YND Embrace Being Young & Dumb

ZHUGZEDWPZCD-520x520YND – yes, it’s short for Young & Dumb – is a new addition to OurStage. It’s a whole new project, in fact, and the duo of Mike Harris and Caleb Baker are reveling in the freedom afforded by a kind of naïveté: “As a band, YND hopes to always stay young & dumb enough to believe that they can change the world with hope and joy and always reaching higher.” As for the music, it’s actually a pretty sophisticated combination of hip-hop, pop, and R&B. They’ve got two songs up already, which you can listen to below.

Top Artists For March 2016

Updates02_120x120_OurStage-1Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can listen now.






Check out all the additional 1st place songs from our genre channels here.

All The Way Up By Jae Apollo

JaeapolloAfter a very quiet 2015, Jae Apollo is making up for the downtime with some really compelling new material. In January, we got his “Last Run,” a defiant mission statement of sorts, and a message to fans. Last week, he dropped a new single; a similarly introspective track called “All The Way Up,” which you can hear below. The haunting hook lends even more edge to the rapper’s current creative journey, which seems to have an as-yet-unknown destination.

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Chris Pureka’s ‘Back In The Ring’

It’s not as though Chris Pureka has been sitting around baking bread or indulging in a lost weekend. In fact, as we once noted, she’s been something of a road warrior over the past few years. So it’s a surprise to realize that she hasn’t released an album since 2010’s How I Learned To See In The Dark. It’s cause for celebration, then, that she’s just released her sixth album, entitled Back In The Ring. You can call it a comeback, if you like; as the title track’s lyrics reveal, Pureka seems to be emerging from some dark place, determined and at the top of her game. NPR has the single here. And below is one of our favorite older tracks, “Wrecking Ball.”

Of course, she’s also just embarked on a packed US tour to support the new LP, so be sure to check out her latest tour dates. Buy Back In The Ring on iTunes.

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“Californian Sun” by Little Lapin

“Californian Sun” by Little Lapin

little lapinOne of our favorite recent discoveries here on OurStage is Little Lapin, whose song “Go!Stop!Go!” we featured on February’s ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio‘ show. The UK singer-songwriter has a classic, airy sound sometimes belied by the slightest of dark edges. To wit, her lovely new single “Californian Sun.” It’s the debut from her upcoming album Holding Out For The Kicks (preorder here), which follows the acclaimed Remember The Highs. I love this stuff, you should too.

Nikki Lynette, “Praying To A God I Don’t Believe In”

nikki lynetteNikki Lynette does not shy away from the hard questions. From her substantial body of work to her Twitter feed to her occasional newspaper opinion columns, you’ll find the Chicago artist challenging conventional wisdom and taking on the trolls who can’t handle it. Her newest track, “Praying To A God I Don’t Believe In” (below), does not deviate from the theme, and she expresses the profound sense of doubt experienced to some degree by everyone but the most unquestioningly faithful. Lynette doesn’t waffle much in gray areas, though. As the title indicates, she comes down pretty definitively on the side of disbelief.

And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men / couldn’t put my faith back downloadtogether again / Now that’s dark / But I don’t see no light / And if there’s wrong I don’t see no right.

But of course there’s doubt in the doubt, because in the end, she’s still praying. No atheists in foxholes, as they say. Talking about this dichotomy, and the tension within her own doubt, she wrote, “For me, the idea of God I was raised with is something that is ‘#GoneButNot’ but it’s something I never spoke about until now.” The hashtag #GoneButNot is related to a larger project that this song is a part of.

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