Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss an AMAZING singer/songwriter, that I can’t wait for y’all to fall in love with (because trust me, you will become addicted to her music VERY soon!). This artist’s voice is so diverse that it doesn’t matter if you like pop, indie, country, or any genre in between, you WILL find something you like about her music. So get familiar with the name Meghann Wright now, because I guarantee that she will not remain music’s best kept secret for much longer. So if y’all are ready, please read on and learn all about Meghann now, before your friends beat you.
Now that you know a little about Meghann, let’s talk about some of her music. Ok? Ok! Meghann released a self-titled EP earlier this year. I really love this EP because all the songs are very different, and really give you a small taste of just how much of a talented and musically diverse artist Meghann is. The first song we are going to talk about is the emotional ballad, ‘Can’t Carry Water’. This song is about the sadness and lost that comes when you realize that you can’t make someone love you. It has a very country meets indie sound, with a hint of edge (think along he lines of what it would sound like of Sara McLaughlin, Dolly Parton, and Stevie Nicks got together and created an EPIC song). I really like the metaphor that Meghann uses of comparing not being able to make this person love you, to not being able to carry water with your bare hands. My favorite thing about this song is the honesty and pain that you hear in Meghann’s voice. I really love it when you feel that an artist really put Los their whole heart and soul into a song. I would definitely suggest playing ‘Can’t Carry Water’ the next time you go through a breakup, or the next time your celebrity crush ignores you on Twitter (they’re just playing hard to get guys…that’s gotta be it right?). The next song that we’re going to talk about is her upbeat song ‘Left My Heart In Brooklyn’ (check out the official music video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdxSLC2lrp4&list=UU30xk__9EhjipHjzfaomJYA). This song is about loving someone and telling them that no matter how you’re separated, you will always find your way back to one another. It’s a really fun take on the cliche love ballad, and will definitely be a breath of fresh air on any of your playlists. ‘Left My Heart In Brooklyn’ is a really fun indie style song that fans of bands such as Fun, the Lumineers, and Train will fall in love with. I really love the cool whistle that you hear the throughout the song, because it’s something really different that just gives the whole track a cool blues vibe. There is also a soulfulness to that song that will remind you of amazing female singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks. You can purchase both of these songs on ITunes, so finish reading the blog then jump right on that (I promise your ears will thanks you!). The final song that we’re going to discuss is available on ITunes in Canada, but if you live outside Canada, you can listen to it (and lot’s of other INCREDIBLE Meghann songs) on Soundcloud. The final song that we’re going to discuss is a powerful, song called ‘Worth It’. This song is about a guy who cheats on a girl, and the girl is furious about it. I love that this song isn’t only angry, but it’s also very sassy, and doesn’t give into the stereotype of the “heartbroken, bitter, woman”. ‘Worth It’ stays with the indie sound that is at the core of all of Meghann’s songs, but adds a more prominent jazzy vibe that will make you feel cool and tough just by listening to it. This is definitely a song that I have had on repeat ever since I first heard it, and I promise that y’all will not be able to resist singing to this after just a few listen (I sense an epic sleepover singalong!).
As y’all can see Meghann is a star on the rise that you want to become obsessed with now, before everyone else does. She has already shown that she is an accomplished vocalist who shines in every genre she incorporates within her music, and an INCREDIBLE songwriter who has the unique ability of tapping into real human emotions and painting a story that we can all relate too. I am really excited about what’s ahead in Meghann’s career, because she has that special something that just captivates you and makes you want to keep listening (and trust me, after you hear just 1 of her songs, you won’t want to quit listening to her).
Hey people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss an amazing musician whose unique sound will instantly grab your attention, and not let go. I found out about this artist after she followed me on Twitter (once again thank you twitter!!!), and I have to say that I have become completely addicted to her music. She has already made a powerful impact on the music scene, and will very soon be inescapable (and trust me when I say that you wouldn’t have it any other way). So now that you’re all excited, I guess you want me to tell you who I’m talking about right? Good, I’m glad you asked! I am talking about the amazing pop/rock/alternative singer/songwriter Victoria Watts. If for some crazy reason you don’t know who this amazing musician is, then be prepared to meet one of the fastest rising stars in music, and your favorite new artist.
