“Dreamers” Single Release by Villains In Love

This Brooklyn, NY based indie synth duo stumbled across me on instagram, and directed me to their new single “Dreamers”. I followed their promptings, and was rewarded with a delightful style of music I haven’t heard since Broadway star Gavin Creel released his pop album Goodtimenation in 2006.

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Villains in Love members Blake Charleton and Renae Adams bring similar theatrics and electronic elements to their new single, “Dreamers”, which will be released on iTunes on February 10th, 2015. The song, bringing romantic lyrics, peppy production, and powerful vocals to a mystifying point, is available for streaming on the duo’s soundcloud.

“Dreamers” is playful, enticing, and a breath of fresh air that deviates from today’s mainstream sounds, while still adhering to enough modern influences to feel relevant.

The fresh production and theatrical elements make the song distinctly NYC, and this indie synth Karmin can be experienced at such Manhattan venues as Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge.

Follow them on instagram (@villainsinlove) to stay up to date on upcoming shows, their EP release (coming spring 2015), their album release (slated for fall 2015), and of course, head to iTunes and purchase “Dreamers” on February 10th, 2015.

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.

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Sharin LIVE at The Mint

Latin singer-songwriter Sharin hit the LA stage for the first time on Tuesday night, lighting up The Mint with her irresistible charm and heartwarming music.

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Sharin, who moved to LA less than a year ago, has lived all over the country, starting in Tampa, FL, where she was born and raised and first fell in love with music. By the age of 9, she was composing her own pieces using a variety of instruments. The Berklee graduate brought an acoustic guitar with her to the stage for this performance, a show that was originally meant to be a full band experience, but due to unforeseen circumstances, became a one-woman presentation.

Sharin handled the situation with grace and sang her original music in not one, but three languages during her set at The Mint. From her opening number “Over You” to her Spanish hit “Sin Ti” to the Portuguese rendition of the title track of her newly released EP “Quiero”, Sharin was able to captivate the audience regardless of the language in which she sang. This ability to draw in a primarily English-speaking audience reflects on her unique capabilities as a songwriter and as a performer.

When watching Sharin, it is evident that her love for music runs deep, and has been influenced by the ups and downs she has experienced in her life. From attending one of the most rigorous musical programs in the world to battling stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer, Sharin has landed in LA with the determination to share her love for life and music with the world. We wish her all the best in doing so.

To learn more about Sharin and to hear her newly released EP “Quiero”, head to www.sharinmusic.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.

 

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.

Behind the Scenes with Brandyn Burnette

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Warner Brothers artist, Brandyn Burnette, to discuss his newly released single “Thanks For Nothing” from his much anticipated debut EP “The Couch Surfing Chronicles”, set to release Fall 2014:

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When did this journey start for you? Did you always know you wanted to be a professional musician? 

I actually wasn’t really interested in music to begin with, even though I grew up in a musical family. My sister was an amazing singer, and my dad was an artist on Capitol Records. But when my grandmother gave me my first keyboard at age 7, I learned the entire song bank by ear. When I was 13, I wrote my first song about my sister going away to college; that’s when I unlocked something inside of me. In high school, friends would be partying and I’d be on my keyboard for 8 hours.  Everything changed when I got a full ride to NYU for theater. I auditioned on a whim and got into their program. But I can’t dance, and you’re essentially preparing yourself for Broadway in that program, so in the middle of a ballet class I said “screw this”, I’m gonna be an artist. I felt like it was a universal moment that said “I can do this now”, and I knew I didn’t want to go down the musical theater route; it just clicked. I walked out of that ballet class and went straight to student affairs and took a leave of absence. As I pursued music, I couch surfed with my friends in NYC, figuring out my next steps. 6 months turned into a year, and I traveled everywhere from Oslo, Norway to LA for meetings with publishers and record labels. I eventually signed with Warner Brothers. Several years and a few couches after that ballet class at NYU, this is where I am now. My first single “Thanks For Nothing” is finally out, and I feel like within my experiences and exposure to a variety of musical sounds, I’ve found a way to do my own thing and keep that young 13-year-old in the room feel about my music.

What is your favorite part about your life as it is today?

I woke up this morning to a text from my friend saying, “I heard your music in the mall” in the UK. For me to be signed for this long and feel like I’ve had this song in production for years, it’s great to see “Thanks For Nothing” get the circulation it deserves. You never really know what a label does for artists as far as exposure until it happens. The possibility of hearing the song outside of my own phone/headphones/car is so exciting, I can’t believe it.  I got signed and my music got released – those are the dreams.

You just spent several weeks in Scandinavia. What can you tell us about your trip?

When I left NYU and went to Norway for the first time, it was because my manager had another artist over there. The publishing company I met with then is still involved in my career today, which is why I went back. My deal with Sony/ATV flew us out to Sweden for 7 days, and then on to Norway to continue building my radio profile. I’m trying to really establish myself as a songwriter in the down time between releases, and in Scandinavia I explored writing in many styles, from R&B to house to indie folk.

