Light, continue to deliver the upbeat folk feel that makes Mumford & Sons different from all the rest. If you’re looking for something unlike the rest try Mumford & Sons.
Mumford & Sons are Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Winston Marshall.
RED by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift started as a country artist, but has since crossed over into the pop arena with a vengeance. She writes catchy tunes about relationships most young women can relate to. She represents the entire life of a relationship, from beginning to end, with her music.
Taylor Swift is not my favorite artist, but I do catch myself singing her songs when they come on the radio. Her single, I Knew You Were Trouble, has been played numerous times in my car on the drive home with me singing along. She can definitely sing and relate to her fans. If you aren’t already a fan, however, I don’t believe RED will appeal to you.
RED is Taylor’s 4th album. She has won countless awards including Grammy’s and American Music Awards for her music. Along with music Taylor supports children’s literacy and arts education. She has been recognized by many organizations including the Do Something Awards for her philanthropic work.
Some Nights by fun.
Grammy winning group fun. first caught my attention with We Are Young (f. Janelle Monae). This song was all over the radio during the summer rivaling Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and Gotye’s Somebody that I Used to Know as the top song of Summer 2012.
fun. is categorized as an indie rock or alternative band because of their distinct style reminding me of Panic! at the Disco. Their sound fits alternative radio as well as pop stations because of its different, “fun” sound. I enjoy their music, it is upbeat, inspiring and a pleasure to listen too. Carry On is one of my favorite songs right now.
The band, made up of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff, formed in 2008 in New York City. Their previous singles include We Are Young, Some Nights, and Carry On. The newest single, Why Am I the One, was just released in February. The band is not just making great music they are also created The Ally Coalition, with designer Rachel Antonoff, supporting the LGBTQ community.
Excerpt from “Carry On” by fun.
“If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground