NextNext Hawaii Featured Artist: Emi Hart

emihartWe at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.

Born and raised in Hawaii, singer/songwriter Emi Hart is part of the fabric of her community. As an artist, she strives to reflect the easygoing and peaceful vibe of island life with her sound, which she likens to “Jewel, Katy Perry, and Ingrid Michaelson having a picnic.” In another part of her life, Hart is the Community Manager for Yelp in Honolulu, immersing herself in the culture (and, of course, the food) that makes Hawaii special.

She gigs regularly, and is at work on new music now. That she only began writing music in the last few years is a bit of a shock, as she sounds like a natural. In her music and her work, Hart exudes positivity, lightness, and a preoccupation with the pure humanity that connects us all. We only wish that she, as a busy working mother, had just a little more time to make music for us to hear. But let’s appreciate what we’ve got! Check her out on NextNext.com, where she’s supporting the Ronald McDonald House charity. They will get a donation for every vote cast for Emi.


About NextNext:
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.

NextNext Hawaii Featured Artist: Jeff James

jeffjamesWe at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.

Jeff James (sometimes aka Jeffro) is an artist whose feel-good island-influenced music belies a man with a serious purpose and a commitment to social betterment. it makes him a perfect addition to the NextNext Hawaii roster of artists, all of whom have demonstrated a willingness to help their community and are sponsoring charities now in order to do so.

Inspired by a friend’s personal story, James recently made a short film highlighting the plight of homeless children in the Philippines. The film, entitled “Compassion,” focuses on personal sacrifice in the service of others. You can watch it below.

The other side of the Jeff James coin is, of course, his music. A multi-instrumentalist, James often performs as a one-man band, using loops and effects to accompany himself. On record, he can go from an airy ukulele song to a full-bore pop production, the latter exemplified by his tracks “GoGoGoGo” and his #1 hit on local radio charts, “Hawaiian Girls.” In Japan, he found similar success with another single, “Love Me.” He’s won multiple awards, including 2013’s People’s Choice Asia Best New International Male Performer.

Listen to “GoGoGoGo” below, and check out Jeff James on NextNext. Help artists helping others.


About NextNext:
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.

NextNext Hawaii Featured Artist: Irie Love

irie loveWe at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.

We’ve been fans of Irie Love since hearing her early tracks in our music channels back as far as 2010. Then in November last year, we talked about her vibrant crossover single “Mahalo.” Now, that song is included as part of her brand new album We Rise. As with the single, We Rise veers seamlessly from deep, soulful reggae to thumping pop to silky R&B. The album was created in collaboration with musicians, writers, and producers across multiple continents, and it features guest spots from J Boog, Peetah Morgan, and Fiji.

Irie Love, who has backed and toured with P!nk and Morgan Heritage, has long been an established voice in Hawaii as well as the international reggae community. With this new album, she’s poised to take her unique, genre-defying sound to an even larger audience. Get in on it now and check our her profile on NextNext.com.

About NextNext:
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.

Heidi Lynne Gluck’s New Single “Mercury Rising”

gluckThe multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck is best known to many as a utility player and session woman to the stars (including stints with Juliana Hatfield‘s Some Girls and Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos). But after a period of relative quiet, she’s spent the last couple of years focusing on her own material. In 2015, Gluck released her debut EP The Only Girl In The Room, a beautifully rootsy 5-song collection on which she was the sole performer.

In advance of her new full-length album Pony Show, due August 26th on Lotuspool Records, Gluck has released the single “Mercury Rising,” a rolling, melodic song with a vaguely “Man Who Sold The World” vibe that showcases her breezy, drawling voice and imagery rich lyrics. See below for Pony Show‘s full track listing.

Tracklisting
1. Pony Show
2. Mercury Rising
3. Sadness Is Psychedelic
4. Better Homes & Gardens
5. Waiting For You To Say It
6. Pin Striped Vest
7. I Like ‘Em Cruel
8. The Universe Had Split
9. Wolf
10. Jumping Vows

Top Artists For July 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 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.

 


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

Brittany Campbell’s “Mean” (Lyric Video)

a1577734744_16Last we heard from the extra-talented Brittany Campbell, she was reckoning with “Sexy Darth Vader” in an ambitious and extremely fun to watch video. Now the New Jersey singer, songwriter, and producer is back with a slightly more chill lyric video for her excellent song “Mean.” But this being Brittany Campbell, don’t expect some basic lyrics-scrolling-over-a-slideshow clip. “Mean” is an alluring trip, animated by the artist herself, that serves the song perhaps better than a distracting concept video might do.

This is the first single from her upcoming Stay Gold Pt. 2. You can buy the single (and check out Stay Gold Pt. 1) over on Campbell’s Bandcamp.

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