Saturday, 11 November 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Casey McQuillen

Casey McQuillen is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2014 Casey was a top 48 contestant on Season 13 of American Idol.

Casey uses her American Idol experience to help get a message across to young fans.

Her message to them is simple. They are not alone. She uses her experiences of being bullied to strengthen this message. She also shares her stories about her struggles with anxiety, her desire to fit in, self-confidence issues, being lonely and falling in and out of love.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Brianna Jesme

The Featured Artist on YouTube Artists today is Brianna Jesme. Brianna is a singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and violinist, she was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Her first upload on YouTube was seven years ago and was a cover of Paramore - The Only Exception.

In her younger years, before she started uploading to YouTube, she performed throughout South Florida with a local violin group called Pizzazz. She has also performed the National Anthem at numerous events.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Haley Graves shares her Top 5 Songwriting Tips

Armed with cough drops and a cup of tea, YouTuber Haley Graves explains in her own simple words what she would describe as her top 5 songwriting tips (all whilst getting over a cold).

Starting with the ultimate basic tip of purchasing a journal type book. Haley flicks through her book, showing her method of putting pen to paper and thoughts into permanent ideas.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Jessie Rae

The latest featured YouTube Artist on YTA is Jessie Rae, who is a 20 year old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Chicago, Illinois.

Music has always been a huge part of Jessie Rae's life. From a young age she could be found performing at local talent shows, and is now studying at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Jessie Rae claims that she is a teller of bad jokes. I wouldn't say bad, but you can judge for yourself if you watch the beginning of her 'Toxic' cover video.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Paige Brooklynne

The featured artist for today on YouTube Artists is Paige Brooklynne. Paige is a singer, dancer, model and actor from Dallas, Texas.

Paige can list being in many TV Commercials, including ads for JCPenney and the Military in her acting repertoire, as well as being in a short film 'Alone' about anti-bullying. She has also been on the cover of the Suburban Parent Magazine.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Isabella Erardi

Isabella Erardi is an acoustic-pop singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hot Springs, Arkansas, but when she was 14 years old she moved to California to pursue a full time career in music.

New to YouTube, Isabella has just five videos up right now, four of which are home recordings, and one extremely excellent professional music video. The professional music video, a cover of 'Praying' by Kesha, really deserves a watch, it is a powerful video set to audio by Grammy Award Winning mixer/engineer Philip Allen, who worked on Adele's '21' album.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Latest Featured Band on YTA ~ Katie and Kelly

Singers Katie and Kelly Hagarty are two sisters from Virginia, USA.

They are both guitarists and are both currently learning piano. I'm not sure which one is Katie and which one is Kelly but their voices are really harmonic together, which makes for great listening.

Their first upload on YouTube was just over two months ago, and they now have a total of eight videos up, seven of which are songs and the other one is a vlog.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Abby Stephens

Abby Stephens is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Benson, North Carolina.

She began voice & piano lessons after discovering her love for music at the age of 7. This led to her music teacher encouraging her to audition for a local singing competition called Clayton Idol Junior. She had never sung for an audience & competed before, but afterwards said it was the best feeling ever when the lights hit her. She won this competition which encouraged her to continue to learn music through piano & guitar.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Trinity Rose

Trinity Rose is a singer, songwriter, ukulele player & guitarist from Los Angeles, but recently made a move to New York.

She has been singing since 7 years old, but only started playing acoustic guitar in recent years.

At 13 years old, Trinity was the youngest female contestant ever chosen out of 40,000 artists to be on NBC's The Voice.

In May 2015, Trinity recorded her first four song EP, called 'Sign in The Sky', which she wrote with her older sister Charlotte. The EP was produced by Billy Bodine, recorded at Chalice Studios in Hollywood, and mixed & mastered at Deutsch LA.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Katie Kittermaster

Katie Kittermaster is a 16 year old singer from Hawkhurst, Kent, England.

