Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss an up and coming YouTube star that you might already be familiar with. This amazing vocalist found fame at a very young age, and was able to captivate audiences with is talent, charisma, and natural star power. Does the name Stevie Brock ring a bell? If you were a fan of Disney Channel/Radio Disney in the early 2000s then be prepared for some major déjà vu, and learn why Stevie is on the verge of a major career upswing. So sit down, read the blog, and prepare to witness musically greatness (trust me if you don’t already, you’re going to love him after reading this post).
Stevie Brock was born on October 23rd, 1990 in Centerville, OH (I found conflicting sources on this, so it could have been Centerville or Dayton, OH). Stevie began singing at a very young age, and at the ripe old age of 11, was discovered in Dayton, Ohio, and signed to WIRE Records (which was an Orlando, FL based record company owned by veteran manager Johnny Wright, who has managed successful groups and artists such as: New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, the Jonas Brothers, Menudo, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Ciara). In 2002, Stevie was a guest vocalist on the group Triple Image’s single ‘Boy Next Door’ (Triple Image, Stevie Brock – Boy Next Door). In 2003 Stevie released his debut self-titled album, which included a cover of the hit track ‘All for Love’ (Stevie Brock – All For Love) originally by the group Color Me Badd. ‘All for Love’ became a hit single for Stevie as well, and received a lot of rotation on radio stations such as Radio Disney, and was also included on the ‘Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 6’ CD. He later released a corresponding music video for the track. Also in 2003, Stevie toured with fellow pop sensation Aaron Carter on his ‘Aaron’s Jukebox World Tour’, and later toured on Radio Disney tours such as: the ‘Jingle Jam’ Tour with Greg Raposo and Jesse McCartney, and Jump 5’s 2004 ‘Spring Thing’ Tour. Stevie’s career continued to soar in 2004, when he was asked to record the track ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ (Stevie Brock – Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, which was originally on the 1940s Disney movie ‘Song of the South’) for the ‘DisneyMania 2’ album, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ for the ‘Radio Disney Jingle Jams’ CD, and ‘Three Is A Magic Number’ for the soundtrack to Disney’s animated feature Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (Three is a Magic Number -Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Stevie Brock – YouTube, along with former members of the boy band ‘Dream Street’, Greg Raposo and Matt Ballinger). After some time, Stevie was no longer under contract with WIRE records, and moved back home to Centerville, OH, where he graduated high school in 2009. Stevie moved to Los Angeles, CA upon completing high school, and continued to perform in numerous venues, while continuing to build a very loyal fan base. Stevie released his first new single (since his 2003 debut album) on April 26th, 2012, entitled ‘Final Offer’ (Stevie Brock – “Final Offer” (Official Video)). This music video for the track is a very artistically cool piece, which shows multiple shot transitions, and is entirely in black and white. The video really focuses on Stevie’s voice, and is a very cool change from your typical music video.
Stevie uploaded his first YouTube cover on September 3rd, 2010. The video was an acoustic cover of Taio Cruz’s hit track ‘Dynamite’ (Stevie Brock Covers – Taio Cruz “Dynamite” Acoustic). I felt like this was the perfect song for Stevie to cover, because it left a lasting impact that would draw in new fans, and allow old fans to see just how much Stevie has grown as an entertainer. This rendition allows fans to see just how hard Stevie has been working over the past few years. His vocals are extremely well controlled, and his ease and charisma just leaps off screen. Although Stevie was always an incredible entertainer, he now appears to have an ease and confidence that truly allows his talent and passion for music to shine through. The video that we’re going to discuss is Stevie Brock’s cover of the Stevie Wonder classic ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)(‘Stevie Brock Live – Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” at The Roxy – 05.09.12) which was uploaded on April 3rd, 2011. The video shows Stevie Brock performing the hit song live, and once again proves the he has blossomed into a true entertainer. First of all, this is an extremely difficult song to sing due to the track’s insane vocal runs, and difficult notes. Secondly Stevie Wonder’s original rendition of the song is so flawless that it is almost impossible for any artist to cover. With all this said, I really loved Stevie Brock’s rendition, and I think that watching this video definitely proves what a powerhouse vocalist Stevie Brock is. The final cover video that we are going to discuss in right now (even through honestly we could discuss all of his videos in great detail), is Stevie’s cover of Mario’s hit track ‘Let Me Love You’ Stevie Brock Live – Mario’s “Let Me Love You” at The Roxy 05.09.12), which was uploaded May 25th, 2012. I really love that Stevie covered this song, because it allowed us to see that he has the artistry to take on an emotionally driven track. He proved that not only can he perform a song that makes us want to get up and dance, but he can also make us feel the emotion behind the lyrics of a song.
