Taylor Olson’s Birthday Concert at Bar Lubitsch feat. Taylor Jamison

Last night’s show was easily the most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time. Some of that has to do with the genre and the cool West Hollywood bar, but the majority of my enjoyment came from the energy of the two very powerful performances that commanded the night.

taylor jamisonTaylor Jamison opened the show with four of his original tracks from his upcoming EP. Partnering with his guitarist and background vocalist Manuel, Jamison took the stage like a pro. It was obvious that this was not just a hobby for Jamison, but that he had very specific, and very large goals in mind as he performed.

Jamison’s songs brought an honesty to the floor that is sometimes lost in pop music. In the acoustic setting, the strength and intimacy of his songwriting had the opportunity to truly shine. His voice brought me back to the days of beloved boy bands like Backstreet Boys, ‘NSync, and even Plus One. Mixing this nostalgia with an undeniable confidence and stage presence made this opening act impossible to forget.

Taylor Jamison’s memorably upbeat choruses and raw content were the perfect primer for
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‘s main set. The singer/songwriter/producer matched Jamison’s fearless and commanding persona, and added an extra feeling of prowess as he brought everyone into the fold of his musical world. Olson’s set, backed by original production, ranged from remixes of popular songs to original songs and raps, as well as songs he’s written for other artists.

With his heart-pounding beats and movingly relatable lyrics, Olson skillfully brought the audience from cheers and dancing to focused silence, as he lyrically navigated the waters of his life for us. From the losses he’s suffered deeply to the pride and defiance he feels in who he is and how people react to him, Olson’s music was relatable and elusive at the same time: something to hold on to, but also something one couldn’t hope to recreate themselves.

Between the two, these Taylors gave the audience brilliant and passionate performances, certainly a night for the books. We wish them both the best, and Taylor Olson a very happy birthday!

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA.

Shani Rose LIVE at Fox N Hounds

Yesterday’s Songwriter Sundays brought us the sweet musical stylings of miss Shani Rose. The LA native was joined by bassist Paul Jones and percussionist Riley Flanagan, both also contributing to the vocal set of the evening.

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The multi-instrumentalist and songstress brought us a wave of comfortable, homey music in her rich alto tones, which brought me back to my days of obsessively listening to Regina Spektor and Meiko. There’s a distinctly indie flavor that Shani brought to the table, and with it, a gentle nostalgia for simpler times. Even in the complexity of her lyrics, Shani spun a melodic story that seemed effortless and natural, making the show an easy ride for listeners to buckle themselves in for.

Shani further enriched her show by bringing two songwriter friends to the stage. First to share the stage was Meg Barrett, an Austin, TX native who recently made the move to LA. Barrett’s clear and crisp vocals were a perfect blend to Shani’s self-described “soulful crunch”. Their song “I Just Woke Up”, which debuted earlier this month on the stage of LA’s Ireland’s 32, oozed catchy melodies and relatable lyrics.

Shani finished her set by inviting a second collaborator to the stage, Alfa Garcia. The two ended the show with a sweet song entitled “Win or Lose”.

From beginning to end, Shani brought us back to the roots of storytelling last night, and what a pleasurable journey it was.

 

 

Next up for Shani: Shani Rose’s live ONLINE 2nd Sundays Concert Series on Dec. 13th.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Luci LIVE at Molly Malone’s

Christmas came early this year in the form of singer-songwriter trio Luci as they took the stage at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles last night.

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The reputable local venue was filled to the brim as McKail Seely, Ashley Maietta, and Ariana Tibi gave us the gift of their beautifully blended voices and thought provoking, and often sensual, writing. It isn’t every day you head to a live show and are happily knocked out of your chair by three part harmonies and boat loads of attitude. It’s enough to make a person fall in love.

From the first song, the Americana group was all smiles, perpetuating the joy they feel as musicians and performers. The first anthem, an ode to not making a lover wait, was met with applause by the second verse from an audience who couldn’t contain their excitement at hearing such tight harmonies and all around sexy lyrics. By the end of the show, the crowd was on their feet.

Luci took us on an emotional roller coaster with the help of drummer Justin Siegel, bassist Jamie Harmon III, and electric guitarist Mauricio Guerrero Jr. Seely and Tibi also armed themselves with acoustic guitars, while Maietta had the keys and a tambourine as her weapons of choice for the evening.

From playful sensuality to songs about being there for each other, as friends and as a world, back to the honest theme of sex with the first song they ever wrote together, “Can’t Be Alone With You“, the trio exemplified what it means to be true lovers of music. Their combined stage presence, songwriting chops, and powerful vocals makes for an irresistible combination. After all, what’s better than one extraordinarily talented singer-songwriter?

Three.

 

 

You can follow Luci across social media @lovelucimusic.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

“Peace Of My Heart” Music Video Release by Molly Moore

Molly Moore just dropped the visual accompaniment to her new single “Peace Of My Heart”. Teasers of the video have been released on social media, tantalizing her thousands of fans across internet platforms, and finally, the video is here.

