Posts Tagged ‘Adult Contemporary’

DruCutler-PressShot_WebTampa, Florida native Dru Cutler has been making a name for himself for the past few years aby assuming many different roles in the recording industry. Whether as a musician, songwriter or film composer, Cutler has been an omnipresent presence in the Brooklyn area as he creates his own music and helps others to bring their projects to life. Having already released one album of his own music entitled Familiar, Dru Cutler is currently in the middle of creating his newest release; an album entitled Bring Closer the Distance. While still in the process of bringing the project to a close, Cutler has released a two-song EP as a way of promoting the upcoming album. The new two-song EP from Dru Cutler consists of the songs “Oceanside” and the Leonard Cohen track “Dance Me to the End of Love”.

Dru Cutler’s new two-song EP begins with the track “Oceanside”. Cutler wrote the track as a way of dealing with the relationship of his parents. The letter that the track is based around was written during a long-distance relationship between his parents. The lyrics about one of the parties being on one side of the country while the other misses them have a definite sadness to them. That sadness is matched up well with the moderate pace of the track. That moderate pace and slightly laidback energy level to the pop-rock music in the song creates a track that would fit in on Hot Adult Contemporary radio formats.

The second track on the new EP from Dru Cutler is his take on the Leonard Cohen-penned song “Dance Me to the End of Love”. Just like other songs written by Leonard Cohen, and especially with his strangely popular song of “Hallelujah,” there is something more to the lyrics of the track of “Dance Me to the End of Love” than is evident in the recorded song. The deeply haunting lyrics about dancing to the music in order to try to mentally escape the atrocities going on around you make for a very powerful piece of poetry. When matched up with the original music from Cohen, the inclusion of the violin added a definite Jewish flavor to the track. Plus, the rather lengthy playtime of the tune allowed for a slow dance to occur when listening to the song. And the slow pace to the song allowed for the sadness within the meaning of the lyrics to shine through. When Dru Cutler did this newly-recorded version, he included the violin to the music to give the song a good deal of familiarity when comparing his and Cohen’s versions. However, the more upbeat feel of the song and quicker pace to the music took away some of the sting that was meant to exist in the words. But the more upbeat version by Dru Cutler of Leonard Cohen’s song has probably ensured a wider audience for the track.

The new two-song EP from Dru Cutler containing the tracks “Oceanside” and “Dance Me to the End of Love” gives the listener a good indication of Cutler’s ability as a songwriter as well as his abilities as song arranger. The two different sides to Cutler’s personality as a musician come through in a very strong way on this release. And since this EP is just a small sample of what is to come from Dru Cutler’s upcoming album entitled Bring Closer the Distance, the listener is left with the desire to hear more. Luckily, it won’t be long until that desire is fulfilled.

To check out the new two-song EP from Dru Cutler containing the tracks “Oceanside” and “Dance Me to the End of Love,” check out this link HERE.

For more information, check out Dru Cutler’s PR Firm, Whiplash PR.  

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DeDeWedekind is a singer-songwriter that finds her sound from influences such as Tori Amos, Celine Dion and even Amy Grant. She has a large amount of spirituality within the lyrics of her songs just like Grant while still having enough of a pop-like sound in her music. In fact, since DeDe’s music is both pop-based and spiritual at the same time, she can easily be considered a “crossover” artist. That “crossover” sound can be found on DeDe’s current five-song release called Love and Fairy Tales.

Love and Fairy Tales from DeDe begins with the track “Blame It on the Summertime”. On this track, the beauty in DeDe’s voice helps to bring the emotional words to life. “Blame It on the Summertime” is the definitive “pop” song as the track has a very accessible feel to the music and would easily fit in with other songs that would be found on Adult Contemporary radio stations. While the song contains a rather strong emotional pull to it, the instrumentation is very strong itself and helps to create a track that is beautiful and energetic. The crossover appeal of the track makes it one of the best songs on the new release from DeDe and makes for a very strong start to the release.

