Concert Review >> Lee DeWyze at Mix 106.5’s Very Merry Mixxer

Last week, Lee DeWyze took part in Mix 106.5’s Very Merry Mixxer alongside Angel Taylor and the popular band, Plain White T’s.

He performed second that night, and kicked off his eight-song acoustic set with “Earth Stood Still.” He followed up with a slightly altered version of “Dear Isabelle.” DeWyze changed up the melody just slightly, making the song sound more upbeat.

DeWyze has found balance in his vocals between a soft and subtle vocal and his larger notes. I definitely prefer the stripped down versions of the songs versus the polished studio tracks, because they showcase his true rough around the edges musical style and folk-pop vocals.

One of the highlights from DeWyze’s set was his take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” His performance was stunning.

I’ve always really liked DeWyze’s voice on this song, and during this particular moment at the show, I was just in awe. It was a fantastic performance.

The other big highlight of the night was “Brooklyn Bridge,” which DeWyze closed his set with. This song should always be performed acoustically; The sentiment behind the lyrics comes across much more powerful.

DeWyze’s stage presence has definitely come a long way from his American Idol days. He bantered a bit with the crowd about how he had been playing his guitar a little too hard, and how much he’s enjoying playing his songs off of Live It Up.

The one thing that I would have changed about DeWyze’s set would be the order of his set list. He played his current single “Sweet Serendipity” in the middle of his set instead of singing it last, which I thought was odd. I would have rearranged his entire set to make it flow a little bit better.

I found DeWyze to be pretty entertaining. His vocals were really on point, and the crowd seemed to love him.

For more information on Lee DeWyze, check out his official website.

Complete set list:

“Earth Stood Still”
“Dear Isabelle”
“Beautiful Like You”
“Sweet Serendipity”
“Hallelujah”
“Live It Up”
“A Song About Love”
“Brooklyn Bridge”

Originally posted on BlogCritics.

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Kris Allen Performs at Star 101.3’s Jingle Ball

I attended Star 101.3’s Jingle Ball this past Friday night at the Masonic Center in San Francisco.

Kris Allen (along with his bandmates Cale Mills and Chris Torres) performed an acoustic set for the crowd. In my honest and completely biased 0pinion, Kris has never sounded better.

His set that night included a couple holiday tunes that I brought back to share with the class!

Enjoy!

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

“The Christmas Song/We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

 

Music Review >> Josh Kelley — ‘Georgia Clay’ EP

Josh Kelley’s upcoming full length album Georgia Clay is due out in spring of 2011, but in the meantime he’s released a three-song EP to give his fans a taste of what’s to come.

Kelley has spent the last two years working on his latest album and has been making people take notice of his talent while on tour with Miranda Lambert.

“I am super excited about these songs,” Kelley said in a press release. “These are the perfect three songs for a three-song EP to give people a little taste of what’s to come.”

The EP kicks off with Kelley’s current single, “Georgia Clay” which he wrote with his brother Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum.

The song came about after reminiscing about an old truck their father used to let them drive in highschool.

“I said, ‘Man, if there’s still some Georgia clay underneath it, if that Georgia clay could speak what would it say?’ It would have seen our childhood and seen Charles and I experiencing our first everythings,” Kelley said.

“Georgia Clay” definitely has that storyteller feel about it. Kelley has a strong vocal, and the tone of his voice makes you believe the sentiment behind the song.

The Kelley brothers collaborated again on the track, “Ain’t Letting Go” along with Patrick Davis. It’s an uptempo song that Kelley described as a guy having a phone conversation with his girlfriend’s answering machine.

“A Real Good Try,” which was written by Kelley is by far my favorite track on the EP. The overall feel and tone of the music are fantastic. The song came across as rather inspiring.

Upon first listen of these three songs, I couldn’t believe how much of Kelley’s sound has changed. And as much as I like these new tracks, I can’t help but wonder what happened to the guy from the 2005 Almost Honest album. I really feel like these songs are toned down in comparison to his previous albums.

Josh Kelley’s Georgia Clay EP is out now.

For more information on Josh Kelley, check out his official website.

Originally posted on BlogCritics.

Lee DeWyze Performs “Earth Stood Still” at 106.5’s Merry Mixxer

Tonight I attended Mix 106.5’s Merry Mixxer in Campbell, CA where Lee DeWyze was performing, along with Angel Taylor and Plain White T’s.

I will be writing a review of Lee’s set, but in the mean time, here is his performance of “Earth Stood Still” from earlier tonight!

Enjoy!

Kris Allen Fans Raise Money For Music Empowers

It takes extraordinary fans to do extraordinary things. Most fans attend live shows to see their favorite performer, maybe buy a t-shirt, and sometimes will wait after the show for an autograph. Fans of American Idol-winner Kris Allen have taken their support of the singer to a new level.

Alright With Music was formed by fans of Kris Allen that hope to raise $25,000 for the Music Empowers Foundation by December 31. Kris Allen

“Kris has taught us about the important work done by the Music Empowers Foundation, which provides funding to non-profit organizations that offer innovative music programs in under-served areas,” the group stated in a press release earlier this week.

Music Empowers founder Andy Davis said that the foundation is “incredibly honored” by the current fundraiser.

“Kris has become an amazing advocate for music education,” Davis said in a press release. “This year, his support of organizations like Music Empowers has helped to bring music education programs to about 100,000 kids.”

So far Alright With Music has already managed to raise over $9000 for Music Empowers.

Alright With Music originated earlier this year as Team Alright With Moo, a group of fans that raised over $25,000 this past June in honor of Allen’s 25th birthday for Heifer International.

To learn more about Alright With Music and how you can donate, please visit their website.

For more information on Kris Allen, check out his official website.

Originally posted on BlogCritics.