We look everywhere to uncover interesting and talented new artists from around the world. Sometimes we spend hours searching every corner of the internet for a great fit, and sometimes a great band just sends us a DM on Twitter about a radio contest that they’re participating in. Unparalleled Height earned our vote.
You know those singers that claim they were singing the second they left the womb (“even before started I talking!”), and that they received a standing ovation at their 3rd grade talent show from a misty-eyed audience after their rendition of Tomorrow from Annie, so they knew they were destined to be a *star*? My favorite thing about Ashlinn Gray is that singing did not come naturally to her. She grew up in an artistic family, so unsurprisingly, she was in singing, piano, and drama lessons by the age of 4. After realizing that singing wasn’t her strong suit, she pursued it even more – working with some of South Africa’s top vocal coaches.
So just in case you were wondering, as I was, what the hell a troubadour is – this is for you:
trou·ba·dour noun: a French medieval lyric poet composing and singing in Provençal in the 11th to 13th centuries, especially on the theme of courtly love.
synonyms: minstrel, singer, balladeer, poet, bard; “a band of wandering troubadours”
Troubadours in NYC is a fantastic visual.
Mama Knows – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Love Sister Sparrow’s bluesy sound and raspy undertones. If you like this, you NEED to listen to her flawless version of Bridge Over Troubled Water. I’m probably 13k of it’s 13,900 views on YouTube.
Cilver – I’m America. The female led rock band Cilver hits hard with this anthemic powerhouse track off of their new album Not The End Of The World. They’re the rock group you’ve been looking for: clean production without that dude that tries way too hard to sound grunge and the guitarist that wants to overpower the rest of the band with his sweet licks.
Leon Bridges – Pull Away. You may have heard his track Coming Home which was one of the most viral tracks on Spotify, and Pull Away is not a stark departure from that Motown sound. Ironically, (Leon must be very confused) the tracks have completely opposite messages, but sound like extensions of the same song.
The most interesting show I’ve ever seen was Ben Folds performing with yMusic. Music genius aside, Ben Folds has successfully replaced the guitar with a piano in his various bands to create rock music with more depth and agility than we typically see with the standard drum-bass-guitar lineup. The Artificial Spring, fronted by keyboardist Sean Embry-Stine, embraces this guitar/keyboard swap and strong pop overtones resulting in a “Ben Folds meets A Great Big World” sound.