Several sirens were recently nominated for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition, known as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world. Among the nominees were:
Ghost In My House – Lucy Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Set Me On Fire – Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
Running From Love – Toby Lightman (New York, NY, USA)
Silver – Lena Fayre, Brian Howes (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA)
Come Into My Head – Kimbra Johnson (Kimbra), Keith Ciancia, Sonny J Mason (Auckland, New Zealand)
Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were recently selected from 124 countries worldwide. Judges include heavyweights such as Tom Waits; NAS; Josh Turner; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure); Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Dido; and many more.
To view the full list of nominees, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners. Winners will be announced at the end of April 2014.
Singer/songwriter Zella Day performed a special invite-only, private show at The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, CA last night.
Fans, friends and family were in attendance to see her intimate set before she makes her way to Austin, TX to perform at SXSW as an official showcase artist. Highlights of the night included her stripped down, acoustic cover of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” and the catchy, anthem-like “Sweet Ophelia,” an upbeat song that gave her the opportunity to let loose and show off her vocal strength. Be on the lookout for Zella as she is positioned to take the music world by storm in 2014.
Milk & Honey
East of Eden
SXSW appearance: Friday, March 14 – Victorian Room at The Driskill, 8:25pm-9:00pm
Connect with Zella:
Official Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / SoundCloud
Sirens of Song Radio playlist adds this week:
Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys
“Girls Chase Boys” is the lead single from Ingrid Michaelson’s upcoming release, Lights Out. The album will be released on April 15.
Arthur Beatrice – Midland
Arthur Beatrice is led by vocalist Ella Girardot, who’s voice is a bit reminiscent of Everything but the Girl lead singer Tracey Thorn. Their debut album, Working Out, will be available on March 3.
Zella Day – Sweet Ophelia
Zella Day is a new artist who will be releasing her debut 7″ in spring 2014. She will also be an official showcase artist at this year’s SXSW.
Official Zella Day Website
Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter kick off 2014 with their new full-length, Voices, which hit stores today.
In today’s fickle music scene, where bands can be fanned and faved one day and forgotten the next, the duo has stayed ahead of curve since its 2010 release, Eyelid Movies, by releasing two EPs that featured new material, Nightlife (2011) and Phantogram (2013).
The 11-track release, Voices, does not disappoint. It’s a pleasant mixture of Sarah’s ethereal vocals, electronic grooves, and sick drum beats with occasional samples woven in. Stand out songs include the lead single “Fall in Love”, “Black Out Days,” “The Day You Died,” and “Bill Murray.” (Yes, there is a song called “Bill Murray.”)
Phantogram is currently in the middle of a North American tour. Visit phantogram.com or get social with them for all the latest news.
Phantogram Tour Dates
||Ace Of Spades
||Los Angeles, CA
||Maverick Music Festival
||San Antonio, TX
||Buku Music & Art Project
||New Orleans, LA
||CD102.5 Day – LC Pavillion
||20th Century Theatre
||St Louis, MO
The top 20 songs as voted by listeners as of February 8, 2014.
||Lay It Down
||In The Waiting Line
||Zero 7 f/Sophie Barker
||Shiny Toy Guns
||Major Tom – Single
||Say Lou Lou
||Now That I Know
||Nightlife – EP
||Everyone Loves You (Limited Edition)
||Falling from Grace
||The Gentle Waves
||Swansong for You
||Summertime [Disc 1]
||Six Seven Times
||Don’t Think of Me
||Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
||Never Forget You
||Wild Young Hearts
Shakira is making waves with her new video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” The Colombian singer’s video is being criticized by a politician in her homeland for promoting lesbianism and tobacco use. Is the video worth all the controversy? Click the pic to see some images from the video.
Beyonce is the Queen B in the commercial for her upcoming tour at The O2 in South East London. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour will have a six-night run at The O2 on 29 & 30 April and 1, 3, 4 and 5 May. Click the pic for the full-size version.
Check out the vidcap for Tennis Court and talk it up like yeah! Click the pic for the full-sized version.
Iggy Azalea from her Change Your Life video. Click to see the full-sized pic!
Rolling stones gather no moss but Lady Gaga does in her promo video for Artpop. Click the pic for the full-sized version.