Category Archives: Country

Jade Helliwell

We have a real treat today, meet 25-year-old Jade Helliwell, a very talented singer / songwriter from Batley, West Yorkshire in England.

I’ll let her tell a little about herself:
Growing up listening to many styles of music, Jade always seemed to gravitate back to country music. She explains, “Like any young person I loved the latest chart music and I’ve been infatuated by my fair share of boy bands and girl power, but it was always country music that drove me to sing at the top of voice into my hairbrush microphones. First the old country greats like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, then later artists such as Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum and, of course, Taylor Swift”. Jade takes all of these great artists as influence, and uses them to shape her own style. But where they had the vibrant, music immersed streets of Nashville as a backdrop, Jade has the small working class towns of Yorkshire as hers. This was the influence behind her first EP release in 2012, Urban Life, Country Heart.

I first became aware of Jade Helliwell when my cousin, thanks Ian, put up a video on his FB page of a young lady who was on a night out in Leeds and she came across a street busker and asked if she could sing with him. The result was amazing. Everybody and their uncle has sung Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, by now. But this was an eye-opening version, just look at the guy’s face, he was amazed. He has a good voice too, he is Dawid Osial, so maybe try to find some more of his music on YouTube. The whole thing has become something of a sensation, getting pieces in all the tabloids in the UK. Where they are saying people want them to go on Britain’s Got Talent, my one word of advice, Don’t. Meanwhile just kick back and enjoy the ride.
Hallelujah

Jade was on a night out in Leeds and she saw a busker, she goes over and asks if she can have a sing…

 

So let’s take a wander around the music catalog of Jade Helliwell, there’s some gems in here I can promise you.

Such a nice catch in her voice, this is Jade recording one of the songs from her most recent EP “Forget the night”. This is one young lady who could be going places. A really great song with an amazing singer.
Ask Me To Stay

Jade Helliwell has teamed up with producer Justin Johnson (Jroom3.co.uk) to deliver her new song ‘Ask Me To Stay’ taken from her new EP ‘Forget The Night’.
Recorded at 80 Hertz studio in Manchester and Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.
Recorded with some incredibly talented musicians from across the UK this is a studio video, giving an insight into the creation of the EP.

 

Here’s a truly poignant little song wherein Jade makes you feel every part of her broken heart. Truly beautiful and heartfelt.
For Someone Else

This is a music video shot by film maker Danny Lacey for Jade’s song ‘For someone else’ from her EP ‘Urban life, Country heart’

 

For something completely different here is Jade covering “I wish I was a punkrocker” by Sandi Thom live at Abbey Road. Just Jade and her guitar, such a spirited performance. This is from a few years back, but still the talent shines through.
I wish I was a punkrocker

Don’t worry Jade, you’re so much better than a punk rocker.

 

Gonna close with another original song, this is a Fiasco Presents production. Jade was @ Loom Studios, Leeds for this powerful performance. Some singer, some song, wow.
I Don’t Wanna Lose You

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

OK, so I lied, again. Here’s one more from the Fiasco Presents session. This one’s a cover of a Sam Smith song, and I have to be honest I had my doubts on viewing this since I’m not a Sam Smith fan. But this is a great song and I think Jade does a better version of it. Her vibrato and the crack in her voice make this something else. Altogether totally worth the listen. I’m lovin’ her voice.
Stay With Me

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

Jenni Dale Lord

Today we feature a beautiful and very talented singer / songwriter from Lubbock, Texas.
She is a purveyor of Americana, Alt-Country with a dash of rock n roll and a splash of soul. Anyone who includes in her influences Johnny Cash and Nina Simone has to have soul and pizzazz. And Jenni Dale Lord certainly has all that and then some.

Jenni Dale Lord rocked the “live music capital of the world,” Austin, Texas, for over a decade, but has since returned to her roots in Lubbock to claim her place in the West Texas music scene. After years of writing music on her own, Jenni Dale rounded up a group of amazing musicians to take her songs and set them on fire. They have exploded in the area and have taken their high energy and heart-string pulling show on the road.

