Tiff Randol, “Hammer away”

November 14, 2008

uTunes: Dry September, “Back to Birmingham”

January 21, 2008

Review: One of my friends introduced me to this LA band called “Dry September.” You can visit their MySpace page here and download their music for free. You can also buy the entire CD here.

I love their music. Lead singer, David Tokaji, has a killer voice. The video below contains their original song, “Back to Birmingham.”  There’s also a “One” cover video, but the audio is not as clear.


If you like the music, visit Dry September’s MySpace page (download the music for free) and email the link to your friends.  Thanks! 

uTunes: Ingrid Michaelson “The Way I Am” on YouTube

November 2, 2007

I love this singer. Ingrid Michaelson, who is more of a presence on MySpace, is really fantastic — I can’t believe a major label hasn’t signed her yet! What are they waiting for?

Her music has been included in an Old Navy commercial and on Grey’s Anatomy. Her music sells, pretty well, on iTunes. She keeps 2/3 of the $.99 for each download, much more than she would get if under contract with a music label. You can listen to an NPR interview of Ingrid here.

uTunes music Monday: Bobby Thompson, “Ireland”

September 24, 2007

News: I will be making a more concerted effort (no pun intended) to feature talented amateur musicians. I’ve been doing this already (in my posts called uTunes), but I will try to make it a regular Monday feature (maybe every other week, if not weekly). To be honest, it’s been hard to find a steady crop of talented singers on YouTube after Terra Naomi and Esmee. I will keep trying, though.

Today’s featured artist is Bobby Thompson. He just joined YouTube and just posted his original song, “Ireland.”

Analysis: So far, male amateur artists have not hit it as big from YouTube as the women. I like the tone of this guy’s voice. Very clear, and a catchy, lyrical tune.

uTunes: The Bec and Ross show on YouTube

June 21, 2007

Two drama students in Singapore: Rebecca (“Bec,” her real name is Rebecca Louise Burch) and Rossalina (“Ross” for Rossalina Nasir). The best amateur duet I’ve heard so far on YouTube. They haven’t posted on YouTube in a while, but here are their videos. Their most popular song is this fantastic cover of Torn.

UPDATE: The more I listen to this duo, the more amazing I think they are.  Great voices, but they are controlled and never over-sing.  Some label should sign them!  (Where’s Justin Timberlake?) Here’s a moving rendition of Linger, sung with some friends before graduation, and a soft, sweet duet of Leaving on a Jet Plane. If you live in Singapore, you can see The Bec and Ross show weekly on Wednesday at a bar called “Hideout” at 31b Circular Road and other places. If you don’t live in Singapore, they say that they’ll be back posting on YouTube soon.

uTunes: Secondhand Serenade visits YouTube

June 14, 2007

One man band, John Vesely.

uTunes: Is Gina Moffit the next YouTube idol?

March 5, 2007

By now, most YouTube followers have heard of Esmee Denters and Mia Rose, two of the most popular wannabe singers on YouTube today. (And, of course, Terra Naomi is sort of in her own league.)

But you may not have heard of Gina Moffit. At least, not yet. You will. Here’s one of her original songs, “Waiting Game.” Even though her webcam was experiencing some audio problems (you’ll have to turn up the volume), you should be able to hear Gina’s sweet voice.  The tone of her voice is so pleasant to listen to, but what I really love is the occasional edge to her voice.  I’m not sure that’s the correct technical term, but you can hear it at 1:11, 1:05, :53, :32, :19, and :14 seconds left on the video.  More of Gina’s videos are here.

uTunes: Mia Rose ready to sign recording contract?

January 23, 2007

Mia Rose (from the UK) says she’s been flying (I’m guesssing to the U.S.) to consider whom she’ll sign with, presumably for a record deal.  Mia Rose is the No.1 Most Subscribed musician on YouTube, although for whatever reason some commenters still suggest some conspiracy theories.

uTunes: “crazy place” by Esmee Denters

January 22, 2007

Esmee Denters is an 18-year-old Dutch singer, who has a huge following on YouTube. I’ve written about her several times already, but this original song probably best showcases Esmee’s vocals and potential. She also apparently put together the video herself!  My guess (and it’s only a guess) is that it won’t be long before Esmee signs her first recording contract.

uTunes: Mia Rose takes YouTube by storm

January 14, 2007

Here’s Mia Rose singing her original song “Husband to Be.” She’s 18, from London, and can really play the guitar. (Her YouTube videos are here.) She just launched her own website. Within a matter of 3 weeks, Mia Rose has somehow become the No.1 most subscribed singer on YouTube, with over 21,000 subscribers. (There already are some conspiracy theories by Esmee Denters fans.)

uTunes at The Utube Blog

January 8, 2007

This week, I plan on rolling out a new feature on The Utube Blog called “uTunes.” The “u” stands for undiscovered talent, and “Tunes,” of course, means music. My basic goal is to identify some undiscovered musicians or singers on YouTube who might be worth a listen. I can’t guarantee that my music selections will ever be of the caliber of Terra Naomi, nor can I guarantee that I will be able to find that many artists who are worth your time on YouTube. (If I don’t, I just won’t post uTunes.)

But I will try my best to find some artists for you to notice. And I’m open to your suggestions, especially of artists who have posted their own original music on YouTube. Covers are OK, but original music is even better. If you’d like to recommend some unknown musicians with videos on YouTube or elsewhere, please send an email to: utunes.theutubeblog [AT] gmail.com. Thanks.