"From here it's all about Kiss Me Once, it's all about getting on the road and connecting with friends around the world. The ultimate part of what I do is about the live performance."
You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.
Memphis-raised Askew is a charming, southern belle with a very distinctive vocal and musical style that can be heard on her recently released Empty Rooms EP.
Talent-wise, I think this is one of the strongest stable of contestants "The Voice" or any American singing show has ever produced. They are stylistically diverse, devoutly professional (check out my post on "The Voice" singers before they were famous) and altogether lovable. I'd like to see every one of these eight singers make an album. They just seem genuine in a way I didn't always feel with contestants from previous seasons.
Imagine an entire shelf of wooden Nutcracker dolls. After everyone goes to sleep, the little automaton dolls awake and sing a robotic song about having feelings, hopping up and down on their little wooden legs. That's the best description I can think of for the cast singalong kicking off Monday night's episode of "The Voice. It was an amplified disaster.
Does a show featuring a live double elimination compelling millions of Americans to tune in a second night out of the week just to see the results actually need more drama? Let me know whether Instant Save was an instant smash hit or just a way to make sure you didn't change the channel during the last 12 seconds of "The Voice."
Last week's eliminations felt like a very public breakup with eight of the singers we've all come to love. Monday night's episode of "The Voice" was like a perfect date with some pitch-perfect songs to swoon over.
This fall, Music Unites and I continue our resolve to keep music present in all of our minds and lives, and we have started a campaign to ask those around us to complete this phrase, "Music is my..." We really want people to think about it! What does music mean to you?
Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 5, Episode 15 of NBC's "The Voice" titled "Top 12 Are Revealed" "The Voice" has aired on prime-ti...
They've been tested through fire, and on Monday night's episode of "The Voice," most of the contestants delivered the goods live. For many singers, this was their Olympus -- and America was treated to the best display of controlled talent and vocal precision that we've seen this year.
For the second Knockout rounds, these contestants have just one song standing between them and the live shows. Everybody wants it. Bad.
Knockouts! Where the Battle rounds are all about showing up a duet partner; in the Knockouts, a singer can only sink themselves.
Aren't you tired of the Battle Rounds? I was so sick of them that I fell asleep tonight before they started. Don't forget some of the songs we've had to hear battled (Cee-Lo, you're still on probation for making us sit through"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"). There's only so many spinning cameras, diva-on-diva vocal runs and Cher I can realistically take.
When the NBC show The Voice auditioned singers for their 2nd season, I don't think they expected to discover the next living R&B legend.
JG: "I've been doing the Nashville thing, going down and doing a lot of co-writes, so I had a ton of songs written and I started recording them here in Pittsburgh. My wife Lee Ann said that I had not struck upon anything that was revealing about myself."
Hill is currently touring with Josh Groban, but she's taking a break to play a solo show in Denver. Hill responded by email to some questions I submitted about her music, her background and balancing black and Japanese culture.