The Jenni Dale Lord Band are:-
Jenni Dale Lord – vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Lott – electric/resonator lead guitars, vocals
Andrew Mason – bass guitar, vocals
Randy Moreno – drums

So now we know a little about her let’s get to the music. Let’s take a little trek around her catalog, the hardest part is deciding what to leave out.

This is Jenni’s latest video, hot off the presses so to speak. A beautiful soulful country ballad about a country girl going home. Some wonderful guitar work and the awesome voice of Jenni Dale Lord make this a song/video to take note off. So gentle yet so meaningful.
Someone to Believe

Published on 22 Jan 2017
Official music video of Jenni Dale Lord Band’s hit song, “Someone to Believe.”

Jenni Dale Lord performs on Good Day Lubbock, the birthplace of Buddy Holly.
One of the few musical places in the states I have never been to, oh well one day.
Anyway this is a nice gentle tune about an idea that really appeals to me.
Totally cool, love it.
Free Whiskey

Good Day Lubbock

Another beautiful tune from Jenni, and her friend. Such purity of tone both vocally and the guitars. Listening to this I’m aching to be back there again, wherever it is. I’m really digging her complete album.
Back There Again

Originally a sneak peek from the #FreeWhiskey album released in 2016.

This song truly give one a feeling of small town living, maybe it’s the video, but the song says it all. I can relate having lived in and around small towns in Indiana back in the 80’s.
In This Town

Second single from “Never Let Go.”

We’re gonna end on a terrific live performance from a few years back. Another great song and some great guitar. As I’ve wandered through these videos I’m more than impressed by her guitar playing, if she didn’t have such an awesome voice she could still make it on her guitar playing alone. Enjoy.
A New Me

w/ Sean Pace @Outlander Fall Festival- Austin, TX

Carissa Leigh

In the mood for some good country music I found Carissa Leigh, and she is the purveyor of very good country music. This girl is fine.

Carissa Leigh is a beautiful singer / songwriter who was born in Calgary, Alberta but was destined to move to Nashville to follow her dream.

From her website:
Carissa Leigh grew up listening to Dolly Parton in one ear and The Allman Brothers Band in the other. Her grandfather was a die-hard Country fan, while her father’s loyalties lie with rock & roll. Both influenced Carissa growing up, but as the years went by it was the sounds of Shania Twain and Keith Urban that she found making their way into her own music.

OK so we have the background, let’s get music to the foreground.

This was the first song I found from Carissa and sounds like a bad bad girl, great song and amazing voice. This is some real down home kickass country music, with attitude.
Bad Boy

© 2013 Little Bunny Music Group

It’s all in the eyes, and this girl has got teasing on her mind. And what a voice.
She sings with the sass that her eyes send out as signals.
Man Enough

Live recording at Country 97.1 HANK FM, Indianapolis, IN.

Despite the title, this is the same girl, and she’s still singing up a storm. And she writes some damned good songs. Totally cool.
Not the Same Girl

Live recording at Country 97.1 HANK FM, Indianapolis, IN.

This is much lighter fare, sweet young ladies all innocent and just a swinging on the swing that’s hanging from the tree. Young innocent love. All demure looks and sweet smiles, but it works. A really cool sound, and Carissa’s voice as wonderful as ever.
Can’t Help But Wonder

Directed by Spence Nicholson

This is a track from her latest album, “Better Than I’ve Been” and it is one heck of an album. Audio only, but that’s the way the album comes anyway.
When I Know Better

One Stop Country proclaims: “This is the type of album that pulls you in, and then keeps you listening to see what will come next. This combines with her vocals and top-notch songwriting to make it one of the strongest albums we’ve heard in 2016 and puts Carissa Leigh on the top of our list as next female to watch out for in country music.”

We’re gonna finish up here with one of the #CoversGoneCountry series. Carissa Leigh takes on ZZ Top, and she does one fine job. Very cool with that banjo instead of the guitars, very laid back.
Gimme All Your Lovin’

Check out #CoversGoneCountry here.