Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we are going to talk about director/music producer Kurt Hugo Schneider! Kurt is one of the AMAZING YouTube producers that has worked with so many of our fav musicians (both YouTubers and mainstream musicians). I guarantee that you’re VERY familiar with Kurt already, but just in case you’re new to his awesomeness, Ready? Ok let’s go!
Kurt began his online career in 2008, when he and his friend Sam Tsui released a cover of ‘Can I Have This Dance’ from the movie ‘High School Musical 3’ (this is the first video that is on their YouTube channel as of 3/31/2015). In this video, Kurt accompanies Sam on the piano, and also added cool effects on the video that make it look like multiple copies of Sam are singing at the same time. Kurt continued to post videos with Sam, with other people, and also solo, before he posted a cover that would begin to change his channel. On July 24th, 2009 Kurt uploaded a new cover with Sam Tsui, which was an a cappella Michael Jackson Medley, which features Kurt beatboxing (I included the video below so y’all can check it out). This video got a lot of media attention for Kurt & Sam, and is still one of their most popular videos with over 33 million total views. In 2009 & 2010, Kurt’s channel started growing so much that he & Sam were featured on: The Bonnie Hunt Show, Oprah, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since then Kurt’s channel has definitely not slowed down, & he has worked with INCREDIBLE artists such as: Jason Derulo, Victoria Justice, Max Schneider (who we have already talked about, click here to read about him: ‘YouTube Wednesday’: Max Schneider, Hollywood’s longest kept secret | celindareyesblog), Alyson Stoner, Keke Palmer, Hunter Hayes, Jason Mraz, and so many more. Now that we know how Kurt built such an awesome channel, let’s move on to some of the bigger projects he has released.
Now let’s talk about some of the other amazing projects Kurt has been a part of (and remember guys that I’m just giving you a quick little highlight reel because honestly we could be here for days talking about why Kurt is so awesome). Kurt (along with Max Schneider) co-wrote the song ‘Standing In China’, which is on pop singer Cody Simpson’s album ‘Paradise’ (which was released in 2012). Another really awesome collaboration that Kurt did was a ‘Holiday Medley’ with Victoria Justice & Max Schneider which was uploaded on December 14th, 2012. This cool mash-up of popular Christmas songs features multiple videos that were played on multiple Sprint phones, that give the illusion that the vocalists in the videos are jumping from one phone to another phone (sorta hard to explain, but check out the video below to check out the greatness! In 2013, Kurt teamed up with Coca-Cola to create music videos (along with some really talented vocalists) where Kurt covered ‘Feel So Close’ by Calvin Harris & ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters and Men (this is the only cover that feature an instrument because the other artist in the video is a cellist) for their ‘The Sounds of AHH’ campaign. In the covers, Kurt is shown making the track playing only Coca-Cola bottles, glasses and cans. Like I said, this is only a small sample of the cool videos you’ll find on Kurt’s channel, so definitely add him to your “must watch” list!
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Website: Kurt Hugo Schneider
Facebook: Kurt Schneider | Facebook
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!
Keep up to date with Alabama Capital!!!:
Website: Alabama Capital
Facebook: Alabama Capital | Facebook
Instagram: alabamacapital on Instagram