Suddenly Boy N Girl LIVE at The Mint LA

The Mint served up a special treat on Wednesday night, with the indie pop duo Suddenly Boy N Girl.

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Comprised of Anthony Pepi and Candice Kelly, both graduates of the Berklee College of Music, the duo is an unlikely pair, to say the least. First, there’s Anthony, with his boy next door look and nostalgic vocals, reminiscent of the garage band front men who ruled the airwaves for the better part of the early 2000s. Beside him stands Candice, with her fearless punk rock princess attire and rich, tantalizing vocals. Together, they bring a musical balance so interesting, the audience can’t help but be enthralled.

The duo started their set with an original, “Beautiful Strangers”, which had been penned for a documentary. Anthony stood on keys, with both Anthony and Candice on vocals; an excellent guitarist brought the percussive elements to the acoustic set.

As Suddenly Boy N Girl reeled us in further to their set, it became clear that the two made a powerful songwriting team, with catchy and unique melodies filling the ears and hearts of the show attendees. From the stunning acoustic cover of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” to the performance of their debut single “Something More”, the pair proved they were worth their salt.

The juxtaposition between Anthony’s flawless falsetto and Candice’s irresistible vocal additions made for an intriguing and balanced composition. Anthony brought color where Candice brought class; both brought their own excellent skill set to the table, and revealed their hand to be a royal flush.

The duo has hit the ground running in 2015, with a performance at Hollywood’s Pour Vous, now the Mint LA, and an upcoming performance at House of Blues Anaheim at Downtown Disney on February 22nd.

Keep an eye out for this eccentric and talented indie pop duo, as they continue to pound the pavement in the top Los Angeles venues.

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.

 

Alexa LIVE at Station Unplugged (The W Hollywood)

The singer from rock band Oversoul hit the stage in an acoustic set last night to promote her upcoming solo EP at Station Unplugged, courtesy of the W hotel in Hollywood.

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Based in San Diego, Alexa Villa, known on the music scene as “Alexa”, is a singer-songwriter, talented pianist, and model. The young artist spends her time between San Diego, where her band Oversoul is based, and LA where she ventures for meetings, shows, and model calls (LA Fashion Week and the spread of Women’s Wear Daily, to name a few).

Last night, Alexa left her band at home, calling only on the guitar and background vocal talents of her brother, Ryan, also a member of Oversoul, to accompany her in her first solo show in Los Angeles in a while.

Promoting her upcoming EP (release date TBA), Alexa appeared behind a full weighted keyboard, armed with black leather and spidery fish-netted legs that mean business.

Her rock background was apparent, but if the audience thought her looks were stunning, they soon found that there is more to Alexa than meets the eye. The moment Alexa starts singing, the world stops to listen. The 20 year old’s wailing, powerhouse vocals, perfect for the rock scene, are surprisingly well-suited for her own compositions, which detail the power struggle in relationships and the sometimes difficult task of accepting things the way they are. Alexa’s chant sections bring the listener to the party, while her chromatic melodies catch us off-guard, showcasing her musical expertise.

Alexa highlighted the show with the leaked track from her upcoming EP, “Do What You Do To Me” – a playful number, if not somewhat masochistic, as love almost always is. Joining the ranks of popular rock voices Amy Lee (Evanescence) and Hayley Williams (Paramore), Alexa’s vocals soared from rock party song to the intense solo ballad, “Hope”, which was recently recorded at the legendary Jungle Room studios in LA.

With a voice built to fill out larger venues, it is no wonder Alexa is finding success in the rock world as front woman of Oversoul, but she also has the important ability to stand alone, without the support of a rock band behind her. As her vocals brought people pouring into the popular night spot from the train station and the street, catching mere musical phrases and wanting more,  it became clear that Alexa’s solo venture has just as much promise as her rock career, if not more.

This young lady has it all – the look, the voice, the writing ability, the musical talent. The only way to describe Alexa: simply stunning.

Alexa’s new track “Picture Perfect” has gained critical acclaim and airplay in San Diego. You can catch Alexa at a free show at The House of Blues – San Diego on August 5th, at 8pm. 