The new release from DeDe continues with “The Fairy Tale Song”. The track has the same type of pop-rock feel to it as the previous track. However, while the lyrics of “Blame it on the Summertime” contain a lot of emotion, the lyrics of this track contain a lot more fun to them. The lyrics of the song refer to several of the fairy tales that we have all grown up on. The way the lyrics were written for this track, the listener ends up being able to sing along with the song with little effort. When taken together, the lyrics and the easy feel of the music create a track that is fun to listen to and would be a nice addition to any Adult Contemporary radio format.

On the track “The Plans I Have for You,” the feel of the lyrics take on a much more spiritual feel than the first two tracks of the release.  DeDe seems to channel artists like the aforementioned Amy Grant on this track as she creates a song with the same lyrical feel as many Christian hymns created by the most popular artists in that genre. “The Plans I Have for You” takes the music of DeDe into a more serious direction but it also adds a lot of beauty to the Love and Fairy Tales release as the track contains a much stronger orchestral feel than the previous tracks as the strings featured on the song give the song a lot of body. The song allows the listener to see the writing ability of DeDe and the song proves that she can create a serious track when she wants to.

Just as “The Plans I Have for You” proves that DeDe can create a serious track, the next song from DeDe of “Just Desserts” allows the listener to experience the less serious side of DeDe as she takes Love and Fairy Tales in a more lighthearted direction. Taking the music in a Classic Country vein, “Just Desserts” feels like a track that would have been written over twenty years ago, back in a time when people used to add a bit of humor in the songs they wrote. The wordplay contained within the lyrics of this song about an ex-lover will definitely bring a smile to your lips as you enjoy the scene that plays out during the song.

Love and Fairy Tales from DeDe comes to an end with the track “We’ll Never Part”. As the rest of the release allows the listener to experience the writing ability of DeDe, the track of “We’ll Never Part” is the song that most definitely shows off the vocal ability of the musician. The track feels like something that could have come from a Broadway musical and the way DeDe sings the song, she seems like she would easily find a place alongside the best performers on Broadway.

When you listen to Love and Fairy Tales from DeDe, you get a brief glimpse into many different aspects of the personality of DeDeWedekind. No matter what song you listen to on the release, you will find something that will grab you. The well-rounded release does wonders to bring out the talent of this talented up-and-coming artist.

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Rating: ***** (five stars)

Click HERE for the video to “The Fairy Tale Song” by DeDe.

Having spent time with the bands Balligomingo and Sleepthief, Canadian singer-songwriter Jody Quine is stepping out on her own to start to create a voice all her own. While both of the bands she has spent time with have a certain style to their music, Quine is taking some of their sounds and incorporating other styles to create a style that is both electric and acoustic at the same time. The inclusion of these and other styles of music help to give Quine’s music certain uniqueness to it. Quine has taken her combination of acoustic and electric and created a new CD. The CD is called Seven.

Seven from Jody Quine begins with the song “You Are”. The first track from the CD has a simple acoustic feel. The guitar-based song includes both folk and “pop” influences to it that help create a very easy feel to the music. The inclusion of bongos instead of a drumset helps to enforce the folk feel to the song. The light musical approach creates a sound that would easily fit on any Adult Contemporary radio format where Quine would fit alongside musicians like Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, and even fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette.

With the next track of “Tonight,” the style of the music takes a much more produced sound as Rhys Fulber takes the feel of the track and takes it back in time to the eighties to give the track a sound that may remind you of something that may have been created by either Dépêche Mode, The Motels or even Duran Duran. While it does have a certain sound reminiscent of the New Wave bands from the eighties with its electro-pop sound, “Tonight” is still one of the most commercial-sounding tracks on Seven and could easily find an audience on today’s radio airwaves.

“To Be Frank” is one of the most interesting songs on Seven from Jody Quine. The song begins with a very light keyboard sound that plays behind Quine as she sings about her deepest desires. Quine’s vocals on the track are both beautiful and powerful, depending on the part of the song. The beginning of the song reminds you of something from female “pop” songs from the late seventies/early eighties from the likes of The Carpenters or the more laidback songs from Donna Summers. The song slowly builds as it becomes a track that sounds more like Dépêche Mode than The Carpenters. The song ultimately brings to mind Quine’s time with Balligomingo and Sleepthief because of the inclusion of an electro-pop feel to the song that gives the song a nice contrast between the later part of the song and the more laidback feel of the beginning of the track.

