Hope you all got to watch the Grammy Awards last night. That was an impressive show, especially the performance by Kesha, Cindy Lauper, et al. of her song “Praying.” It really brought tears to my eyes with its sheer beauty and power. Let’s all try to honor the message that came through loud and clear – no more harassment and discrimination – just work together in unity. Here’s our column today.
INDIE ARTISTS WIN GRAMMY AWARDS
While most of these indie artists didn’t get credit, several of them were instrumental in helping someone else get a Grammy win. Kyler England co-wrote five of the songs on Lisa Loeb’s winning Best Children’s Album, while Ross Hogarth was part of the production team that worked on Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’s winning Best Contemporary Blues album. Great work indies!
In addition, LA Music Critic Award nominee The Jerry Douglas Band lost their Grammy bid for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album to Jeff Lorber, while fellow LA Music Critic Award nominee John McLaughlin won his Grammy bid for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Miles Beyond” from the album Live at Ronnie Scott’s, which we previously reviewed in December.
The winners for the LA Music Critic Awards will be announced at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018.
LYNN CAREY SAYLOR WINS SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Congratulations to indie songwriter Lynn Carey Saylor, who recently won the Song Door International Songwriting Competition in the Hard Rock/Alt Rock category for her song, “Tidal Wave.” Saylor has been a hit songwriter for many years,
It’s been a busy week for indie artists, including several past and present nominees for the LA Music Critic Awards. Here are a few of the latest singles to be released.
The first one is from former nominee Crimson Calamity, which released their latest single, “Fool’s Gold.” We love their sound and think you will too.
Next up is past LA Music Critic Award and Grammy nominee and Blue Élan Records artist Janiva Magness with her new single, “Down Below.” We expect this one will qualify her for additional nominations.
Next is the latest from Austin band Signy, featuring Delaney Gibson, with their single, “Human.” We love how different this is from her solo material, and think you will too.
Multiple LA Music Critic Award winner and nominee Katie Costello has lent her voice to the new single “Bon Air” by Hardsoul. This one is an amazing dance track that will have you on the floor in no time.
Last but not least this week is the latest single from another multiple winner of the LA Music Critic Awards, Keaton Simons. His new EP 1-2-3 Go will be released on March 9, and he is whetting our appetite with “Crane City.”
Next up is the latest from the songwriting guru, Kari Kimmel of her song, “Voices.” Check out the amazing cinematography of this one.
Our third video this week is from former San Diego Music Award winner Gayle Skidmore for her song “Pale Ghosts.” Once again, the cinematography is first-rate.
Last but not least is the new video from Lucy Levinsohn, former lead singer for Lily’s Siren and Waiting 4 Wyatt. She has returned to a solo career and brings us “Dear God.”
Thanks for joining us today. We’ll be back tomorrow with five more Get it or Forget it reviews.