News – The Mobo Awards

It was a very British affair at this year’s MOBO Awards, held at the Leeds Arena on November 4. The awards ceremony, which celebrates Music of Black Origin (MOBO), as the name suggests, took a surprising turn with hip hop and grime taking centre stage. UK artists and more specifically London-based singers and rappers took […]

Vocal tutor app

IMPACK Productions – US$4.99 Download from iTunes Nerissa’s verdict: 3 ½ Stars I get to review an app this edition. AN APP! You may not quite understand my excitement here, so let me explain: I am a VERY new smartphone user, as in the last month or so. The world of apps and the ability […]

Intune Review

Aiden Rush Reviews the InTune App by Wittenberg University.  99c in iTunes Store Editors Verdict: Four Stars Musicians of all kinds rely on their ears to make sure they’re in tune with the other sounds around them. Horn players, string players and especially singers simply can’t reach their fullest potential if their ears haven’t been […]

20 feet from Stardom

20 Feet From Stardom Director/Writer: Morgan Neville Talisha’s verdict: 4 1/2 Stars The backing vocalist documentary 20 Feet From Stardom had a hard task on its hands. The film is much needed as more singers are choosing to enter the industry now than ever before, but director Morgan Neville and Producer Gil Friesen had to entice […]

Bruno Mars Performance

“Wow, Amazing.” I believe those were the very words that escaped my lips as I watched Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performance. I have super high standards for what I deem a great live performance and it’s hard to isolate and evaluate any one factor in a vacuum. Pitch is affected by breathing, and […]

Roar by Katy Perry

Anyone who has attempted to cover a Katy Perry song, whether singing in the shower or at an open mic, knows how much vocal stamina is required. Roar (Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Henry Walter), the single from Perry’s album Prism, is no exception. In the verses, Perry uses a comfortable chest […]

Strong by London Grammar

I was recently introduced to London Grammar and instantly fell in love with the British trip-hop trio of Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major. The group’s sound is best described as “ambient, ethereal and classical.”  Their debut album, If You Wait, was released September 9, 2013 going platinum in the UK.  Since I’m […]