While “To Be Frank” has a complex feel to it, the track “I Love You” brings some of the simplicity in Quine’s style back to the release as the song features a much more folk-like sound to it. The acoustic guitar plays a large part in the music and the percussion also takes on a much lighter feel to it. Like the release’s first track of “You Are,” “I Love You” has a relaxed and easy approach to it.

The new release from Jody Quine comes to an end with the track “Come Back Home”. While the song has a definite beauty to it, the lyrics to the track feature a very heartbreaking feel to them as the singer pleads to her lover to return. The song features an acoustic approach as it is piano-based and it is that piano that makes up the majority of the music to the track. The slow pace and emotional feel to the lyrics brings the release to a close on a slightly low-key note.

Seven from Canadian singer-songwriter Jody Quine is a very enjoyable release as the music of the seven-song EP has a lot of variety in it. The changing of the pace in the music on the EP will definitely keep you intrigued. The release also allows Jody Quine to show off her talents as a singer as those seven tracks have Quine stretching from an emotional approach to the lyrics to a more powerful approach. Seven from Jody Quine is a release that definitely fits into any commercial music-lover’s library.

Review by Matheson Kamin
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Check out Jody Quine’s Bandpage account to hear some of her music.

Click HERE for the video to “Come Back Home” from Jody Quine.

Classically trained singer Charity Chapman has taken steps in the right direction to become a success in the music business. Having already taken a few classes to help prepare her voice for singing a few years back, she started writing her own songs to perform in public and create her own recordings.

And while you may not be familiar with the name of Charity Chapman, the singer-songwriter has had a bit of exposure as some of her music has already been used on television shows like Ugly Betty and X Factor. She has even put out several releases of her own songs that have helped to get her name out to the music buying public. Altogether, the music that Chapman has created has garnered her some well-deserved success.

The world is still getting to know Charity Chapman. However, this talented singer-songwriter released her first CD, Butterflies with Chainsaws, back in 2000. And since then, her library of releases has been steadily growing.
Charity Chapman’s latest release is entitled Gordon the Northern. To bring Chapman’s songs to life, the music in her songs on this release is all piano-based, bringing to mind someone like Sarah McLachlan. For those not familiar with the musician, this short three-song EP is a good place to start to discover Charity Chapman’s talent as a singer-songwriter.

Gordon the Northern begins with the song that many people would recognize from the numerous television shows and movies that have used the song as part of their musical soundtrack: “If I Could Fly”. On this song, Charity Chapman’s vocals are strong and help to add emotion to the lyrics. Charity gives a lot of depth to her voice by adding her own harmony part to the vocals. “If I Could Fly” has a sound that could easily be called “crossover”. The song is mostly pop/rock but has a lot of country flavor to it because of the mandolin that is featured in the instrumentation.

The next song on the latest release from Charity Chapman is the song “Free”. The pace of the release slows down just a little for this song. And while “If I Could Fly” has a “crossover” quality, “Free” is a song that seems like it would solidly fit on your local Adult Contemporary radio stations. This song might bring to mind artists like Faith Hill, or even Macy Gray. In fact, you can almost imagine Macy Gray’s “I Try” and Charity Chapman’s “Free” being played back-to-back on the same radio station.

Charity Chapman’s Gordon the Northern comes to a close with the song “In My Room”. The final song of the release starts out with Chapman softly singing to a slow piano tune. Soon after, the pace quickens and the rest of the instrumentation comes in to fill out the sound of the music. Along with Chapman’s single of “If I Could Fly,” this song also has a “crossover” feel. This song could easily find its way onto radio station playlists, as well.

After the three songs that make up Gordon the Northern, the most recent release by Charity Chapman, have come to an end, the listener is definitely left wanting more from this talented singer-songwriter. Hopefully, there will be more new music released by Charity Chapman in the near future. She recently recorded another single entitled “I Feel Fine,” so the world may not have to wait all that long. In the meantime, you can take a listen to Gordon the Northern from Chapman and then explore the rest of her recordings. Who knows? She may turn out to be your next favorite musical artist.

Click HERE to see the video to “If I Could Fly”.