If you’re looking for some new music to add to your playlist, like I usually am, you’ll want to give a listen to the latest offering from neo-soul songress (and former front woman of Groove Theory), Amel Larrieux who is back in biz after a six-year hiatus. Her new album, “Ice Cream Every Day,” hit shelves and iTunes on October 22nd and it is JAM-PACKED with voracious vocals!
Although born in the funky West Village, she grew up in the suburbs of New York, describing herself as “the weird kid.” Her musical influences are “all over the place,” she told me when we met up at the Mercer Hotel in Soho, from Stevie Wonder to Jimi Hendrix to Madonna.
She laughs at the album title, “Ice Cream Everyday,” telling me she’s lactose intolerant but clued me in that its actually a metaphor for finding something to help you escape. She wants to be clear that it doesn’t have to be something material or tangible. It could be swimming or reaching out to help a friend; it can be anything that brings you a drop of joy each day.
Do you love her as much as I do?! The first single off Amel Larrieux‘s new record is called “Afraid” (listen below!) and is produced by long time collaborator and husband, Laru.
Are you intrigued yet…? To learn more about Amel Larrieux and to find out where you can watch her live and on TV, head on over to her website, www.blisslife.com! After the jump, listen to tracks off of “Ice Cream Everyday” and watch a recent performance from Amel of Groove Theory‘s “Tell Me.”
Charli XCX stopped by Music Choice studios in NYC for a LIVE sit down interview with yours truly and answered questions from her biggest fans… If you’re a fan of hers, you won’t want to miss this candid chat where she chats about everything from her musical influences to what we can expect from her upcoming album and tour.
Marla Joy been a friend of MJ‘s for a few years now, and we couldn’t be more excited to debut her very first music video for “Tragedy,” off her debut EP Perfectly Flawed. Influenced by Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, Marla brings the same scorching vocal heat.
Watch the video and let us know in the comments what you think!
I am thrilled to back at Music Choice network hosting their live show “U&A.” My first guest, Britt Nicole, is nominated this year for a Grammy and her fans couldn’t be more excited! “U&A” is powered by the fans, with questions coming in from Twitter and Facebook (#MCUandA). Britt talked about everything from fashion to married life to what you expect on her re-released record, “Gold,” in stores this February.
Fans of Britt‘s won’t want to miss this tell-all 30-minute live chat with the buzzing young star. Check it out:
After the jump, watch the music video for “Gold” and be sure to purchase her music on iTunes!
He’s sexy, he’s smart (…went to Harvard!) and he makes music that will make you get on your feet and dance. Meet BAKER. The hottest new face in the world of Electro Pop music. Micah Jesse caught up with Baker:
Describe to me when you first knew you wanted to make music. What was it about making music and/or performing that attracted you?
When I was 8 years old at summer camp, it was my counselor’s idea for all of us to perform “Stand By Me” for the other groups. I remember the counselor loved my voice so much she put the microphone right in front of me, so even though everyone was singing, the crowd could only hear me. And I think on the surface, I enjoyed the attention (I still do) but really it was more about communication. If someone has a voice of their own – whether that means singing or public speaking or writing, they should develop it and share it.
- …to the “electro pop” genre specifically?
That’s the style that fit my writing and my voice the best; it was a pretty clear choice right from the start.
Who do you make music for? Who is your target audience?
I don’t have one; I’ve been amazed by how many different people of all ages and places and walks of life that have discovered my music, so I hope it only continues to expand.
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