For more on Alexa, and to stay up to date on her solo EP release and shows in Los Angeles, follow her on instagram and twitter @thealexavilla, find her on Facebookand listen to her music on soundcloud.

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

“Maybe If I” Single Release by Savannah May

Arizona singer/songwriter Savannah May dropped her new R&B single “Maybe If I” this past week, and it has been on replay in the Dorman household since its release.

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The chill, vibe-y production (courtesy of producer “lunatix”) is itself a great sell, but the lyrics are what makes this single a buzz-worthy song. The track brings listeners into the mind of the troubled half of a failing relationship, a place most of us have known at one time or another. Savannah May asks the questions of herself: “Maybe if I…” fill in the blank. The underlying question is, how do I make this person love me?

The soulful chorus brings us to the realization that this person will just never love the singer, and that being true to ourselves is the most important thing at the end of the day.

The smoothness of the track contradicts with the pleading, confused lyrics, but bringing everything together, the song does exactly what it’s supposed to: it reflects the ironic and tumultuous ebb and flow of romantic relationships.

The perfect song for a summer drive, “Maybe If I” is available for free download at Savannah May’s SoundCloud, as a teaser to her mixtape MAYDAY, which will be released July 7th, 2014, in time for her southwest tour (dates TBA).

For more on Savannah May, join her 40,000+ combined followers on Instagram @SavannahMayMusic and twitter @SavannahMayMuzc, and don’t forget to head over to her official Facebook page and show your support!

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

 

Bernhoft LIVE at Troubadour

The line was out the door and down the block for the international sensation, Bernhoft, last night in Los Angeles. Where West Hollywood ends and Beverly Hills begins, there is a gem of a venue known as The Troubadour, where hundreds filled the sidewalks waiting for their chance to witness what many had only witnessed on YouTube.

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Jarle Bernhoft, known on the music scene as “Bernhoft”, won worldwide attention when he posted a video of his original composition “Cmon Talk” on YouTube  in 2011. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Norway, Bernhoft’s one-man show has garnered almost 4 million views on this video alone.

The floor of the Troubadour was packed with trendy youth by the time A2D: According to Drea veteran Brandyn Burnette reached the stage to perform songs from his upcoming EP “The Couch Surfing Chronicles” (to be released Fall 2014 by Warner Brothers Records). Burnette expertly set the tone of the show, leaving the audience primed for more outstanding music.

When it was time for Bernhoft to take the stage, the lights dimmed, and a chant from the crowd arose: “Bernhoft! Bernhoft! Bernhoft!”, and out came the performer in his signature hipster glasses that YouTube fans have come to adore. Dressed in black jeans and a plain, black cotton shirt, Bernhoft presented himself with the attitude that his music was the focal point of the show, and encouraged the audience to pay full attention to his musical lineup.

Seated atop a mini-stage, surrounded by two keyboards, two acoustic guitars, a ukulele, two microphones, soundboards, and a number of pedals, Bernhoft began his set with his new song “Wind You Up”, which released in funky music video form last month.

Reminiscent of the style of two-time Grammy award nominee Imogen Heap, who also is known for her live mixing performances, Bernhoft blasted through his set with charm and pristine execution. His vocal range, bluesy guitar solos, and mixing precision left the crowd amazed, while the artist’s beats and lyrics set the audience into constant motion.

“Cmon Talk” of course came out the crowd favorite, but Bernhoft’s acoustic performances of “Hold On” and “Stay With Me”, performed on guitar and keys, respectively, brought a hush in the room that spoke of the captivating elements of Bernhoft’s performance. Whether mixed in great detail or stripped down, Bernhoft’s songs have the strong musical foundation to stand on their own, and imprint themselves in the minds and hearts of all who listen.

Bernhoft’s new album “Islander” will be available in the US on June 23rd. A special preview of the album is available exclusively at USAToday.com.

For more on Bernhoft, and for links to his social media, please visit www.bernhoft.org.

Check out “Cmon Talk“, the video that made Bernhoft a YouTube sensation.

