Amy Stroup Wins Ernie Ball Singer-Songwriter Competition

Amy Stroup, a longtime OurStage favorite, with seventeen different chart placements in the Top 40 or better, has been selected as the winner of our Ernie Ball Female Singer-Songwriter competition. With its compelling combination of mellow electric piano, drum loops, and rich, sweet vocals, her song Chin Up impressed the judges, who had a tough choice with some serious talent to choose from. Stroup’s prize is a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball “ that should come in handy for this gifted multi-instrumentalist, whose songs have been heard in such high-profile spots as Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill, and more. Read our recent piece on her here, and hear more Amy Stroup on OurStage. Check out her winning song below.

 

Exclusive Q and A: Freelance Whales Talk Floods, Cities, And Outer Space

Sure, there are hundreds of bands in New York, but how many of them do full-group live busking performances on subway platforms? Since their string of live street performances in New York, Freelance Whales have climbed their way to the top of the indie rock heap. Songs from their acclaimed first album Weathervanes have appeared in ads for Chevy and Twitter as well as on shows like One Tree Hill and Skins. As the band geared up to drop their follow-up record, Diluvia, which hits stores today, we chatted with Chuck Criss about recording in a rural space, the band’s pre-order pocket planetarium, and the end of the world.

OS: You guys supposedly rented a house in upstate New York to write material for Diluvia. What was it like to work in that environment?

CC: It was amazing. The city has so many distractions, both good and bad.  It was nice to go somewhere isolated with no Internet or cell service. We would just buy groceries for the week, wake up in the morning and write music. The only breaks we would take were to cook food.  I think it really helped us focus. (more…)

Running Down A Dream

Amy Stroup

 

Amy Stroup is doing just fine, thank you. With an appearance in Prairie Home Companion and song placement on shows like Private Practice, One Tree Hill, and Drop Dead Diva under her belt, the Nashville singer-songwriter is on the rise. Stroup’s music has caught on, and it’s easy to understand why. Her diaphanous folk melodies are composed with economy, creating wide open spaces for delicate textures”a piano line here, a stroke of cello there. On Hold On To Hope Love”a song that would sound right at home on the Once soundtrack”Stroup tiptoes up the scales as the melody swells like a symphony. With a softly husky voice like Norah Jones, Stroup infuses every lyric with sweetness and light. I’m running over the clouds to you, she sings on Just You. Running over clouds is as good a description as any of her music. And if you’re like us, you’ll want to join her up in the ether.

Superlatones: Most Down to Earth

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

With all the bubblegum pop and cookie cutter artists out there in the mainstream music scene, it is no wonder that our ears can sometimes get a little overwhelmed. We all know that the production process is extremely important, and with the new rise in the electronic wave, dance music has become extremely popular. Still, it’s nice to just get away from it all now and then. This week, Superlatones features a dynamic duo that brings us back to basics and reminds us of the importance of undeniable, unedited musical talent.

The Dynamic Duo:
A.A. Bondy and The Avett Brothers

 

 

 

 

 

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Superlatones: Cutest Couple

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new, unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

 

Ah, Valentine’s Day: a day for romance, wining and dining, long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners. But whether or not we’ll be spending the day with a special someone, there’s one thing that always ensures we will never feel alone: music. And who better to show us the brighter side of life than the cutest couple in music today.

The Dynamic Duo:
Ingrid Michaelson and Greg Laswell


 

 

 

 

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Judges Needed For MTV's Score SKINS Music Project

Song placement in TV shows has long been a great way to expose up-and-coming artists to new audiences and, in some cases, propel these artists into superstar status. Take for instance shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The OC, and One Tree Hill, all of which boosted the careers of artists like Bon Iver, Snow Patrol and Ray LaMontagne to name a few. Now, MTV is bringing England’s hit teen drama SKINS to the eyes and ears of US audiences, and is looking for undiscovered musical talent to include on the show. The MTV Score SKINS Music Project aims to give OurStage artists the chance to have their music featured when the show airs in 2011. Artists started submitting their material in the beginning of November with the hope that their song will make it to the airwaves. The competition is CLOSED to submissions and is entering the final stages of judging. Artists need YOUR votes now more than ever to make it to the ears of the music supervisors at MTV. By judging in the MTV Score SKINS Music Project you can be part of the process that helps break an artist to thousands of new listeners. You just might discover some great new music along the way. Click HERE to begin judging in the MTV Score SKINS Music Project today.