Tunesday: Sounds of Spring 2015

On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my favourite music moments from April and May…

Josh Groban & Kelly Clarkson – All I Ask Of You
I’ve been waiting for years for Josh Groban to release an album of Broadway musical covers, and this year, he finally did it with Stages. AND he included a GORGEOUS duet of Phantom of the Opera’s “All I Ask of You” with Kelly Clarkson (who proves that she really can sing any genre). Perfection.

Kelly Clarkson – At Last
Speaking of Kelly Clarkson (because I can’t gush over her enough), she visited her roots by coming back to American Idol to mentor this season’s contestants and then proceeded to deliver the Idol moment of the year when she performed her original audition song, “At Last” by Etta James. A classic sung by a classic.

My Fair Lady – Overture
Thanks to Miss604, my girlfriends and I were treated to a loverly Spring production of My Fair Lady, as performed by the Royal City Musical Theatre players. Naturally, the overture instrumental was to become the soundtrack to my London 2015 trip.
I could have danced all night…

Adam Lambert – Ghost Town
“Ghost Town”, the lead single from Adam’s upcoming pop album, The Original High, is a smoldering, complex dance track that interweaves a haunting ballad with house beats. The accompanying music video further juxtaposes an array of edgy dance artists with classic black and white visuals.

Nick Fradiani – Beautiful Life
Pop-rocker Nick Fradiani was a dark horse throughout the competition and ended up seizing the grand title of the American Idol for Season 14. His upbeat coronation single, “Beautiful Life” is set to be the official theme song for the US Women’s Soccer Team as they compete in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this June/July.

Jax – Forcefield
Between the Top 3 match-up of Nick Fradiani, Clark Beckham, and Jax, I was rooting for the last girl standing to take the win. Her single “Forcefield” encapsulates why I believe Jax is worthy of being an Idol – her striking voice, her distinctive style, and her empowering vibe. You go, girl!

Tori Kelly – Nobody Love
I first heard of Tori Kelly when she auditioned for American Idol Season 9 (how she didn’t make it past Hollywood Week is mind-boggling to me), and I continued to hear the buzz surrounding her as she continued to forge a music career through YouTube. It wasn’t until recently when I really began to take notice, right as her incredibly infectious single, “Nobody Love” began to catch on with people. This song belongs on the radio ASAP.

Jessie J – Flashlight
Within the context of Pitch Perfect 2, “Flashlight” was written and performed by Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), a freshman and budding singer-songwriter who is also the latest addition to the Barden Bellas. In actuality, this soaring ballad was recorded by Jessie J and written by two of pop music’s biggest names, Sia and Sam Smith. The uplifting lyrics are very fitting for this film driven by female friendships.

Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (Remix feat. Kendrick Lamar)
“Bad Blood” is arguably the music video event of the year. The hype leading up to its official release before the 2015 BBMAs definitely lived up to its promise. Starring Taylor Swift as Catastrophe versus her BFF Selena Gomez as her partner-in-crime turned backstabbing rival, Arsyn, “Bad Blood” features a huge collection of guest star appearances from some of Taylor best gal pals. Singers, actresses, supermodels, oh my! The lesson learned in this ambitious and kick ass music video is: you don’t mess with T Swift and her army of fierce and fabulous ladies.

Postmodern Jukebox – Lovefool (feat. Haley Reinhart)
They (well, I do, at least) call her Haley Reinhart the Vintage Slayer. Through her match-made-in-heaven collaboration with the sensational Postmodern Jukebox (a group of musicians who produce retro/jazz covers of modern pop songs), Haley has performed phenomenal renditions of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)“, Radiohead’s “Creep“, and most recently, The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”, all of which have gone viral online with millions upon millions of views.

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