Category Archives: Pop

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

 

Kylie Odetta

Today we feature a supremely talented singer / songwriter / musician, meet Kylie Odetta who hails from Greenville, South Carolina.

19-year-old Kylie Odetta has always been able to access a musical maturity that transcends her age. By 6 she was playing piano fluidly, by 12 she was recording her own material in her own iconic style and, as of 2017, has clocked in hundreds of shows that include opening slots for Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait and Mat Kearny.

Kylie Odetta will release her new EP “Undertow” on May 19, 2017.

In the meantime, in between time, let’s have a wander through some of her wonderful catalog.

First up, I understand this is a cover of a song by GAWVI, I hate to admit it but I have never heard of him before. I haven’t heard his version so I cannot judge or compare. But this is one beautiful song and beautifully sung by Kylie Odetta. Very simple vocal and keyboard accompaniment provide a perfect slice of entertainment.
Closer

Filmed at The Upper Room, Greenville SC
Arranged & Performed by: Kylie Odetta
Filmed by: Bryon Bench

OK, let’s get to the self penned songs, this is one very talented songwriter. And in this song Kylie proves she has the chops to perform jazz. This song has such a jazzy feel to it, and Kylie has associated herself with a very tight combo. Oh so reminiscent of the jazz singers of the 50’s and 60’s. Loving this tune. Kylie Odetta & The Trio performing Odetta’s original song “Let Me Love You”, off of the #HighDreamer EP, LIVE at Studio 101.
Let Me Love You

Song Written & Performed (keys & vocals) by Kylie Odetta.
Guitar by Andrew Brower.
Drums by D Miller.
Produced by Brad Phillips, Studio 101.
Filmed by Bryon Bench.
Mixed by Matt LaPlant.

This is a beautiful song performed with a lot of feeling, I’ll let Kylie explain the meaning behind it.
This song was inspired by and in memory of the four USC Upstate students who lost their lives in a car crash in October of 2015. It is a tribute to anyone who has ever lost someone they love. You can find the four students pictures at the end of the video. Our prayers are with all of the families and friends, and all of you listening to the song and remembering someone special to you in your heart. We will never erase the love of those we have lost! God bless. -Kylie O
Can’t Erase It

Song Written by: Kylie Odetta
Song Produced by: Matt LaPlant
Video Produced by: Bryon Bench
Video location: Furman University Daniel Recital Hall, Greenville SC

This is a track from a couple of years back, a terrific song written and performed by Kylie. The more I hear her voice the more I feel I am listening to a future star. There is a depth to this song which is awesome for someone so young.
Promised Myself

Song produced, engineered and mixed by Matt LaPlant
Kylie Odetta © 2014

Have to love a young lady who loves cats, and they obviously love her.

I’ll leave you with some more sounds from Kylie, give a listen to her EP.
The EP is mellow and broken down – it focuses on the piano and Kylie’s raspy vocals as well as selected elements of magic to create a dreamy atmosphere.
High Dreamer

Billie Eilish

Are you ready to be blown away? Today we have a 15-year-old phenom, who hails from LA.
Meet Billie Eilish a very talented, even at her young age, singer songwriter. She was in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since she was 8. It was here with the choral stuff that helped her learn the proper way to sing. And once you hear her you can understand what a great grounding that was. Billie Eilish grew up in a household of actors and musicians, and was home-schooled along with her brother Finneas O’Connell (the Slightlys).

Even at her young age she has been featured on Billboard. I for one am sure she is destined to be a star, talent this good cannot be overlooked.

So, are we ready for some music. Let’s go.

Here’s her awesome new track, the video dropped just a few days ago. Enjoy.
Guitar intro has the feel of La Vie en Rose the Grace Jones version, then all comparisons end. This is all Billie Eilish, she is totally unique. And a great video, towing her little red cart in a yellow slicker outfit. Just too cool. And then the cops come.
Bellyache

Music video by Billie Eilish performing Bellyache.
(C) 2017 Darkroom/Interscope Records

What a beautiful sound, this Billie Eilish is some talent. Ethereal sound to take you away from the daily humdrum of life. Just kick back, relax and enjoy the vibe.
Ocean Eyes

Music video by Billie Eilish performing Ocean Eyes.
(C) 2016 Darkroom/Interscope Records

First of all let’s give a big thank you to Sofar for yet another sterling video, as always a perfect showcase of the artist. And what an artist is Billie Eilish, another beautiful song, beautifully sung. This young lady is a real find. A talent that is surely destined to go far.
Six Feet Under

Billie Eilish performing “Six Feet Under” at Sofar Los Angeles on August 8th, 2016
Filmed by: Teresa Chu, James Merryman, Nathan MacNabb & James Feimster
Edited by: Teresa Chu
Audio by: Mateo Barragan

📸 CC Weske

Wow, this one just dropped an hour ago. Purely audio but what audio it is. One thing for sure, despite it’s title I’m not bored at all with young Billie’s output. This is another beautifully crafted song and brilliantly sung by Ms Eilish. Enjoy, I feel this is going to be on the playlist for a while.
Bored

Music video by Billie Eilish performing Bored. (C) 2017 Interscope Records
3,869 views at this time, check back tomorrow.

📸 Jamie Luca

Gonna finish with a recent live appearance, and a performance of the song we started with. This is her new single, I think I forgot to mention that earlier. Billie Eilish delivered a memorable set at CRSSD Fest on March 4, 2017. The festival was in San Diego. Enjoy the performance.

Bellyache

CRSSD Fest