Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, I am so excited to introduce y’all to another AMAZING musician that is soon going to take the business by storm. This phenomenal vocalist not only has out of this world vocals, but is also a great guitarist. His old school blue eyed soul roots is certainly refreshing and unique, and I definitely think that he will soon become inescapable…and once you hear him you’ll understand why this is the best news you’ve heard in a long time. Who is this marvel you ask? I love that you asked that question! People of the internet prepare to fall under the spell of Jacob Miller.
First of all, I have to talk about how much I LOVED Jacob’s version of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love ‘(“Crazy little thing called love” Cover) originally by Queen. It is very difficult to match the vocal talents of the late Freddie Mercury however; Jacob is able to give a spectacular rendition of the classic song with ease. Besides his great vocals on the track, Jacob also shows off his top notch guitar skills by accompanying himself on a track that’s instrumental portion is as difficult as its’ vocal portion. I definitely believe that Queen fans will be more than satisfied with this rendition (because let’s face it, few people can match the magic of Freddie Mercury’s voice, but once you listen to Jacob’s version it will quickly become one of you favorite covers of the song). The next cover that I’m going to discuss is of a track that was originally performed by another phenomenal vocalist/guitarist. Honestly in order to cover this artist’s songs you have to be extremely talented and proficient with both your vocal and guitar skills. I have to say though I was completely blown away by Jacob’s rendition of John Mayer’s classic tune ‘Heart of Life’ (John Mayer- “Heart of Life” Cover by Jacob Miller). Not only did Jacob do a phenomenal job covering the difficult vocals of this track, but once again he showed just how multitalented he is due to his uncanny guitar skills. In this cover Jacob also showed his level of artistry by adding a cool little whistle part to the track (while playing the guitar simultaneously…Doesn’t he make you feel untalented? Yeah me too!). Besides Jacob amazing vocal and guitar skills, one thing that I really loved about these covers is that they were live. This allowed the viewers to see just how talented Jacob is, and left us imagining how amazing he would sound coming out of your local radio (mind blown!). The first video that Jacob released on YouTube (of February 11, 2013) was the studio version of his original song ‘Nervous’ (Nervous – YouTube). Honestly although his cover songs are amazing, I think that this original track is my favorite song that he had released on YouTube. In ‘Nervous’, Jacob not only shows his blue eyed soul roots, but also shows that his vocal tone has a lot of underlining rock influences. I think that this song really shows just how diverse Jacob vocals are amaze me so excited for what songs he will release the future. On June 30, 2013 Jacob really is an “unplugged” (Nervous Unplugged) version of his original song nervous, which is equally as spectacular as the studio version. It truly amazes me that he is such a talented guitarist and vocalist and is able to do both of these things so well live. Many artists do not accompany themselves with instruments during a live show, because it is very difficult to sing and play at a professional level simultaneously live. Jacob is able to accomplish this difficult task with ease and thus makes me anxious to see what his career will leave him (trust me; this is not the last time you will hear of Jacob Miller).
See, didn’t I say that he is amazing! Due to his talent and hard work, Jacob has slowly been able to buildup a fanbase that will certainly help him on his road to stardom. As of April 29, 2014, he has 1,199 subscribers on YouTube, 75,800 followers on Twitter (which is where I found out about him…thanks Twitter), 5,917 ‘likes’ on Facebook, 11,000 followers on Instagram (popular guy huh!?!). Due to his incredible talent and ever growing fanbase, I see no reason as to why Jacob can’t become a huge star within the next few years. With this talented musician the question is not “if” he will become a star, but where will you be when he does. Want some free advice from me? I suggest you jump on the bandwagon now…before it gets too crowded.
Stay Connected with Jacob!!!:
YouTube: Jacob Miller
Facebook: Jacob Miller | Facebook
Instagram: jacobmiller12 on Instagram
Hello people of the internet!!! For today’s YouTube Wednesday blog, I will be introducing you too another AMAZING band (you may now clap….ok now shall we begin? Great!). I found out about this band after one of their members followed me on Twitter, and I have to say that I have been completely obsessed with their debut cd (which they are giving away for free on their website…I know how amazing is that)! So please allow me a few minute to tell y’all why Rivers Monroe will soon add a permanent spot on your IPod’s playlist.
According to their Facebook fan page, Rivers Monroe was founded in Philadelphia when friends Mat Rivers (a pianist/vocalist) and Mike Monroe (a guitarist/vocalist) decided to join forces and begin a band. The two musicians later added a guitarist named Doc, a bassist named Kirby, and a drummer named Dan. Once the lineup was completed, the future of this amazing band was set. Over the years, Rivers Monroe has been able to gather a loyal fanbase, which has led them to perform a national tour, which was sponsored by Coca-Cola, Sunoco, Cerwin-Vega, Motel 6, and other businesses. The band currently has 7,688 likes on Facebook, 23,364 followers on Twitter, 620 followers on Instagram, and 307 subscribers on YouTube. Needless to say, these guys have certainly used social media to spread the word about their music, which shows that they are not only great musicians, but also have a firm grip on the “business” end of the music business.
Rivers Monroe has also had the experience of playing shows with many established bands, such as: Paramore, All Time Low, Fun, Incubus, Phoenix, The Wonder Years, Passion Pit, Allstar Weekend, and numerous others. Just in case you’re not familiar with any of these bands (and if you are not, your homework this week is too search all of these bands on YouTube…after you read this blog and check out Rivers Monroe of course), many of these bands have had platinum selling albums, have won Grammys, and have been on the Vans Warped Tour. So needless to say, Rivers Monroe has performed alongside a very impressive group of musicians, this definitely speaks volumes towards the band’s talent and fan base. Now if you thought that this band couldn’t get any more impressive, prepare to have your mind blown away one more time, Rivers Monroe has also been a fixture on TV. They have been featured on the Verses Network, NASCAR Network, FOX Sports TV, Speed TV, and their music has been featured in the 2011 and 2014 NASCAR video games. I honestly don’t know how this band finds the time to be this awesome…but yet they do!
Now that you know enough information about Rivers Monroe to win a trivia contest, allow me to introduce you to the amazing music that this band makes. The overall sound of Rivers Monroe is pop-punk, with definite stylistic influences from amazing alternative rock bands such as Fall-Out Boy and We The Kings. Their music is very high energy, and perfect for spring break/summer road trips, or for just dancing around your house. Although the majority of their music is very high energy and fun, Rivers Monroe also knows how to write very moving ballads. This allows them to tap into another aspect of their musicianship, and the result is a small hint of blue-eyed soul infused rock, that demonstrates that these guys can not only rock, but also know how to write lyrics that will cut deep into your soul. I understand that we have now become a singles centric society (meaning that we have the ability to only buy single tracks off of an album), I personally still love having the ability to buy and enjoy an album in its’ entirely. With Rivers Monroe’s album, I am able to play the album from beginning to end, and I never have to skip a track due to boredom. Trust me, finding an album that you truly enjoy from beginning to end is rare these days, so when you find a band that can do this, you know that you’ve truly found a band that will one day completely control the radio airways. I HIGHLY recommend this band for music lovers everywhere, because even if you think that Rivers Monroe’s music will not be something you like, you will soon find yourself addicted to their catchy beats and infectious hooks.
Here’s how to stay connected with Rivers Monroe:
Website: Rivers Monroe
Facebook: Rivers Monroe | Facebook
YouTube: RIVERS MONROE – YouTube
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