Tunesday: August 2015

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 August to close out Summer 2015…

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Album Review: Tim Halperin’s “Heart Tells Your Head”

If you like piano-driven alternative-pop with lyrics that tell a story, you need to listen to Tim Halperin. After getting his big start as a Top 24 semifinalist on Season 10 of American Idol, Tim has been constantly on-the-go with his career, making great music as frequently as I struggle to wake up and get out of bed in the mornings. His sincere songwriting coupled with his smooth and soulful voice has made him one talented singer/songwriter to watch, and his latest album is a testament to that fact.

Heart Tells Your Head is Tim’s sophomore independent release (a follow-up to his post-Idol effort, Rise and Fall), and features what the musician considers to be a collection of his best songs yet. Upon first listen, it became clear that his writing has matured and progressed into material that is even more personal and meaningful as ever.

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American Idol Inspired Duos

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!

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