Singer/songwriter Nora Rothman was clearly born to be an entertainer. Now 26 years old, Rothman has honed a soulful folk sound that is uniquely her own. After taking a break from music to work as a field organizer for Hillary Clinton, Rothman has ramped back up in the music world and has released her debut self-titled EP July 21, a three-song set that shows off her vocal range and carefully crafted songwriting.
Louise Goffin, the daughter of iconic writing duo Carole King and Gerry Goffin, is keeping quite busy in her role as a Grammy nominated producer/singer-songwriter this summer. “This song was inspired by a photograph I saw when I was younger, with the caption ‘5th of July’ underneath it,” Goffin explains.
The rising talent delivers heartfelt emotion and exposes the pain of a broken heart on this single from her debut EP, “California Freaks.”
Back on Season 2 of The Voice, punk went pop when Juliet Simms, a Warped Tour veteran and former frontwoman for Automatic Loveletter, competed and made it all the way to the finale. Now she has teamed with her husband, Black Veil Brides singer Andy Black (also known as Andy Biersack and Andy Six) for the seventh installment in Fearless Records’ Punk Goes Pop compilation series, dueting on Adele’s “When We Were Young.” Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks is excited to premiere the rock ‘n’ roll couple’s gorgeous black-and-white video for their rendition of the 25 tearjerker today. “[Esteemed producer and Goldfinger singer/guitarist] John Feldmann and his excellent studio engineers helped us craft a rendition of the song that we both feel represents our love of the theatrical romantic ballads of a bygone era in music, while retaining a modern ‘rock’ feel throughout.
Louisiana-bred, Los Angeles-based artist Rod Melancon is proud to represent the South, but at the same time is interested in challenging any audio stereotypes of the region. Melancon does just this on his recently released second album, Southern Gothic, which takes listeners on a journey into the dark, and often twisted, night of the soul through a collection of cleverly written songs. Recorded over the course of two years, the album represents is the restless yearning of a young, new South, as well as dives deeper into the roots of Melancon’s own imagination nurtured in the badlands and bayous of his home.
Taylor Phelan was once known as one of the most-robbed Voice contestants of all time (here’s his famous “Sweater Weather” audition to remind you of what might have been in Season 7). But now he’s an indie artist on the rise — making a name for himself with his own music, outside of the reality-TV bubble. Phelan’s new EP 1 of 2 is due out this August, and Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the lyric video for the EP’s first single, “Settle Down.”
Producer/songwriter Iain Campbell grew up in relative obscurity spending his young life travelling with his parents who worked out of remote medical field stations in Africa. After settling in the village of Harviestoun, Scotland, a devastating neurological illness in the family led Campbell into a 12-year journey of attempting to understand a level of pain he didn’t think possible at this early stage in life. This period of time was documented in several EPs which, through many serendipitous circumstances, plucked Campbell out of village life and landed him with a six figure record contract at the age of 20.
A fine day in New Orleans led Cindy Emch to write the song “Two Feet and a Dream,” the first single on her new album. We have the story, and the video.
The Reverend Shawn Amos has plenty of experience in the music world — not only is he a lauded bluesman and singer-songwriter who’s released five full-length studio albums, he’s also spent time working with A-list talent as a record label executive, and he’s additionally a longtime Yahoo Music contributor/music expert as well.
Baskery is a Swedish sibling trio composed of sisters Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson. The band formed in 2007, and has been taking America by storm since relocating to the States in 2014. Utilizing a sound they describe variously as “banjo-punk, mud-country, Nordicana, kill-billy,” the sisters have put out four albums and are working on an as-yet-untitled upcoming EP.
Long before America’s Got Talent turned Jackie Evancho and Grace VanderWaal into overnight child-star sensations, there was Bianca Ryan, who at age 11 was the very first AGT winner in 2006, thanks to standout performances like “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
In an amusing animated short, the duo discuss how touring with David Bowie led to the wild cover concept for the “Daryl Hall & John Oates” album.
Yahoo Music premieres a performance of "Be Bold Like Elijah." The band calls the song a “a riff and beat to march to in the face of adversity and doubt.”
Eighteen-year-old breakout musician Daya is driving pop music down a different path — well known for her singles “Sit Still, Look Pretty” and “Hide Away,” as well as her vocals prominently featured on The Chainsmokers’ No 1. “Back to Me is the rawest and most vulnerable song on the album, and it’s one of my favorites to perform live,” notes Daya.
Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the video for Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus’s “Band Aid,” cowritten by Paul Williams, from “The East Lansing Sessions.”
As the glam-rock diva who crowd-surfed to AWOLNATION’s “Sail,” Season 5 rebel Kat Robichaud made history as one of the most electric and fearless Voice contestants of all time. Featuring a rotating cast of musicians, magicians, drag queens, aerialists, and burlesque dancers, and aptly described by The Daily Californian as a show “for the freaks, the outcasts, the sexual deviants, and lovers of all things off-kilter,” Misfit Cabaret has become an underground sensation. Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks is excited to premiere a fantastic and phantasmic new live video from Misfit Cabaret, “She Looked Like She Owed Death Money,” which just might inspire viewers to book a flight to San Francisco to catch the show in person.
With his command of guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Richie Kotzen has built a diverse 20-year career as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter — both on the solo front and with his band, the Winery Dogs. On his latest solo album, Salting Earth, he continues an exploration of his various musical avenues, some of which don’t include his signature instrument at all. Not that that is an odd choice, but being that for most of my career I’ve been highlighted as a guitarist, I suppose for people who never bought one of my CDs in the past, this would be surprising.
The Soft White Sixties just finished a follow-up LP to 2014’s “Get Right.” Yahoo Music is pleased to premiere their latest video, “Sorry to Say.”