Is there anything you would have done differently on your journey?

I wish I had never stopped acting. There was something special that those theatrical moments brought to my music. Being onstage is extremely emotive and inspirational. I feel like if I were to practice acting even more now I could tap into that for my record. I really miss it.

What do you think has been the key to your success?

Patience. My journey has been so unconventional. People could call it wasting time, but those couch surfing moments were a part of making me, me. You’re always evolving and I think success can be a hindrance that keeps you from getting to the next level. Having patience and remembering to enjoy what you do – that is success right there. There’s such beauty in feeling that every day is a success.

What are some of your end goals? 

I want to travel the world and perform. Music videos and studios are so much fun, creating the song is great, but if I can’t deliver it live there’s no point. I’ve never been comfortable just being a songwriter – performing the songs is such a great payoff, you’re reliving that moment. I also want to do film and television earlier rather than later, because I want people to know that my artistry is 360. And I want to put my mom in a house. She’s supported me so much, 9-5. I would love to be able to take care of my family at this point.

What piece of advice would you give to fellow aspiring artists?  

Don’t give up. Know how good you are, because lots of people have opinions in the industry. If I listened to every one I don’t think I would have gotten to the point where I feel comfortable enough to unlock my potential. I feel its very intimidating to do something with your life when people are telling you “no”. I didn’t let anything discourage me. I think that even trying in the first place is so important. After that, persistence is key.

 

The lyric video for “Thanks For Nothing” will come out very soon, with the official music video to follow. As a songwriter, Burnette also has singles for other artists coming out in the near future. His 6-song EP “The Couch Surfing Chronicles” is slated to release Fall 2014. You can catch Brandyn at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood every two weeks, with the next show on Tuesday, June 10th, at 9pm

You can purchase Brandyn’s new single “Thanks For Nothing” at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thanks-for-nothing/id881336801?i=881336827.

For more on Brandyn Burnette, and for links to his social media, head to www.brandynburnette.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.

 

“Finest Hour” EP Release by Nina Yasmineh

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The new EP from triple threat indie-pop artist Nina Yasmineh went live online on May 19th. Written, performed, and produced by Yasmineh, the newest release from the NYC artist had a strong act to follow with her well-received previous release “Seven Years”.

“Finest Hour” brings us 5 songs where “Seven Years” provided four, and each song boasts Yasmineh’s signature raw and expressive lyrics. Coupled with effortless vocals and subtle hip hop beats, “Finest Hour” is something to be listened to all the way through.

A recent graduate from NYU, Yasmineh’s youth contributes to her fresh, self-produced sound, but in no way compromises the excellence of the tracks on “Finest Hour”.

“Ghost”, released in February as a teaser, leads the EP with the strong, emotional swells that draw listeners back to Yasmineh for more. Her relaxed and seamless vocals cover her quick verses and soar to controlled heights in her lyrical hooks which speak to the heart.

From the hooky chants of the title track “Finest Hour” to the ethereal production of “Collar Bone” and the NYC-inspired final track “Sanctuary”, each track is unique in its sound and message, but it is Yasmineh’s lyrical prowess and emotional vocals that tie the EP together, and make it the perfect companion for any given Sunday.

You can listen to and purchase “Finest Hour” at www.ninayasmineh.bandcamp.com and follow Nina Yasmineh at www.facebook.com/ninayasminehmusic. 

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.

“Ecliptic” EP Release by SIKORA

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This morning I bought the recently released EP by the male-female duo SIKORA, and I have had their catchy hooks happily stuck in my head all day. SIKORA launched their debut EP “Ecliptic” last week, hitting the digital world with four original tracks loaded with bluesy guitar riffs and sultry vocal harmonies.

Self-described as a “pop/alt rock outfit”, the Los Angeles based duo of Matthew Sikora (vocals, guitar, bass) and Liz Forde (vocals, percussion, keyboard) have been collaborating since 2011, and have recently released their newest music under the guidance of LA producer Dean Dichoso.

Their single “Halo”, the second track on the EP, was released as a teaser in March, and boasts the duo’s love for the California rock sound. Liz Forde’s vocals shine with breathtaking precision as she takes on the harmonies and verses of this track.

Another song from the EP, “Comic Book Hero”, brings intense energy through Matthew Sikora’s enthusiastic guitar riffs, layered vocals, and sing-a-long lyrics. The song has been chosen to appear in the USC Thesis Film “O-Star”, directed by Dima Otvertchenko. 

Both “West Coast” and the final track of the EP, “Souldier Boy (Soldier Boy)”, bring a delightful, playful blues sound to the table, which invites the audience to join in with the talented duo until the end. On the whole, I find “Ecliptic” to be a wonderfully relatable, and also diverse album in the four tracks included on the release. From rock, to blues, to pop, SIKORA brings a little something for everyone.

For more on SIKORA and to listen to/purchase “Ecliptic”, visit www.sikoraband.com.
For more on producer Dean Dichoso, visit www.deandichoso.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.