In 2013, Stevie and 3 of his high school friends (Dan Cox, Bill Reilich, and Dan Burtenshaw) reformed a Hip-Hop parody singing group called The Cream Pies that they had originally formed on high school. On January 9th, 2014 (The Cream Pies – We Love You, Ellen (Official Music Video)), The Cream Pies uploaded a tribute video to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, which she featured on her show on January 15th, 2014. The video featured a hilarious Hip-Hop/R&B track, in which the various members of The Cream Pies took turns explaining why they loved Ellen. The video included some of Ellen’s famous games, catchphrases, and even ended with her famous ending phrase “anyway…” (C’mon you’ve seen the show; you know what I’m talking about). She invited The Cream Pies to be guests on the show, and they made their debut appearance on January 22nd, 2014 (The Cream Pies Are Here!). Ellen interviewed the group, and then they performed their Ellen tribute song love on the show (they even also received new ‘Ellen’ shirts to wear while they performed). Once the performance was over, Ellen gave the group a free trip to Las Vegas.
At the age of 23, Stevie has already had over a decade of experience in the music industry, and has proven time and time again that he has what it take to captivate an audience and turn them into lifelong fans. Over the years, Stevie has transformed from a teen heartthrob, into a mature adult vocalist, a task that is not always easy to succeed at. Due to his unique yet natural “it” factor, Stevie has been able to perfectly cultivate his growing image, while also staying true to the artist that his original fans grew to love. I can definitely see big things ahead for Stevie, and it is obvious that this talented guy will succeed with his solo career, The Cream Pies, and any other endeavor that he take on. It will certainly not be long before we are all fortunate enough to hear more music from this rising star, after all, he does it all for love.
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to talk about two twin brothers that you will soon become COMPLETELY obsessed with. These guys can sing, play the guitar, write amazingly catchy songs, and will steal your hearts with their winning smiles and natural charisma. These astonishing musicians have gained a large, loyal fanbase, which includes: 26,862 YouTube subscribers, 410,200 ‘likes’ on Facebook, 171,100 followers on Twitter, and 41,000 followers on Instagram. People of the internet please allow me to introduce you to Caleb and Nathan Montgomery of ‘Alabama Capital’ (yay!!!).
Alabama Capital is a duo which consists of Caleb and Nathan Montgomery, twin brothers from Cincinnati, OH, who have quickly begun to make a name for themselves in the music industry. Caleb and Nathan began developing their musical skills at the tender age of 6, and quickly gained experience by performing anywhere they could, including family get-togethers, church gatherings and local music festivals. Due to their experiences being homeschooled as children, Caleb and Nathan were able to completely focus on their individual musical interests. Caleb gravitated towards the rhythm guitar, bass and piano and Nathan focused on mastering lead guitar licks and solos. Their hard work began to greatly pay off in the fall of 2011 when Grammy-nominated producer Shawn Campbell (one of the main people responsible for the discovery of pop sensation Cody Simpson, who was also found on YouTube) came across their YouTube videos. According to Alabama Capital’s Facebook page, Shawn Campbell has stated that he “was floored”, upon discovering the duo’s music, and that “Caleb and Nathan are in a class of their own. They are true artists and don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to create a great experience for music fans”. The upward momentum continued for Alabama Capital in June of 2012, when they were listed at #15 on Billboard’s ‘Next Big Sound 25’ chart. In October of 2012, Alabama Capital was featured and interviewed by J-14 Magazine (a popular teen magazine), as a part of their ‘Hot Band’ series (a series that features popular rising bands).
