Listen to This: We Won’t (Jaymes Young and Phoebe Ryan)

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I recently watched How to Be Single and Phoebe Ryan’s single ‘Mine’ was featured on the soundtrack, which by the way is an incredible track on its own.

From looking up all her music this gorgeous collaboration came up and both lyrically and soundwise its super pleasing. I love its chill vibe and how its describe the mutual decision to see that despite how fun or pleasurable a relationship may be sometimes its just too obvious that its never going to work out. This song is a beautiful exploration of that place.

Listen to This: Worth It by Fifth Harmony

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Next up on the #listentothis series is Worth it by Fifth Harmony. Fifth Harmony is one of those girl bands that were formed during a reality competition and sort of fly under the radar, releasing EPs and nothing special albums, until one song rockets them to super stardom.

Worth It is that song. Its sassy, fun to dance to and damn catchy. It’s already playing on the radio and creeping its way into clubs and I predict within a few weeks it’ll be everywhere.

Will it be a hit?  Without a doubt, yes. Fifth Harmony has a solid fanbase from their X Factor days and their first album and this song is catchy enough that it will attract a whole new crowd of fans (at least for this song). Worth It also features that horn Mediterranean style that was made so popular by Jason Derulo’s single Talk Dirty last year so I think that will add to its appeal as well. I don’t know how high it’ll climb on the charts but I am sure it’ll have its moment in the top ten.

Listen to This: Yours by Ella Henderson

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At the request of my big sister I’m starting my ‘Music You Should Be Listening To’ posts again, but for the sake of word count (and hashtags) I’m changing the series to #listentothis.

I will be posting songs that are, in my opinion, worthy of four minutes of your life, and also make me happy. I will post a quick overview about the song and whether I think it will be a hit or not, because I have this uncanny ability to name future hits way before they hit the radio. Of course sometimes I’m wrong, but I suppose time will only tell what my percentage is. Either way this series is meant to introduce you to some beautiful music that will hopefully inspire and make you happy.

So, the first song of the new #listentothis series is Yours by Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson is an English singer who competed on British X-Factor back in 2012. At 19 years old she is already massively successful in the U.K and her single ‘Ghost’ is gaining a lot of steam in the U.S. Her new single Yours was recently featured in an episode of The Vampire Diaries (where Caroline and Stefan kiss on a porch) which is how I discovered this song, along with a ton of teenage girls.

But this song is one of the CW songs that is actually extremely good. Musically, it’s a pretty simple song and its quite strong lyrically, but its Ella deep, Amy Winehouse-esque voice that makes it. It’s the kind of song that make you want to curl up on a Sunday morning with your significant other and never leave the bed.

Will it be a hit:  Ella has Simon Cowell’s management company behind her so I think with the right promotion and after it’s featured on a couple more shows Yours could very well be a hit. But if it’s not promoted right it will fade away and she’ll be a one hit wonder in the U.S. But overall I think yes, it will be hit.

Land of the Living – Roo Panes

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In short this song is beautiful. But more than that its aspiring and motivates me to actually live. From what I can tell Roo Panes is a relatively unknown British artist, but trust me once you’ve heard this song you won’t be able to stop listening to him. I dare say he might be the next Ed Sheeran.

 

British Artists Americans Should Be Listening To – Michael Kiwanuka

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Hello Readers!

I’m beginning my ‘British Artists Americans Should be Listening To’ series with an artist that is in a word, stunning. I can’t remember the first time I heard he’s most popular song ‘Home Again’ but it gave me the same feeling that I get when I hear the classic song ‘Home’. You know that one that says Another summer day has come and gone away in Paris and Rome and I wanna go home.

Well home has always been a bit of weird issue for me since I immigrated from England at the age of twelve, lived in Florida for years and currently go to college in North Carolina. Then I came back here for a semester in London and the simple questions ‘Where are you from?’ and ‘Where do you call home’ brought a whole lot of emotions to the surface for me.

I can’t really explain my relationship with home and why it both confuses and comforts me.  I suppose I can share the first few lines of a personal poem with you and that might give you an idea of why home is such a weird subject for me

Home

Such a funny word

 

Some have great assurance when speaking of home

Born and raised

Never been anywhere else kind of people

Often I can’t help but envy them

 

I’m a mover

A traveler

A ghost

You get the drift and so when I listen to the song ‘Home’ I feel a longing for England, for my childhood and for the choice I was never given if I wanted to be an immigrant yet sometimes when I listen to that song I feel a longing for the life I’ve been able to have in America and all the opportunities I’ve been given. Either way there is a longing I can’t quite explain or express so the smooth old school sound of home would express it for me, in fact it was the only song that seemed to be able to express my complicated relationship with home.

Then Michael Kiwanuka came along with his song ‘Home Again’ and it seemed to fit me and my relationship with home perfectly, the drifting back and forth, the confusion but ultimately coming to an inner peace about home. Outside of the expression I feel through this song, the music is simple and infectious.

You find yourself humming the tune and is voice is just, well honey and it still sounds amazing live which is pretty rare these days. The British are just beginning to love him as he was announced by the BBC (British Broadcasting) as the VOICE of 2012 as voted by the public.

Here is his song ‘Home Again’ which has a modest (compared to the insanity of hundreds of millions of views for people like Justin Bieber and 43 million for J-Lo’s new video) two million views on YouTube but I’m sure that number is going to rise steadily.

As you can see is is very talented and his other music is just as good but only has views in the thousands, so if you get hooked on him now as I am when he does get to those insane number of views you can see I knew him when etc (which you know makes you super awesome ;p) But seriously his other music is just as great, case in point below

I think there is a real honesty to his voice that just isn’t seen or should I say heard in a lot of modern music anymore and his lyrics, at least for me, tap into those inner thoughts that we all have running around in our heads. The thoughts that pop in when you’re staring out of a window gazing into the pouring rain and pondering your identity, purpose and life.

Yes indeed for me he’s that deep and I hope you find him just as moving and beautiful.

Let me know what you think of my first choice and be prepared for many more British artists coming your way. There will be different genres etc but again these are people I think are wonderful and about to become huge so take a listen and I hope you feel the same way,

Until next time be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton

http://www.gracehatton.com