When Katie was in her teens, her family moved to Dubai for 3 years. It was whilst living there that she knew singing and performing was going to be an enormous part of her life, because at the age of 13 she opened the prestigious Global Gift Gala Event, singing "Skinny Love' by Birdy. The event was hosted by Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria and was attended by 50Cent.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Nouran Hassan

Relatively new to YouTube is 16 year old Nouran Hassan.

Her first upload was just over two months ago, and she now has seven videos on her YouTube channel (one of which is a very long Q&A).

She has plans to upload different kinds of videos as time goes on, but being that singing is where her talents are, music will always be the main focus of her channel.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Lovey James

Lovey James is a singer from Portland, Oregon.

She started off performing at the age of six, in her hometown and across America, and later went on to become a contestant on American Idol, but unfortunately didn't make it to the final.

Lovey James has a fantastic and energetic stage presence with well choreographed performances which keep you captivated for the duration of the performance. For a more chilled out live performance, you should check out the beautiful 'Home' video.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Carrie Nowland

Carrie Nowland is a singer, guitarist and pianist from Seattle, Washington.

She has 18 videos on her channel for you to check out, ranging from 6 years ago, up to the present day. Recently she has started uploading quite regularly.

On her channel, she mainly posts cover songs, but occasionally posts originals too, such as 'Head Over Heels', which is a great original song.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Keeley Shobbrook

Keeley Shobbrook is a singer from South Wales.

As a relatively new artist on YouTube, Keeley only has seven music videos up so far, and a couple of vlog videos. Her first music video, which was a cover of 'Calum Scott's - Dancing On My Own', has gained an amazing 10,915 views so far.

Keeley is following in her dad's footsteps by uploading to YouTube. Her dad, Mark provides vocals, guitar, keyboards & penny whistle for a band that he is in.

I'm hoping that as time goes on, Keeley will be a more regular uploader, not just on YouTube, but also on all of her other social networks.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Kassie K

Kassie K is a singer,songwriter and guitarist from Vancouver, Canada.

After having a spell fronting a band in high school, and then going on to become the lead singer in a pop/rock band called 'Bell Tower Dreams', that won Band of the Month for a prominent local radio station 99.3 the Fox, Kassie went back to her roots as a solo pop artist.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Ashleyi Ascent

Ashleyi Ascent is a singer, pianist and guitarist from Atlanta, Georgia, whose style is Pop Dance with a Caribbean Beat.

Her YouTube channel is a mixture of short and full length music covers and original songs, complete with either lyric or official music videos, as well as videos relating to health and fitness. Ashleigh states that spiritual growth is important for her this year.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Isa Pena

Isa Pena is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist from Miami, Florida.

This powerhouse of a singer can sing in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese and is also an actress and dancer.

A good example of her acting and dancing can be seen in 'Candy Store' - 'Heathers the Musical', which is extremely fun to watch. Also be sure to check out her performance in 'Breathe' from 'In the Heights'.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Ava Domini

Ava Domini is a singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist from Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

Ava regards the studio at The OC Hit Factory in Tustin, California as her home from home, as she spends a lot of her time perfecting her craft there, working with Thomas Barsoe, who is a Sony affiliated producer. She also works with her vocal coach, Jessica Cabral there when she is not working with Thomas.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Isadora Soliman

Isadora Soliman is a singer and pianist from Sydney, Australia.

Isadora's first upload was only a year and a half ago, and it was an awesome cover of Mariah Carey's 'Vision of Love', but since then she has uploaded 51 videos. Not just confined to uploading music videos, Isadora also vlogs about health, veganism and lifestyle.

One of the first singing videos that Isadora uploaded was an original entitled 'A Song For The Struggling'.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Sophia Alexa

Sophia Alexa is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was born in California but raised in Amsterdam and London.

Like most artists, Sophia started singing at an early age, which she then followed up with learning guitar. At an early age she never thought her voice was that great though, and it was only when she was convinced by her mother that she had a really good voice that she felt able to take things further.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy is a pop singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist from East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Growing up surrounded by music, Karen listened to and loved artists from Frank Sinatra to Katy Perry. She comes from a very large family and a long line of musicians, and her grandfather was a trained opera singer.

