We’re back and better than ever! Welcome to Big Red Chairs, the blog for all your The Voice needs…this week, Team Adam’s Karla Davis debuts her new album 360, and updates on Jermaine Paul, Nathan Parrett, and Charlotte Sometimes.
A little business first: as you may have noticed, BRC the blog (not the website) has moved around quite a bit recently – first from Starpulse (where it was known as Brittany’s The Voice Blog) to elsewhere and back again. Well, no more of that. In an effort to keep the blog in one place, new entries will be hosted right here at BigRedChairs.com. You’ll still be able to find links on the various outlets out there, but if you want to come directly to the updates themselves, bookmark this site.
New Music: Karla Davis, Jermaine Paul, Nathan Parrett & Jesse Macht
The big news this week is that Karla Davis has released her new album, 360. First and foremost, congratulations, Karla!
Here’s my brief album review: honestly, I’m not a country music person, other than owning a few Blake Shelton albums. But, I have played Karla’s cover of B.o.B’s “Airplanes” more times than is healthy. So, I wasn’t necessarily sure how I’d take to the disc, given that it’s music in a genre I don’t listen to but sung by someone I love. Surprise: I adored it. Karla has an earnestness – and a great twang – to her voice that I really enjoy (plus, and this is not to be underestimated, she can enunciate), and she has written some equally heartfelt material here. I might not necessarily connect with the lyrics but I know that she does, and I connect with her.
Title track “Carolina” is catchy, and I still have a soft spot for lead single “Unbroken,” which still holds up despite my having heard it dozens of times by now. You’ll also get “Mississippi Thing,” which Karla released on YouTube a little while ago, and the touching “Black & Blue.” All eleven tracks, though, are easy on the ears; this is an album meant to be enjoyed with your headphones in, sitting out on your porch, just relaxing and letting the music roll over you. This is the musical equivalent of comfort food. If you haven’t given Karla a listen beyond what you heard on The Voice, you’ve missed out.
You can get your own copy of 360 through Karla’s official website.
Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul has also released his first post-Voice track: a cover of Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses.” You can pick that up via iTunes now – although I’m more excited to see what wholly original material Jermaine will come up with!
And my friend Nathan Parrett, of Team Adam Season 2, has released another YouTube cover – this one of Nina Simone’s “Do I Move You.” Give this a listen by clicking here; am I the only one who can’t wait for Nathan to come out with an album?!
Speaking of friends, there’s someone I want all my The Voice fans to give a listen to. You may have heard me mention my friend Jesse Macht, who recently opened for Orlando Napier. Well, Jesse is releasing some samples from his upcoming album, Acts of Providence, and I would really love for all of you to go and give him a listen. Here’s a link to my favorite track, “Once In A Lifetime.” You can also find links to other samples there as well – and check out his website at JesseMachtMusic.com.
Getting Music Made: Charlotte Sometimes & Pip
Add Team Blake’s Charlotte Sometimes to the list of Voice artists turning to crowd funding to get a post-show release made. She’s pulling together fans to help her put out her new EP, Circus Head. You can click on over to PledgeMusic to get the details and help Charlotte out. Right now, she’s at 44% of her goal!
On the other end of the spectrum, we’re down to the final days for Pip’s Pipstarter, and he’s still a little short. $7, 266 to be exact. Click over here before 2 PM EDT June 17 to help him reach his target. Remember, there’s no such thing as partial credit with these crowd funding efforts – if Pip doesn’t reach his target, he won’t get any of the funding that’s already been pledged, either. Let’s have a ninth-inning rally! ETA: You did it! As of this morning, Pip has just passed his target! Congrats, Pipsters!
Tour Updates: Vicci Martinez & Jamar Rogers, Tony Lucca Records With Nicolle Galyon
As previously mentioned, Team Cee Lo alums Vicci Martinez and Jamar Rogers are hitting the road together for a West Coast tour. Courtesy of Jamar himself, here’s video from rehearsal. For tour dates, be sure to visit the folks at JamarsFam.com, who have you totally covered.
Remember, Vicci’s album and Jamar’s single both drop on June 19, so be sure to pick them up. This is particularly crucial in Jamar’s case, as he hasn’t been signed to a label yet (baffling right?), so the more noise his single makes on iTunes, the more labels will pay attention. And there will be some stiff competition, as one of my Twitter followers pointed out that June 19 is the same day Justin Bieber’s new album arrives…so let’s really come out and support Vicci and Jamar as much as possible!
Meanwhile, Team Adam’s Nicolle Galyon tweeted yesterday that teammate Tony Lucca was in the studio with her. How fantastic is that? And in other miscellaneous news, Adam Levine and Maroon 5 are on the cover of the magazine Music Connection, which can be found at your local Guitar Center.
Show News: Season 3 Begins In Less Than A Week…
Yep, you read that right. Blind auditions for Season 3 of The Voice begin shooting on June 19 (that’s this coming Tuesday) and continue through Friday. No idea on a specific air date, though Carson Daly has tweeted that he believes it’s September 10. The coaches and Carson just shot their first Season 3 photos yesterday as well.
As a result, the casting call has gone out for Season 4 auditions, which begin in July 2012 on the East Coast and end on the West Coast in mid-August 2012. You can find out more by visiting the official casting site at NBCTheVoice.com.
That’s all I’ve got for this week; as usual, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow me on Twitter at @bigredchairs.