Neil Young


Neil Young – Harvest Moon Video

One of those few artists that makes really unforgetable songs.

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nashas a fourth member in 1969. He then forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”.He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

 

 

Neil Young “Heart of Gold”

 

 

 

 

 

rocking in the free world music video

 

Young’s work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature falsetto/tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound. While Young has experimented with differing music styles, including swing and electronic music throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles: acoustic folk and country rock, or amplified hard rock in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse. Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His influence on the latter caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge“.

 

 

 

Cristina Branco


Cristina Branco (born 1972 in Almeirim, Ribatejo, Portugal) is a Portuguese musician. Branco was originally drawn to jazz and forms of Portuguese music before finally opting for fado after being introduced to the music of Amália Rodrigues by her grandfather. Branco studied the poems from which major fado lyrics are taken. Branco continues to work on her fado repertory, accompanied by Custódio Castelo on guitar and as composer

 

 

 

 

 

Hayley Williams (Paramore)


Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American rock singer, songwriter and the lead vocalist of the band Paramore.

In 2002, at the age of 13, Williams moved from her hometown, Meridian, Mississippi, to Franklin, Tennessee, where she met former band members Josh Farro and Zac Farro in school.Shortly after arriving, she began taking vocal lessons with Brett Manning. While still in school, she tried out for a local funk cover band called The Factory where she met Jeremy Davis.

According to former manager Jeff Hanson in an interview with HitQuarters, at the time she was writing pop songs with top songwriters in Nashville.”]

Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams who signed the 14-year-old to a production deal.

The label's original plan for their new artist was to make her a solo pop artist but Williams objected to this, saying that she wanted to be part of a band and play 'non-alternative rock' music. Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis.

Philippe Jaroussky – Countertenor


countertenor is a male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of a contraltomezzo-soprano, or (less frequently) a soprano, usually through use of falsetto, or far more rarely the normal or modal voice. A pre-pubescent male who has this ability is called a treble. This term is used exclusively in the context of the classical vocal tradition, although numerous popular music artists also prefer employing falsetto.

Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978 in Maisons-LaffitteFrance)[1] is a French sopranist countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory and then took up the piano before turning to singing. He is noted for a virtuosiccoloratura technique and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and operas.

Jaroussky was inspired to sing by the Martinique-born countertenor Fabrice di Falco.[2] He received his diploma from the Early Music Faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris. Since 1996, he has studied singing with Nicole Fallien.[3] He has formed his own ensemble called Artaserse, and also often performs with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi and with L’Arpeggiata under Christina Pluhar.

According to La Terrasse, “this young singer with the tone of an angel and the virtuosity of the devil has come into the limelight in only a few years as the great new French vocal talent.”[citation needed] He received the 2007 best French lyrical artist award. Jaroussky was awarded “The Best Singer of the Year” at the Echo Classic Awards, 2008.

Verity Rushworth – A presentation


Verity Rushworth (born 12 August 1985 in BradfordWest Yorkshire) is an English actress who is best known for her role as Donna Windsor-Dingle in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale, having taken over the role from Sophie Jeffery in 1998.

As Donna

Verity trained at the SLP College, Leeds. In 1997 Verity had minor roles in ITV programmes such as Heartbeat.

In 1998, at the age of 12, she went on to play her most notable role of Donna Windsor in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale, having taken over the role from Sophie Jeffery who played the part from 1993–1997. In an interview, she stated that Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle) is her closest friend from the show.

In December 2006, she appeared in a Emmerdale edition of Family Fortunes, with other members of the Windsor’s.

In January 2007 she was a contestant on the celebrity singing contest, Soapstar Superstar, in which she came 9th.

In September 2007 she appeared on ‘Ghosthunting With The Dingles’ alongside other members of her on-screen family.

After appearing on the show for over 10 years she filmed her final scenes at the end of 2008 which were later aired in January 2009.

From 2 February 2009, she made her West End debut by playing the role of Penny Pingleton in hit musical Hairspray, taking over the role from Elinor Collett.

It was announced in January 2010 that Verity and the rest of the cast will finish on 28 March 2010, as the show at their theatre is closing.

On 5 June 2010, Verity appeared on the BBC One programme ‘Hole in the Wall’.

In October 2010, Verity took on the role of Sophie in Dougal Irvine’s production of Departure Lounge at the Waterloo East Theatre. She starred alongside Steven WebbChris Fountain, Jack Shalloo and Liam Tamne. She finished the role at the beginning of November as Sian Webber took over.

As Maria

Sound of music

In January 2011, Verity will be taking over the role of Maria in The Sound Of Music from Connie Fisher.

Filmography

Theatrical

Kate Bush


Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom’s most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years. Bush was signed by EMI at the age of 16 after being recommended by Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour. In 1978, at age 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single “Wuthering Heights“, becoming the first woman to have a UK number-one with a self-written song. She was also the most photographed woman in the United Kingdom that year.

Wuthering Heights

After her 1979 tour — the only concert tour of her career — Bush released the 1980 album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at No. 1. In 1987, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Solo Artist. She has released nine albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had twenty-five UK Top 40 hit singles including “Wuthering Heights”, “Running Up That Hill“, “King of the Mountain“, “Babooshka“, “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” and “Don’t Give Up” (a duet with Peter Gabriel) – all of which reached the Top 10.

Running Up That Hill

In 2002, Bush’s songwriting ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. In 2005, she released Aerial, her first album in 12 years. The album earned her a BRIT Award nomination for Best Album and another for Best Solo Female Artist. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In early 2011, EMI Records also announced an upcoming re-issue of four of Bush’s albums (The DreamingHounds of LoveThe Sensual World and The Red Shoes), now that Bush has regained full control over these records. Bush is scheduled to release Director’s Cut on 16 May 2011, which will contain altered material from her albums The Sensual World (1989) and The Red Shoes (1993). As of March 2011, Bush was working on an album of new material.

Influence

From the 1980s onward, it has become almost standard for individualistic female singer-songwriters to be compared to Bush by the media. She has been noted as an influence on female artists such as Tori AmosBjörkAlison GoldfrappNerina PallotKT TunstallLily AllenPJ HarveyLittle Boots, and Florence Welch,in addition to acts as diverse as MuseOutKast, and Bloc PartyPaula Cole named Bush as an influence while accepting the Best New Artist Grammy in 1996. Ariel Pinkwrote a tribute song for her titled “For Kate I Wait” on the album The Doldrums. The trip-hop artist Tricky has said about Bush, “I don’t believe in God, but if I did, her music would be my bible”. Punk rocker John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, declared her work to be “fucking brilliant” and labelled her “a true original”.

Artists making covers of her songs

Many artists around the world have recorded cover versions of Bush songs, including Charlotte ChurchThe Futureheads (who had a UK top ten hit with a cover of “Hounds of Love“),PlaceboPat BenatarHayley WestenraJane BirkinNatalie ColeRa Ra RiotMaxwellThe Church and Nada Surf.