Tag Archive for ‘Music’
Indie rock band The Strange Familiar’s new album, “Chasing Shadows,” illustrates pure individuality. With the band’s diverse musical styles and strong-voiced lead vocalist, Kira Leyden, it’s hard to believe that their music doesn’t gain the popularity it deserves.
By Jessica Martinez Simon Pulse, 2011 Reviewed by Monika Velkova, 19 Bulgaria Virtuosity tells the story of a girl with dreams, desires, and hopes. To many of us, this will sound familiar, and Jessica Martinez’s book is about that exact desire to succeed that so many of us share. Carmen is 17 years old [...]
Read 15-year-old Teen Voices’ contributor Annie Robinson’s interview with Michala Todd, the star behind the E.P. Millions Of Pieces. The girls talk about singing, Todd’s sentimental good luck charms, and exciting plans for an album to be released in 2012. This 18-year-old Toronto native is going places quickly! In January 2012, Todd was named “New Artist of the Month” for CKXS 99.1 FM with almost 90,000 votes!
When I first picked up Cherri Bomb’s EP, “Stark,” I was a little skeptical. With their name being closely linked to a hit song by a famous 1970s rock band, The Runaways, I was in serious doubt that they could live up to the name. However, when I sat down and listened to their tracks, I instantly fell in love.
Music comes and goes at an incredible rate within the fast-paced music industry. Not many songs ultimately withstand the test of time. It takes a special artist to record a CD that becomes a modern classic. Amidst the busy comings and goings of lightweight auto-tuned dance tracks comes a rare and meaningful CD from a relatively new artist out of the UK: Adele’s “21.”
Sisters Jewel (20) and Blaire (17) Restaneo are the front women of the LA-based band Pixikill. The self-described “electro pop grunge” group intentionally composed tunes about issues that matter to them and to which other teen girls can relate. Teen Voices’ freelance writer Annie Robinson, 15, chatted with Blaire, one of the lead singers, on being in a band, working with her sister, and future plans for Pixikill.
Kimberly Nichole is beginning to turn a lot of heads within the music industry. This self-described “rock ballerina” has caught the notice of such popular media forces as BET, Vogue, and Seventeen magazine. Despite her busy schedule, Kimberly also takes time to contribute to causes that are important to her. Her recent performance at a She’s the First benefit concert that raised over $17,000 to support girls’ education in Uganda had spectators raving. Teen Voices editorial intern Carolyn Schweitzer spoke with Kimberly about musical inspiration and staying true to yourself!
“I think not anything/Has the power of music.” Teen Voices contributor Joanna Ngai, 19, explores the power of hushed tunes, whistling, whispers and everyday rhythms that make up the soundtracks of life.
UK singer-songwriter Kate Nash is all about empowering teen girls! Her international youth outreach initiative called Kate Nash’s Rock “˜N Roll for Girls After School Music Club is designed to provide an environment that facilitates mentoring teen girls musically. Teen Voices’ Michelle Golden got to speak briefly to the busy UK rock star in March 2011 about why music is so important to her—and why it should be for all teen girls out there!
Singer/songwriter Diane Birch is on a roll. She released her first studio album, Bible Belt, to strong reviews in May 2009, and spent January on tour with Nick Jonas. She’s also involved with Music Unites, a nonprofit that brings music education to children in underfunded inner city schools. Teen Voices caught up with Birch to find out her thoughts on creating music, finding inspiration, and the importance of good role models.