Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about an AMAZING Country music band that you just gotta check out. If you’ve never heard of High Valley then please keep reading! These guys will instantly hook you with their incredible vocals, and insanely catchy songs. If you’re already a fan of this band then you know just how awesome they are, if you haven’t heard of them then prepare to be amazed. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
High Valley is a Canadian Country music band that has already made a HUGE splash in the Country Music scene. Because of this, they have already opened up for music legends such as: Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, and Shania Twain. They have also worked with country music stars such as singer/songwriter/producer Paul Bradt (who has won numerous music awards both in the U.S. and Canada, and also co-wrote the song ‘For You’, which was performed by Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews for the soundtrack of the film ‘We Were Soldiers’). Most recently High Valley worked with songwriter/producer Seth Mosley (who won a Grammy Award in 2015, and has worked with Contemporary Christian music superstars such as: Michael W. Smith, Mercy Me, Hawk Nelson who we covered in a previous blog which you can check out here: http://celindareyesblog.com/2015/03/monday-memos-hawk-nelson-your-new-favorite-band-has-arrived/, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, and many others), and co-wrote songs with Ben Stennis (who has worked with country music superstars such as: Jason Aldean, Chase Rice, Tim Hicks), Fred Wilhelm (who has worked with country music legends such as: Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town) and award-winning Canadian country music songwriter Deric Ruttan.
Ok, now that you know a little bit about the band, let’s get to the music! Now I really wish that I could talk about all of this music that High Valley has released because it’s AMAZING (if you want me to talk more about this band please leave a comment below), but I choose 3 songs that I feel will really get you excited about High Valley. The first song that we’re going to talk about is High Valley’s cover of Bucky Covington’s 2010 single ‘A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How), which was included on the band’s 2010 self-titled album. I absolutely loved this cover because High Valley slowed the song down just a bit which made it feel fresh, but were also able to keep the vibe of the original version that fans have come to love. Through this cover, High Valley is really able to make you feel the emotion of the lyrics, and you find yourself getting completely lost in the story they tell. The next song that we’re going to talk about is High Valley’s ‘Rescue You’, the 1st single off of their 2014 album ‘Country Line’. This is such a fun, high energy song, that is perfect to sing along to in the car. The message of the song is really sweet, and before you know it you WILL be completely addicted to this song. Ok, the final song that we’re going to talk about today is the band’s latest single off ‘She’s With Me’ (which you can check out the official music video for below).Personally this is one of my favorite High Valley songs, because it’s a really high energy song, with infectious lyrics, and it’s the perfect mix of country with just a touch of indie pop. You will definitely have this song on repeat for a LONG time. After hearing ‘She’s With Me’, I’m really excited to see what this incredible band will do next.
Keep up with everything High Valley is doing:
YouTube: High Valley
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ installment, we will discuss a type of artist that we have never discussed before. Today I have the pleasure of introducing y’all to Anthony Ingruber, impressionist extraordinaire (everybody clap…keep clapping this guy is AMAZING)!!! I was first introduced to this amazing thespian when he followed me on Twitter, and I have to say that I am so excited that he did! This insanely talented guy is able to perfectly impersonate some of our favorite characters such as: Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Aviator’, Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in ‘Walk the Line’, Heath Ledger as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, and numerous others. Anthony’s vocals are not only amazingly accurate, but he is also able to use his superb acting chops to completely embody the character. I definitely see this guy becoming a box office A-lister, so you should become familiar with him now, before you see him on your local silver screen.
Anthony was born on February 5th, 1990. His family moved around a lot when he was growing up, and lived in The Philippines, Canada, Australia, the Republic of Cyprus (an island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea), and New Zealand. Anthony gained an interest in performing impressions at a very young age, and later furthered cultivated his love of performing by studying film at the ‘Wellington Performing Arts Centre’ (which is in New Zealand) and received a diploma in Screen Acting. Anthony was also previously employed at the WETA Workshop (which is an Academy Award winning special effects company in New Zealand). In 2009, Anthony was given the opportunity to work in the production department on the Academy Award winning movie Avatar as a Ground Technician. According to Anthony’s IMDB (Internet Movie Database), he is also a “gifted artist and illustrator” and fluent in Dutch and conversational in French (so he can act, create art, do incredible impressions, and is trilingual…wow don’t you feel so untalented…yeah me too). Anthony has also had numerous acting roles in various TV series and films such as Sensing Murder (mystery show in the ID Channel), Karaoke High (comedy music show in New Zealand), Reminiscence( a short film), Last Minute (a short film), Avalon High ( an awesome Disney Channel Movie that you can watch on Netflix!!!), Halo: Faith ( a short film), Eyes Open Nevermore ( a short film), and In the Name of God ( a short film). Along with his impressive acting career (which is even more extensive than this, and can be viewed in its’ entirety on Anthony’s website AnthonyIngruber.com | Your Online Resource for Actor Anthony Ingruber), Anthony also regularly updates his YouTube channel (again, you MUST watch this).
Now there is A LOT to say about Anthony’s YouTube Channel, so let’s get started. My favorite impression that he has done is his impression of Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Aviator’, because it is so perfectly done. You can certainly tell that Anthony worked very meticulously with this impression in order to get the tone and timing down perfectly (here’s the video The Aviator- leonardo dicaprio impression – YouTube). Another impression that Anthony performsthat I really enjoy is his impression of Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in Star Wars (and here’s the video…prepare to be amazed!!! Harrison Ford Impression – YouTube). Not only does Anthony sound like EXACTLY like Harrison Ford, but he even performs similar facial expressions and movements. Not only does this video demonstrate Anthony’s limitless talent as an impressionist, but is also a testament to his immense talent as an actor. Another video that Anthony has made that left me in amazement was his impression of Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in ‘Walk the Line’( walk the line – cash’s audition – YouTube). Not only is Anthony able to perfectly embody the complex character of Johnny Cash, but he is even able to sing like the famous country artist. This video further explains how limitless Anthony’s talent is, and leads me to conclude that this YouTube jewel will not stay a secret for much longer. The last video that I am going to discuss is Anthony’s impression of the late Heath Ledger as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Now, I believe that most people agree that Heath Ledger’s performance in this film is considered to be legendary, even the late iconic movie critic Roger Ebert stated in his July 2008 review of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ that Heath’s performance in the film was “Key” to the film’s cinematic power. Personally, I believe that Anthony’s impression of one of Heath’s most dramatic scenes in the film echoes Heath’s talent, and will leave any viewer in awe. The Joker is certainly an interesting and complex character to play, and the way that Anthony is able to perfectly capture the pain, torment, and sarcasm of the character in a matter of a few minutes, is nothing short of amazing (check out the video, to get an idea of what I mean heath ledger’s joker – impression – YouTube.
I can definitely see a bright future for Anthony in film. I feel that his ability to perfectly change his vocal tone and accent according to his will is an invaluable commodity for an actor to have. This rare ability has made numerous comedies and actors into stars, and I truly believe that Anthony will be added to this list very soon. I highly suggest that everyone check out Anthony’s YouTube channel, and become familiar with the guy who will soon take over your local small and silver screen. The name Anthony Ingruber will definitely be inescapable in a few years, so if I were you, I would become familiar with him now.
Stay Connected with Anthony:
YouTube: Anthony Ingruber – YouTube
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IMDB: Anthony Ingruber – IMDb