Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Emily West Stuns with 'Chandelier'

Live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, America’s Got Talent entered a new phase in the competition – the first night of quarter finals.  In this stage of the summer reality competition voting begins.

Nashville native Emily West is a contestant on this season’s show.  She returned to the stage tonight with a larger-than-life performance of Sia’s "Chandelier,” which left the judges in awe.  Finishing with a standing ovation from the panel and audience alike, West was tearing up from the overwhelming response.   

Howard Stern, typically the most critical, told West that he became a judge to discover talent like hers. He also told her, "You’re the best singer I’ve seen since I joined the show."  Mel B was in awe, adding: "That’s probably one of my favorite songs of all time, and you sang it like it was a classic Hollywood song."    

Emily West needs your votes!  NBC changed the voting this season, now making voting possible by dialing 1-866-60-AGT09, voting on the NBC website at: http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent, on the AGT Facebook page: https://apps.facebook.com/nbc-agt-vote/, or by even googling "America's Got Talent," you can cast your votes.  Online/App voting ends by 12 ET tomorrow 7/30/14.  Get voting!

As I have been following Emily West since she was posting demos on Myspace, I am just in awe of her.  How someone can go from playing Nashville clubs to sharing every emotion in her voice on the stage of Radio City Music Hall with literally an orchestra behind her is breathtaking.  There isn't even an artist out there to compare her to.  Her authenticity is simply enough.

Watch Emily West perform "Chandieller":

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Hi SongBirds!  

Just popping in to say THANK YOU for sticking by while I bring some major changes to the site!  
New posts & updates are coming soon!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Give Me Back My Hometown"

Happy 2014, SongBirds!  
This year is off to a crazy start and I know there are some magical things in store.  
This year is and will definitely be blog-worthy, in my life and musically. 

Now, I will be the first to admit...I am not the biggest Eric Church fan.  However, I am totally having a change of heart, and I know you will too.  This song restores my tested faith in Country Music.

I am over society's judgmental views of country music.  This song shatters those criticisms.  To the untrained ear, country music no longer sounds 'country' any more, and it doesn't have to!  From the structure, instrumentation, and choice of words, this song is propelling our genre into a new chapter.

Can I just talk about how brilliant these words are?  Like come on.  "All the colors of my youth/The red, the green, the hope, the truth/Are beatin’ me black and blue cause you’re in every scene"  The. Best.  My songwriting head is exploding, absolutely brilliant.  

This. Is. Country. Music.  

FM Radio:
Singer: Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church/Luke Laird
Song: "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Buy it here: iTunes

Damn, I used to love this view
Sit here and drink a few
Main street and the high school lit up on Friday night
Down there it’s another touchdown
Man, this year’s team is stout I can hear them goin’ crazy
And up here so am I

Thinkin’ about you sittin’ there sayin’ I hate this, I hate it
If you couldn’t stand livin’ here why’d you take it, take it

Give me back my hometown
‘Cause this is my hometown

All the colors of my youth
The red, the green, the hope, the truth
Are beatin’ me black and blue cause you’re in every scene
My friends try to cheer me up get together at the Pizza Hut
I didn’t have the heart to tell them that was our place
These sleepy streetlights on every sidewalk side street
Shed a light on everything that used to be

Give me back my hometown
‘Cause this is my hometown

You can have my grandma’s locket
The knife out of my grandpa’s pocket
Yeah my state champion jacket
I don’t care you can have it
 Every made memory
Every picture, every broken dream
Yeah everything, everything, everything

Give me back my hometown
‘Cause this is my hometown