Victoria Watts is a singer/songwriter who is originally from San Diego, CA, but currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Victoria discovered her love of music at a very young age, and thus was able to perform all over the US and abroad before entering college. Upon entering college, she moved to the east coast to attend the Contemporary Music Center (which is an artist colony, where qualified applicants are invited and are able to work on their music skills such as: live performance, studio work, and songwriting). Later on, Victoria moved to Nashville, TN, and then finally to Philadelphia, PA. Currently she performs both as a solo artist, and as the front woman and multi-instrumentalist for the band Element K. Victoria has been featured on the read up stations, Radio 104.5 and WSTW 93.7, as well as appearing on countless podcasts and in numerous publications. Along with this, she has also topped the Philadelphia Pop charts on ‘Reverbnation’, and was also named one of ‘Rock on Philly’ Magazine’s finalists for artist of the year. On April 23rd, 2013 Victoria released her EP ‘Songs for the Sidewalk’ 9which I HIGHLY suggest that you purchase after you finish reading the bog post…or you know you can download it while you’re reading the blog too…yay for multitasking!). Now that you know all about Victoria, let’s dive into the music!
The first cover video that Victoria posted on her YouTube page was a cover of ‘The Dog Days are Over’ by Florence + the Machine on February 12th, 2013 (Victoria Watts performing “Dog Days are Over” on Radio 104.5 Philadelphia). I really love Victoria’s take on the track, because she slowed it down, and really allowed her vocals to take center stage. I could also really hear the rock influences in her vocals, which truly made her give off the vibe of a rock star. I also liked that the song did pick up towards the end, and which made that part reminiscent of the original. However, what I enjoyed most about this rendition was the fact that Victoria was able to put her own mark on the song, and make it sound like an original song. I really like that Victoria was able to find a happy medium between adding her own style to the song, and not straying too far from the originally vibe of the song that fans love. This cover truly showed that Victoria is not only a great musician and vocalist, but also a great artist. The next cover that we are going to discuss is Victoria’s cover of ‘Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty, which was uploaded on July 22nd, 2013 (Victoria Watts performing “Free Fallin” – YouTube). I am so in love with this cover I have honestly been listening to it nonstop! I really love how the originally feel of the song is still intact, but Victoria is able to use the unique tone of her voice to make the song sound completely new. ‘Free Fallin’ is definitely one of those songs that can be hard for an artist to cover because it is well known and loved by fans that span various generations and musical genres however, Victoria will quickly make anyone a fan of her rendition of the song. The last cover that we are going to discuss is Victoria’s cover of Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia, which was uploaded on August 3rd, 2013 (Victoria Watts performs an acoustic cover of “Torn” – YouTube). This is definitely my favorite cover on Victoria’s channel, because her performance is not only vocally amazing, but further proves that she knows exactly who she is as an artist. The sound and vibe of the cover is very cohesive with the unique sound that Victoria has crafted for herself, and once again she is able to take a song that is well known and loved, and turn it into a song that sounds completely new and unique. I also loved that although Victoria was singing and playing the guitar live, she still moved around and gave a performance. In the video you can really see how passionate Victoria is about the song she is singing, and that, makes you want to watch her even more. Needless to say, I am VERY excited for everything that is ahead for Victoria, because her cover videos alone show that she is a talented, well-skilled musician, whose unique sound and passion instantly captivates viewers.
Now that we’ve discussed Victoria’s AMAZING YouTube covers, let’s move on to her original music (everybody say it with me…YAAAAYYYY!). The first song that we are going to discuss is Victoria’s official music video for her song ‘A Thousand Miles Between’ (which was uploaded on YouTube on December 13th, 2013 and can be found on her EP ‘Songs for the Sidewalk’ Victoria Watts- A Thousand Miles Between Official Music Video – YouTube). This song definitely has a very early Paramore meets early Flyleaf sound that will appeal to rock fans however, the song also has a certain something about it that automatically let’s you know that it is a Victoria original. I could definitely see this song getting radio airplay, and I really love that Victoria has been able to create a sound that her fans instantly recognize. Often times an artist can have a hard time initially discovering where they fit, but Victoria has been able to prove that her voice exceeds boundaries. The next original song that we’re going to discuss is Victoria’s song ‘Waiting on the Sun’ (the official music video for the song was released on YouTube on June 23rd, 2014 and can also be found on Victoria’s EP ‘Songs for the Sidewalk’ Victoria Watts- Waiting on the Sun (Official) – YouTube). I am absolutely in love with this song (yes I know that I say this a lot, but trust me, it is very true and you will soon agree too)! This song integrates more genres of music than ‘A Thousand Miles Between’ does, and gives off a very alternative rock meets jazz vibe. I really love that Victoria proves with this song, that although she might experiment with her sound, at the its’ core, all of her music has that same little stamp that let’s fans instantly know that it is a Victoria original. Sometimes when you hear an amazing artist covering songs on YouTube, their original music might leave you a bit let down. However, Victoria’s original music is just as good as her covers, if not better. I love that every performance that Victoria gives is heartfelt, and leaves you hanging on every note.