EP Review - Madison by Madison McWilliams

Madison by Madison McWilliams is a six track EP and was released online on 23rd June 2017.

This self titled EP by Madison McWilliams took me totally by surprise when I first listened to it.

Expecting it to be full of sweeter than sweet pop songs, I soon realised that wasn't the case when the first song "Melodramatic" started to play. Melodramatic had me hooked right away. I wanted to hear the whole EP, and more than likely would want to listen to it again straight after.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Angie Rey

Angie Rey (real name Angela Rodriguez), is a singer, pianist and guitarist from a small town somewhere in California.

When Angie was 13 years old, she made it to the top eighteen on La Voz Kids which led to her being able to sing with Jessie and Joy and Prince Royce.

Then a couple of years later at the age of fifteen, she made top 75 on season 14 of American Idol.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Alexis Donn

Alexis Donn is a country music singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist from Indiana, USA.

I've been waiting ages for Alexis to start up a YouTube channel. She has been uploading little covers of her singing on Instagram for over four months now, and I've been looking forward to her taking things to the next stage, and now she has.

With only two videos up on YouTube so far, both of which are originals, we can only hope she uploads many more originals and even some covers soon.

Album Review - Without a Little Rain by Avery Raquel

Without a Little Rain by Avery Raquel is a nine track Album and was released online on 4th April 2017.

Labelled as R&B/Soul, it is without a doubt very soulful and I literally fell in love with the album from the moment it started to play when I checked it out on Spotify.

It's a well produced album of six original tunes and three covers, and features a multitude of instruments, which provide all the right sounds in all the right places, accompanied by beautiful vocals, all of which is at volumes which compliment each other, rather than overpowering each other.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Cooper Phillip

Cooper Phillip is a pop/soul singer from Los Angeles.

She has music in her blood, as her mother was a master violin player, who toured with various symphonies. That touring meant that Cooper had to live with her grandmother and aunt for many years, until she was 12 years old.

Cooper found comfort in music during the seperation, particularly in Ella Fitzgerald's music, and she went on to learn Ella's songs inside out.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Erin Bloomer

Erin Bloomer is a singer and guitarist from the South of England, who has a very distinctive and beautiful voice.

She started off posting singing videos online on Instagram over two years ago, and she has many on there to check out, but seven months ago she posted her first video on YouTube. That first YouTube cover was Jealous by Labrinth, which she sang at an open mic night.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Olivia Romano

Olivia Romano is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the St. Petersburg area of Florida.

She is a self taught guitar player, having taught herself how to play guitar at the age of fifteen and she has been writing songs and playing shows locally around the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area ever since, as well as appearing on local radio such as 88.5 WMNF a number of times.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

EP Review - Home by Ebony Day

Home by Ebony Day is a three track EP and was released online on 18th May 2017.

The three tracks on the EP all cover different aspects of love, wanting to find love, and finding love.

When the first song "Collide" starts you are greeted with the familiar voice, a unique voice, that is most definitely Ebony Day, accompanied by the familiar sound of her guitar, but as that first song progresses it really takes the music up a notch and at 1 minute 25 seconds becomes really beautiful.

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Kaylor Cox

Kaylor Cox is a country music singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist.

Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kaylor now resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Her early years were spent dancing, singing and acting and it became apparent that she loved being on stage, but as time went on singing and songwriting became the main focal point.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Devon Eddy

Devon Eddy is a singer and guitarist from Connecticut, USA.

Relatively new to YouTube, having ony posted his first video on 23rd September 2016, he has made up for lost time by uploading 18 videos so far.

Devon's first video was filmed on a phone camera, and in the description on that video he promised he would get a better camera, which he did, as his second video proves.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

EP Review - Wonderland by Jasmine Thompson

Wonderland by Jasmine Thompson is an eight track EP and was released online on 19th March 2017.

