Five Musicians You Should Listen To5/28/2015 12:45:00 pm
I love finding out about a band or musician before they hit it big - I supported One Direction from day one of X Factor, and 5 Seconds of Summer while they were still uploading onto youtube, all look where they are now! There's something about following a musician / band from when they are small and seeing them gain bigger and bigger audiences, and in a weird way, I become proud of these acts who are going on to bigger and better things. So, I thought I'd share with you some of the people I've been loving and supporting, starting with these five favourites!
I discovered John when he auditioned for the X Factor in 2010, and have been in love with his music ever since. His voice is so beautiful, with such a gentle tone to it. Listening to his music helps me relax, and his album The Pavement Is My Stage is an amazing debut album. It's incredible to see how he's grown from 'Canon Ball' three years ago, to writing his own music and creating some really meaningful songs. Have a listen and you'll instantly fall in love with his soothing lyrics and voice. Who would have thought a maths teacher could become such a great performer!
Last year when I went along to see Rebecca Ferguson for her Freedom tour, I fell in love with her support act Vanquish. My sisters and I got so into their performances, dancing away in our seats, so as soon as I got home I started checking out their youtube channel. These girls seem like such fun and total sweethearts that its impossible not to fall in love with their music. With covers such as 'Girls' by The 1975 (which has to be one of my all time fave covers) to their own music, these girls are the perfect pick me up band that everyone needs in their life. And their newest single is absolutely amazing!
Last year I was sitting in the student union for lunch listening to this amazing performer who turned out to be Ellie Rose. After doing a bit of youtube stalking, I found lots of covers and original songs which were totally up my street. Her songs are super catchy, and after a couple of listens you'll be singing along. I love her newest song 'Off The Record', which has a super cool vibe to it. I can't recommend checking her out enough, her twitter always brings a smile to my face - Pineapple Tuesday is totally something that you'll become strangely obsessed with too (at least I hope its not just me!).
You've got to admire these boys for their creative self promo, if nothing else. I actually met these chaps while queuing for a 5 Seconds of Summer gig in Glasgow, while they went up and down the rows of girls, chatting away and taking photos under the guise of being the support act. It's pretty impressive how many fans they must have got from working that crowd, and I am one of them. They've got some awesome songs up on soundcloud, and with their amazing songs have been touring as support acts, as well as doing their own headline tours. Their songs are really catchy and its hard to get the chorus out of your head once you've had a listen. I love how they're from a small Scottish town and are doing so well - representing for the Scots!
Remember District 3 from 2011 X Factor? I absolutely loved them, and was gutted about their break up. BUT Dan and Greg have gone ahead to form another band with JJ and Heather, creating Chasing Midnight. I've absolutely fallen in love with their music - there's not that many male - female bands around, which has really drawn me to Chasing Midnight. The mix of their vocals is perfect, and they've created some awesome covers, as well as some of their own original songs. Their cover of Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do literally gives me shivers (as well as making me develop a little crush on JJ and his high notes).
Have you listened to any of these artists before? If not check them all out - its so great to back musicians and see them doing well. Who do you like to listen to?
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