Monday mashup 2021 (vol 30)

It’s time once again for our weekly Monday Mashup and this time it’s the final one for the month of September. Where has this year gone? There is so much great music out there and it’s getting harder and harder to choose which songs to share with you. We hope you love these five new singles and music videos we have chosen for you. But first, we have some news for you.

Ponderosa Grove wins Music Prize competition

My former client, Candace Devine, has been super busy during the pandemic. She started a new band, Ponderosa Grove, who has burst onto the scene with abandon. They recently travelled to Shreveport, Louisiana to participate in Music Prize’s Prize Fest competition. She was recently interviewed by KSLA News 12:

“I started my career as a backup singer to Christina Aguilera and then released a solo record that did pretty well. Then had a duo that was signed and toured and opened for Adam Lambert and Boys to Men and Michelle Branch. I sang on Ringo Starr’s record.”

Devine, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, lives in Prescott, Arizona. Her band, Ponderosa Grove, released its first album in June and it’s seen plenty of success so far.

She heard about Music Prize from a friend living in Arizona who was originally from Shreveport.

“We submitted to see if we could do Prize Fest and we made it in,” Devine said. “So it’s just been this really exciting, fun collaboration that’s blossomed into a beautiful thing.”

photo courtesy of Candace Devine

Devine and Ponderosa Grove walked away with the Grand Prize of $10,000. Congratulations and well done.

NEW SINGLES

Shane Alexander has been a valuable asset to not only the local LA music scene but has also performed across the country. He has just released a new single that, despite its name, will not bore you. Please listen to “Asleep” and check out his amazing catalog of great songs.

It’s been a minute since we last featured a new single from SARRA, but her latest, “All I see is You” was definitely worth the wait. She is a bright and shining voice that combines the best in old school R&B, and we simply love her sound.

LA Music Critic Award winners Carly and the Universe have been treating us to a bevy of great tunes as they have released single after single from their new album. As they say, all good things must come to an end, and they have saved the best for last. Check out their groove and “Rock the Baby.”

Speaking of great groove, we are pleased to highlight the latest track from LA emerging artist, Sun Kiss. This song definitely makes us just want to “Melt Away,” and chillax. We think this artist has a bright future.

Our final single this week comes from future country-pop superstar Crystal McGrath. It is a powerful song about breaking free of a toxic relationship. We can definitely hear this song on country radio, and encourage them to start playing “Back to Never.” Expect big things from this young lady.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

We kick off this week’s new music videos with this one from LA Music Critic Award winning blues artist Diana Rein. She may be on a “Broken Road,” but her music is the fix for everything else. Let this one get your week going strong.

Next up is the latest from The Greys. It shares a title with one of our favorite Halloween movies, and is pure magic. Check out “Hocus Pocus.”

Our third video is full of style and mixes the best of slow jam, R&B and reggae with the sweet sound of Australian band Sticky Fingers. We love the sentiments of “We can Make the World Glow,” and think this is a powerful anthem for change. Check it out.

Our fourth video this week talks about a serious subject – teenage drinking and death. It’s powerful and definitely gives us food for thought. Check out KULICK and their new single, “Time to Go.”

We close out this week with this superb video from rising country-pop star Leah Marie Mason. She tells the cautionary tale of “Hannah,” and we are listening carefully to the words. We think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this promising young lady.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 25)

Just when it was getting safe to get back in the water, along comes Delta and threatens to force us all back home. We have been anxiously awaiting a return to normal concerts and hope that we can get past this glitch without having to go back to square one. How about you guys? At any rate, let’s share this week’s new singles and music videos to whet your appetite for new music.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from the lead singer of one of our favorite Americana bands, honeyhoney. Suzanne Santo has released her second solo album and it is even better than her first one. Her latest single talks about something we all need, “Mercy,” and tells it in the best possible way. This one is definitely going on repeat.

Next up is the powerful ballad, “Colors Run,” courtesy of Matt Hartke. He continues to amaze us and this well-crafted song is the perfect way to show your support during these trying times. We think you’ll want to hear it again and again.

