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 this ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog, I am going to introduce you to a group that I have recently become obsessed with. I first heard of them, when they started following me on Twitter, so I decided to listen to their YouTube covers and original music. I have to say that my first impression of them was surprise…as to why I hadn’t ever heard of them before! Luckily, after reading this blog, I know that you’ll check them out and became as obsessed with them as I am ( you’re welcome). If you like country super groups such as Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry, then you’ll love Ashton Lane. They are a country group from Scotland, which consists of lead singer Ester O’Connor, her brother, and her husband. I wasn’t able to find too much more biographical information about them however; I will tell you what I think of their music, and their overall sound as a group. Shall we begin? Great, let’s go!
Upon clicking on Ashton Lane’s YouTube page, I decided to listen to their cover of Rascal Flatts hit song ‘Come Wake Me Up’ Come Wake Me Up Rascal Flatts- Rascal Flatts Come Wake Me Up ASHTON LANE COVER – YouTube, because honestly I thought that if they could do a good job on this cover, then I would have a good idea of their vocal talents. I used this song as a way to measure how good the group is, because Gary LeVox (the guy who usually sings the lead vocals in Rascal Flatts’ songs) is a phenomenal vocalist, so I thought that if Ester O’Connor could handle the same notes, then that would show us how good the band is. After I listened to their take on the hit track, I decided that this group is definitely the real deal. First of all, O’Connor has a beautiful voice. Not only is her voice technically correct, but she is also able to perfectly express the emotions within the songs she sings. The group’s harmonies were also very tight (which honestly can be a very difficult task to master), and shows how meticulous and serious the group is about their craft. The next cover song I listened too was the group’s cover of Katy Perry’s hit ‘Wide Awake’ Wide Awake- Katy Perry Wide Awake- Wide Awake Katy Perry (ASHTON LANE KITCHEN SESSIONS) – YouTube. Now I know that you’re probably wondering why I listened to this cover if Ashton Lane is a country group (just stay with me, I promise I’ll connect the importance of this cover back to the group’s primary genre), well the answer is simple…I wanted to see the group’s emotion depth. Now I know that I just raved about the group’s lead singer’s ability to capture emotion in her vocal delivery however, I wanted to see if she could really tap into the vulnerability that Katy Perry shows in the song. O’Connor definitely demonstrated that she is not afraid to completely commit to the emotional content of a track, which is a trait that is absolutely necessary in country music (see, I told you that I would connect this cover back to the group’s primary genre). The final cover video that I listened to was the group’s cover of Taylor Swift’s infectious track ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – YouTube, (on a side not, I only looked at three cover videos, for the purpose of reviewing the group’s musical abilities…later on I listened to all of the group’s videos and my obsession with them only grew J). My reasoning for choosing this cover, is that I wanted to see if they could cover a fun song. At this point I knew that Ashton Lane could make me cry, and could make me look deep within myself for the answers to life’s problems however, I wanted to see if the group could make me want to dance…as excepted, they did not disappoint! The group’s execution of this sassy tune showed me that they can certainly handle producing a good quality mainstream country hit.
Now that I knew that Ashton Lane could put a cool spin on an already popular song, I was curious as to whether they could create original music that would have the same effect. Luckily, the group has a link on their videos which allows you to receive 7 free songs from their album ‘Magic in the Air’. Upon listening to three of these songs, I realized that there is no reason why this group is not already famous. Their original material is honestly very good, and I found myself humming along to the catchy tracks within a few rotations of the songs. The group has their full album available for purchase on ITunes, as well as another album entitled ‘Other Side’, and several singles. I would suggest purchasing all of the music that Ashton Lane has put out, because you will quickly become OBSESSED with them.
When I first decided to listen to Ashton Lane’s YouTube videos, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I hoped that I would find a good emerging country band that I could introduce to all of you, and that would be that. After listening to their music, I came to the conclusion that I had no idea what I had stumbled upon. I can say with a great deal of confidence that Ashton Lane will soon become a household name. I can definitely picture hearing their music on mainstream and country radio, as well as seeing them on every major award show…yea they are just that AMAZING! This group certainly showed me that they deserve to be in the fore front of everyone’s mind, and if a group can perform this amazingly with live vocals and two guitars, can you imagine what they can do with a full band and a lot of production behind them!? I personally cannot wait for Ashton Lane to become the next country super group. Trust me, the question is not a matter of IF the group will become a worldwide phenomenon, but rather WHEN this will happen. The group currently (as of December 17, 2013) has 45,659 Twitter followers, 10,487 likes on Facebook, and 7,225 subscribers on YouTube. My guess is they will become inescapable very soon, and you can say that you knew them when they were still music’s most well kept secret.
Here are some links so you can keep up with the group’s career J:
Facebook: Ashton Lane
YouTube: Ashton Lane – YouTube
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