I remember watching the 10th season of American Idol back in the day with Lauren Alaina on it and saying she definitely should have won over Scotty McCreery. Seeing and hearing Lauren perform live just reaffirmed that thought 100 times over. Lauren was just an overall amazing performer and her voice was freaking magical! I caught myself at times not shooting and just watching and listening to the show. She performed different songs from her albums and her latest single that reached #1 "What Ifs" which I was super excited to hear. She sang a medley of songs that influenced her which included both past and current rock, country, and pop hits. She even belted out an acapella Alicia Keys ballad which was gorgeous, the girl got pipes! Congrats to Lauren on her recent engagement and her upcoming tour opening for Cole Swindell on the "Reason to Drink" fall tour. Hope to see you soon!
Drew and Ken of Sister Hazel put on an absolutely amazing acoustic performance on a picture perfect summer night. They said they were just a couple of guys who loved to jam together all the way back from their college days. They were soooooo good! They were funny, interactive with the crowd, and great overall entertainers. Hopefully I get to see the full Sister Hazel band sometime in the future!
I've had the pleasure of working for Diamond Resorts for about three years now capturing their Special Events and more specifically the Diamond Resorts Concert Series for the Hampton Roads area. The Diamond Resorts Concert Series are intimate invite only concerts headlined by several different National Country acts such as Jana Kramer, Colt Ford, LeeAnn Womack, Lee Brice, and Cole Swindell. Over the past three years I've got to meet and work with a lot of amazing and talented people. I always have such an awesome time listening to and discovering new music all while getting amazing images of all the different artists. I'm looking forward to another awesome summer season with Diamond Resorts!
2 features from Hov in a week!! Pusha comes hard with a release from his long awaited "King Push" album. Straight up fire! Not gonna say too much about this, but just listen and enjoy! Stream it before TIDAL takes it down!
"All the Way Up" was a banger when I first heard it just never got around to posting it. When Jay-Z came out of his "Lemonade" coma to jump on the hottest track out, the internet went into a frenzy. I know I'm a week late to actually posting the remix, but if you know me I'm the biggest Jay-Z fan, I had to share this even though it's already old news. Remix for the city!
This song is fire! Dillon and NGHTMRE have been teasing it at their latest set and finally we have the full version and a hilarious video to go along with it. The pairing of Francis and NGHTMRE are absolutely perfect, moombah and grime and trap with a filthy drop. The video is kinda long and it takes about 2 minutes till the actual music starts but it's a hilarious story of Dillon DJ's a suburban backyard party for a bunch of middle aged adults. So good all around.
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New Alicia!!! It was 2012 since Mrs. Swizz Beats last released her own album, she's had a couple features here and there but she's been relatively quiet for awhile. Alicia debuted "In Common" on last weekend's SNL. More and more we hear more of the Dancehall infusion in to pop and mainstream, "In Common" follows that tropical vibe. A little different from what we are used to hearing, doesn't showcase her voice too much, she's in a falsetto for most of the song, and not much piano, but the song is fire! New song and a new album has been confirmed for later this year. What do you think?
"The 20/20 Experience" was meh. After dropping "Justified" and "Future Sex/Love Sounds" which were absolute classics from beginning to end, his last 2 albums or complete set was a let down for how long we went without music from the King. I felt that music evolved since Justin took his musical hiatus; I love Timbaland to death, but I felt his beats didn't evolve as well. Now I heard JT is working on a new album and got me all gitty inside again. "Can't Stop the Feeling" kinda is a let down though, I understand it's a soundtrack song for a kids movie, but it's has that "Take Back the Night" feel, kinda early 90's feel good pop. I like the song, but I just have higher expectations for his music. Hopefully we get that new album sooner than later.