Saturday, 31 December 2016

Newly added artist on YTA ~ Crystal King

Crystal King is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Houston, Texas.

She started singing and dancing on stage at the age of three, but the dancing didn't lead to much as she is clumsy on her feet supposedly.

Fortunately the singing continued and at the age of nine years old she entered a competition, which saw her being the only child placed against adults and she went on to win third place. After this she decided to take singing lessons and then went on to upload covers and originals to YouTube.

Crystal has not just stuck to singing, she has also put time and effort into charity work and has done stints of acting and modelling.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

New artist now featured on YTA ~ Gigi Rich

Gigi Rich is a singer and pianist from New Jersey, but now resides in New York.

She learned a lot about having a commanding stage presence after being mentored by Gwen Stefani when she appeared on season seven of NBC’s The Voice in 2014.

Gigi’s music style is influenced by iconic artists such as James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys, but her lyrics are influenced through personal experiences.

I personally love Gigi's powerful, soulful voice and can't wait to hear lots more from her.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Stassi

Stassi (pronounced like sassy with a T) is from Goleta, California. Sometimes she goes by the name Marie? I'm not sure what that's about.

I couldn't actually find a proper biography for Stassi, so I have just picked up on little bits I could find. She uploads music videos because it brings her joy and has taken singing lessons, but she claims she hasn't taken enough of them. I think she sounds great the way she is though, in fact at times she reminds me of Colbie Caillat.

Stassi has some originals on Soundcloud, but they are not actually available for download on there because she is unsure about copyrighting, but if you like one of her originals, she would probably give it to you if you asked.

Stassi doesn't seem to be a regular uploader, but has plenty of content online waiting to be checked out.

Rich Cottell explains how to professionally release your music!

So, you've written a song, you've recorded the song professionally, you've made a video for the song and uploaded it to YouTube and now you want to sell your song or make it available for streaming on Google Play Music, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and so on, but are unsure how.

Rich Cottell explains how he professionally releases his music in this walkthrough video as he uploads one of his latest songs to music distributor Ditto Music.

There are many music distributors out there, so which one you choose is down to you. How to go about the process will be pretty much the same for all of them though, so even if you choose a distributor other than Ditto, you could still find this video useful.

Friday, 16 December 2016

New Artist Featured on YTA ~ Julia Zane

Julia Zane is a singer, guitarist and ukulele player from the Philadelphia area.

She attends Delco Let There Be Rock School and is vocal trained by Melissa Daley.

Julia is a regular performer at events in the Tri-State area and has played many venues to date.

Besides music, another passion of Julias is horseback riding. She has been in the saddle since she was a toddler and her family owns a Horse Carriage business, Trinity Carriage Services, where Julia works at many of their events. She is also involved in a charity called, “Cell Phones For Soldiers”, for whom she collects old cell phones, and for each phone donated, an organization called ReCellular gives troops who serve abroad an hours worth of talk time on pre-paid phone cards so they can afford to call home to their families.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Megan Winsor

Megan Winsor is a singer/songwriter, with a soft acoustic alternative style, from Orange County, California.

Not limited to just singing and songwriting, Megan also plays guitar, ukulele, piano, and electric guitar.

Writing songs and performing live is her passion and over the past year, she has performed at House of Blues, Lake Arrowhead Rotary Festival, and Chain Reaction (among other venues).

Megan lists songleading, photography, film making, and sailing among her other passions.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Elle Ranae

Elle Ranae is a singer from Atlanta, Georgia, who is all about Rock Music! Although mainly a vocalist, Elle can play the guitar too.

Being bullied when she was younger, which made her super depressed, Elle used music as an escape to get through the hard times.

Elle has a tattoo of a Treble Clef and a Heart Beat that she got when she turned 18, to symbolize how music saved her life.

With only eight music videos on her YouTube channel, Elle doesn't have a lot for you to check out, but what she does have is all of amazing content and quality, and certainly worth a trip to her channel to check out.

How Alice Kristiansen records her cover videos

A few weeks ago Alice Kristiansen talked about the set up that she uses to record her cover videos. She explains how and what she used when she was first starting out, to what she uses and how she does it now with her most recent videos.

Alice talks extensively about the products that she has used/uses now, such as a Novation Impulse 49 Key Midi Controller, Yeti Mic, Shure SM7B Mic, Yamaha FS720S Acoustic Guitar, Fender Stratocaster Guitar, Scarlett 2i2 Preamp, On Stage Stands MS7701B Tripod Boom Microphone Stand and Sony a5100 16-50mm Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch Flip Up LCD.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Newly Featured Artist on YTA ~ Claudia Tripp

Claudia Tripp is a singer/songwriter from Perth, Australia.

Not just confined to singing and songwriting, Claudia ia also a talented guitarist and piano player.

With a steady stream of uploads to her YouTube channel for almost four years, Claudia has a lot of content for you to check out. Her first upload was an original song called Hush Hush.

Claudia's videos and voice are flawless, so I'm shocked that she doesn't get far more views on all of her videos. Her cover of Taylor Swift's Blank Space has amassed 349,124 views so far though, which is amazing. Let's hope all of her videos start following suit soon.

Christmas 2016 Playlist

With Christmas 2016 fast approaching, it is time to have the Christmas 2016 Playlist featured on the homepage for you all to enjoy.

As new videos are added to the playlist they will automatically be placed at the top of the list and will appear as the featured video, so visiting us regularly will result in a continuously updated video to click to start the videos rolling.

So far the playlist has only six videos in it, but over the next three weeks I am sure this will grow substantially.

Normally I keep the playlist restricted to Christmas uploads by artists that I have listed on YTA, but this year I will include any Christmas videos that I think are worthy of being included.