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Shot and directed by Nik Tizekker of Tizaster
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and co-directed by Moore, the video highlights the narrative of a complicated relationship with the interlacing of images of destruction: flowers falling apart and back together, a TV shattering, once blank walls now covered in swirls of ink and color. The juxtaposition found within these images illuminates the underlying truth of the song, which is that there is no easy answer or simple solution to any relationship – there is always a place for peace and war to grow.

Moore shines in this video, showcasing her acting chops as she casts furtive glances towards the camera. The entire story is simply told in her eyes, as her expression changes from desperate, to submissive, to cold frustration.

Real life boyfriend and fellow singer-songwriter-producer Brandyn Burnette makes an appearance as Moore’s love interest, personifying the circle of emotions that swirls throughout the video, perfectly paired with the song’s lyrics.

Between Moore’s presence in front of the camera, the beautiful and unique shots by Tizekker, and the lyrics, co-written by Moore and Burnette, Peace Of My Heart is hereby crowned a great artistic success.

Check out the video here!

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Damian Sage LIVE at Room 5 Lounge

In my little blogging world, I am most regularly invited to singer-songwritery events, filled with acoustic guitars or a lone keyboard, mournful relationship lyrics over major chords. But the bluesy sound of Damian Sage broke through the glass ceiling of singer-songwriterdom, proving you can make anything old, new.

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Backed by guitarist Brian Simpson, drummer Jamie Douglass, and bassist Ted Russel Kamp, Sage took the intimate, but enthusiastic audience on a journey back. With classic rock and bluesy sounds so familiar and comforting, yet flavored with Sage’s unique storytelling, his music is like an Old Fashioned laced with something unexpected and exciting.

The night was filled with Sage’s intense and surprising originals, stories pulled from his childhood in New York and past relationships, with the occasional nod to some of his favorite LA bands, The Doors and Guns N’ Roses. With the conclusion of each story, the crowd’s cheers grew louder, ebbing Sage on, begging for more of this rare, soulful sound the commercialized city is starving for.

In his cut up jeans and white t-shirt, Sage owned the crowd with his charming New York accent, pinot noir obsession, and self-deprecating humor, infiltrating a swanky Los Angeles neighborhood with the good time feels of your favorite hometown bar. As Sage brought the audience through relatable scenarios and extreme tempo changes, their emotions soared with their cheers. The roof almost came down with “Suitcase Full of Blues”, a masterfully crafted number about a woman he had known as a child who stood on her own two feet and powerfully cast a bad man out of her life with the words “I got some bad news, and here’s your suitcase full of blues.”

By the end of the too short set, the audience called for an encore, but were left with the bittersweet remnants of a powerful lesson in storytelling and staying true to yourself.

 

 

The video for Sage’s “Caught Between The Rhymes” will air on new reality series The Romance next month.

In the meantime, join 10s of thousands of fans and follow Damian Sage Music across social media:
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And remember to stay bluesy.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

“When Stars Collide” Live Music Video Release by Katie Ferrara

This week Los Angeles native and busking artist Katie Ferrara released a live performance music video for her track “When Stars Collide”.

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This behind the scenes look at the life of a busker, or street performer, is a refreshing look at the art of storytelling through music. With guitarist Jesse Cross at her side, Ferrara does a superb job of bringing the audience in, from the passerby’s in the video, to those watching the scene from home. The video, directed by Cody Ebbeler, encapsulates a comforting, familiar feel, with a personal touch and a bit of classic Katie flair.

The video was filmed outside of Sweety’s Candies in downtown Burbank, CA, an area Ferrara frequents on her busking journeys. Not only has she made a name for herself in the Los Angeles area, busking from the 3rd Street Santa Monica Promenade to Melrose Trading Post, but this unique approach to live performance and building a fan base has brought Ferrara around the world. After winning a street performing contest in June, she was invited to play in a global street band with musicians from around the world, and tour in New Zealand.

The indie/folk artist will be releasing her debut EP in fall 2015. Be sure to stay tuned for more videos like this one as part of The Street Sessions collection, catch her live busking the streets of Los Angeles, and read more about her adventures as a street performer in “The Busking Diaries” on her website.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

“Shapes” New Release by Fjord

I discovered this new release by ambient dream-pop duo Fjord in Soundcloud’s “recommended for you” section, and I am so happy I had the time to browse today.

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The opening melodic line of “Shapes” is not unlike the heartwrenching ballad “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors. Mixed with R&B and ambient production elements, this lyrically simple song truly soars straight to the heart with its naked choruses and raw emotions that are stirred therein.

The duo from Quebec, made of Thomas Casault and Louis-Étienne Santais, were recently featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist, showcasing “Shapes” as one of the new highlights of the week.

Keeping on with a tradition of ethereal musicality and hauntingly beautiful vocal lines, perfectly executed, Fjord hits a home run with this track. We look forward to hearing more dreamlike tunes from this alternative duo.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.