James Blunt journeys back to the start on ‘Moon Landing’

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Music Review >> Gavin DeGraw – ‘Sweeter’

Proving to be at the top of his game, Gavin DeGraw returns this week with his fourth studio album, Sweeter.

On this new album, DeGraw worked with esteemed producers Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles), Ron Aniello (Matt Nathanson), and Butch Walker (Weezer). The singer-songwriter sought to expand and experiment with his sound this time around. He decided to change it up by working with co-writers for the first time.

“I was happy with the way the writing was going. I just felt like I needed someone to rattle my cage and try different things,” DeGraw told me last week during our interview.

He reached out to fellow songwriters that he had wanted to work with, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) and Andrew Frampton (The Script). DeGraw’s latest hit, “Not Over You,” is the result of his collaboration with Tedder.

“I really felt strongly that it was a nice blend of what both of us kind of do musically,” DeGraw said of his lead single from Sweeter.

Tedder also contributed to the title track, “Sweeter,” which has a pop-funk kind of vibe, which I thought was a great way to kick off the album. The guitar in the beginning gets in your head to the point that you cannot help, but groove along to it throughout the song. There’s a confident, yet sexy swagger to the track, as DeGraw sings about wanting to get with another guy’s girl.

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Gavin DeGraw Discusses His New Album, ‘Sweeter’

Gavin DeGraw on his new album: “I really feel that it’s the best piece of art  that I’ve ever been affiliated with.”
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Javier Colon is ‘The Voice’

After two months filled with blind auditions, battles, and surprising eliminations, Javier Colon from Team Adam became the first ever winner of The Voice. Take a look at his winning moment below!

I am truly happy for Javier. Here’s a dude that is all about being there and supporting his family, taking one last shot at making his dream come true and succeeding. That’s pretty awesome.

Last night’s finale was a little underwhelming. I missed the first 10 minutes or so, and the first performance I saw was Vicci Martinez’s duet with Train’s lead singer, Pat Monahan on “Drops of Jupiter.” I didn’t think the duet was half bad. I really like Train’s pre-“Hey, Soul Sister” music, so I enjoyed watching them perform the song.

During Javier’s duet of “Landslide” with Stevie Nicks, you could definitely tell that he was nervous/excited to be singing with her. And Stevie seemed to guide him through their entire performance, which was probably a good thing, because at times Javier looks a bit overwhelmed at the situation, which was extremely endearing. I loved Adam Levine’s response afterwards. He seemed a bit overcome by emotion, which is something we fans don’t see everyday. It was a great moment. 

I was a little bit disappointed that Beverly McClellan was singing with Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, because she is a legitimate rocker, and I thought they could have hooked her up with an artist that is more her style. Plus, they weren’t even singing like a big OneRepublic song that should could belt out, they were singing their current single, “Good Life,” which is very much a pop song. To go from her damn near perfect duet with Christina Aguilera the night before to this was just lame.

Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert, wife of coach Blake Shelton, sang “The House That Built Me.” The way Dia chose to utilize her voice was strange for me in the beginning. But I thought the performance overall was pretty good. Blake was nearly speechless at the end of it. Very nice moment.

It came down to less than a two percent difference in voting between Dia Frampton and Javier Colon. In the end, Javier brought the win home for Team Adam.

As someone that has been supporting Team Adam since the start of the season, this was a pretty big deal. I wish Javier nothing, but amazing, amazing success. I cannot wait to buy his post-show album.

In the meantime, we can all buy his music from the show on iTunes!

What did y’all think about The Voice results? Are you excited to hear that all four judges are returning next season, and are you attending the tour?

Gavin DeGraw Live in San Francisco – Alice 97.3 Acoustic Lounge

I had the opportunity to see Gavin DeGraw perform a private acoustic show early yesterday evening at Harlot in San Francisco. He performed a short set including, “Follow Through,” a medley of The Commodores’ “Easy” and Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” “Chariot,” his new single, “Not Over You,” and “I Don’t Want To Be.”

Before he performed, he did a quick Q&A with one of the Alice DJs.  Check it out below!

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Ear Candy: Gavin DeGraw – “Not Over You”

Happy New Music Tuesday!

I was so stoked when I logged on this morning to see that AOL  Music debuted the brand new single from Gavin DeGraw called, “Not Over You.” The song is the lead off single of DeGraw’s upcoming album, Sweeter, due out September 20 on RCA Records.

DeGraw told AOL Music, “‘Not Over You’ is about trying to get past someone emotionally. You create this scenario — you see them in your dreams and if you bumped into them, you would let them know that you’re doing fine and you’re past the breakup — but you’d be lying.”

Co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, the song does have that slight “Tedder Was Here” feeling to it, especially when it hits the chorus. However, DeGraw’s soulful and impassioned vocals combined with his  honest songwriting makes for one of his best songs to date.

Take a listen to “Not Over You” below!

What do y’all think?

Music Review >> Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Remember Me’

Jennifer Hudson released her highly anticipated sophomore album, I Remember Me, on Arista Records on March 22. The record is the follow-up to Hudson’s 2008 self-titled debut, which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at number two. Hudson won a Grammy Award for her debut effort in 2009 for Best R&B Album.

“I’m excited about this album because it’s almost like a renewal for me, reflected through the chapters of my life,” Hudson revealed in a press release. “I’ve called it I Remember Me because of the journey I’ve been on. I’ve learned that life constantly surprises you, no matter your plans. My fans have been so loyal, I feel like they have been on this
journey with me.”

Hudson collaborated with Ryan Tedder, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, and Ne-Yo on her sophomore effort.

The lead off single, “Where You At” a slower, ballad-like song was written and produced by R. Kelly. Hudson performed the single during a recent results show at her old stomping grounds, American Idol.

That was the first time I had ever heard the single, and to be honest, I found it to be quite boring. Even after listening to the recording, the song wasn’t really holding my attention. I will never understand why performers choose ballads to lead off an album. Nothing about that song captured my attention or made me feel like I had to hear the rest of her album.

That said, there are some tracks that did stand out to me on I Remember Me, including “No One Gonna Love You,” “Angel,” and title track, “I Remember Me.”

The album opens with “No One Gonna Love You,” which was produced by Rich Harris. The song has a slight storyteller vibe to it, where Hudson is telling the person she’s singing to that she’s gone through things in her past, but that they won’t hold her back from loving that someone the best she knows how.

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