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.

How Taylor Felt makes music videos - Editing on Final Cut Pro X

After showing you what equipment she uses, and how she connects it all up, followed by how to record using Garageband on a Macbook Pro, Taylor Felt now discusses editing her videos for YouTube using Final Cut Pro in this third and final video in this series of tips.

Starting with the basics, such as how to open a new project, and then add a title, she then shows how to insert and trim a clip using the blade tool, followed by adding and syncing a track.

How Taylor Felt makes music videos - Recording on Garageband

Earlier (or yesterday, depending on how you look at it, because it has gone midnight now, but in theory it was still today), I posted about a video Taylor Felt made in which she explained the equipment that she uses to make her videos for YouTube, and how to connect them up.

The next video in this series of tips videos details how to record piano and vocals into Garageband on a Macbook Air.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Claire-Louise Rossi

Claire-Louise Rossi is a singer, songwriter, pianist and dancer from London, England.

She has collaborated with British artist Labrinth, she has supported classical superstars Andrea Bocelli and Hayley Westenra on National television and she has performed backing vocals for some well-known artists on TV programmes such as The Alan Titchmarsh show and Last Choir Standing.

How Taylor Felt makes music videos - Recording/Editing Equipment

Eighteen months ago Taylor Felt made three videos that detailed the set up and process behind the videos she makes for YouTube. The first of these videos covered her Recording and Editing Equipment, and is the one that this post is based on.

It's always great when an artist does this sort of post, because not only are they wanting to put music out there for other peoples pleasure, they also want to put information out there that they feel could help others.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Luisa Brooke

Luisa Brooke is a singer and songwriter from Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.

Her first upload to YouTube was a teaser for an original song of hers, called "Love Is Gone", and it was uploaded on 11th Aug 2015. This was followed by Luisa uploading the full video on 26th Aug, which is a must watch due to both the video and song being so beautiful.

Luisa then followed this by uploading cover videos, and then another original called "Wild Ride" was uploaded on 18th November 2016. Wild Ride is in the genre of country music, and is a fun song and has an accompanying fun video.

An album release is set for some time this year.

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Vicki Louise Sherwin

Vicki Louise Sherwin is classical crossover singer and pianist from Northamptonshire, England.

She has brittle asthma, which she is learning to combat with the help of breathing techniques taught to her by her vocal coach. Such breathing techniques include the Alexander Technique.

Vicki Louise has performed in many music competitions such as Open Mic Uk, Britain Does Variety and Wicksteeds Got Talent. She has also won trophies at both the Leicester and the Kettering eisteddfod.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ EMELINE

EMELINE is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter from Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

She has been singing, playing instruments and writing songs since the 2nd grade, and to date has written over 100 songs.

EMELINE's latest release "Angel" was released in October 2016, however her first four releases were released under the name Emeline Easton, and came out between 2013 - 2015.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Emanuela Bellezza

Emanuela Bellezza is a singer, songwriter, composer & multi-instrumentalist. She was born and raised in Italy but is currently based in Los Angeles, California.

She has performed all over the world and has been featured in many TV shows on networks such as Univision, MTV Très, Telemundo, CNN Español, among others.

Emanuela did a collaboration in 2016 with well-known bass player Nathan East, recording the song "I Love To Dance", composed and produced by music group "80's DNA Reloaded".

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Steven Martinez

Steven Martinez is a country/pop, singer/songwriter, originally from New York City but is now located in Boston, Massachusetts.

He taught himself how to play guitar at 13 years old. That and his love of music led to him learning how to play drums, bass and piano and several other instruments.

Steven found himself producing and engineering music from his project studio for highschool friends, which led to him getting hired as a Sound Tech at a summer camp, and ultimately led to him getting hired to produce an EP for a 2000+ member church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Todays Featured Artist - Hannah Trigwell

Hannah Trigwell is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, England, UK.

Her career started at the age of 17 on the streets of Leeds, where she could be found busking. This led to her being encouraged to start uploading her music to YouTube.

Despite this humble beginning, Hannah has now had two Number one singles in Laos and Vietnam and performed at The Isle of Wight Festival 2016 playing to sold-out crowds alongside Jess Glynne, Jake Bugg, Lawson, Boyce Avenue and more.

Friday, 24 March 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Lexi Lauren

Lexi Lauren is a singer and songwriter from California, USA.

Lexi has only been uploading videos to YouTube for 4 months, but already has over 20 for you to check out. Twelve of those are Christmas videos though, as she cleverly counted down the 12 days leading up to Christmas with a festive song each day (with the exception of one day that she missed for some reason).

Prior to uploading to YouTube, Lexi could be found uploading covers to Instagram, and those first few covers did well, possibly encouraging her to start posting on YouTube too.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Natasha Hicks

Natasha Hicks is a 13 year old, singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist from America.

She is very new to the YouTube scene and uploaded her first video (City of Stars - La La Land) in February this year. At the time of writing it is the only video that she has up, but if future uploads can be based on how good she sounds in that first video then I am sure she will be providing viewers with great videos for years to come.

Natasha started taking music lessons about 2 years ago, but only started to take music very seriously about 2 months ago.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is a singer, songwriter, pianist and ukulele player from Cardiff, Wales in the UK.

Being a regular on the live circuit keeps Sarah busy with her music and she can be found performing in and around the Cardiff area quite often.

Sarah is not just confined to the live circuit though, as her music has been played on BBC introducing, BBC Radio Wales, Kiss FM and local radio stations all over the UK.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Latest Featured Artist on YTA ~ Annelie

Annelie is a singer, pianist and ukelele player from the United States, but I think she might be Swedish due to a little sign off in her YouTube bio that says "Ha det Gott!!".

As well as being a musician, Annelie has another passion in life, which is gymnastics.

Annelie has been uploading to YouTube since April 2015 and has 34 videos up to enjoy so far, although some of them are very short versions of covers.

I feel there could be plenty more videos to come as time goes by and that they will only get better and better.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

New Featured Artist on YTA ~ Shae Brock

Shae Brock is a singer, guitarist and piano player from Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Her YouTube channel isn't exactly overflowing with content, but it is definitely quality over quantity, because the content that she does have on there is amazing. There is a selection of live performances, as well as some really excellent official music videos.

Shae was once featured on the cover of a magazine called "So Scottsdale", with a really cool write up about her inside. The article can be downloaded here: Download a copy of Shae Brocks featured article in "So Scottsdale!" magazine

Despite the lack of content on Shae's channel, I am in no doubt that there will be plenty more interesting stuff to come, and I for one can't wait.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Featured Artist for today is Summer Beale

Summer Beale actually goes by the name Summer B when she uploads music.

She isn't particularly a regular uploader to YouTube, in fact she only has five videos up. She has four videos on musical.ly, one of which has done extremely well, but the place to really find her covers is on Instagram, where she uploads roughly one a week.

Summer's first upload on YouTube, which was a cover of Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes, has gained an amazing 110,128 views to date.

I have taken a gamble on featuring Summer on here, hoping that she will upload lots more on YouTube in the future, because she really deserves to be heard more.