Upon seeing the track listings, before initially playing it, I saw that the first track was called Wonderland (intro), and I thought it was one of those tiny intros that artists use at the start of an album that's only a minute or so long, leading in to the complete track. But this intro is a full blown track lasting 3 minutes and 40 seconds and I really like it. The actual intro to the track is fairly long, but really calming and soothing, and quite beautiful to listen to.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

New Band Featured on YTA ~ Track45

Track 45 are a country music band composed of a brother and two sisters, Benjamin Johnson, Jenna Johnson and KK Johnson. They are originally from Meridian in Mississippi, but now reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Benjamin provides vocals and cello, Jenna is vocals and guitar, and KK supplies vocals and the fiddle.

Track 45 have played a variety of venues, including Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, The Bluebird Cafe, The Grand Opera House, and the American Airlines Arena.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Sabrina Salice

Sabrina Salice is a singer and pianist from Mooresville, North Carolina, but she moved to New York in 2015.

She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano, which when combined with a pop/classic rock sound creates quite unique vocals.

When checking out Sabrina's videos, I was really drawn in by her cover of "Versace On The Floor".

Monday, 29 May 2017

EP Review - Fugitive by Claudia Tripp

Fugitive by Claudia Tripp is a six track EP and was released online on 11th March 2017.

Listed on Google Play Music as being Pop, and on iTunes as being Country/Pop, I would say this EP is definitely more pop than country, in fact I might go as far to say it has a hint of soft rock about it.

If you like your music with a little more oomph, then this EP could be just up your street. The first track is the title track "Fugitive", and it starts off slow, but at 47 seconds, it really takes it up a notch.

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Alex O'Shaughnessy

Alex O'Shaughnessy is a singer, guitarist, pianist and drummer from Ireland.

Alex has been uploading short videos of herself singing and playing the guitar on Instagram for over two years, but has recently taken the step to posting on YouTube too.

With just two videos uploaded on YouTube so far, it still is very early days, but hopefully as time goes on this will change and we will have a lot more full covers sung by Alex to enjoy.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

EP Review - Me by Caroline Dare

Me by Caroline Dare is a six track EP and was released online on 14th April 2017.

Watching Caroline's videos on YouTube makes you quickly realise that Caroline has a beautifully soft and soothing voice, which is normally accompanied by her playing guitar, which results in some great acoustic music. So when you fire up this EP and hear her in her full glory, on fully produced tracks, there is no doubt that you will love what you hear.

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Ilah Watson

Ilah Watson is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Geelong, Australia.

Despite only having five videos up on YouTube, I decided to feature Ilah based on the beauty of the singing that I heard, hoping she does become a regular uploader. She has twelve songs on Soundcloud though, so if you want to hear more of her, then go there.

Album Review - Shell Marie by Shell Marie

Shell Marie by Shell Marie is a seven track album and was released online on 6th May 2017.

When I first started to play this album on Spotify, I was pleasantly surprised.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, I knew I'd like the album, but it was far better than I expected.

I've actually listened to it quite a few times since that first time because I do love it a lot, in fact I could quite easily listen to it on repeat when the last track has finished.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Anna Corley

Anna Corley is a singer and songwriter from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Not just confined to singing, Anna also plays the ukulele, piano and guitar.

On August 3rd 2015, Anna released a great ten track album, entitled "Fable Me", on all of the usual download/streaming platforms, such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music and so on.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

New Band Featured on YTA ~ Diamond Dixie

Diamond Dixie are sisters Gabriela and Bianca LeDuc and they are located in Orlando, Florida.

Gabriela is the oldest of the two and she plays guitar, mandolin and sings. When she isn't working on music, Gabriela can be found running or surfing.

Youngest sister Bianca sings and plays guitar. Besides her music, Bianca likes to fish, hike, surf and go snorkeling.