Our third single comes from Abby Posner, the voice of LA’s LGBTQ community, and is sung with perfect layered harmonies, reminding us of Raining Jane. It may be called “Emergency Use Only,” but we think she wouldn’t mind if you played it every day.

“Silver Arrow Sunday” is the second single from former producer and now artist David Franz. It is a breath of fresh air, with its unique desert rock sound that will truly haunt you. We love it and can’t wait to hear what comes next from this intriguing new artist.

Our final single this week comes from Tucker Wetmore, an artist that sounds as familiar as if he’s been on country radio all his life. He is asking for “Another Shot,” and we truly believes he deserves it. This one could easily be a chart-topper.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

If the voice behind our first music video of the week sounds familiar, that’s because he was formerly the lead singer for The Chordaes. His name is Leo Sawikin, and his song is entitled “Row me Away.” We adore his voice and wish him well in his solo career. We think it will be incredibly successful.

Next up is the latest from the always incredible voice of Rachel Lorin. She says she’ll take a bullet for you, even if you pull the “Trigger.” We are willing to join that que. This song belongs in rotation on Top 40 radio.

Our third video will leave you drooling for some of that sweet “Honey.” Carly and the Universe are back and this time around she uses every ounce of her sexuality to hook you. This one is definitely worthy of multiple views.

Blue Elan Records artist Chelsea Williams brings us a desert mirage performance video with her stirring cover of America‘s classic tune, “Sister Golden Hair.” At this point in her career, she could sing the phone book and we’d love it. Thanks for this brilliant new take on a classic hit.

We close out the week with a bittersweet video from LA Americana band Great Willow. The video was shot last May when some of LA’s best Americana bands got together to celebrate the right to perform and hang out with people again. They call it “Together Again,” and we wish we could have been there for this momentous occasion. Hopefully we can all continue this trend.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 22)

Sorry we missed last week but there were issues at work and I never had the chance to write. However, we’re back today with some local indie news about Jason Adamo, plus we have five new singles and music videos. Let’s get going.

Home Grown Country

NC indie musician Jason Adamo is one of the best country music artists we have come across, but he is also gaining a reputation as a DJ on one of the larger country music radio stations, QDR 94.7, out of Raleigh. Every Sunday night at 9 p.m., he is the host of Home Grown Country, featuring music from local artists. Way to go Jason – keep shining that spotlight.

NEW SINGLES

It’s been a minute since we last had a new song from one of our favorite redheads, but Delaney Gibson has given us something to celebrate with the release of “Shelter From Thieves.” We love the sheer power of this song. Let us know what you think.

Our second single this week comes compliments of the one and only Shannon Hurley. She collaborates with Activa on another stunning EDM masterpiece, and definitely helps us “Return to Life.”

Next up is the latest from a very talented young lady out of Santa Barbara, California. She has rebranded herself as Cecilia James and continues to amaze everyone who hears her. Check out her new single, “Different Ground.” We love it.

LA Music Critic Award winner Brigitte Purdy is back with our fourth single this week, and it is her best to date. If you love the blues, then this artist needs to be on your radar. Here’s her latest, “Time for Love.”

Our final single this week comes from LA songstress Kris Angelis and is remake of one of her earlier hits. Get ready for the warmer weather with “20 Miles to Empty (Summer Version).”

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

We kick off the new with the new video from Carly and the Universe. It is a wild and crazy romp for their hot new single, “Salvation.” We think you will want to put this one on repeat.

Next up is a rocking bluesy number from the Queen of Sacramento, Katie Knipp. This one is a toe tapping musical treat. Check out “Sad Eyed Lover.”

Our third video this week is from none other than the Russian songbird, Marina V. This lyric video brings to life the beautiful words of her latest single, “It Gets Better.” Listening to her sweet “soft rock” voice, we truly believe it will.

Video number four comes from relative newcomer Taylor Rae and is the first video from her forthcoming album. It is a beautiful and sentimental tune that evokes all kinds of memories with its excellent cinematography. We think you’ll fall in love with her voice. Check out “Fixer Upper.”

Our final video this week comes from the fresh R&B duo allen&elle. We think their music shows great “Promise” and can’t wait to hear what comes next.