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22 Feb

Hey guys!
So there is a new girl on the music scene that goes by the name of Natalia Kills. Below is a quick background of who she is.

Discovered by The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am in 2008, 24-year-old Natalia Kills is getting ready to take the country by storm with her debut album, Perfectionist, due out on will.i.am/Cherrytree Records later this year.

Natalia’s debut single, “Mirrors,” produced by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort, and Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum, is already a hit on YouTube with the video racking up more than one million views and counting.

Natalia has been supporting Robyn on tour this year hitting the U.S. and Canada. The tour just wrapped up the U.S. leg this past weekend and heads to Europe next.

If you want to check out her music you can find her at:

http://www.nataliakills.com

http://www.facebook.com/nataliakills

http://www.twitter.com/nataliakills

http://www.myspace.com/nataliakills

http://www.dipdive.com

http://www.cherrytreerecords.com

Also, check out the video for her single “Mirrors” on the Featured Video page of the site!

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6 Oct

So this installment of Check It! pertains to an artist named Avery. Abov is the video for her single “Love Me or Let Me Go”. This girl has not only written her own songs, but she has also done many covers and sung with many other artists (including Cody Simpson and Jordin Sparks). Make sure to check our her personal YouTube here and her official YouTube page

Check It!- Special Edition

27 Sep

I am glad to say that I will be working with a new artist named Chris Koon! You can read his full bio below. 🙂
He has just released a new single titled “Yo-Yo” (which you can listen to above) and I will have an interview up some time soon. Stay tuned!

Chris Koon grew up dreaming of performing.

Koon’s entertainment career began at the age of six, with a performance in a Christmas musical at his church, and he hasn’t stopped performing since.

“Being from a small town, I had a lot of people tell me that I wouldn’t be able to do anything,” he says.

It didn’t take long for Koon to prove those people wrong, though. He is now an accomplished recording artist, actor, and dancer/choreographer. Through middle school and high school, Chris honed his craft on stages in his hometown, by taking part in local productions at his school and community theater, as well as performing at many local events. Chris continued to take acting and music classes and soon found himself scoring the lead in a national ad-campaign against smoking and drinking. That ad campaign put Chris’ face on television screens in schools across the United States, and has since been seen by over a million students.

Read the rest here!

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27 Sep

So the Check It! artist of the month is actually a friend of the last artist, Tyler Ward. This is Julia Sheer singing her original song “You Will Never Be” accompanied by Tyler Ward on guitar. You can check out here YouTube channel here! What do you think? If you like her, let her know who sent you! 🙂

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25 Aug

Hey guys! The check it artist for the week is a guy named Tyler Ward. He has become a YouTube sensation with more than 2,000,000 hits on some of his videos. He has also recently become a partner of Taylor guitars. You can check him out on YouTube here! You can also purchase all of his music (including cover songs) on iTunes here. Let me know what you think and if you like him, let him know who sent you. 🙂

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20 Jan

So here is the Check It for the week guys! Her name is Alexandra Raye and this is her first single called “Me and You”. She is a 16 year old singer/songwriter and will definitely have more songs coming. What do you think? You can check out her MySpace here! =-)

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29 Oct

I haven’t done one of these in a while so here is mine for the week. Their name is Ruby Summer and in this video they are doing a cover of Lady Gaga’s hit single “Just Dance”. Let me know what you think of them! =) They sing an original song “South of Orange County” below.

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17 Sep

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Here is a bio on a new artist named Jaicko. Check it out below! =)

“When I started to grow my hair and I got expelled from school, I knew that music was going to be my future. I thought ‘This is what I have to do now’ because I just sacrificed my education. School in Barbados is very different than in the United States because we were a British colony; you wear a uniform, your hair has to be a certain length. When I stepped out to do this that’s when I started to take music really seriously. I knew my hair would be a big part of my image. I knew there was no going back.”

It’s an intriguing tale, the rebel with a cause. But 17-year-old Jaicko [pronounced Jay-ko], has long been the author of his own destiny. Though he’s matter-of-fact about his forthcoming album on Capitol Records –“It’s life through the eyes of a 17-year-old”– this is an artist with a lot to say.