See, I told you that she was AMAZING! I am honestly so excited for everything that is ahead in Victoria’s career, because I feel that her unique sound and natural talent will definitely make her a standout act in the music industry. I always love to hear artists who are genuinely unique, and I truly feel that Victoria will create her own lane in the music industry, which will make her impossible to ignore. I also love that Victoria’s sound is so unique and diverse, that she will not be sorted into a little genre box, and as a result will appeal to a wider range of fans. I am definitely a fan of Victoria now, and I know that you will all be too once you hear how amazing she really is.
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Hello people of the internet!!! Do you love amazing bands with fun, energetic songs such as: Boys Like Girls, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, 5 Seconds of Summer, and The Vamps, then you’ll love today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ featured band. This band has spent the past few years steadily playing gigs, adding AMAZING songs to their repertoire, and building a fanbase that has given them 118,000 Twitter followers, 15,422 YouTube subscribers, and 21,158 Facebook likes. So if you aren’t already a fan of An Honest Year, then you’re behind on what’s soon to be your next big musical obsession. So please read on, and learn why YOU will soon become COMPLETELY obsessed with An Honest Year (you’re welcome in advance!).
An Honest Year is a Pop/Alternative band from Philadelphia, PA. The band consists of: Matt McKay (lead vocals), Stephen Morrell (lead guitarist), Jon Pfingsten (rhythm guitarist), Jordan Mitchell (bass/vocals), and Greg Pinney (drums). The band made a powerful debut on to the music scene, with their September 2012 self-titled EP. The EP helped the band begin to earn a loyal fanbase, and thus allowed them to sell out numerous local shows. An Honest Year has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with numerous popular bands such as: twenty one pilots, Switchfoot, New Politics, MS MR, Rookie of the Year, Sandlot Heroes, Dinner and a Suit, Phone Calls From Home, and more. The band further solidified their place in the hearts of their fans with the release of their latest EP ‘Moments’ in September of 2013.
An Honest Year uploaded its’ first YouTube cover video on February 5th, 2013. In the video, they covered Coldplay’s track ‘Sparks’ (Coldplay – Sparks Cover (An Honest Year)). The members of the band (that participated in the cover, the whole band was not in the video) do an amazing job of delivering the emotional intensity that this song requires, and in doing so, prove that An Honest Year are not just phenomenal musicians, but true artists. Coldplay can often be a hard band to cover, because their songs are not only beautifully performed, but also have a haunting affect that gives the band a unique sound. An Honest Year is able to take this song and put a new spin on it that makes their rendition equally haunting and alluring, in its’ own way. I personally love it when a band/artist is able to make a song their own, while also keeping the original version’s charm intact, luckily for us, An Honest Year is able to pull off this task like true pros. The next cover that we are going to discuss is An Honest Year’s take on the Boys Like Girls hit song ‘Thunder’, which was uploaded on September 16th, 2013 (Boys Like Girls – Thunder Cover (An Honest Year) – YouTube). I really loved this version of the song, because it was even more stripped down and raw than the original version was, which made the track even more amazing. Once again, the band members in the video were able to properly deliver the emotional content of the song, but do so in a way that felt totally unique to An Honest Year’s sound. I really felt that the members of the band connected with the song, and because of this were able to make me feel as if they meant every word and note that they were performing. Honestly if I didn’t know any better I would have thought that this cover was one of the band’s original songs. I definitely hope that they cover more Boys Like Girls songs in the future (hint hint!). The last cover song that we are going to discuss in this blog post is An Honest Year’s rendition of the hit single ‘She Looks So Perfect’ by 5 Seconds of Summer (which you know has become one of the BIGGEST songs of the summer of 2014). This cover was uploaded on February 10th, 2014 (5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect Cover (An Honest Year) 5SOS – YouTube). When I saw that they covered this song, I was a little worried because the original version of this song is so awesome. Luckily my fears were unfounded, because An Honest Year did an INCREDIBLE job of keeping the upbeat, energetic vibe of this song alive, but also breathing a fresh feel into the track. This is honestly one of my favorite covers that An Honest Year has posted, because I feel that it really shows that this band is the total package. I definitely suggest that you all check out this cover, because you will fall in love with it.