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

“Ain’t Got Time” Single Release by Track Martians

The creative music group Track Martians, based in Studio City, CA, released their much anticipated debut single today, featuring Track Martians First Lady, Anjaleia McDonald.

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The group has labeled this single as a song that will raise the bar for the R&B standards in the industry, pushing the hashtag #HelpBringR&BBack.

Produced by Track Martians super producer GXMusic, the club beats mixed with live band sounds brings the listener back to a time when live R&B music was first running rampant in the major American cities. Flowing lyrics and vocal harmonies meet guitar riffs and brass lines, cascading together to the catchy hook that every scorned woman will raise their glass to and make their own personal freedom anthem.

Clear that first spot on your iPod and make room for Track Martians. The track is groovy, catchy, feel good, and yet incredibly sassy. From the musicality to the rap section to Anjaleia’s powerful vocals, “Ain’t Got Time” is a single very much worth your time.

To purchase “Ain’t Got Time”, head to https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aint-got-time-feat.-anjaleia/id885873999.

For more on Track Martians Music Group and for links to their social media, visit their website at www.trackmartians.com.

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

 

 

“Halo” Music Video Release by SIKORA

Remember SIKORA? The Los Angeles duo launched their debut EP “Ecliptic” last month, and this morning, they surprised us all by dropping their beautifully visualized video for one of the songs off their EP, “Halo”.

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The video stars Matthew Sikora and Liz Forde in a glamorous take of what could easily be mistaken for a set from the hit show “Breaking Bad”. While Sikora belts out emotionally charged phrases from behind his flashing electric guitar, Forde sparkles in front of the camera with her refreshing vocals and equally stunning appearance on screen.

The music video takes us on a journey of the artists looking for their “halos”, from desert to ocean. The entire video is expertly conceptualized and woven together by director Dima Otvertchenko. From the broader story line to the minute details, this video was a great success in bringing the song “Halo” to life.

You can watch the video, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QFzgFrGNNU&feature=youtu.be

For more on SIKORA and to purchase “Ecliptic”, visit www.sikoraband.com.

You can read about the SIKORA EP release, here: https://according2drea.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/ecliptic-ep-release-by-sikora/

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

Brandon Bassir at House of Blues – West Hollywood

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Little did I know that this week’s ticket to House of Blues would be also be a one way ticket back to the nostalgia of the greatest jam sessions of America’s funky musical past. That’s exactly where 17-year-old Brandon Bassir transported the audience who filled dance floor of the iconic music venue on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles Saturday night.

Backed by a full band and a load of charisma, the Los Angeles native singer-songwriter showed off his stunning falsetto and killer James Brown dance moves, much to the delight of everyone present. With his magnetic presence, Bassir effortlessly drew the crowd to the dance floor with songs from his recently released EP “22”, and looking around at the party inside, no one would have guessed it was only 8pm.

With sounds reminiscent of such musical greats as Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin, Bassir did more than just “wow” the crowd with upbeat, cleverly composed originals; he also managed to cover songs by popular vocalists Frank Sinatra and current favorite Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Taking the risk of inevitable comparison to these game-changing artists, Bassir’s bravery silenced skeptics with a spectacular vocal performance, and successfully transformed these Billboard favorites into a unique and pleasing flavor that was all Brandon Bassir.

It is true that Bassir’s smooth rap sections, flawless falsetto lines, and an unmistakable nod to the early eras of funky dance music draw immediate comparisons to accomplished artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Jason Mraz, but Brandon Bassir has something entirely his own to bring to the table. At just 17, he is already a passionate performer capable of bringing people to their feet with his music.

Bassir’s excellent vocal control and enthusiastic stage presence has landed the young artist in the top 25 for Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Awards this year, where his “boy next door” look and catchy track “I Got It” has garnered him over 22,000 followers on Twitter and support across social media platforms. 

 

For more on Brandon Bassir, follow him on social media at https://twitter.com/BrandonBassir and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandon-Bassir/560941983952042.

You can vote for Brandon Bassir in Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Awards at http://macys.iheart.com/entries/profile/8.html.

 

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