Fun Friday!

Woah, this week flew by pretty quickly! I guess it is because we had President’s Day off. Actually, only some people had it off. Maybe because it is February, the month is shorter, and moving faster than normal.

Anyway. Happy Friday, my friends! You made it to the weekend and so here is a fun YouTube cover to celebrate! Press play and you will be wow-ed easily in 5 seconds!

Excuse the lyrics but was not her voice powerful or what? Mackenzie Johnson is a YouTube artist who has more than 160,00 subscribers. She does a lot of covers but also has created her own music. You can listen to more of her music through SoundCloud.

I have no idea how I found her but I am sure glad I did! I hope you enjoyed it! Have a fun Friday!

Happy Monday!

I am so sorry if you’re back at work after the Christmas weekend, but I hope you are well rested and ready for a new week! If not, I’ve got something to cheer you up on a Monday!

If you really liked that, then here’s another one:

I’m not sure how I found them but I think it was through Facebook. After hearing one song, I ended up listening to a dozen of their music on repeat!

The husband and wife musical group are called Us The Duo. Michael and Carissa have been singing on YouTube since 2011 and have more than 28 million views. Singing covers of mainstream music in their own version has attracted many fans. Their fame grew drastically through Vine when they hid the upper half of their faces while singing songs. The mysteriousness of their looks made many viewers curious who these talented singers were. They finally revealed themselves after countless medleys produced. As of March 2014, they are the first artists from Vine to have signed a major deal with Republic Records.



Chandelier Cover by Sara Bareilles

I’ve been in love with Sara Bareilles’ music since I first heard it in high school. She’s one of the few artists where I actually know the lyrics only because I love her voice and her whole style as an artist.

Currently, she’s on tour for her latest album The Blessed Unrest. On her Little Black Dress Tour, she’s been doing a cover of Sia’s newest single, Chandelier. I just found this through Facebook and have been listening to it on repeat for at least an hour or two. No shame at all.

She sings this song with so much emotion that you can almost empathize with her in the lyrics. There’s so much authenticity in the way she sings this song that it gives me the chills. On top of that, it’s acoustic! So more chills!

Here’s the original Chandelier by Sia:

I’ll be listening to the Sara Bareilles’ acoustic version on repeat for awhile. I hope I can buy this online somehow! Thank you Huffington Post for writing an article about how awesome Sara Bareilles is especially live at concerts! She brings a personable character to her shows that makes me feel like I’m actually friends with her!

Sam Smith

In the past week, I’ve been listening to Sam Smith’s music on repeat through Spotify. The addiction all started when I learned a danced to “Dirty Boy” by La La La which featured Sam Smith.

After I learned the dance, I researched the music at home. From Wikipedia, I learned that Sam Smith is from the UK! He was born in 1992, so you know that means he’s one very young talented singer! I then realized that he is the one who also sings “Stay With Me” which is a beautiful song.

After that, I was caught off guard that he also sings “Lay Me Down” which is another beautiful song filled with heavy emotion.

I’ve listened to all of these songs multiple times before especially on the radio but somehow never knew the artist. If TRL still existed on MTV, I would have learned about Sam Smith sooner! Nowadays, I don’t know who sings what until I make the effort to research it or stumble upon it online just like now.

Question. Am I the only one who’s surprised by how his voice doesn’t match his appearance? There’s so much maturity within his lyrics and in his voice for a young adult! That voice of his is one of a kind. It’s soulful, powerful, and simply unique. Perhaps you can compare him to Adele where they’re both honest in their music and actually talented! And the obvious common denominator is that they’re both from the UK.

I feel relieved now that I know Sam Smith at a personal level after all that research. Ok, back to listening to him on repeat!

Thank you Kaba Modern’s dance class for encouraging me to discover new music. Final thanks to YouTube and Wikipedia for helping me with my research on Sam Smith!

Fun Friday!

Happy Friday! Yes, you and I made it through the week! Going back to work after New Year’s Day was tough! But I’m glad it’s Friday! For the joy of it being Friday today, I’d like to share a song that I have been listening to on repeat literally all day! YouTube artists, Drew Tabor and Katie Stump, sing a cover to Counting Stars by One Republic.

I love the acoustic, the harmonies, and simply their voices! Hope you enjoy it!

City and Colour

There’s quite some history behind City and Colour that you should know. One is that Dallas Green is the main singer of City and Colour. I guess he didn’t want his full name out there so he turned his name (Dallas) into City and his last name (Green) turned to Colour. Pretty clever, huh?

Before City and Colour, he was part of Alexisonfire which was a post-hardcore Canadian band. Alexisonfire didn’t really work out, so Dallas Green started doing his own thing. As a solo artist, he started out with just his voice and guitar. He turned acoustic and folkie with his music. At first he released a few songs on the internet, then next thing you know he’s had 3 albums out since 2007. Now, he has his 4th album out called “The Hurry and the Harm” which was released earlier this year.

I got the lucky opportunity to see him perform live at Club Nokia in LA, thanks to Calvin! When you listen to him at home, his voice is quite clear and soothing. But when you hear him live, the clarity of his voice is so ridiculous. It’s almost unbelievable to hear him sing like that live!
City and Colour

I have to say that my favorite part of his 2 hour show was him singing my favorite song “The Girl”. I felt like he was singing to me as he stood on stage by himself with his guitar. I think he loves me…

If you want to hear his latest album, check it out here:

Thanks Calvin for introducing me to City and Colour!

Monsters Calling Home Live!

I finally got the chance to see Monsters Calling Home perform live in Fullerton, California! Yay, I can check that off my list! Feats In Inches performed first as an opening act. They started the show on a good note making the audience pumped up for the whole night.

MCH only sang their popular songs which include all of their music. As you can see, I’m kind of a big fan of their music. Everyone in the band is so musically talented that you can really see it from their performance. I thoroughly enjoyed every song that they performed. If only they performed for 3+ hours that night, I would then have enjoyed it even more. Ok, 3+ hours is asking for a lot. That just shows you how much I loved their show that night.

If you didn’t get the chance to see them perform in Orange County, it’s ok. There’s still hope! They’re performing at a pretty well-known venue in Los Angeles called Troubadour on December 4th. Definitely check them out there for $15. I believe they’ll be playing new music too that night. I can’t wait to hear their new music!

Ok, if you didn’t go to their show in OC and you can’t go to their show in LA, I will be nice and forgive you just this once. But in the meantime, watch this live acoustic performance: