Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss Corey Gray, an awesome singer/songwriter whose soulful voice and natural on-camera charisma will instantly make you fall in love. Corey Gray is a 24 year old Los Angeles based artist who moved from Dallas, Texas to California at the age of 19 to pursue fulfill his musical ambitions. According to an interview Corey did with newmediarockstars.com, he moved to California after 3 semesters at a community college in Dallas. On June 27th, 2011, Corey uploaded his first YouTube video, and officially began his YouTube journey. Corey stated in that same interview that he first discovered his love of music while participating in his elementary school’s orchestra. He then learned to play drums a few years later and began to play with local bands. He later received a guitar as a Christmas present, but admits that he too shy to sing in front of anyone until his mom forced him to sing in front of her (after hearing him singing around the house). Corey eventually booked a gig for himself at a local venue he worked at in North Dallas, and the rest as they say is history. He is now signed with independent label ‘Keep Your Soul Records’, and in the process of continuously releasing AWESOME music. So please read on and begin your obsession with Corey Gray, an artist that is on the path to a long and successful career (Merry Christmas!!!).
The first video that we’re going to discuss is Corey’s cover of ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz, which was uploaded on June 27th, 2011. I really love this video because it shows off Corey’s talents as not only a vocalist, but also an entertainer. My favorite thing about this cover is that Corey seemed to really connect to his performance, which made it more enjoyable to watch. I definitely think that this video served its’ purpose because it gave a strong introduction, and left you wanting to hear more. The next video we are going to discuss is Corey’s rendition of ‘Here Without You’ by 3 Doors Down, which was uploaded on February 10th, 2012 (you can check out the video below). My favorite thing about this particular cover is that you can really see the growth that Corey went through as an artist in such a short time. This cover really shows Corey’s level of artistry, and quickly makes you forget that this is a cover and not an original song. I also really love that Corey is able to connect to the emotion within the song’s lyrics, which makes draws in the viewer even more. The last video that we’re going to discuss is Corey’s cover of ‘Replay’ by Zendaya, which was uploaded on November 4th, 2013. This is probably one of my personal favorites, because Corey was able to alter the song in a way that better fit his style, but still kept the original vibe of the song that fans initially feel in love with. You really see the continue evolution of Corey’s artistry in this video, and his confidence as a performance leaps off the screen and leaves you unable to click away. Next up, we’re going to talk about Corey’s original music!
The first song that we’re going to talk about is entitled ‘Let Loose’, and is off of Corey’s ‘Let Loose’ EP, which was released on April 21st, 2012 (the official music video for the song was uploaded on YouTube on April 10th, 2012, you can check it out below). I thought that this would be a cool song to discuss because it’s a really fun, upbeat song that is the perfect song to turn up during a road trip. This is definitely a song that you will quickly become obsessed with, and will be replaying over and over. The last song that we’re going to discuss is called ‘Step Away’, and is off of Corey’s ‘Y.O.U.’ EP which was released on January 17th, 2014 (the official music video for this song was released to YouTube on the same day that the EP dropped ). ‘Step Away’ is an AMAZING song that has really cool, meaningful lyrics, and a great story that very relatable. This is definitely my favorite original song that Corey has released (and I think y’all will agree once you hear it)! I love that the song really shows just how much Corey has as an artist in the past 3 years. It definitely makes you excited to see what’s ahead for him, and just how much more amazing his music will become in the next few years.
Keep up to date with everything Corey is doing:
Twitter: Corey Gray (@coreygray1) | Twitter
Facebook: Corey Gray | Facebook
Instagram: coreyg1 on Instagram
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss the new AwesomenessTV show ‘Life’s S.o. R.a.d.’, which centers around YouTube star Lia Marie Johnson (who we’ve previously featured on the blog, you can find the link to that post here YouTube Wednesday: Lia Marie Johnson, The next comedy genius/music star you need to know about | celindareyesblog) and Amanda Steele (aka MakeupbyMandy24). The show follows these two AWESOME youtubers as they help design AwesomenessTV’s ‘s.o. r.a.d.’ line which is now available at Kohl’s. The show is currently available on AwesomenessTV’s YouTube channel (which I’ll link at the bottom of the post), and is definitely a show that all YouTube fans will become addicted too. My favorite part of the show is seeing how these two very different girls were able to combine their styles and create a line that will appeal to all fashion lovers. In the rest of the post, we’ll talk about the show, and also discuss the line a little bit (which I suggest you all check out btw…trust me you’ll LOVE IT!). Also please check out YouTube stars/Island Records recording artists Cimorelli, whose new song ‘That Girl Should Be Me’ is the theme song to ‘Life’s S.o. R.a.d.’ (here’s a link to the official lyric video for the song That Girl Should Be Me Official Lyric Video – Cimorelli – YouTube). So are y’all ready? Let’s start!
Once I saw the ‘s.o. r.a.d.’ collection I instantly fell in love with SO MANY of the pieces. One of my fav pieces has to be the Teal Plaid Ponte Leggings; I absolutely love how these leggings incorporate the plaid trend, and also give you a fun staple piece that you can dress up and down in many different ways. With fall here and winter not far behind, I can definitely see these leggings as a great piece to wear if you’re hanging out at home (watching AwesomenessTV of course!), or hanging out with friends. Another piece that I really love is the Poorboy Ribbed Skimmer Crop Top. I love that the tops come in 6 really beautiful colors that I think will please everyone. Whether your style is edgy, girly, casual, or anything in between, you will want one (or all) of these tops. I also really love that the top is longer than a traditional crop top, which makes it perfect for fall/winter, but is also fitted enough to dress up any outfit. The final piece that I’m going to talk to y’all about is the Grandpa Cardigan. Now I promise that this cardigan will definitely NOT be something that you would find in your grandpa’s closet (but your grandma might steal it from you so be careful). This cardigan comes in three colors that are absolutely PERFECT for the fall/winter seasons. This cardigan also combines a fitted style with a comfortable fabric, which will help you dress up your look but still stay comfy (you gotta love it when beauty isn’t painful). I would definitely suggest that you all check out this AMAZING collection, because I know that you will find something (or lots of things) that you will instantly fall in love with (remember, it’s never too late to start your Christmas list…are you listening Santa?).
I really love this show because you get a cool sneak peek into what it’s Iike to design a clothing line. The show starts by showing a room tour of each girl’s personal bedroom, as they describe why these items help describe their personal styles. The following episodes show Amanda and Lia vintage shopping for ideas about the kinds of patterns and cuts they want for the pieces in the ‘s.o. r.a.d.’ collection, and lastly (at least for the episodes that are posted as of October 7th, 2014), they go through sketches of possible designs and give their input about how the sketches could be even more awesome. I really like that this series not only shows the process that Amanda and Lia went through to make the line, but also has the feel of the YouTube videos that made us fall in love with these girls in the first place. I think that it’s really cool that the line was designed by two girls that are not only fun and fashion forward, but also have very different styles. One of the things that made this line so cool to me is the diversity within it. Honestly there is something for EVERYONE, so no matter what your style is; you will still look so rad!
Keep in touch with AwesomnessTV, Lia Marie Johnson, Amanda Steele, and Cimorelli (all other social networking sites/websites are on their official YouTube channels:
AwesomenessTV: AwesomenessTV – YouTube
Lia Marie Johnson: liamariejohnson – YouTube
Amanda Steele: MakeupbyMandy24 – YouTube
Cimorelli: cimorellitheband – YouTube
AwesomenessTV: AwesomenessTV (@awesomenesstv) | Twitter
Lia Marie Johnson: Lia Marie Johnson (@LiaMarieJohnson) | Twitter
Amanda Steele: Amanda Steele (@MakeupbyMandy24) | Twitter
Cimorelli: #PreorderRenegade (@Cimorelliband) | Twitter
AwesomenessTV: awesomenesstv on Instagram
Lia Marie Johnson: legit_lia on Instagram
Amanda Steele: makeupbymandy24 on Instagram
Cimorelli: cimorelliband on Instagram