On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my top favourites from November…
I am a shameless fan of singing competition reality shows. While some may write off shows like American Idol and The X-Factor as overhyped karaoke contests, one cannot deny the tremendous impact that these shows have had on the music industry. Where would stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and One Direction be today without Idol and XF? Probably not on our iPods!
This summer, Queen Kelly (a.k.a. the original Idol) is devoting her time to being a mentor/coach on Duets, a new singing competition which pairs amateur singers with their musical idol as duet partners. The fascinating premise of this show led me to realize something significant about these reality shows. Though Idol and XF mainly serves as a launchpad for solo artistry and group acts, some former reality show alums have gone on to establish some great singing duos as well, forging collaborations with fellow musicians, contestants from other singing competitions, and even former competitors!
On that musical note, here are three of American Idol and The X Factor’s finest duos for you to check out – it’s double the discovery and twice the listening fun!
If you like the modern musical match-ups of She & Him, The Civil Wars and Jenny and Johnny, you’ll love Jack and White – a new collaborative project by Jack Matranga and Brooke White, as inspired by the iconic duo of Fleetwood Mac. Their artistic vision is showcased in their debut EP, “Gemini,” a collection of six tracks that infuse their unique blend of California cool and breezy blues. Highly recommended: the revelatory and addictive “Smoke and Mirrors”.
With sweet harmonies and catchy lyrics that are guaranteed to linger in your ears, “Gemini” is a late summer treat worth indulging in!
Download the Gemini EP on iTunes.