Category Archives: Indie

Marina V

It’s always a good day when Marina V drops a new track, so we have one that dropped a few days ago to share with you today. She is working on a new album, “Born to the Stars”.

In case you are not acquainted with Marina V, this is what I and a few others wrote about her a few a few years back:

Russian-born singer/songwriter Marina V is a young and charismatic pop artist with an incredible life story and a “hauntingly beautiful” sound (L.A. Times). Marina’s music is “melodic and passionate” (The Washington Post), which, combined with her “voice of an angel” (The Prague Post) and her rich cultural background, makes this artist truly special. “If the Beatles and Tori Amos had a child raised in Russia by Tchaikovsky, that would be me,” muses the piano-playing chanteuse, describing her musical influences. Now a true California girl, the red-headed songstress grew up in Moscow, blessed with a beautiful voice & long last name (Verenikina.)

This is the new song I mentioned and it’s a real beauty, as is the singer.
I keep playing this one, I really dig the song. Marina was in top form writing this gem. Personally I can’t wait for the album to drop if this is a hint of the quality.
Born to the Stars

Born to the Stars: written by Marina Verenikina & Nick Baker.
Produced by Steve Horner. Guest vocals by Árstíðir.
VIDEO directed & edited by Katya Tsyganova.
Filmed at Studio 519, Redondo Beach, CA.

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For something different, here’s Marina’s Russian version of a Neil Diamond classic. It sounds just as good in Russian. This is a live performance from Los Angeles with Nick Baker on guitar. Brilliant.
Solitary Man

Many thanks to ZR Live! & Delta H Design for this video!

 

Gonna finish up with one of my earlier favorites from the Marina V catalog. This was a video she filmed in Moscow a few years back, A beautiful song with the totally sexy Marina in fine voice. Enjoy.
Run

Run: written by Marina V & Nick Baker, produced by Ryan Franks, mixed by Joshua Minyard. Video directed by Katya Tsyganova, shot on location in Moscow, Russia.

? Katya Tsyganova Photography

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

 

Kerrie Sweeney

Some great sounds from down under. Should I say some great blues sounds. If you’ve been here before you know I am very partial to female blues singers, and this young lady can surely sing the blues.

Kerrie Sweeney hails from Wollongong, a place that ranks second to my favorite Australian place-name, Wangaratta. They both roll of the tongue so beautifully.

Kerrie Sweeney has recently returned to the music scene after a long absence. Kerrie has won a swag of awards during her musical career as a blues and soul singer /songwriter /entertainer including her first award Best New Female Artist at the Australian Blues Music Awards in 1998.

Kerrie is currently working with members of the fabulous ‘FINN Band’ a well-respected group of musicians that have been working in and around Sydney for over 20 years. And is currently recording her next CD with the guys due for release in September 2017.

While we are waiting for that CD let’s take a stroll through her catalog of awesome live blues.

This is a hot of the presses video, just dropped on YouTube.
Here’s Kerrie in fine voice as part of the Women of Blues and Soul Showcase @ Corrimal RSL.
And boy does Kerrie have blues and soul sewed up.
Sooner or Later

Supporting Women in Blues – NSW

 

Kerrie and the WBC House Band giving a fine rendition of the Stevie Ray classic. Jason providing sterling lead guitar and Kerrie gives us the voice.
The Sky Is Cryin’

Kerrie Sweeney & The WBC House Band
Kerrie Sweeney ~ vocals, Jason Brett ~ guitar, Marty ‘Squid Eye’ Maloney ~ drums
Ron Ind ~ harmonica, Lawrence Davis ~ bass, Guy Munro ~ Guitar

 

Keep the blues live, yeah man it’s the only way.
Here’s Kerrie, but this time with the Old Mate Blues Band, still at the Wollongong Blues Club, still down under. Sharing the vocals with Toni Cini. Sounds like a good night was had by all.
Rock Me Baby

Guy Munro (guitar); Nathan Freeman (bass); Pete Burns (drums);Dave “Spotty” Schmidt (harp/vocals/guitar);Jason Brett (guitar);Kerrie Sweeney (vocals);Ron Ind (harp);Toni Cini (vocals);Mark Brett (guitar)

 

Finally today, as we already know, this young lady sure can sing the blues. Here she is again still @ the Wollongong Blues Club. Back again in fine voice with the WBC House Band.
Same Old Baby

Kerrie Sweeney & The WBC House Band
Kerrie Sweeney ~ vocals, Jason Brett ~ guitar, Marty ‘Squid Eye’ Maloney ~ drums
Ron Ind ~ harmonica, Lawrence Davis ~ bass, Guy Munro ~ guitar