On March 19th, 2012 Alabama Capital uploaded their first cover video, which was a live version of One Direction’s first hit single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful” (Alabama Capital cover) . The cover definitely showed off the duo’s immense talent as vocalists and guitarists. I loved that they were able to keep the upbeat, fun vibe that made the original song such a hit, but added their own unique flair that made the song sound as if it was actually their sing and not a cover. The next track that we are going to discuss is the duo’s rendition of Jesse McCartney’s hit song ‘Beautiful Soul’Alabama Capital – “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney (LIVE) , which was uploaded on July 9th, 2013 (you may now squeal! Ok, ok enough of that…ok one more minute to fangirl…ok let’s get serious). This cover just completely blew me away when I first listened to it (and it has been on repeat ever since). It really shows off the intense level in which this duo has mastered their craft (their guitar playing will leave you SPEECHLESS…absolutely speechless). It also allows for them to show off the R&B influence that sets them apart from other pop duos, and proves that there are no limitation regarding what Nathan and Caleb are able to do with their voices. Jesse McCartney is not an easy artist to cover, but this duo is able to make the track feel completely new again (which leads me to hope for a possible Alabama Capital and Jesse McCartney duet one day…it has to happen people, it just has to). The final cover video that we are going to discuss is their PHENOMINAL, SUPER AMAZING cover of Ariana Grande’s hit track ‘Problem’ Ariana Grande – Problem ft. Iggy Azalea cover by Alabama Capital – YouTube which was uploaded on June 12th, 2014, (even though I could honestly sit here and discuss all of their videos with y’all, I am completely serious, I am that addicted to their music). Ariana Grande is an artist that is VERY difficult to cover, so it is extremely hard to find really good covers of this song. However, Alabama Capital proves once again that no song or artist is too big or difficult for them. Nathan and Caleb keep the original R&B vibe of the track, but use their harmonies to keep the cover form sounding like a copy of Ariana’s version. Also, they put their guitar skills front and center, by adding a very cool (I mean I can’t even explain just how cool) guitar solo in the middle of the track (the part where Iggy Azalea, raps). If this video doesn’t prove just how gigantic Alabama Capital is going to become then I don’t know what will. If y’all check this cover out, I guarantee that you WILL completely fall in love with Alabama Capital’s music.
As if just having killer vocals and insanely unreal guitar skills were not enough, of course these guys have to further impress us by also showing their amazing songwriting abilities. Their first original track entitled ‘Self Made Millionaire’ Self Made Millionaire – Alabama Capital was uploaded on YouTube on March 6th, 2012. This beautiful love song conveys the story of loving someone fully and completely, to the extent that you feel like a millionaire even if you don’t have a cent. This song contains very beautiful lyrics, and is radio friendly. It certainly shows off the duo’s emotional depth, and is a track that is perfect for Valentine’s Day, a school dance, or just to listen to when you are completely in love and want to let everyone know it (even if your friends are tired of hearing it). They uploaded their next original song on March 20th, 2012. The track, entitled ‘Look At Her (Beautiful)’ “Look At Her” (“Beautiful”) – Alabama Capital – [UG Studios/Acoustic] is an extremely beautiful and heartfelt track that will keep you pressing the replay button. This track is about trying to make someone understand what makes them beautiful, even though they don’t believe it. I can definitely anticipate that this song will steal your heart (and time because you will constantly be playing it). After listening to both of these INCREDIBLE tracks, it is obvious that Caleb and Nathan know exactly how to write a song that their fans will fall in love with, and have molded their niche in the music industry.
So are you now completely addicted to their videos!?! You’re welcome! But seriously, I can definitely see big things on the horizon for this duo. They possess that rare talent of being able to instantly draw you in, and keep your full attention from the first note, to the last note. It’s really rare to find artists that are truly able to make you love every single song they perform, but Alabama Capital makes this task seem simple. SO if you’re not already a fan of this INCREDIBLE power duo (I find this very hard to believe), jump on the bandwagon NOW, and be prepared to spend hours and hours listening to their amazing YouTube covers and original music!
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