“I wrote ‘Mount Rushmore’ because I wanted to write a song about having fun…which is actually easier said than done! Songwriting comes pretty naturally when you’re in an introspective mood or just having one of those days, but when you’re out having a good time with you friends you’re usually much too busy having fun to take a minute and write! That said, ‘Mount Rushmore’ was about as much fun as I’ve had writing and recording a song. The tune loosely follows our escapades on a given night in a certain Nevada gambling town, with the title coming from us all trying to keep a “stone face” for a squad photo right after downing some $3 shots of nameless whiskey. Not my strong suit…pretty sure I winced If this song comes on in a bar and gets people to have a drink/take an embarrassing photo with their friends, then my work here is done…”
The inspiration behind Alexander Howard’s solo debut came out of a songwriting trip to Los Angeles. During a late night Hollywood session, the singer and multi-instrumentalist dialed in on writing artful Pop, crafting guitars, synth, and soulful hooks.
Returning to his hometown of New York, he immediately set to work honing his voice and sound that would become his first solo efforts with Robopop, the masterminds behind Lana Del Ray’s “Video Games” and Maroon 5’s “Payphone.”
Written and co-produced by Howard, the songs take inspiration from all walks of pop, ranging from sixties Motown to Top40 indie pop. Woven together by Howard’s pop rock vocals, his thematic songwriting and a sense of style all is own, this diverse offering is one of the most relevant NYC pop debuts in the current landscape.
Off-stage and outside the recording studio, Howard is a highly involved in New York’s fashion community and has been featured in various society and editorial features in the New York Times and notable fashion blogs.
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Meet Yajna, A New Icon In Swedish Music Who Empowers Women
Music is so powerful that is one of the best tools to make an impact on society. Yajna, a new female icon in Sweden, perfectly knows this is possible because her lyrics bring light into the dark. Indeed, she is on a mission to empower ladies in several ways. This is evidenced not only in her women’s activism but also in the latest single, “Femenomenal”, which carries a positive message of hope and unity. Sometimes it is necessary to hear these contemporary songs in order to value ourselves. Last year, Yajna went solo as a singer, taking influences from different styles like Pop, RnB, Gospel, and Soul. With crystal clear vocals, it’s impossible not to admire her pure talent.
Beyond everything, she is also making an intimate documentary. It will inspire other women who have faced obstacles in life, and music seems to be the answer. On a side note, she’s working for an organization in South Africa called Women World Wide, offering opportunities to female artists and entrepreneurship through cultural events. Sooner or later, women can become a symbol of strength & independence in a world where progress is still under attack.
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Elise Offers Smooth Pop Vibes On Sophomore Single “A-Frame”
Do you like songs with smooth Pop vibes? Then, you should listen to Elise‘s sophomore single “A-Frame”. This multifaceted young woman divides her time between the worlds of acting and music. From my view, I think songwriting seems to be her forte, without forgetting the passion she has for performing. In fact, singing the National Anthem on Fox Sports Network and doing shows at the House of Blues Dallas form part of Elise’s trajectory.
Top-notch artists like her give importance to lyrics. In the case of “A-Frame”, she takes into account the dilemma of pursuing one’s dreams while falling in love. Obviously, it’s pretty hard to balance both situations, so this is a reflective track that applies to all of us. Besides that, Elise is putting together the final details of her upcoming debut EP. I just hope next offerings sound as pleasing to the ear as “A-Frame”. In the meantime, press play below.
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Bilingual Songs Are Super Trendy! Watch Matt LeGrand’s New Video
Lately, there’s an explosion of bilingual songs but none will compare to Matt LeGrand’s catchy tune “I’ve Been Watching You”.
Lately, there’s an explosion of bilingual songs but none will compare to Matt LeGrand‘s catchy tune “I’ve Been Watching You”. Best of all, he collaborates with Mestiza who sounds sexy rapping on Spanish over the Pop/RnB beats. Clearly, she brings the heat with her sassy charisma. In the music video, it seems Matt plays the role of a 21st century Don Juan. Moreover, romantic lyrics reveal he’s madly in love with the gal he’s been eyeing. In short, the narrative behind “I’ve Been Watching You” is something relatable to all of us. If he keeps working at this level into 2020, I’m pretty sure he will reach the charts soon. Stay tuned for more exciting news.
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Josh Wynter, An Aussie Indie Artist Killing It In 2020
Are you in the mood to relax? Well, Aussie indie artist Josh Wynter sings tunes that leave you with a chill. The 18-year-old talent from Perth comes up with something soothing to your ears entitled “Forward”. In terms of genres or styles, he claims to compose eclectic music. Actually, he likes to defy conventional labels as he has the ability to think out of the box through his art. Believe it or not, Josh’s music journey began at 7 and he has been performing since 14. Nowadays, he collaborates with other artists and producers on various side projects. All of this indicates he’s gonna kill it in 2020 as big things are coming out soon for those who enjoy soft tones. With this in mind, mark your calendar for Boxing Day (December 26th) as he will release a new single that must be on your radar. Pre-save “Swept” here.
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Experience The Underground Alternative Music From Bar Code Born
Bar Code Born is one of the coolest underground indie bands in America. Without a doubt, their repertoire appears to reflect songs that can easily become cult-classics. Formerly known as “Barbie’s Gun”, the band’s music style has evolved over the past few years. Nowadays, I would dare to say they fit into the alternative Pop/Rock sphere. Beyond this, both their lyrics and unique cover art convey reality which points out a meaningful concept. Perhaps, one of their major achievements is their triumph at the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. Since then, many doors have opened for them. Not to mention, Brain Orion (band’s main vocalist) has worked on different projects for the likes of OKGO, John Mayer & Alanis, Foo Fighters, among others. Check out their latest music video for the new single “Got A Lot Of Feeling” below.
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