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I adore what Danielle Deckard does and Honey is another incredible track. The way she writes her songs and structures them. The way she sings and plays her guitar just magic.  The song is out now and you can get from all good digital retailers. Can’t wait to hear more.

 

 

Olivia May – Don’t Look

I adore what Olivia May does, I think she is an incredibly beautiful talented lady and this year she released her latest album Don’t Look and it is a first rate album the production quality is excellent you can tell in her latest single Ruins. It is upbeat pop music that has hints of rock like the opening track Lost In The Crowd. The song writing for this type of music is polished and first rate. Olivia music would easily could be played on radio and people would be hooked. Tonight is another track that let’s her vocals shine it’s more of a ballad type track but still has power and passion and grabs you. Fire reminds me a lot of her song Ruins has the same style of energy and passion. Eh Eh is a catchy number and I love her vocals they truly shine, her voice is on fire. Miami has got an acoustic vibe with a catchy beat behind it. Her vocals shine here and the song is different type of pace to the rest of the album but adds something special. Stay is another song that deserves radio play the use of the piano, the beats the way is structured and how Olivia sings truly works. Leaving You Behind is a great way to finish off the album, it’s a solid song that highlights how amazing is with her song writing, lyrics and vocals. You also get a bunch of acoustic versions of some of the songs off the album. Overall it’s a great album by Olivia, she has put out something she should be really proud of. She is a fantastic talent and everything she does here is first rate and you should be listening to it.

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Jessica Vaughn

Photos by Chris Wood

I’ve been supporting Jessica career since 2004, yes that long and I still have the first EP she did. So she is going to New York in may to record for some very special vinyl where you pre-order with a song you want her to record from  a list of amazing songs from her vast first class catalog of music.  But I’ll let her say it best here.

I’m heading to NY in May to make an extremely limited run of direct-to-vinyl lathe cut records at Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. Each individual 45 rpm record will be one of a kind. So Cool!

Preorder now and request a song from my back catalogue — each record will be the only copy in existence, and it will be 100% custom made just for you!

Direct-To-Vinyl Office Session Preorder: Jessica Vaughn

So this gorgeous talented lady is my beauty of the week and yes I have placed my order for this.

Chandler Juliet has released her incredible new song Coming Down. It’s a good solid pop song and I am hooked. I for one can’t wait to hear more. Expect an interview with her on the site real soon. You can get the song at all good digital music retailers.

 

Brisbane based Metalcore newcomers Grave Places have just released their new single ‘Lighthouse’.

Grave Places recently released their debut single and music video ‘XXXX Bummer’. The single received airplay on radio stations around the country and was premiered via Depth Magazine.

Grave Places formed in 2016 under a different alias and have been playing shows around Brisbane ever since to hone their craft.

They have since shared the stage with the likes of Rare Words, Outlive, Kings, Fragments, Particles In Motion and What We’re Worth plus many more.

The band recently teamed up with producer Troy Brady (formerly of The Amity Affliction) to record their new singles.

Michelle Ellen Jones

Photos by me/Clear Springs Entertainment

So I finally got to meet Michelle Ellen Jones in January and she was lovely in person as she has been by email and social media. Her husband was awesome too. We did an interview which I am currently putting the video together at the moment. The interview turned out really great and the photos are the best photos I have ever taken using my DSLR camera. This talented lady has a bunch of projects coming out this year as well as kicking butt in Yoga, pageant coaching and ballroom dancing. So she is my beauty of the week on my site again.

 

Alicia Sky

Photo by Dovvie

What can I say but Alicia Sky is a jaw dropper. Such a stunning woman.  You can tell she has worked hard to take care of herself as every inch of that body is perfection.  She has such a beautiful smile and an amazing outlook on life. I got to meet her earlier in the year and she was such a lovely person to hang out with. You will see an interview with her in my video series on my trip to America. I reckon she is smoking hot. A fantastic singer and if you see her in the Mr Fancypants Video and her wearing that gold outfit, you will see why I think she is stunning and also a star in the making. This is why she is my beauty of the week.

