Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/14/2013

Support Women Artists Sunday: Reesa Renee

Reesa Renee is an artist, musician, songwriter, and lyrical poet from the DC Metropolitan Area. Her voice skims through the soulful sounds of the jazz era and then fast-forwards your musical clocks to the more modern sounds of the R&B greats of today. Add that to an energetic ensemble of musical harmonies and undertones and you get an amazing experience. Reesa Renee launched her solo career in 2011, and in October, became the first person to win the prestigious Amateur Night at the Apollo in three years with an original song, Got Me Loose.

She has performed alongside of musical greats Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughn, Chuck Brown, Roy Ayers and Wale. Reesa Renee received 3 nominations from the Washington Area Music Association for: Debut Album, Urban Contemporary Vocalist & Urban

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/30/2013

Support Women Artists Sunday: Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Elizabeth Maria Shoniwa (born on 1 September 1981) is an English singer of Zimbabwean descent and best known as the vocalist and bassist for the UK indie rock band Noisettes. Her first name, Shingai, means ‘persevere’ in the Shona language.

Shoniwa grew up in a South London public-housing estate; her father died when she was 11, leaving her to a single mother who had emigrated from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The experience, Shoniwa says, absolutely informs her music. “Wanting to escape from reality can inspire the greatest and most trivial creative natures in people,” and “I think escapism is something that connects all of us. Everybody has their own little soundtrack, and I guess I’m trying to make my own soundtrack to my escape plan. I want people

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/17/2013

Support Women Artists Sunday: Chloe Howl

Chloe Howl

Chloe Howl is a 17-year-old musician from the UK. Learn more about her here.

 

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Creative | Posted by Julie Z on 02/24/2013

Support Women Artists Sunday: Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson

People used to tell Rebecca Ferguson her life was ruined. A teenage mother of two children, dreams of becoming a famous singer seemed far-fetched. Motivated to fulfill her lifelong wish, Rebecca signed up for the tenth season of the UK’s X Factor, and pushed through emotional breakdowns to perform almost every week. Adored quickly by harsh critic and judge Simon Cowell, Rebecca wound up being the show’s runner-up and began crafting songs for her debut album, Heaven, soon after. Coming from a struggling single-parent household, there wasn’t enough money for Rebecca to follow her passion for singing, so at 14 she got a job in a clothes shop to pay for singing lessons. Performing Arts college followed, despite her mother’s attempts to keep her from anything but Christian

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/30/2012

Support Women Artists Sunday: Angel Taylor

Angel Taylor is a pop singer-songwriter, born March 20, 1988, based out of the Los Angeles area. Angel Taylor’s debut album, entitled Love Travels was released on iTunes on March 31, 2009 through Aware/Columbia Records. An EP titled “Love Travels EP” was released on iTunes in February 2009 prior to the release of Taylor’s full debut album featuring several songs from the LP. Her song “Make Me Believe” was offered as the iTunes single of the week during the week of March 30, 2009. Taylor has toured with a variety of artists including Adele, Kate Voegele, Brett Dennen, Brandi Carlile and Gavin DeGraw.

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Like You Do

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Angel Taylor on iTunes: Angel Taylor

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/2/2012

Support Women Artists Sunday: Claire’s Diary

Claire's Diary

Claire’s Diary was formed when Sophie Rae and Isadora Schappell (of Care Bears on Fire), Joey Koneko, and Kiri Oliver were strolling through a meadow one day and found the diary of a girl named Claire at the foot of an oak tree. Taking this diary back to their Brooklyn home, they began to sift through the pages of this mysterious diary and translate their discoveries into words and sounds that bring to mind grunge, punk, and surf-rock. Claire’s Diary played their first show at Slutwalk NYC in October 2011 and released their first recorded track, the theme song for Rookie Magazine, ‘Suzy’s Alright’, in October 2011. Claire’s Diary recently released their double single for “Girl Next Door” and “Build Me A Hero”, and have been in …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/26/2012

Support Women Artists Sunday: Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé

Gracefully flaunting her rich voice and penchant for sophisticated melody on her debut album, Our Version of Events, Emeli Sandé is instantly revealed as an uncompromising creative force. A fervent singer-songwriter since the age of 10, the now 24-year-old Scottish recording artist got her first big break while still a teenager. But instead of signing to a label, she put her music career on hold and embarked on a six-year degree in medicine. It wasn’t until 2010, with just a year to go, that Sandé decided to take time out from her studies and dedicate herself to her music full-time. After writing a slew of songs for British acts like Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Tinie Tempah, and Cheryl Cole (and being noted as Simon Cowell’s “favourite songwriter at

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/1/2012

Support Women Artists Sunday: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Prodigious Swedish teenagers Klara (17) and Johanna Söderberg (19), AKA First Aid Kit, have been gathering fans apace since the release of their ‘Drunken Trees’ EP in February 2009. They are proud to have since released their glorious debut full length, The Big Black and The Blue.

Spending their formative years drinking from the fountain of American classics – everything from Buffy Sainte-Marie (you can hear FAK’s revamped version of her 1964 protest classic ‘Universal Soldier’ here, to the likes of Conor Oberst – it shaped their way with song writing, arrangements and even the use of a second language. Audiences have been falling at their feet, enraptured by their pure, shimmering voices in harmony.

Until now they have been rightfully praised for their astonishing cover versions, …

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