Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday Video: Lelia Broussard - Scared To Feel (2008), My Heart's A Cannonball, Live at WCL, 11/20/2012

Photo courtesy of Lelia Broussard

Lelia Broussard is a singer, songwriter, and musician who is so blessed with songwriting and performance skills that she is one of the best we've ever seen, and though it may be hard to believe by looking at her, we've been enjoying her music and following her career for a good seven years now, and she's been at it even longer than that. She has a gift for melody and her lyrics go straight to the heart. As on this great tune from her Waiting on the 9 EP. It's got a full band arrangement and production that is letter perfect. Here's "Scared to Feel".

Video credits:
Director: Noah Davis
Producer: Carli Posner well as the
Director of Photograpy: Nate Havens
Art Direction Nicolas Kelley

World Cafe Live, 1/25/07

We're still feeling the glow from seeing Lelia sing this week at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. It was a last minute gig on Tuesday night and she played some songs from her latest album, Masquerade (2010), as well as a bunch of new songs, some of which were pretty deep, dealing lyrically with some heavy subjects. Lelia is currently working on a new album. For a bonus video this week, we have "My Heart's A Cannonball", from Tuesday night's show. Brooklyn friend and frequent tour mate, singer-songwriter Bess Rogers came out to sing with Lelia.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Video: Chrissi Poland - Possible (2012), First Single from Forthcoming EP, Reckless Ones

When she's not zig-zaging around the globe, singing with the Scissor Sisters, this year Chrissi Poland has been writing, arranging, and recording songs for a new EP, Reckless Ones, financed via Pledgemusic. The first single, "Possible" was released last week to pledgers and, if it sounds a little different from her last album, well, you don't spend the last two years singing the Scissors' ultra-infectious party music every night, without a little of that magic seeping into your blood. Here's the video.

About her new EP, Chrissi writes:
As we all know, with everything in life there is a balance that needs to be found in order to be truly present and give the best parts of ourselves to the world and to one another. Creating this music has helped me to move closer in finding balance and offering up the truest corners of my heart.
Photos and production stills from the video shoot are courtesy of Chrissi Poland.

The video was directed by Dylan Steinberg and choreographed by Brad Landers for Dream Machine Creative Choreograpy. Brad choreographed the Scissor Sisters' video for "Let's Have a Kiki". Here are the video and recording credits:
Filmed at Windmill Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Producer/Creative Consultant: Christina Morelli, The CEO Artist
Featuring: Brad Landers and Felix Hess
Daniel Wills - Assistant Camera
Paul Dickover - Gaffer
Alex Nelson- Grip
Stylist: Mia Tucker
Hair: Kim Gueldner
Make Up: Samantha Lau
"Possible" Track Production: Matt Pendergast
Recorded at Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA
Mixed/Mastered: David Little, David Little Productions, Brooklyn, NY

For a bonus video this week we dip into the archive to celebrate the re-election of President Obama with this exclusive video (not available on Youtube) from election night 2008, Chrissi live at the Living Room in NYC. Chrissi's band for this show was Steve Elliot on guitar, Richard Hammond on bass, Henry Hay on keyboards, and Tony Mason on drums. The air was electric with anticipation, hope, and excitement for Obama's impending win. Chrissi was reporting election returns between songs. She ended the set with "Yes We Can" covering Allen Toussaint as done by the Pointer Sisters, a tune she dedicated to Obama.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Return of Saturday Video Fun: Rae Morris - Grow (2012), Grow EP Due 11/18

Photos courtesy of Rae Morris

Exquisite Songcraft Beyond Her Years: Rae Morris is a massively talented new singer-songwriter from Blackpool, England. She's got a voice as big as her amazing red hair. She is all of nineteen and just released her first single, Don't Go,last March. On November 18th, "Grow" will become her second single and lead a three track EP. We've seen one too many promising singer-songwriters from the U.K. get signed and in the effort to make them the next big thing, heavy-handed label production loses sight of what made the artist special in the first place. Fortunately this has not yet happened to Rae Morris. Her exquisite songwriting is getting artful production. Here's the video for "Grow".

Rae Morris - Grow (EP)

Rae Morris - Don't Go

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