Little Texas, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Johnny Bullford, Lenny Cooper and Neal McCoy can be counted among the names of artists that the girls have been opening for locally lately.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Anna Pena

Anna Pena is a singer/songwriter, actress and model from Dallas, Texas.

Her repertoire incorporates contrasting musical styles from pop, rock, hiphop, to musical theatre and her inspirations include artists such as The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, and Cruel Youth.

Anna counts her biggest audition as when she auditioned on America's Got Talent season 9, where she got to sing for the celebrity judges Howie, Mel, Heidi & Howard.

She continues to train in piano, voice, stage presence, and songwriting.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Madison McWilliams

Madison McWilliams is a singer from Austin, Texas.

Madison's YouTube journey started on 23rd Oct 2015 when she uploaded a great cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good", and when I say great I mean great, I had to watch it twice.

This was followed up by an equally great original almost a year later called "Smell the Roses". Smell the Roses is a fast paced song accompanied by a fast paced Official Music Video and should definitely be checked out.

The next original to be uploaded was "We've Got Today", and just like Smell the Roses, it's a fast paced song with a superb Official Music Video.

It's evident that a lot of time and effort is being put into the production of Madison's music and videos, and that the end result is quality over quantity. Madison is putting music and videos out that can rival the best of the mainstream artists. If you want music that wakes you up in the morning then put Madison on!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Shay O'Sullivan

Shannon O'Sullivan is a singer from Hertfordshire in England, UK.

Her first upload to YouTube was over 2 years ago, but she has been most active within the last 10 months.

Shannon doesn't just upload videos of herself singing though, she also uploads make-up tutorials.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Chloe B

Chloe B is a singer from the mid West of the United States who plays guitar, ukulele and piano.

Relatively new to uploading videos to YouTube (she only started this journey 7 months ago), Chloe just uses her iPhone 6 to record her videos and edits them with iMovie, but she plans to get a better camera in the future.

Despite starting this fairly recently, Chloe has still managed to put 14 videos up, which include two Q&A videos.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Jade Katya

Jade Katya is a singer from London, England, UK.

Having turned down the chance of signing a record label contract with Danny P Pierre (who was working at Sony EMI records), due to feeling intimidated by the whole process because of her young age, the complexity of the contract and not having any managerial guidance on such matters, Jade now feels she has gained the confidence and right kind of attitude to take herself to the next level and take the leap of signing a contract.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Sophia Chesworth

Sophia Chesworth is a country/folk singer/songwriter and guitarist from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

She has loved to sing from an early age, but didn't actually pick up a guitar until she was 12, and she hasn't been able to put it down since.

In the last few years Sophia has won many singing and songwriting contests, and if she wasn't winning, she was coming runner up, or at least placing in the final five.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

New Artist Featured on YTA ~ Caity Copley

Caity Copley is a pop/rock/jazz singer and pianist from Los Angeles, California, USA.

Despite only uploading 13 videos in almost 4 years, with the most recent being 4 months ago, Caity's channel is well worth a visit because the content is great.

Particularly great is the Official Music Video for her original song Audrey Hepburn Legs written by Caity and Charlie Puth, produced by Charlie and has background vocals by both Caity and Charlie.

Caity counts Sara Bareilles, Adele, Jon McLaughlin, Katy Perry, Parachute, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz among her influences.

Artists' Birthdays now added to their listings

I'm always trying to think of new ways to drive people to the website, in the hope that they will find links that they never knew artists/bands had, and also in the hope that they will discover new artists/bands that they might like.

So, I've (slowly) spent the last couple of months checking out all of the pages of the artists that I have listed on here, trying to find their birthdays. I didn't find as many as I would of liked to of found, but at least I found some. They are now listed underneath the artists links on the artists pages.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Eleana Moore

Eleana Moore is an alternative pop singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California, USA.

Whilst not a regular uploader to YouTube (she has only put nine full length videos up in just over 2 years), she does have a some great cover music videos up such as Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift, Good for You - Selena Gomez, The Worst - Jhene Aiko and Tattooed Heart - Ariana Grande.