An Interview With Marga Lane | Artist Spotlight

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 “SAFE TO SAY I’M ALL YOURS” – Thinking about you

Thinking about you’ is the breathtakingly stunning single from LA based Soulful-Pop Singer Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist Marga Lane. Lane has performed at some incredibly notable venues across the US and recently caught the attention of Lance Bass who featured her on his Dirty Pop show on SiriusXM. Being a fellow N’sync fangirl I squealed with excitement when I heard. (🙌🏽 Paws up if N’ Sync was your life back in the day!) It’s definitely one to see and you can watch it by clicking the link here.

A rhythmic beauty; ‘Thinking about you’ is the opening track to Marga Lane’s forthcoming album ‘Undressed’. I don’t use this word lightly but believe me when I say that this upbeat yet seamlessly chilled acoustic song is pure ‘Perfection’. It’s the perfect blend of layered harmonies, a catchy melody, ad libs and silk like vocals. It’s the kind of song that will put a pep in your step and one you’ll want to have looped on repeat all day long. Easy listening Gold for sure. ‘Forgiven’ is the follow-up single to Thinking about you and Marga’s ability to tug at your heart-strings in the most sincere and mesmerising way doesn’t falter. Her artistry is second to none. With a distinctive voice and always authentic at the heart, her light radiates through her heartfelt, honest and relatable lyrics. Singing songs about love and loss in a very raw and real way makes Lane’s music easy to identify with, with each song acting as a reassuring reminder that there is someone out there that knows what you’re going through or has been there before. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Marga Lane. I double dare you not to fall in love with her and her music by the end of this article. Marga Lane is truly an amazing artist.

HH: Tell us a little bit about yourself – What’s your background and how did you get started in music?

ML: I started playing piano at 6 and from there I fell in love with music and performing. A few years after piano, I started taking voice lessons and going to musical theater summer camps. Honestly, I have my parents to thank for putting me in all of these activities. My mom played the piano so I think it was only natural for her to get me started at such a young age. I also played the flute in band for 8 years and picked up playing guitar and drums in high school. It’s strange because I don’t really remember being drawn to anything else as a kid. I used to figure skate, but other than that music and dance were 24/7 for me. Continue reading “An Interview With Marga Lane | Artist Spotlight”

New Music: ‘Rise Up’ by Liz Loughrey #RiseUpMovement

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“Rise Up! is more than a song, it’s a movement” – Liz Loughrey

‘Rise Up’ by Toronto-based Soul/Pop artist Liz Loughrey is the most empowering song I’ve heard all year.

“Greatly influenced by Etta James and Sade, Loughrey is a genuinely old soul who creates a brand of pop that speaks to the past and signals a bright future”

‘Rise Up’ is an uplifting and bold song full of courage and undoubtably an anthem to inspire. It’s not just Liz’s soulful voice and the lyrical content of the song that astounds me it’s the impactful imagery featured in the music video too. Visually it’s very inspiring and if you’re anything like me you’ll get goosebumps and feel an urge to spread the strong and purposeful message. The first time I watched the music video, it felt like I had traveled around the world in 4 minutes and educated along the way. It’s packed full of empowerment and on such a huge scale. I love that Liz uses her talent and platform to both inspire and encourage change.

“When you gonna Rise Up? Everybody stand up”

It’s a powerful call for a positive change in the world. It truly is refreshing to hear a song like this at a time like this and I’m sure we can all agree that this is the movement and direction that the world needs to be headed in. It’s so important to share our stories and continue to strive for a better life, a better world and greatness. Being kind to each other and resilient in the face of adversity is what I believe in and what The Rise Up Movement does and that’s why I’m so pleased to be able to share this amazing song with you today.

“It is a call to action that says it’s time to stop living a life of complacency or in the words of the song, it’s time for us to ‘take less and give a little more’ “

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“It’s a beautiful wasteland but I can barely see”

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Imperfect Life by Floating Above Reason | Album Review + Interview

‘Imperfect Life’ is the second album from Chile based band; Floating Above Reason. Jess, Nick, Diego, Josué and Esteban make up the soft rock band delivering raw and emotion evoking songs that will either make you reflect on life or make you want to get up and dance. This album takes you on an emotional journey as it explores themes of change, different human emotions and the relationships with the people who come in and out of our lives. Always a fan of a full live band, I really appreciate the music that Floating Above Reason create. Bass, Drums, Guitar and Keyboard keep the music authentically fresh whilst lead singer Jess’ unique Joan Jett – Esq. vocals carry each song with the narrative and perspective clear as day.

“I WANNA THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE” – Friend
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Left Jess (Singer/Songwriter) Grid Clockwise : Nick (Guitar/Arrangements) Esteban (Drums) Diego (Keyboard) Josué (Bass)
“NOW IS WHERE YOU BELONG” Feel

I love a good themed album and Imperfect Life is exactly that. The music is dynamic but at the core it’s  sentimental and stresses the importance of connecting with yourself and life as a journey of discovery. ‘Perspective’  is one theme that consistently runs through this album and I completely agree that seeing things from a different point of view has a huge impact on the way we face challenges, hardships and experiences. This 12 track album is organic and fresh and features a mix of songs ranging from up beat and funky to mid tempo and Bluesy. There is a certain rawness to this album that I love and I think it stems from the deeply personal lyrics. They are alluring, honest and  pure.

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The album opens with “Feel” – a feel good song that can brighten up any day and make you appreciative of the things you have in life. I personally like to play this one in the morning as I get ready for the day. It’s full of courage, hope and it’s the kind of song that the little adventurer inside all us can relate to.“Friend” is simply a beautiful song and one of my favourites on the album. “Looking back” has nostalgic vibes running through making it great for those days or moments when you go down memory lane. “My Brother” has a great guitar solo and a catchy riff. “Try” is another favourite of mine on the album. It’s a funky bright up-beat song with an authentic live recording sound which is captivating to listen to. Jess’ Sultry voice really stands out on tracks such as “You In My Mind”, “Dry The Tears”,  “Journeys End” and “Brand New Day” where the tracks are a stripped back. Ultimately this is the type of album that would make a great soundtrack for your new favourite Indie film.

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