 

Hen

I adore Hen and think she is a phenomenal talent and also think she is incredibly beautiful her debut song as Hen Raincoats is a stunning piece of work. So I am making this gorgeous talented lady my beauty of the week again on my site. She has kindly let me use her song in my upcoming video. So very happy about that.

Photo by CHAZ Photographics

So Michelle Baena is 45 and she looks amazing. You can tell she looks after herself and now she is entering Peta Sexiest Vegan Competition and what can I say I reckon she has a good chance of winning it. Just look at her, can’t you see how beautiful she is. This is what she had to say why she is entering and when you can vote please do and I’ll add the link to do so when available.

I decided to go Vegan because I don’t agree with murdering an animal for food and eating vegan has helped reverse several health issues I had and overall I just feels amazing, especially at age 45 and 3 Kids later

Scarlet Drive

Scarlet Drive are an Aussie band doing good things and this is what they had to say about it all.

 

Scarlet Drive:

Michael ‘Milli’ Millimaci

Michael Madafferi

Maddey Eccleston

Brandon Francis

https://www.facebook.com/pg/scarletdrivemusic/

1. How did you get into music?

1. Milli: I got into music at a young age, my dad is a musician so I’ve been going to gigs since I was 2. I was exposed to a lot of classical music and bands like The Beatles, The Police and Dire Straits became the soundtrack of my early childhood. At 3 I started playing piano, which I continued until I made the jump to guitar and haven’t stopped playing since.

Brandon: I was actually inspired by School of Rock to start playing guitar until my brother got me into playing drums which led to the band today

 

2. How did the inspiration for the song Ceto come about?

2. Milli: Ceto was born out of a chord progression I came up with and jammed with the guys until the song structure gradually formed. The song’s melancholy but driving dynamic was the perfect fit for the message I wanted to convey.

Maddey: At the time we were listening together to a lot of bands we idolised and understanding how they convey their message, and that gradually translated that into how we could create our own message.

 

3. How does a song start for you?

3. Brandon: With the band most songs start from just jamming, like one of us would have a cool guitar riff and from that we build around it.

Maddey: Like the calm before the storm, but with a bit more tension.

 

4. Where do you get your inspiration from?

4. Maddey: The inspiration comes from wanting to share what we have, and being able to share it with people who can engage in the moods and messages we create

Brandon: Personally, from experience and just anything I’m really passionate about because I like writing in first person

Michael: I draw my inspiration from other people around me and also from the greats.

Milli: We have quite an eclectic mix of individual music preferences, but some of the artists in common are the Chili Peppers, The Beatles, The Pixies, Sticky Fingers and Tired Lion.

 

5. Has your songwriting changed from when you were starting out?

5. Michael: Our songwriting has become more melodic and focused more on catchy and interesting hooks.

Maddey: The songwriting has gotten more complex as we’ve been able to understand it more.

 

6. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?

6. Michael: Just be yourself, no one can do you better than you and if you can find a way to express that through music and playing you’ll find success within.

 

7. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?

7. Brandon: Our music is pretty diverse and our songs come from different places, especially since we all have input on the songs, so there isn’t one particular theme

Michael: Our music i feel is more of an experience and feeling rather than set genres, our overall sound will always be similar but no two songs sound quite the same.

8. Do like to write with out inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?

8. Milli: I don’t think I really have a preference. We once wrote a song a couple minutes before we went on stage with music blaring and the lyrics haven’t changed since. What’s most important is your connection with the music and if you can focus with a distraction then do what works for you.

9. How important is having a plan in place for your music?

9. Michael: I feel that having a sense of direction within the songwriting process is important for establishing a theme and feel of the songs.

Milli: This is a bit of a tough question because I think it’s all about striking a balance between having a plan and being prepared, but also maintaining the spontaneity and passion that makes music so exciting. Some things can never be pre-planned.

10. How important is your brand Scarlet Drive?

10. Michael: The brand scarlet drive is important to all of us because it represents our unique personalities and passion individually whilst also having a collective sound and family bond.

Brandon: I think everyone just needs a passion, whether it’s music, art, collecting Pokémon cards or rubbing your belly while patting your head. Just something to distract you from the real world. And mine is Scarlet Drive.