For those who many ask the question, who is Bettye LaVette? The best answer might be that she is someone you believe when she sings the blues.
Just below is low-fi video of Bettye's performance at the inauguration of President Obama. This youtube video does not do her justice compared to the way she looked and sounded on a digital feed with super nice studio monitors warming our ears. We are looking for a more souped up copy of this performance if anyone has one!
While Jon Bon Jovi sounded as contrived as a cruise ship singer in search of his pinkie ring, Bettye gave it more meaning and seriously laid it down, for real, on this most historic day. Enjoy! GC
"A Change Is Gonna Come" Bettye LaVette & Jon Bon Jovi
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Nneka, one of the most inspired independent minded artists, is a new TOP MUSICLOAD.COM FAVORITE, PERIOD.
Research uncovered she is well known to many around the world and her sound is gradually creeping everywhere like a great flood. She has received critical acclaim from major artists in America such as Lauren Hill. Her sound has that originality that surely has staying power, for it lacks that time perishibility factor.
Nneka's sound is a blend of super funky soul hip-hop reggae influences with her own raging African roots at the core. She transitioned to Europe and Germany from her native Niger Delta region of Nigeria. She has her very own branded sound from song to song that lit up our world the second we heard it.
The songs me and my friends can't stop playing are the ones (seems to be almost all of her songs) that seem to reflect deep experience and heaviness about Africa. They are also uplifting for the rebel crowd and exceptionally grooving. Her lyrics evoke thought, activism and love.
In the video below, her song entitled "Africans" from her album "The Uncomfortable Truth" was shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria over two years ago. Words really do not suffice in describing Nneka. What a sound and a REAL voice! Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC
Nneka - Africans
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Right now, MusicLoad is jazzed about a singer/songwriter from Australia who has this super tasty voice. Not the kind of voice with big pipes or anything like that. But a no stress story telling kind of voice, that is filled with subtle nuance. Enough in fact, that it provokes her stories to become visual in the listeners own head
As a 19 year old music student at a university in Australia, JaC Stone was required to record tracks as assignments, and these recordings show that her school is training students to make some very well made recordings. Not that there is any real major production. Her tracks are basically minimalist acoustic guitar, vocals with some recorded background vocals and some subtle shakers/rattles. The clarity and subtle nuances are right up in your face, yet seem so far away, as there is great depth to the minimalism. In our opinion, JaC Stone is a emerging new artist who many Joni Mitchell fans might like. That goes for fans of Jewel, Natalie Merchant, Lisa Loeb and Edie Brickell as well.
At the present time, a free download of JacCs track, I Could Say, is available for free download at MusicLoad. Com along with many other free mp3 downloads of amazing unknown artists and bands from around the world. Enjoy :)