Next, let’s move on to An Honest Year’s original material, because we all know that the mark of a truly great band is whether or not they can produce their own amazing original material. I really loved the band’s debut self-titled EP, because the sound was really different than a lot of the Pop/Alternative rock that you hear on the radio today. The whole EP felt like a trip back to the mid 2000’s, and definitely showed the influence that popular bands during that time had on An Honest Year. The EP contains themes of love, loss, and basic confusion about the world. I really loved how honest the songs felt, which resulted in a very relatable EP that I would certainly find myself listening to on repeat (trust me you will too). The band released an acoustic version of their next track ‘Your Forgiveness’, which was released on YouTube and SoundCloud on December 2nd, 2012. This track stayed with the sound that An Honest Year has cultivated, and proves that this amazing band has the passion and talent to handle an acoustic performance without losing a step. On May 12th, 2013, the band released the official music video for their song ‘Liars & a Thief’ (An Honest Year – Liar & a Thief (Official Music Video) – YouTube) off of their Moments EP. The video follows the lead singer (Matt), as he falls for a really pretty girl, who continuously uses and abuses him, and he is “powerless” to stop. At the end of the video, the band members begin to approach the girl in the video and her group of pretty friends, and the girls attack the guys. It is a really funny video, which adds to the high energy of the track, and makes it even more amazing. The Moments EP also contains a non acoustic version of ‘Your Forgiveness’, which is fun, upbeat, and honestly makes me conflicted about which version I like the best (it’s a serious problem you guys). Although I honestly love the entire EP, some tracks that I feel deserve a special shout out, include: ‘Don’t Leave Me’, (which has moments where the vibe of the song ventures into a harder alternative rock sound. A bit into the realm of the band Breaking Benjamin, definitely a change of pace for An Honest Year, but they pull it off nicely), the inspirational ‘Live Your Life’ (which I can’t stop playing on repeat), and of course the title track ‘Moments’ (which is about not letting those precious moments/important pass you by. Although I picked these particular tracks out, I would honestly suggest that you listen to the whole record, because you WILL love it). I also really loved this EP, because An Honest Year experimented with their sound a little bit, but did not lose the essence of who they are (which is really easy for an artist/band to do). Also, you can certainly see how much hard, meticulous work went into making this EP (which I appreciate because hard work equals passion, and I love to listen to artists/bands that are passionate about what they do). . These two projects, along with the band’s cover videos certainly make me excited for the next project that the An Honest Year will release.
With infectious hooks, and powerhouse instrumental and vocal skills on their side, it is easy to see that An Honest Year will very soon become a staple on all of your music playlists. I have no doubt that this band is on its’ way to having a long career in the music industry, and will certainly make a lasting legacy for themselves. It’s not very often that a band is able to make such an immediate and powerful impact on fans, so the fact that An Honest Year is on such a steady rise definitely speaks volumes about the band’s advanced level of artistry, and their future in the industry. They are truly on a roller coaster that only goes up (sorry I had to throw a little ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ reference). I am so excited to see what is next for this limitless band! So if you haven’t listened to their music yet, what are you waiting for!?! I highly suggest that you check out An Honest Year’s music, I promise that you will become completely addicted to every one of their tracks. Have I ever lied to you before people of the internet? Then go on and meet the band that you will become obsessed with for the rest of the year (and many more years to come after that).
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Band Twitter: http://twitter.com/anhonestyear
Band Instagram: http://instagram.com/anhonestyear
Merch Store: http://merch.anhonestyear.com/