Artist Alert: Evan Voytas

 

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It’s quite by accident that I discovered Evan Voytas (a link clicked from a link clicked from a link…something like that), but I’m very glad that I did. The 25-year-old’s songs are filled with epic music and perfect vocal harmonies that have catapulted him to the top of my list of favourite new artists.

Evan’s musical influences seem to span decades and defy conventions. He grew up listening to legends such as Elvis Presley and the Righteous Brothers and spent time hanging out with Franciscan friars, studying music in New York City and pioneering a modern jazz quartet before touring and performing with Teddy Geiger. This wide variety of experiences has given him a beautiful and unique sound that begs the question – why on earth doesn’t Evan Voytas have a recording contract yet and what can we do to change that?

You can listen to Evan’s music – I most definitely recommend I Live This Life Here For You – on his myspace page.

Must Hear: I Got You Dancing – Lady Sovereign

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I defy anyone not to dance to Lady Sovereign’s I Got You Dancing. It’s nearly impossible – the chorus, especially, is so incredibly catchy I’ve found myself actually nodding along and swaying a little every time I listen to it (which can be embarassing when I’m out in public and listening to the song on headphones).

I Got You Dancing is Lady Sovereign’s sneak peak into her April 2009 release Jigsaw on EMI. The 23-year-old British rapper already has a 2006 release on Def Jam records that made minor splashes on the charts, just about breaking the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. If I Got You Dancing is representative of the rest of Jigsaw, I’m rushing out to buy it as soon as it releases.

To tide over until then, I listen to I Got You Dancing – on repeat – multiple times a day. Lady Sovereign’s official website has a free download of the song available, along with a rather fun video, to get you hooked. As the Lady sings – “You wanna dance. I’ll bet you do.”