Since appearing in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll, and winning the Brand New for 2011 title at the MTV Awards, the Nashville 4-piece Mona have gone from strength to strength. Their debut album, ‘Mona’ was released in May 2011 and was accompanied with the following blurb on their website:
“The only thing slick about Mona is their hair. The rest is arm-pumping, vein-throbbing, knee-jittering, raw-throated, singalong rock’n’roll.”
Sunday was a fun day. I was rudely awakened at 6:30am (a time I rarely see on a Sunday) before strapping on my running gear and attaching a race number to my shirt. I spent a few minutes wondering how I’d gotten myself into this position.
Californian soul vocalist Aloe Blacc first began his career as a rapper in 1995, but quickly turned his back on that genre, saying that “Artists like 50 Cent made me stop rapping. I felt there was too much opulence, braggadocio and misogyny in hip-hop and I wanted to tell a different story. What happened is that the music got corporatised. Industry executives sacrificed art for what sells and mega-stars now saturate the market with the same tired lyrics.”
‘Good Things’, Blacc’s second album, was released in 2010. Mellow, relevant, and soulful, it’s surely the sophomore album John Legend wishes he had made.
Born This Way is Lady Gaga’s 2nd official studio album, after 2008’s ‘The Fame’ was spun off in 2009, released as ‘The Fame Monster’ with 8 new tracks.
Since 2009, the Madonna comparisons have escalated, her online following has grown (Gaga now has a Twitter following of over 10 milion ‘little monsters’), and her extreme image has entered bizarre new heights. She was also recently named Time Magazine’s 5th most powerful person in the world. Not bad for a girl who started her career aged 14, playing clubs on New York’s lower east side.
In the run-up to the release, Gaga explained:
“The album is my absolute greatest work I’ve ever done and I’m so excited about it. The message, the melodies, the direction, the meaning, what it will mean to my fans and what it will mean in my own life – it’s utter liberation.“
Can the most-anticipated album of the 2011 live-up to this kind of hype?
I hope you guys like my new photos and are able to find your way around the site OK. I’ve gone for a much cleaner look and added a special page for weddings. More to follow on that! I’ll be updating the videos/music page soon with new recordings and video clips. Watch this space.
I’m currently taking bookings and deposits for events in 2012. If you have any occasion in mind that you think I can add a bit of music too, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Yesterday I had lots of fun working with Mark Pierce at his studio in North Yorkshire creating some brand new pictures for my website and blog. Really looking forward to seeing what develops (excuse the pun). Now comes the difficult part- picking which, out of the 300+ pics that were shot, will make it onto the new website.
I’m currently in training for a 10K race, which is taking place in June (my justgiving page is here, if anyone’s feeling generous). An interesting (and unexpected) bonus to go alongside all the aching muscles and stiff joints is selecting a decent playlist to accompany a good run.