The world is growing at a constant rate, and with it, so is the music industry. Second by second, a bevy of talented singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists begin their quest to hone their talent and have it be realized by the denizens of Planet Earth. Sadly, one would have to be nearly god-like in terms of omniscience in order to successfully recognize every musically talented individual under the blue sky. Popular television program “The Voice”, featuring Blake Shelton, Shakira, Adam Levine, and Usher tries its very best to help alleviate that by introducing a constant flow of talent to its star coaches for them to act as a diplomat over in an attempt to have them join their team and hopefully hone their talent to win the show. Three shows in thus far, and with talent like Midas Whale and Savannah Berry, it’s clear that we’re in for a good run this year introducing these previously unheard of artists to the world. Ratings are on the rise too, recently logging an impressive 4.3 on the ratings scale and winning the night during its third week of blind auditions. With that all said, it is always a joy to happen upon new music by artists not necessarily everyone knows about on one’s own, and below are but five I’ve found whom your ears should have the pleasure of listening to, and your iPod should arguably have the honor of inviting onto its music playlist.
1. Mother Falcon
Have you ever heard of baroque pop? If not, independent music group Mother Falcon may just be the people you need to introduce to your ears the most. Their official Facebook page describes them as a “collective of musicians working to bridge the gap between classical instrumentation and modern music.” What they thusly produce is something completely unique to themselves- all 21 of them, who sing beautifully and play vibrant instrumentals that sound convincingly like something you’d hear within the very same halls of which Beethoven would have performed. Their hit song “Just to See Her Smile” acts as a good introductory piece to the group.
2. Tim Halperin
Tim Halperin is a modest singer-songwriter who operates from out of Fort Worth, Texas- one whom many might argue is a lot like a local celebrity, having had multiple appearances on television and over the radio opposite Kidd Kraddick, and Scotty McCreery during his season of “American Idol.” However, it’s a crying shame that this talented individual isn’t a force to be reckoned with internationally. As an experienced piano player with a commercial voice and a ton of well-crafted songs and arrangements under his belt already, it really is hard to trying to figure out why this guy hasn’t been signed to a label yet. His single, “The Last Song (I’ll Write For You)”, is a nice-enough place to start as far as it comes to incorporating his great piano-pop/rock efforts to your daily playlist.
For those into the hip-hop scene, as far as YouTube-based rappers go, it doesn’t get much better than Jonathan Park, perhaps better known across the popular video sharing community site as Dumbfoundead. Whilst he’s seen enough success as a YouTube artist, he most certainly hasn’t been given the recognition that he deserves as a true master of his craft when it comes to the bigger picture. With his clever freestyles, witty demeanor, and an ability to spit some of the meanest bars in the business, he is an incredibly marketable individual who deserves even more than what he’s getting. As his most-viewed video on YouTube yet, “Are We There Yet” is an excellent first track to behold to really discern his rapping and writing talents.
4. Kiersten Holine
If you’re looking for something a little more rootsy and homegrown than what a potential rap star can offer, you don’t have to look any bit beyond Kiersten Holine. As a singer-songwriter and even as a cover artist, Holine has the ability to infuse everything she performs with her own specific, vulnerable and unique folksy style. For those of you who are looking for something less produced than what any of the other options on this list could, well, produce for you, you need not look any further than the delightfully low-key morsels that Kiersten has on offer. Check out her original “Queen of Hearts Blues” and her cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” to see what all of the fuss is about.
Last but not least is the Denver, CO-based indie pop group, Tennis. Like with Mother Falcon, they, as a collective group, willingly dare to go somewhere no other band necessarily has before. Whether it’s their radio-filtered instrumentals that very much sound akin to something you’d hear playing in a surf shack even some forty years ago, which most certainly isn’t a bad thing, or the lead singer’s charming, mousy, nuanced, and multi-layered voice that offers itself sweetly, emotionally, and downright perfectly to their specific experimental type of music, Tennis are just a pure joy to listen to. Have a go at basking your ears in the splendor of their latest single, “Marathon”.