In fact, the native of Barbados is very much culling the classic American story: an immigrant who comes to our shores armed only with the best intents and an idea he believes has currency. The plan: “Caribbean-infused music: it’s a bit of Barbados brought to America. Music fans will want to listen to me all day. Caribbean fans will want to listen to me all day.” In this vein, Jaicko is a far cry from the current wave of teenybopper talents; no skin-deep musical charlatan, he writes and produces much of his own music. He and his father Phillip, a longtime nightclub musician in Barbados, comprise a formidable songwriting duo. “My dad has always been a good friend, and a creative partner, so it’s never really been difficult to work as a father and son team,” Jaicko notes. “We write a lot of our songs together; most of the songs that got me my deal were songs we wrote and produced.” Indeed, under Phillip’s tutelage, Jaicko has been performing on stage since the tender age of nine. Yes, nine. And recording in studios since age ten. So while a 17-year-old’s gripes about the struggles inherent in the music industry may at first warrant a sidelong glance, further inspection reveals an earnest and unfazed artist.

“Around that time I was actually rapping,” he reveals. “I always knew I could sing but I never took it seriously. Back then, if you were a rapper, you couldn’t be a singer. That’s changing now though.” Jaicko first stepped onto the stage at a club called the Ship In, one of many establishments lining the famed St. Lawrence Gap, a hub of Barbadian culture and nightlife. Response was instant and unilateral. Jaicko went on to cut an independent album that sold 6,000 copies islandwide—“a good number,” he reminds, “considering our population is under 300,000 people.” Jaicko scaled the nation’s two Top 40 radio stations, “sandwiched between Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z,” he jokes. He opened for Ne-Yo when the latter made a tour stop in Barbados. Jaicko has also been nominated for numerous Barbados Music Awards, including five last year, often pitted in the same category as breakout Barbadian Rihanna.

Indeed, the island queen has quickly become the face of the small Caribbean nation. And her exploits are respected both home and abroad: “We were always seen as apart from the rest of the world,” Jaicko asserts. “It almost seemed impossible for a Barbadian artist to get a record deal. I was pursuing this before Rihanna, but seeing her success made me believe more I could do it, it removed whatever doubt was there.”

In looking at Jaicko, doubt seems a foreign concept. In hearing his music, it’s a word utterly stricken from the lexicon. He’s concocted an intoxicating island brew that washes over the listener as readily as a Caribbean swell. Leading the charge is “Oh Yeah,” an effervescent anthem boasting an infectious hook and Jaicko’s tongue-in-cheek sensibilities. The bouncing beat + Jaicko’s lightly-lilted vocals = this song is a no-doubter.

Also of note is the throbbing sing-song “Two Piece,” orchestrated by the talented production team Stargate (Ne-Yo, Beyonce). Gifted writer Robert Allen (Chris Brown, Rihanna’s “Disturbia”) contributes the smoothly sweet lyrics and deft hook. Jaicko describes the ditty thusly: “We don’t need all the fancy things in life, all the glitz and glamour, to be happy. All we need is each other.” Seems a good theme to adopt given the state of the economy. Look also for the driving “Will You Be There?” from the artful hands of producer Jim Jonsin (Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop”) and Wayne Wilkens. Jaicko flexes his silver pipes while invoking what he terms the song’s double meaning: “Will you be there when the darkness covers the sky/Will you be there when the Earth stands still and there’s nothing left but pride.” A disciple of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, Jaicko is intent on infusing his music with sophistication and sentiment. “Will You Be There?” stands as ample testament.

More battle cry than waxing ballad, “Can I” is Jaicko’s most personal offering. It’s also marvelously catchy and yet mature. The surging chorus brims with uplift. “I really express myself in “Can I,” he notes. “It’s the story of my coming here, being here—my struggle with broken promises in music and in my personal life. That song speaks most to me. I was in a frustrated place when I wrote it; the whole song was an accident. We were working on something else, and my father stepped out for a few minutes, and in that time I wrote this song. The beat itself tells a story; the beat indicates what the song is going to talk about. The beat inspired me to write my own story. It was a marriage between my emotion and the music.”

Indeed, Jaicko personifies harmony: between cultures, genres, ages, genders. His particular brand of music is set to shove aside the driftwood on American airwaves. “My lane,” he grins, “is wide open. This is something that I have been trying to do for years, to break out internationally. I built a fanbase back in Barbados so it’s a good feeling to take to the States and the rest of the world now.” Soon, the rest of the world will know that very good feeling, too.”

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20 Aug

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So for all you Gossip Girl fans, here’s a new one. Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny Humphrey on the show, has a band called The Pretty Reckless. You can check out their MySpace here. They have a very rock/grunge/alternative sound to them but Taylor has a great voice for it. Let me know what you think and if you leave a comment let them know who sent you! =)

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16 Jul

The Check It! column this week goes to Frank and Derol. Check out their intro above. For those of you who recognize 2 of them one is Miley’s sister Brandi and the other is Megan Park from The Secret Life of the American Teenager. =)

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